Tom's Restaurant

Tom's Restaurant

Diner, Breakfast Spot, and Burger Joint$$$$
Prospect Heights, Brooklyn
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    New York Habitat
    "Get the lemon ricotta pancakes or the pumpkin walnut Belgian waffle."(21 Tips)
    Jennifer D.
    "Crab cake florentine or sweet potato pancakes!!! Yummmmm!!!"(8 Tips)
    Rachel Slurs
    "Beef sausage, pancakes, and service, all great here."(12 Tips)
    Jeszikaa
    "Huevos rancheros and Danish pancakes were amazing!"(6 Tips)
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  • PureWow
    PureWowJuly 26, 2016
    Tom’s original Prospect Heights location is certainly one Brooklyn’s most beloved breakfast spots. The lines can be rough, but free coffee and the promise of ricotta pancakes makes it all worthwhile. Read more
  • Momo F.
    Momo FurudateSeptember 20, 2014
    Been here 10+ times
    2x2x2 but up it to the beef sausage. Get lemon. Flavored butters. Gives you the best of savory and sweet. If you want to go all sweet, try the chocolate cake french toast!
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • Emily W.heart icon on user image
    Emily WilsonJuly 31, 2016
    Been here 10+ times
    The best diner in all the land. Service is top-notch, food is great, and condiments are on point (homemade chipotle mayo at every table & cinnamon, apple, and strawberry butter with your pancakes).
  • Bin Y.heart icon on user image
    Bin YangMay 6, 2015
    Been here 10+ times
    2x2x2 specials are the way to go here. Massive and fluffy pancakes served with savory strawberry AND apple cinnamon butter, 2 eggs your choice, plus thick succulent pork sausages. Nuff said.
  • Max S.
    Max SklarOctober 26, 2018
    A Brooklyn classic! If you're a fan of pancakes, they have several kinds to try.
  • Matt H.heart icon on user image
    Matt HealyDecember 7, 2014
    Been here 25+ times
    A Prospect Heights institution that's been around for decades and will probably outlast us all. Come for breakfast and don't be scared off by the line. It moves fast and waiters bring out hot coffee.
  • Lauren D.heart icon on user image
    Lauren DellaquilaJanuary 4, 2016
    Been here 5+ times
    Tom's is an unending flow of culinary surprises every time I visit. When they are busy, parties of 4 seem to get seated quicker. Their burgers are simple but hearty and be sure to butter your grits!
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    Donna McFebruary 16, 2015
    Tourist tip: Awesome little diner nestled in Prospect Heights. Corned beef hash of my childhood and heavenly lemon ricotta pancakes! Solid eats and great service, with a touch of nostalgia.
  • Tomik D.heart icon on user image
    Tomik DashFebruary 25, 2016
    The banana walnut pancakes as well as the lemon ricotta pancakes are SUPERB! They also have cinnamon, strawberry, and pumpkin butters there are amazing compliments to the pancakes.
  • lilly
    lillyJuly 4, 2013
    Been here 10+ times
    If you care about diners and breakfast, and highly efficient, delicious experiences you will love Tom's. Don't bring a gang of friends, it's not a big spot. 4 ppl or less -- 2 and you're golden!
  • David L.heart icon on user image
    David LópezJune 19, 2015
    My favourite burger place in N.Y. Big and tasty burgers, crunchy bacon...And special mention to his fries! Totally awesome 👌
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    SageSeptember 6, 2014
    Been here 5+ times
    I basically always get either a pork sausage omelet with grits or a chili cheese omelet with grits. Both are great.
  • Mudit A.heart icon on user image
    Mudit AmetaMarch 13, 2017
    Oh man, pancakes here are SO good. Get the danish or sweet potato pancakes. Or any pancake really. And some milkshake and you're set. The staff is super nice and the vibe is old school. I love Tom's!
  • Varun S.heart icon on user image
    Varun ShettyOctober 18, 2014
    Don't worry if the line is super long. It moves fast and they bring you treats while you wait! We got a couple of types of cookies and some French fries.
