Ellen's Stardust Diner

Ellen's Stardust Diner

Diner and American Restaurant$$$$
Theater District, New York
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  • Michelle E.
    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.
  • 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 Cordova3 weeks ago
    great dinner food, it's expensive yet the experience is worth it, Waiters are talented performers that will sing famous broadway songs.
    Upvoted 3 weeks ago
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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,
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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
    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.
  • 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
  • Gazel K.
    Gazel KalaycıFebruary 4
    Talented singing waiters🎤🎤Amazing place ,lots of fun. Highly recommended 👍🏻👍🏻you would'nt regret going here😉😉
  • 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
  • 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!
  • 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.
  • 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!!!
    Upvoted Oct 12
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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
  • 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 😝
  • 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
  • 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!!
  • 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 :-)
  • 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.
  • Lauren S.
    Lauren SMay 21, 2013
    As touristy as it is, it is so much fun! Get the person you're with to sing along with you and the waitstaff! http://datemapps.com/
  • 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!😊
  • 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!!
  • 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.
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