2880 Broadway · New York, NY
Everybody should recognize this place. Made famous on Seinfeld and immortalized in Suzanne Vega's "Tom's Diner," it's well, Tom's Restaurant. Of course, the "Tom's" was shortly cut out of Seinfeld's establishing shots so they no longer had to pay royalties, although you can still spot it in the very early episodes.
The diner itself is just a greasy spoon and terribly overcrowded, the waitresses rude, and the coffee mediocre at best. When the weather's cold, be sure not to hold the door open for any longer than necessary or the entire staff yells at you in unison. Once you do squeeze inside, you stand with a dozen other people in a space of about two square feet waiting for a table, just to sit in a mysteriously wet booth for an oily cheese omelette and some dry toast.
Best meal I've ever had.