Suzanne Vega wrote this song while eating breakfast at Tom's Restaurant on the corner of Broadway and 112th Street in New York City. "Tom's Diner" is a song written in 1982 by American singer and songwriter Suzanne Vega. In actuality is called Tom’s Restaurant, and as aforementioned it is situated in New York City. The second album by Suzanne Vega, a New York-based singer-songwriter obsessed with Leonard Cohen and Lou Reed who had become misleadingly pegged as a folk singer, began with “Tom’s Diner”, an a cappella song set in a restaurant, that had “popped into [her] head fully formed”. It was first released as a track on the January 1984 issue of Fast Folk Musical Magazine. In Suzanne Vega's " Tom's Essay" (New York Times, 23 September 2008), she explains how "Tom's Diner" came to be: It was 1982. “Tom’s Diner” is real. Suzanne Vega, a New Yorker for life, is said to have frequented this establishment during the early 1980s, when this song was dropped. Suzanne Vega (born Suzanne Nadine Vega on 11 July 1959 in Santa Monica, California) is an American singer-songwriter noted for her eclectic folk-inspired music.Two of Vega's songs (both from her second album Solitude Standing, 1987) reached the top 10 of various international chart listings: " Luka" and "Tom's Diner".Though born in California, Vega has lived most of her life in New York City. Tom's Diner by Suzanne Vega - discover this song's samples, covers and remixes on WhoSampled