Swish to Merge Menus with Tomo?

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Many of you have notified us (and Spec reported earlier) that Swish has suddenly closed, though only temporarily. Some speculated it might be for health code violations, while others chalked it up to a changing look.

Bwog tipster Zack Sheppard suggests it may be closer to the latter, and the changes will be culinary as well as cosmetic: “I gave their old number a call and it connected me to Tomo, where they said Swish was closed for a month and, when it reopened, was going to be all Japanese food “like us.” News to me. And a disappointment, I liked Swish’s non-Japanese food.” He also sent along a photo of the shuttered restaurant.

Bwog shares Zack’s disappointment.

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  1. swish

    there's an official-looking sign in the window that there's going to be a public hearing, regarding having unauthorized tables on the sidewalk or something.

  2. I spoke to  

    a woman yesterday who said that the same people own Swish and Tomo and that they were going to move Tomo up to Swish's location. Could it be true? Will this mean Swish will suck less? Hmmmm...

  3. Uhoh...

    Swish was great for its padthai...if "all Japanese food" means no more pad thai, then swish has nothing left. They'll lose a ton of business. Long live swish pad thai!!

  4. Tom Swish

    Tomo has a much nicer ambience, Swish a more generously priced menu. I think their original placements were better.

  5. ah!!

    where will i be able to sakebomb with all my underage friends now??

  6. EWww

    i cannot believe that anyone goes to swish. it is GROSS, the food is BAD, and the people are RUDE. Just don't be surprised if you find a roach in your padthai

  7. important

    can you sake bomb at tomo?

    if not i will be bitter.

  8. Tom's  

    is also closed "for minor repairs to [their] heating system" and hopes to reopen shortly.

    • Tom's

      Speaking of GROSS, BAD, and RUDE, Tom's is the worst diner on the Upper West Side and I hope it does not reopen. The menu is overpriced, the food is subpar, and nowhere in the city is the service more unfriendly. Please stop going!

  9. Anonymous

    A woman on the street told me a few days ago that Swish and Tomo are owned by the same person. Tomo will be moving into Swish's location and Swish will be gone forever. Expect something good in Tomo's spot.

  10. you heartless bastards

    RIP Swish, RIP.

  11. Anonymous

    I loved Swish's waiters giving terrible services, looking at what you tip immediately, and then yelling when it's not satisfactory. Awful, awful work culture, that place.

  12. concerned

    what about the bubble tea?!

  13. ummm

    if tom's ever permanently closed, i would probably die... sure, it has its problems, but i love it so much. morningside heights would not be the same without it.

  14. Toms

    Would not be missed. If you want real, good diner food go to Westway; it's cheaper and better.
    I'll miss the vietnamese fried rice at Swish. They also made a killer spicy tuna roll there. They had the mixture of spice, mayo, and tuna down perfectly.

  15. In other news...

    That picture looks like the scaffolding on that building has been taken down--is that true? Is it finally gone?

  16. ugh toms

    one time i ordered chicken fingers from tom's and they were fried on the outside and COMPLETELY RAW on the inside. I of course was drunk and took about 3 bites before noticing....

    the waitress didn't even care and just put them in the microwave.

  17. Downhill

    I used to love Swish. I ate the pad thai there for three years without any problems. Until one fateful night in December, where it gave me the worst food poisoning I've ever had. And a bunch of other people complained of similar problems that weekend. All good things must come to an end, I suppose.

    Incidentally, a large number of the people working at Tomo are Chinese anyways. Most of the time I hear people speaking Mandarin, not Japanese.

  18. silly people

    if you want thai food that is actually good and not overpriced go to thai market. it's a little bit further down amsterdam but well worth it. don't know why anyone would ever go to swish

  19. hmm

    lime leaf has bigger proportions for the price than thai market

    thai market is delicious but sometimes im still hungry

  20. interesting

    i wonder what bank they retained to execute this transaction

  21. Wait

    Tom's is closed too?

  22. confused

    a few weeks ago i called swish and it connected me to ollie's, not tomo.

  23. monopoly

    swish, tomo, and ollie's are all owned by the same person

  24. hmmm


    "At the Surgeon’s College in Ireland, they just flew the guy who plays The Todd over there to talk, which is insane."

  25. omg

    omg finally. i hate swish. no longer will my friends be able to insist we eat there! hahaha! fuck swish!

  26. yay

    the service at swish was horrible i really hope it doesn't come back and we get a better option in morningside

  27. ...

    i actually saw swish as one of the least worst alternatives around here... :(

  28. mmmmmm swish

    i hope it (them or their menu...) doesnt go away.


    how can they get rid of the bubble tea?? take anything you want, mysterious swish/tomo/ollies restaurant kingpin, but don't fuck with my bubble tea!

  30. Anonymous

    Just FYI, I got Salmonella at Tomo over the break. Included a hospital trip and everything.

  31. hooray!  

    No no, tomo is incredible. try their curry soup and all your swish-woes will go away.

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