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    inna katsMarch 18, 2015
    Tom's wrap, ask for Chipotle mayo ots. Pickle is legit. Try merlot mixed w/Malibu, seltzer ots (add to taste): like red sangria. No WiFi, owner won't let you charge your phone. Service is perfect. 👍
  • Aizen K.heart icon on user image
    Aizen KusumiAugust 1, 2015
    It is like a typical American diner that 1 sees in a movie. U.S. Flags everywhere, a cop having his breakfast & yes it is finger-licking-good! The service is good, slightly odd but good. Pancakes!
  • Village Voice
    Village VoiceApril 9, 2015
    Long lines form during prime brunching hours, but the waitstaff will reward your patience with gratis orange slices, sips of coffee, & breakfast meats. Tom's remains a community restaurant at heart.
  • Gothamist
    GothamistJanuary 20, 2015
    For a traditional pancake experience, we recommend the Lemon Ricotta pancakes at this 70-year-old Prospect Heights establishment. The pancake experience here is combined with a sepia-tinged nostalgia. Read more
  • Kiri M.heart icon on user image
    Kiri MastersNovember 30, 2014
    The 2x2x2 (2 eggs, 2 strips of bacon,2 pancakes) is a great deal. Plus you can upgrade pancakes to a flavored variety. Get here before 1pm on weekends to avoid the line
  • Marc M.heart icon on user image
    Marc MayerMay 23, 2015
    I love eating breakfast. I especially love eating breakfast HERE. Every now and then you get a little treat like an orange wedge or a cookie handed to you by a server.
  • Deon D.heart icon on user image
    Deon DMarch 28, 2016
    Pretty great for a diner. Upon arrival, seems like more of a wait than it really is. About 20 minutes from line to table. Everyone took responsibility for our service. The food came fast and very good
  • Chris C.
    Chris CooksonJanuary 29, 2012
    a great place to pair with a trip to the Botanical Gardens or Brooklyn Museum. Line is large on a Saturday, if you can, go on a week day. Pancakes and grits are the highlight here but lots to choose.
  • Marius W.
    Marius WatzNovember 14, 2016
    As "authentic" as you get, this diner is actually from the mid-1930's. And it looks it. The food is basic (but good) diner fare.
  • Jake S.heart icon on user image
    Jake SmithOctober 19, 2013
    The fries are good, but dipping them in this gamechanger (called "Chipotle Sauce," it may be at your table right now; if not, ask) kicks Tom's fries to the next level.
  • Joanna F.heart icon on user image
    Joanna FlammJanuary 23, 2017
    Been here 25+ times
    Kitchy diner food served with love. Pro order: beef sausage and cheddar omelet, home fries, wheat toast, chocolate egg cream or cherry lime rickey.
  • Mickey H.
    Mickey HellerApril 27, 2013
    Worth waiting in line. They come out to the waiting line with free coffee, samples if pancakes, beef sausage and more. Ask for Gus and have him tell you the history! Since 1936!
  • Glen K.
    Glen KosikFebruary 22, 2014
    You just can't go wrong here. I believe that anyone that goes here walks away very satisfied. Don't skip it. Go over and over again. Tell your friends...they'll thank you for it.
  • Damian B.heart icon on user image
    Damian BayonaFebruary 27, 2016
    Breakfast reigns supreme here. The pancakes are the real stand out. Eggs, home fries, etc are standard diner quality.
  • Carlos E.
    Carlos EscobarSeptember 18, 2012
    Try the cinnamon butter. .. Food comes out quickly and prices are reasonable. This place is cash only but they do have an ATM. Enjoy, everything my friends and I had was delicious.
  • Gabriel H.heart icon on user image
    Gabriel HayesJune 5, 2015
    Best pancakes in Brooklyn. Love the Danish Pancakes (lemon zest, ricotta, parmesan and blueberries).
  • Lindsey R.
