"Seinfeld," the influential sitcom, put New York City diners on the map during its iconic 10-season run. It humorously showcased their importance in the city's social life.

Ed Levine, writing for Serious Eats in 2019, noted that American media often features diners. "Seinfeld" particularly celebrated this setting, led by Jerry Seinfeld himself, who celebrates his 70th birthday on April 29, 2024.

Levine described the diner as "the quintessentially American restaurant." These eateries are prevalent in the Northeast, with New Jersey claiming over 500, the highest in any state.

New York City leads in diner numbers, boasting over 400 establishments. Monk’s Café, central to "Seinfeld," was depicted by three different diners, two of which are still major attractions.

However, Monk’s Café was a fictional creation. The interior diner scenes were filmed in a Los Angeles studio, far from the New York setting.

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The exterior shots used Tom’s Restaurant in Manhattan. Located near Columbia University, it's now a prime spot for photos, especially given the recent chaos at the university.

Tom’s has become a landmark due to its recurring role in "Seinfeld." Meanwhile, Westway Diner in Hell’s Kitchen is deemed the spiritual home of the show.

Despite never appearing on "Seinfeld," Westway Diner remains a beloved tourist spot. Jerry Seinfeld tweeted in 2021 about conceiving the show there with Larry David.

David lived near Manhattan Plaza, a hub for artists and close to Broadway. Redanty from the Manhattan Plaza Tenant Association explains, "That's why they met there."

Westway Diner now sports a plaque commemorating its significant role in television history. It's a lasting tribute to its influence.

Manhattan Plaza itself is a cultural icon, having housed celebrities like Samuel L. Jackson and Alicia Keys, who recently launched a Broadway musical set in the area.

Kenny Kramer, the real-life inspiration for Kramer, still resides in Manhattan Plaza. Redanty shared an amusing anecdote about his antics with Larry David, which inspired Kramer's quirky entrances on "Seinfeld."

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