Ellen's Stardust Diner

Ellen's Stardust Diner

Diner and American Restaurant$$$$
Theater District, New York
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  • Lena G.
    Lena GershkovichNovember 12, 2013
    Despite being touristy, this place is so much fun. Amazingly talented singers and solid diner food. Overall, a great place for a unique experience
  • Michelle E.
    Michelle EvangelineAugust 27, 2016
    Their waitstaffs a who can sing very well. Try their crispy chicken wing and Smores shake and burger with mushroom. Come early or be prepared to Q for dinner. Lunch is good because Q is shorter.
  • Andrew M.
    Andrew MooreMay 31, 2013
    Touristy but in a good way. If you come as part of class trip for lunch, I suggest getting the grilled chicken sandwich or Caesar salad. Stay away from the chicken strips or pasta pommodora w chicken,
  • Jess A.
    Jess ArnoldDecember 30, 2015
    I got a spicy crispy chicken sandwich. It was pretty tasty! The spicy sauce they bring is sort of like buffalo sauce. Definitely get a milkshake for dessert! Zech was a great server!
  • Norah C.
    Norah CordovaNovember 8, 2016
    great dinner food, it's expensive yet the experience is worth it, Waiters are talented performers that will sing famous broadway songs.
  • EllensStardust D.
    EllensStardust DinerOctober 20, 2014
    Warm up with a hot and delicious Chicken Pot Pie served in a cast iron crock. Chunks of chicken with carrots, celery, peas and mushrooms in a rich (oh so tasty Read more
  • Abhishek
    AbhishekJuly 4
    Broadway show for the price of a cheeseburger? Yeah! Make sure that you plan to visit this place in advance as you will probably have to stand in a long line to get in! Don't miss the malt shakes!
  • Joy T.
    Joy TenenbergMarch 8, 2015
    Been here 5+ times
    The food is hit or miss here but the entertainment is A++. Great restaurant for any theater lover. The Chicken Pot Pie is the best thing I've tried on the menu so far.
  • CNN
    CNNJune 5, 2015
    Dishes like the Dean Martin (spaghetti and meatballs) and the Jerry Lee Lewis (a buffalo fried chicken and blue cheese wrap) highlight the diner's throwback vibe. Read more
    Upvoted Aug 22
  • Zach L.
    Zach LonsingerAugust 6, 2014
    This place is amazing. And so fun. The waiters and waitresses are aspiring broadway performers and sing while they wait on you. Great family atmosphere!! Arrive early or expect to wait in long lines.
  • EllensStardust D.
    EllensStardust DinerAugust 5, 2014
    Joltin' Joe's Pulled Chicken #ellensstardustdiner Slow cooked and shredded with a hint of chipotle, served with cole slaw and our creamy macaroni and cheese Read more
  • Khalil Faron S.
    Khalil Faron SmithCraftFebruary 5, 2014
    The waitstaff's performing show tunes is worth the wait and the food is just ok. But you should come for the entertainment. I will come back every time after or before I see a show on broadway
  • Marianne B.
    Marianne BuntApril 22, 2013
    If you do not want to spend a lot of money on a broadwat show, than Ellen's Stardust diner is a great replacement! Not only whole concept is great but also the food is delicious!
  • Shirley C.
    Shirley CelerinDecember 19, 2015
    The servers were awesome! The burgers were OK, could be better Can't go wrong with a great sing-a-along or serenade!! Would definitely return for the entertainment and the milkshakes!
  • EllensStardust D.
    EllensStardust DinerJanuary 18, 2013
    All of our deserts are made fresh in-house buy our master pastry chef Raul. Even our servers are amazed by the pastries he makes. Read more
  • EllensStardust D.
    EllensStardust DinerFebruary 20, 2015
    The U.K. is in the house! A huge U.K. crowd is in the house making it a lively breakfast - Tilly & Nikki (our resident Stardusters from the U.K.) wow their home town visitors. Read more
  • BONNIE F.
    BONNIE FAUSTJuly 11, 2011
    Touristy but well worth the visit. Enjoy great live music by your server, ask them to autograph your bill so you can say 'you knew them when...' Go for late lunch or early dinner, around 4 to beat the Read more
  • Chris M.
    Chris MallonAugust 25
    Really whacky place - singing wait staff (all are aspiring performers with their sights on broadway) mean it's pretty loud but hilarious. Food was awesome too (try the duke chicken sandwich - nom)
  • Robert N.
