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Monks - Manhattan eatery and coffee shop featured on the situation comedy SEINFELD/NBC/1990-98.

Monk's Diner - SEINFELD

Monk's is the favorite hangout of comedian Jerry Seinfeld and his friends, George Costanza, Elaine Benes and Cosmo Kramer.

Employees at Monk's included:

  • Larry the Cook, the black owner/manager/cook
  • Ruthie Cohen, the cashier
  • Olive, the cashier
  • Paco,  a line cook
  • The Blonde Waitress who George believed gave him "the finger" on one episode.

The menu at Monk's features "Rost Beef" ("Roast Beef" misspelled). and a Big Salad, a favorite of Elaine Benes.

Waitress: Yeah, can I take your order?
George:  I'll check to the raiser
Jerry: My bet. All right. I'll open with a tuna sandwich.
Elaine: Tuna?
Jerry: Oh, the dolphin thing?
Elaine: They're dying in the nets.
Jerry: You know, the whole concept of lunch is based on tuna.
Elaine: Jerry, can't you incorporate one unselfish act in your daily routine?
Jerry: Hey, when I'm driving, I let people in ahead of me all the time. I'm always waving everybody in. Go ahead, go ahead, go ahead. ... All right, all right. I'll have the chicken salad.
Elaine: Um, and I'm going to have an English muffin with margarine on the side and a cup of coffee.
Waitress: OK, and how about you?
George:  I'll have the tuna.

TRIVIA NOTE: The exterior shots used for the series are actually Tom's Restaurant at the corner of Broadway & 112th Avenue.

Tom's Restaurant was also the inspiration for the Suzanne Vega song entitled, "Tom's Diner."

The Monks restaurant film set used on the show is on display at the American Museum of the Moving Image in Queens, N.Y.

Cast of SEINFELD (Elaine, Jerry and Kramer at Monks
Elaine, Jerry and Kramer at Monks

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