Jerry and the rest of the "Seinfeld" gang spent quite a bit of time at Monk's Diner, gossiping and arguing and eating Elaine's beloved big salad. Though the interior restaurant scenes were shot on a sound stage, the iconic exterior neon facade is alive and well on Manhattan's Upper West Side.
About the Diner
"Seinfeld" fans know it as Monk's Diner, but in the real world it's known as Tom's Restaurant, a Morningside Heights landmark since the 1940s. In fact, you may be surprised to learn that the exterior neon sign actually says "Tom's Restaurant" on the front of the building, though this side was never shown on TV. Tom's, aka Monk's, is open 24 hours, and serves classic diner fare such as cheeseburgers, homemade soups and their much-loved gravy fries.
Tom's is located on 2880 Broadway at the corner of W 112th Street. To get there by subway, take the number 1 train to Cathedral Parkway, then walk northeast on Broadway for about two and a half blocks until you see that familiar neon sign. If the subway isn't your cup of tea, hail a taxi. Yellow cabs are plentiful in New York, and chances are you won't be the only tourist in the area asking for a ride to Tom's. Give the cabbie the address of your destination, and mention that it's just two blocks away from Columbia University.
Take a Seinfeld Tour
Let Kenny Kramer take you to Tom's Restaurant on his "Seinfeld" themed tour. Kenny Kramer was writer Larry David's former neighbor, and served as the inspiration for Cosmo Kramer, Jerry's wacky neighbor. Kramer's Reality Tour is a three-hour long multimedia stage, bus and video tour hosted by the man himself, and makes a stop at Tom's as well as other sites made famous on "Seinfeld." If you want to hop in Kramer's bus, make your reservations as early as possible, as tours run only on Saturdays and select Sundays and tend to sell out quickly.
See More Sights
Once you've snapped photos at Tom's Restaurant, hit up other "Seinfeld" locations in the city. Grab some mulligatawny at The Original SoupMan on 259A W 55th Street, where Ali Yeganeh, the real-life inspiration for the "Soup Nazi," serves up the soup that made Jerry's knees buckle. Next, keep with the soup theme and head to Mendy's Deli on 61 E 34th St., where Jerry and Bania famously argued over whether soup was a meal. For even more "Seinfeld" themed tourism, visit Pete's Tavern, the Friar's Club and Madison Square Garden.