    Lindsey RhoadesJuly 24, 2011
    Been here 5+ times
    A Brooklyn classic. Don't panic if there's a line - it's worth the wait, and one of the ultra-friendly staff will be by shortly with a plate of cookies, tray of coffee, or juicy chorizo to whet your a
  • Lears F.heart icon on user image
    Lears FoolNovember 9, 2015
    Worth the hype - a nice old school diner experience, kitschy and delicious. I love the waiting in line appetizers. Such a nice touch.
  • Buford B.heart icon on user image
    Buford BarnesMay 28, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    Established 1937, continuously operated. Multiple pancakes for breakfast, including a lemon-ricotta flavor. Try an old fashioned specialty drink, a Lime Rickey. Don't confuse with Tom's from Seinfeld.
  • Sarah
    SarahNovember 17, 2013
    heartwarmingly friendly service. the two by two special with lemon ricotta pancakes, over easy eggs and crispy sausage left me very happy (and very full).
  • Kim S.heart icon on user image
    Kim SleeperAugust 7, 2015
    The pancakes here! I ordered the sweet potato ones and it came with pumpkin butter. Honestly tasted like a pumpkin pie :)
  • Bethany C.
    Bethany CzernyJanuary 4, 2014
    Pumpkin walnut waffle and the Danish pancakes with the homemade flavored butters are the best. Then go walk it off at the brooklyn botanical garden!
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    HenrikOctober 29, 2016
    Loved the streusel pancakes. I was glad to see that the venue is so unpretentious.
  • Judy L.heart icon on user image
    Judy LuoSeptember 14, 2015
    lemon ricotta pancakes are amazing, cute space and décor, great service (they feed you snacks and coffee while you're waiting in line!)
  • Danyel S.heart icon on user image
    Danyel SmithMay 29, 2011
    Been here 10+ times
    as good as everyone has always said. the alternative ketchup, the pale pink horseradish-y stuff: YUM. also: excellent smoked beef sausage. and grits.
  • Ashley M.heart icon on user image
    Ashley MillerApril 5, 2015
    Pancakes are unquestionably the thing to get. There's a wait on weekends but the line moves quickly and the service is prompt once you are seated.
  • Jeszikaa
    JeszikaaOctober 12, 2013
    Cute little diner with great service...waited in line, but they us served coffee, oranges, French fries, cookies... Definitely worth the wait.
  • Kahina B.heart icon on user image
    Kahina BeJuly 3, 2017
    This one is a really authentic diner. The milkshake is amazing and don't get me started on the pancakes! So good.
  • David I.
    David IvesAugust 26, 2012
    The service is unreal!! Alfredo is the man! You may have a short wait but the lemon blueberry ricotta pancakes and crab cake florentine are well worth it!
  • Kelvin M.heart icon on user image
    Kelvin Maynard JrDecember 30, 2016
    Almost everything at Tom's is awesome. You can't go wrong with any order but my favorite is the Ruben!
  • New York Habitat
    New York HabitatDecember 6, 2011
    Awesome diner with great prices. Get the lemon ricotta pancakes or the pumpkin walnut Belgian waffle. And not enough can be said about the amazing cinnamon butter.
  • Kathy L.heart icon on user image
    Kathy LiuAugust 4, 2016
    If you haven't had their cherry lime Rickey you should get off this app and get one now. Amazing. Also, huge portions!
  • Brooklyn's L.
    Really great food anytime of day. Don't forget your cash - no cards accepted. Check it out!
  • David B.heart icon on user image
    David BrahlerMay 3, 2015
    Classic Brooklyn hospitality. Try the bacon omelette with fries and rye toast.
  • NabeWise
    NabeWiseAugust 30, 2011
    Famous diner in BK. It's filled with crazy decor, there's a massive line to get in on weekends, but they give you coffee and food while you're waiting in line. Get the double battered French Fries!
  • Dri B.heart icon on user image
    Dri BacciMarch 25, 2017
    Fluffy pancakes are awesome!!! 3 big pancakes with butter and maple syrup... 🥞 😋
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