Watch: Trailer for 'Tom's Restaurant' Documentary on 'Seinfeld' Diner

December 30, 2013

Tom's Restaurant

Everyone in the world comes into contact with little known, small diners at some point in their life, and most will never be anything more than a place for some delicious grub. However, some real-life restaurants have been fortunate enough to become iconic landmarks thanks to pop culture. One such diner is Tom's Restaurant, whose exterior was used to represent Monk's Cafe in the landmark NBC comedy series "Seinfeld." Owned and operated by the Greek-American family of Minas Zoulis since the 1940s, the NYC diner used to regularly see a younger Barack Obama and John McCain have a meal, and director Gian Franco Morini and his crew wanted to highlight the diner's history with a documentary. Watch below!

Here's the trailer for Gian Franco Morini's doc Tom's Restaurant via

"Seinfeld" shot the interior scenes of the diner on a soundstage, but Morini wanted to know more about the owners, including current owner Mike Zoulis, who has run the diner since the 1980s. More famous faces who frequent the diner include philosopher Cornel West from Harvard and Princeton, along with Bob Rose, a guitar player on "The Late Show with David Letterman" who also worked on the soundtracks for films like Grease and Footloose. But the real interest comes from the colorful characters who work inside or have been eating at the diner for years. It seems like a cool look into a slice of a pop culture giant. See more right here.

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Haha! I always love seeing Dr. Cornel West randomly show up in yet another video I've watched.

Nathan D on Dec 30, 2013


I went to Columbia University, which is only four blocks above and ate at Tom's once a week. I remember sitting there the first time and just smiling.

Alejo on Dec 30, 2013



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