On Monday afternoon in New York we ventured to the City’s Upper West side to ogle the Brownstones, tour St. John’s Cathedral, hit up Zabar’s (see photos of all that here) and of course score a bowl of soup from Tom’s Restaurant.
This is the diner that inspired both Jerry Seinfeld and Suzanne Vega.
The hot chocolate was some of the tastiest we’ve had – go for the whip cream when asked.
The inside of the restaurant does not look like the Seinfeld set, but is similar in charm and local patrons.
Tom’s is very aware of its Seinfeld fame and boasts posters of all the cast members on the walls. You can also buy menus, tee shirts and other Tom’s souvenirs if you’re so inclined. Luckily the food prices were still cheap, probably to keep the average-joe filled neighborhood happy. There was a minimum $6 per person to sit in a booth but those spending less can always grab a stool at the counter.
To continue our tour of famous eateries we crossed the park and hit up Serendipity 3 on the Upper East Side the next day.
It was a bit too cold for us to try their famous frozen hot chocolate, but we opted for the regular stuff that didn’t disappoint. It’s a toss up whose is better Tom’s or Serendipity’s. We also tried the nachos, chowder and fries. It was tasty but needless to say our digestive systems are still recovering from our vacation.
This restaurant is famous from a number of movies but also has a funky little gift shop attached and is decorated with tons of Tiffany glass lamp shades hanging from the ceilings which they also sell.
We had a cozy corner booth with a great view of the fireplace, perfect for celebrity gawking had John and Kate still been slurping away on Tuesday.
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Serendipity Movie Photo: The New York Daily News