The ‘Seinfeld’ restaurant

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While in Manhattan, seeing the sights, I had to find the exterior of Monk’s, the coffee shop where Jerry, Elaine, George and Kramer spent endless hours eating, drinking coffee and yakking (and which I have spent endless hours watching, debating and obsessing over).

The Monk’s interior, obviously, was a set, not a working restaurant, but the Monk’s exterior exists. It’s an Upper West Side diner known as Tom’s Restaurant at Broadway and 112th Street.

And there it was, not far from Columbia University and the Guggenheim Museum.

I took a photo from across 112th to get the view of the restaurant most often seen on “Seinfeld.” (A bonus was that a half-block to the east was an excellent bookstore, Book Culture.)


This second photo was printed with my column the other day as a mock version of our “Daily Bulletin on Vacation” feature. Ehh, who wants to stand in front of the Statue of Liberty holding a Daily Bulletin.

I didn’t dare cross the street to look in the Tom’s window. That would spoil the illusion. But I did cross Broadway to get a shot of the storefront, including the part of the sign usually cropped out except for a few moments during the first season.

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Later, at Two Boots Pizzeria, I saw a pizza named after the “Seinfeld” mailman. But I admit I opted for the Cleopatra Jones slice instead.

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  • Curious Dave

    So, Dave, is that your bored girlfriend standing on the corner in the “Daily Bulletin” picture?

    [If only. — DA]

  • judi

    Enjoying the NY descriptions, photos, yada, yada, yada…

    [Soup for you! As opposed to no soup for you. — DA]

  • Bob Terry

    What? No big salad report? How about a calzone sighting? I hope you at least brought home a marble rye!

    [Would you settle for Beefarino? Muffin tops? How about some low-fat frozen yogurt that isn’t really low-fat? — DA]

  • Bob Terry

    C’mon Seinfeld fans. What food groups are David and I missing? It may not be as fun as the mystery photo, but at least it’s a way to jack up his comments quota.

  • Matt, formerly of Rc

    Kenny Rogers Chicken, Baboo’s restaurant, The Chinese Restaurant (Hunan 5th Ave.), Junior Mint? Snapple? Snapple?

  • judi

    Okay, I’ve already been here, but there’s so much more: Junior Mints, calzones for Steinbrenner, black and white cookies, double-dipped chips, pudding skin singles…

    I think I need a life.

    [You and the rest of us, Judi. — DA]

  • A Good Friend

    OK, OK. Food groups you’re missing: the Black & White Cookie, the Chocolate Babka and the Junior Mint to name a few…

    [Chocolate babka? Wuzzat? — DA]

  • Bob House

    Kenny Rogers Roasters chicken.

    One cyber-obsessive has a list here, but I don’t see KRR on it.

    [“These pretzels are makin’ me thirsty!!” Should I wash them down with Bosco or Yoo-Hoo? Etc., etc. — DA]

  • Scott in R.C.

    David looks like he could use a Snapple and some Junior Mints. Maybe some chips and dip, but no double dipping!!

    [Perish the thought. — DA]

  • Scott in R.C.

    Does David call that girl on the corner “Schmoopie”? It looks like David has “man hands” holding the paper.

    [I hope I have man hands… — DA]

  • Bob Terry

    Great job, guys. But not one of you mentioned a classic…..mutton! And not to mention Newman skipping down the street sayin’ “jambalaya.”

    [Or paella. Or breakfast cereal. Or… But thanks for throwing down the gauntlet, Bob. You inspired everyone (probably not a new role for you). — DA]

  • Seinfeld weasel


    I made all these baloney sandwiches for you….aren’t you going to eat any? At least take them with you… will you share them with your friends in your building?

  • Charles Bentley

    As the one non-Seinfeld fanatic (I’ve watched a total of 3 episodes, including the finale, but have endured incessant references to the show for years) in this response, I have one thing to add …


    (Let’s not even get into shrinkage, okay?)

    [Agreed. — DA]

  • Duane

    In the third photo, the taxi is going the right way on a one way street, so what’s up with the black Chevy going the wrong way?

    [I can’t explain it and didn’t notice anything amiss at the time. — DA]

  • I’m glad you didn’t bring up eating Snickers with a fork and knife or eating corn kernels one at a time. Because if you did, I would know you were faking it!

    [Fake, fake, fake, fake. — DA]

  • Bob Terry

    Hey! No bagel, no bagel, no bagel, no bagel. I wish I was “bagel” worthy.

  • In Rancho

    So, what airline did you fly to NYC? Or perhaps was it a private jet? That isn’t a new Rolex, is it?

    [I think you’re mixing me up with a couple of beneficiaries of a certain developer’s largesse. — DA]

  • Bob House

    David – You’re on vacation in one of the world’s greatest cities, you’re eating great, and you’re involved in carrying off a humorous moment: Could we get a smile? Nice touch, holding up the Daily Bull so we can see another mug shot with even less of a smile.

    This started off as just a friendly, snarky post about your apparent glumness, but because of some reading I’ve been doing in the past week and seeing your photo, I realized you may have a new career possibility. A one-man show doing readings — in character — from the works of A.J. Liebling. There’s a strong resemblance. Seriously, you could be to Liebling what Hal Holbrook was to Mark Twain.

    [Looks like a small smile to me, but what do I know? I’m as self-conscious in front of a camera as anyone. As for a resemblance to Liebling, I’m startled to confirm that you may be right: — DA]