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Posted by UWSider on 03/25/2005
I live near Tom's, and it's great to meet up with friends late at night for coffee. It is not a great place to go when hungry however. If you order a hamburger, they'll bring you soup. If you order an omlette, they'll bring you the chicken special. In fact, whenever I take out of towners there, I tell the waitress, "Just bring me whatever you're wanting to give me," because I kinda think the philosophy of the wait staff is that they know what you should eat better than you. And they sure as heck don't care if they get the order wrong. I think they feel gratified to know that your burger craving has been screwed over by the soup.
Posted by TOMS4EVA on 03/07/2005
I go to Tom's way too frequently. I can't understand why someone would get a meal like steak/seafood/other real food there but for snacks (especially late night) and breakfast this place rocks. The cheese fries are really awesome and the Broadway shakes make the place famous. The breakfast specials (M-F) are worth it; on weekends its pricier. The waitstaff is really nice and attentive - much moreso than any other place in Morningside Heights.
Posted by Columbia Student on 03/02/2005
Tom's is a good little place. The men at the counter are always friendly, and nothing beats an ice cream soda and fries. Fish burger is tasty, too. Reliable, clean, well-lit spot to grab a quick bite, especially late at night. Just ignore the tourists.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/29/2004
Tom's is a diner, it's not going to have awesome food. But it's great if you're going at 2 am or want breakfast at 7pm. The staff is like any other diner, they aren't the most polite people, but they're good at what they do. The prices are decent too. That being said, I only really go when I'm showing around someone from outside the neighborhood or it's 2 am. At other times there are way too many tourists.
Posted by alex and joyce on 09/18/2004
I was sight seeing ny with my old girlfriend after going to texas texas and having a big let down we decided to check out Tom's. We stopped for a bagel and coffee before we hit the road to Atlantic City. It's worth checking out just because of Seinfield's old stomping grounds but the food is less than mediocre. But a fun atmosphere none the less.
Posted by They should pay me to eat there on 09/07/2004
I've lived 3 blocks from Tom's crusty diner all my life. And almost never go eat there. Why? The service is not good. And that's only slightly better than the food. However, Tom's does have one redemptive value which requires you to saunter over to their counter and take a seat. A few of my friends and I decided to sate our altered state driven hunger with some fries from Tom's. Lo and behold, a very well dressed older gentleman began to regale us with tales of his youth as a double agent spy during the times of nazi germany for spain and italy. Who'da thunk it? Eventually his tales of espionage gave way to lectures on astral plane navigation but overall, a high quality learning experience not involving the ivy league.
Posted by Louis on 06/24/2004
I think people miss the point about Tom's. It is nothing more than an old diner. Don't expect anything amazing, but it is the perfect place to get a really good burger and fries for cheaper than some fast food restaurants. The main entrees are fine if you are a college student far from home longing for something that seems like home cooking. The only complaint I have is that they don't take credit cards. Though for 7 dollars you can order what you want.