    Robert NeumannJanuary 18
    Went in with a few friends from out of town, wanted to do something touristy. The singing waitstaff was as talented as always, and I was pleasantly surprised by how good my brisket sandwich was.
  • Tara B.
    Tara BreeJune 21
    Fun atmosphere. Generally there is a line wrapped around the corner, but we arrived at the right time. The staff sing songs from popular musicals. The pulled pork sandwich was delicious!
  • EllensStardust D.
    EllensStardust DinerFebruary 21, 2013
    One of new menu items: Shake Rattle & Roll Chicken. Baked and sliced chicken breast stuffed with spinach, portobello mushrooms and romano c Read more
  • Sophia K.
    Sophia KOctober 12, 2013
    The food was alright but the vibe was amazing. P.S. If you tweet them you can see your tweet on the TVs in the diner. Now there's a picture of me with a Shrek backpack that will appear there for a bit
  • bri9ett
    bri9ettJune 20, 2011
    Been here 25+ times
    chocolate shakes are the best-not too milky or too sweet, make it a mudslide & it's on. salmon is always cooked perfectly. get brownies to go (heaven!). have fun w/live ent by the singing waitstaff!
  • Rob R.
    Rob RosenbloomJune 15, 2011
    The desserts are awesome we had the Red Velvet cake and the Rainbow cookie sundae. The next table was raving about the whoopee pies. We had pasta dishes which were surprisingly good. Singers R GREAT
  • Rim K.
    Rim KarouiAugust 10, 2014
    Very touristy spot. The singers are incredible! They are very talented and know how to put on a show while waiting tables :) but be ready to wait in line at the door.
  • Elie H.
    Elie HirschfeldFebruary 17, 2016
    Great place to eat following a Broadway play. I went after seeing Rent and it was very entertaining, to say the least. I went with the grilled cheese.
  • Gazel K.
    Gazel KalaycıFebruary 4, 2016
    Talented singing waiters🎤🎤Amazing place ,lots of fun. Highly recommended 👍🏻👍🏻you would'nt regret going here😉😉
  • Amy W.
    Amy WarrenApril 29, 2014
    Definitely a must in NYC if you appreciate good singers and fun entertainment. Food is good diner food! Ill definitely come back! Maybe even again tonight!
  • Adam S.
    Adam SmithNovember 13, 2014
    Ok, it's touristy, the food is average, but it's fun! The staff are having so much fun, singing almost non stop. It's like walking into an episode of Glee. If that's your thing, you'll love it
  • Mikaela M.
    Mikaela MatthewsJune 8, 2013
    FUN! Great family friendly entertainment. Mediocre food, but I can overlook that when my 9 year old could barely stop grinning or singing along to the songs. Will definitely return next time in NYC!
  • Inglorious v1C
    Inglorious v1COctober 20, 2014
    Ambience is fantastic!!! You'll have a great time with real aspirants to Broadway!!! Break a leg guys!!!
  • Christopher S.
    Christopher ShabazzJuly 11, 2015
    The wait staff sing songs while you eat. The prices are not to expensive but it's Manhattan. My family didn't mind the prices and the singing was very good. I'll go again for sure.
  • EllensStardust D.
    EllensStardust DinerOctober 28, 2014
    Scary Decisions You're presented with a plain, salted caramel & turtle cheesecake but you can only choose one. What do you do? #dessert #cheesecake  Read more
  • Alexandria C.
    Alexandria CherryJune 18, 2011
    We love Ellen's! Come here every time we visit New York. It is loud but SO much fun. The wait staff are all Broadway-hopefuls and they make the experience totally worth it.
  • Theodore K.
    Theodore KimNovember 1, 2014
    If you can manage it, endeavor to sit on the first floor of this place. The sound of the singing wait staff tends to get washed out on the second floor.
  • Erika L.
    Erika LoweFebruary 28, 2015
    There's always a line out the door. Go for breakfast when it's not as crowded. Great place to take the kids for breakfast and Broadway show tunes.
  • Edwulf
    EdwulfJune 22, 2015
    A must stop to have dinner. Expect noisy and fun environment. Good food, lots of fun. A good (and cheap) experience near Times Square!
  • Tim C.
    Tim CondonApril 21, 2015
    The food is pretty good but the atmosphere is why to go. If you like Broadway show tunes, you will love Ellen's. Go for breakfast and enjoy the show.
