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
  • 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.
  • Abhishek
    Abhishek3 weeks ago
    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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • Gazel K.
    Gazel KalaycıFebruary 4, 2016
    Talented singing waiters🎤🎤Amazing place ,lots of fun. Highly recommended 👍🏻👍🏻you would'nt regret going here😉😉
  • 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.
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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!!
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