Tom's Restaurant has been a staple in Morningside Heights New York for over 70 years. This picture shows Tom's restaurant before it was expanded and its name changed to Tom's. Kane was a Jewish owner who sold his place to Thanasi (Thomas) a Greek immigrant. Tom then sold his share to Greek immigrants from the islands of Kassos and Sifnos. The picture was taken by the New York city tax department.
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Tom's has also been used in the hit TV show Seinfeld. In the show, the diner Jerry and his friends frequented was called Monk's Diner. The show features Tom's facade but filmed the interior scenes at the studio in California. The night the photographers came to shoot the facade in the early 90's one of the owner's sons was curious and asked the photographers why they were photographing the restaurant. "It's just for some pilot," the photographer replied. Some pilot that turned out to be!!!
Many of Tom's best customers are the Columbia Students. Over the years, Tom's has become a rite of passage for the students. Life is not complete for a Columbia student unless they get a milkshake and gravy fries at 3am in the morning on a Thursday, Friday, or Saturday night. Here is one article Tom's has inspired in the University's College Walk magazine.