  • EllensStardust D.
    EllensStardust DinerSeptember 18, 2014
    Well hello there! #RubyReuben #EllensStardustDiner corned beef, swiss cheese, sauerkraut on grilled rye, side of russian dressing, served with waffle fries Read more
  • Ruby K.
    Ruby KellyMarch 2, 2013
    Great family/ group atmosphere really good fun and the food is really tasty and a great price for what you get. Best NYC place to eat.
  • Steven D.
    Steven DenisonOctober 6, 2015
    Always entertaining. Hats off for being so entertains while still keeping up with the there customers at the same time. I saw a waiter deliver drinks to a table while still singing!
  • Christian D.
    The feta cheese omelette is a great choice. Other diners in the city offer better breakfast food, but the singing staff makes Ellen's worth going to once.
  • Hi There!
    Hi There!January 6, 2014
    If you can, try to request a table downstairs or if upstairs, along the railing overlooking the downstairs area. Along the wall upstairs, we couldn't see a lot of what was going on.
  • EllensStardust D.
    Happy National Cheesecake Day Join us in celebrating National Cheesecake Day in style with some of the best desserts in the city. Give your diet a day off and Read more
  • Tommy C.
    Tommy ChenFebruary 24, 2015
    Come here for the entertainment, not the food. Very touristy but worth the visit. The food is forgettable, the singing waiting staff is not. Had the Walter Cronkite waygu beef burger and carrot cake.
  • Joanne M.
    Joanne MoussaMay 31, 2015
    Food with a show, not to miss!!! Food is to die for, though you could literally die of high cholesterol 😝
  • Steve W.
    Steve WattsMarch 1, 2015
    Singing waitresses provide great entertainment....a must do if you love musicals...I hope they all get their break someday, that deserve it
  • Monya F.
    Monya FörsterJanuary 2, 2014
    You can have a really great time at this diner with great entertainment of the singing stuff as well as really delicious food!!
  • Dana J.
    Dana JovanovichMarch 29, 2014
    The New Yorker omelet is yummy.. And the best music are the old hits and broadway tunes. Save today's radio hits for the radio :-)
  • Cristine R.
    Cristine RApril 26, 2013
    Always entertaining eating while listening to the singing wait staff!! My daughter loves their Red Velvet Cake and I love their Mudslides!!
  • Marzia m.
    Marzia milkydropSeptember 26, 2015
    The dinner here is a beautiful experience: not only the food is good but the musical enterntainment provided by the waitresses is so so good!😊
  • Haleigh T.
    Haleigh TutrowMarch 14, 2014
    This place is great and a lot of fun! Be prepared to have to shout if you're having a conversation though, it's super loud inside!
  • EllensStardust D.
    EllensStardust DinerFebruary 10, 2015
    The #Grammys may be over but we're here every day putting on a fabulous show. Whether it's breakfast, lunch or dinner the show never stops. Come join the fun.& Read more
  • Marie A.
    Marie AntzSeptember 20, 2011
    Best place to share a good moment with friends who love music and the 50's... It's a dinner with a singing waitstaff....incredible... ;) definitely a place to go!
  • Christian M.
    Christian McIlwainNovember 16, 2012
    Awesome waiters with amazing voices and good food. Kind of on the expensive side, but the atmosphere is what sets this restaurant apart.
  • Peyton K.
    Peyton KellerOctober 14, 2014
    I loved the Mac and cheese and the fried mac and cheese bites are my favorite. The singing is awesome too.
  • Sarah F.
    Sarah FleischmanMarch 12, 2013
    For lunch, the portions are HUGE. Got a sandwich and three different sides. The sound system is waaaay too loud. It is really touristy but could be fun if you are with a group of willing friends.
  • Santiago D.
    Santiago DuarteSeptember 5, 2014
    A place for tourists but I have ro admit that Inhad a good time. The staff sings broadway melodies while you eat. Good Burgers roo
  • Jodi
    JodiJuly 8, 2016
    The food was good but, the entertainment is fantastic and so much fun! Such talented waitstaff! We left with huge smiles!
  • EllensStardust D.
    EllensStardust DinerOctober 18, 2013
    Thanks! Courtney Smith. Facebook 10/16/2013 00:00:00: I went here on Sunday for dinner, and it was great! The food and entertainment were fantastic! Read more
  • Nena M.
