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Ellen's Stardust Diner
Posted by Anonymous on 08/30/2007
So it seems like a good idea in theory. Fifties diner for kids, only I wasn't thinking of one fact when I brought my kids there... they don't even know what the fifties are. Their knowledge is limited to Grease, which isn't necessarily a bad thing. I'll get this out of the way very quickly, the food was mediocre it was loud, and I watched the managers screaming at the waiters and shaking their heads all the time. It was a little discomforting to have it be that close to you. This was the busiest restaurant I had been to in the city and to see them treated so badly while they work their booty off was a little jarring. But the shakes are good, and once our waiter (The Boy Named Sue) asked us what we wanted to hear (my kids were climbing the rafters with boredom if they had to hear another song by someone they didn't know) and we said 'Wicked' or 'Grease' or 'Hairspray' he was more than happy to do a number just for us, where he sang a song called 'Cooties' and did a dance with the other waiters just to our table. So for that experience alone, I say go. Talk to your waiter and have a great time with your kids. Just don't expect to see good managing or have great food.
Posted by visitor from phoenix on 07/30/2007
the food was ok, but of course you'll be paying for the atmosphere. if you have kids they might like it.
Posted by Tracy on 06/21/2007
Went after a matinee. It was 5:00. We had a large group and were seated right away. Friendly servers, but so short staffed it took hours for sandwiches , burgers and kids meals that should have taken no more than 30 minutes. The waitress kept apologizing for being short staffed. Maybe if I saw her serving more than singing I would have believed her. The food was good, a bit overpriced. The entertainment was great for an hour, which is how long we should have been there. By 2 1/2 hours it was too loud and too much! Would not go back!
Posted by Anonymous on 05/02/2007
We absolutely loved Ellen's! The food was great and the atmosphere was amazing. The staff were lovely, especially Cowboy who went out of his way to make us feel at home. We only went for breakfast so I can't comment on anything else but the pancakes with strawberries were to die for. I'd advise going at the weekend as the atmosphere was much better then and there was much more singing. It gets very busy but the servise is still fabulous. We'll definately go back the next time we're in New York.
Posted by FoodConnoisseur on 02/27/2007
What made this fun was the waitstaff that sings. The food was good and so was the service and the singing was great.
Posted by annoymous on 09/07/2006
Ellen's was reccomended to us as a good place to eat before seeing Wicked. There were 2 teenage girls in our party and it was the perfect place to take them before the show. It was affordable, the food was good and we all loved the singing ! We loved our waitress(Roxie) . It was very easy to just walk across the street after dinner to the Gershwin Theater. I would recomend this for families with children as a perfect dinner destination before seeing Wicked.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/11/2006
This diner was a great place to go for a fun meal! The food is typical diner food, nothing special, but good enough to satisfy us. The service was very speedy, and all the wait staff were very friendly. While the atmosphere was energetic and the music was great to listen to, the restaurant was extremely loud. Don't come here if you're looking to have much conversation because you can barely hear the other people at your table. If you go there with older family members, as I did, then they also have quite a bit of trouble hearing what you said because the music is just so loud.