    Nena MidwinterNovember 24, 2016
    Amazing and the bacon bowl with mushrooms for breakfast! Yummmm! Singing hits from les Mis and wicked made my visit amazing! Incredible voices
  • Lisa M.
    Lisa MarlierAugust 21, 2013
    Great diner in fifties style, super friendly and talented staff. So cool to enjoy a little broadway moment while eating :)
  • Ty A.
    Ty AlstonJune 6, 2011
    Been here 100+ times
    Kobe Beef burger + Waffle fries = 1 hearty & delicious meal. Washing it down with a custom made Oreo shake while being sung to made for a great night.
  • Julia L.
    Julia LandonJune 9, 2015
    Very talented singing wait staff, and pretty good food. Sitting on the main floor was the best.
  • Kayla S.
    Kayla StegallFebruary 15, 2014
    nice little diner, unlike anything I've seen before. Buffalo Chicken Wrap could have been better, but the entertainment is worth going for!
  • Kerry D.
    Kerry DaleyAugust 31, 2012
    Been here 5+ times
    LOVE THIS PLACE. Ask if Jenna is working and you'll be in for a treat! She's awesome and friendly, and a phenomenal singer!
  • Glenn D.
    Glenn DApril 21, 2012
    Walnut pie was good.Glad waitress sed 2 go for it.Strugglin actor/waitstaff r tourist draw-guest frm Iowa in town.sad 2 c how hard it is 2 make it in showbiz.all seemd… (2 of 4 petals via Fondu) Read more
  • Caitlin C.
    Caitlin ClementsFebruary 10, 2013
    Totally corny, and overpriced as well. But it's fun to come see the singing waitstaff and either "play tourist for a day" or bring actual visiting guests!
  • Jes W.
    Jes WolfeJune 27, 2011
    Kiki is a fabulous and attentive waitress there. Food is great and so is the singing. Great place to tale people who haven't been to the city before.
  • Gabriela V.
    Simply awesome place. Singing waitstaff, tasty food, great atmosphere. I love it!
  • Sam J.
    Sam JohnsonOctober 23, 2012
    Fun place to eat, decent food! Order some drinks from the fully stocked bar and prepare to watch some talented waiters sing!
  • Mark W.
    Mark WeirDecember 15, 2015
    Simply some of the best fun you could have when out dining.
  • EllensStardust D.
    EllensStardust DinerDecember 24, 2014
    Join us for a HUGE #NewYearsEve Dinner Party - live performances, dancing, dinner & more! Book your reservation NOW! #EllensStardustDiner Read more
  • EllensStardust D.
    EllensStardust DinerOctober 17, 2013
    Thanks! Christopher J.. Yelp 10/15/2013 14:21:04: Let me set the stage (no pun intended) for the evening:A surprise evening for my two beautiful nieces, a v Read more
  • Robbin M.
    Robbin ManuelMay 14, 2016
    The singing is so amazing and worth the trip. Reservations are a must
  • Tyler J.
    Insanely expensive, huge food portions. Talent is top notch, they threw straws and confetti to simulate Elsa's ice power during "Let It Go".
  • EllensStardust D.
    EllensStardust DinerNovember 6, 2014
    @EllensStardust and @Enderbeany was feat. on @ComedyCentral @midnight last night! http://on.cc.com/1E8Swfm We love good jokes and this was pretty awesome! Read more
  • Rob Q.
    Rob QuigleyJuly 22, 2012
    For those saying it is overpriced, there is a McDonald's and Olive Garden across Broadway. For the rest of us, this is the best, most fun spot near Times Square.
  • Chiara B.
    Entertaining dinner, very loud, the waiters are actors/ singer, between orders they sing famous songs. They serve tasty American food if you fancy a burger with chips, the service is ok.
  • Jo O.
    Jo O'SullivanAugust 20, 2013
    So much fun and good value, real American food and real American talent!
  • Lily
    LilyJune 26, 2012
    This is a great, fun restaurant. The waiters and waitress are all budding actors, and they sing while you eat. Wonderful.
  • Marco M.
    Marco MagnocavalloAugust 6, 2015
    Food is ok, but nothing is really over the top. But you will come here to listen to some great waiters singing. And it's an awesome experience
  • EllensStardust D.
    When you're in the middle of a heat wave like we are (currently 96 degrees outside) a pair of shades and a frozen hot chocolate are mandato Read more
  • Nate F.
    mexican omelet with tater tots, tortilla chips, and guacamole
  • EllensStardust D.
    https://twitter.com/ellensstardust If you haven't followed us on #Twitter yet, you've missed great candid pics of our Stardusters having a fun time! #EllensStar Read more
  • Laura K.
    Laura KenyonJanuary 24, 2011
    Awesome milkshakes, very talented and entertaining staff...TERRIBLE food that is waaaay over priced. My tip: eat before you go, get a milkshake there and enjoy the entertainment.
  • Shuvani B.
    Shuvani BurtMarch 18, 2015
    Such a great atmosphere. Where else can you be sung your favourite broadway tunes whilst eating breakfast? Loved it.
  • Steve K.
    Steve KNovember 10, 2011
    If you interaction with the singers stay on the main floor. If you just want to be an observer and get a good view go upstairs and look down from the balcony.
  • Ozgur K.
    Great Restorant you can go for breakfast, lunch or dinner. All time good place, with live music
  • Nourah A.
    Nourah Al-TwaijriOctober 18, 2013
    Dano was the best! He sang happy birthday to me with the rest of the people in the Diner! Thank you guys! You made my birthday special ☺️💕
  • Mähbu
    MähbuMay 1, 2013
    If you wanna have Broadway entertainment go there!! Nice one, good singers, food and prices okay, but a bit noisy. I like!
  • ™Catherine d.
    probably the best place for a nice meal, the atmosphere is super. lovely to go with kids too.
  • EllensStardust D.
    EllensStardust DinerDecember 23, 2012
    For more than 35 years, riders on the New York City subways and buses during their daily commute were graced with posters of beaming young women. http://n.pr/RcWDDu Read more
  • Sara .
    Sara 🌈⚔🍾September 6, 2014
    Awesome late night stop. Great milkshakes. Can be full of tourists, so approach with caution.
  • Federico G.
    Federico GarciaNovember 16, 2015
    cuidado!, he sido estafado por el mozo llamado Scooter, cambio el monto de la propina //Be careful I have been cheated by the waiter named Scooter, he changed the amount of the tip within the receipt
  • Morten T.
    Morten TrolleJuly 30, 2015
    Great place for entertainment, food under average. Wet bun in my burger and sloppy onion rings.
  • Sandi P.
    Sandi PichonOctober 2, 2013
    Such a fun place. talented servers, delicious foods and the Chocolate Kiss drink is killer!!!
  • EllensStardust D.
    Lacey took a break and decided to cool off with our delicious Frozen Hot Chocolate. FYI, ours tastes A LOT better than those others guys. Read more
  • EllensStardust D.
    EllensStardust DinerDecember 17, 2014
    Meanwhile, over at the sweet shoppe, Brie & Alia are going carrot cake crazy!!! #dessert #carrotcake  Read more
  • Katerina A.
    Katerina AnnaDecember 5, 2014
    Live music, your waiter will be singing at any moment from the moment they open! The food is delicious 👌
  • Anaïs L.
    Anaïs LabaraOctober 13, 2014
    Cenamos la primera noche por recomendación y salimos encantados! Música en directo de los musicales de broadway por los propios camareros, buena comida, buen ambiente y buen servicio! Genial!
  • Mayra R.
    Mayra RodriguezSeptember 19, 2014
    es toda una experiencia venir a cenar aqui!!! :) tu cenas rico y los meseros y meseras están cantando!! Trata de conseguir lugar en el primer piso!! Además si mandas un tweet sales en las pantallas!
  • Vanessa S.
    Vanessa SeixasApril 17, 2016
    Adoramos o breakfast desse local. Muito bom e animado, os garçons que te atendem são os mesmos que cantam músicas da atualidade. Fantástico, recomendamos!
  • Raissa S.
    Raissa StivalDecember 8, 2015
    O melhor restaurante/bar/musical de NYC. Não tenha medo de enfrentar a fila e se decepcionar. É divertido, é encantador, é barato. TODOS os garçons cantam, tornando o jantar um musical a parte.
  • Òscar F.
    Òscar Felis2 weeks ago
    Impresionantes las hamburguesas! Sin duda una de las mejores que probé en Nueva York! Y el espectáculo es muy chulo y original! Recomendadísimo :)
  • CrisyFrank
    CrisyFrank1 week ago
    Aqui no se viene por la comida, se viene por el ambiente. Los camareros cantan y bailan al estilo broadway mientras que los comensales aplauden, cantan y toman fotos.
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