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Ellen's Stardust Diner
Posted by TomG on 11/15/2005
Taking an 8yr old, on jetlag yet, to Ellens for lunch was a trip. Seating was immediate and the floorshow entertaining. Our waitress, in a poodle skirt and a Mookie nametag, was a smiling delight. My wife's meatloaf was good, but very salty and my rueben OK although nothing special. We shared a chocolate shake, which was excellent. All in all, the experience went smoothly and the food was good if a bit spendy for what you get.
Posted by Mystic Diner on 10/02/2005
Been to Ellen's twice.First time -Feb 04 - with my sister and her 2 teen daughters before a show. We had burgers, sandwichesf ries.Food was good.But the best was the atmosphere -Live singing waiters and waitressess-tjust enhanced the whole NYC -Broadway theme! Took my husband there on another trip-spring 05- had snack.Again, food was good, but the shining star is the whole package. We go to city 5-6 times a year and will keep Ellen's in the mix!
Posted by ABZ on 08/01/2005
Just returned from our vacation in NYC. Had breakfast at Ellen's Stardust Diner. We put our order in and ordered coffee. The coffee came without spoons. Asked for spoons, got them 5 mins later - now we have cold coffee! We were a party of 7 and half of us got our meals first and the rest of us got ours later! I knocked over my glass of water and had to wait for a waiter to show up. He finally did and of course took forever to show up with a stack of napkins. He didn't even offer to wipe it up! Once all our meals came we had to ask for the maple syrup. Again, the food was cold by the time the syrup came. There was entertainment during our meal - the waiters singing old tunes. Unfortunately, I think this interferes with the service. It was difficult to get their attention when we needed something (ie more coffee). The food was OK, but I wouldn't go there again. They should concentrate more on the service rather than the entertainment. Needless to say, no tip was left!
Posted by THE MOST FUN EATING! on 08/01/2005
We stumbled upon Ellen's after a play one night and now go there almost every night we are in NY. Just so much fun while eating. I find the prices affordable and a wide variety menu. The desserts alone are worth going for. Singing waiters liven it up so much. This is by far our favorite after theatre place. Kids will love it too.
Posted by KannD86 on 07/31/2005
Night when we walked in, a (very cute) waiter was standing on top of a booth singing an elvis song. He was great. it took a couple of minutes to get seated, even though our waitress was standing right in front of us the whole time. We ended up sitting at a long booth with individual tables for two. It's hard to describe. Basically you're a few inches from somebody on either side when you sit in the booth. It wasn't terrible though. The atmosphere around the place was great. There was elvis and marilyn monroe memoribilia on the walls as well as photos of "miss subways", which I guess is like a beauty contest or something. The sound of music was playing without the sound on a few tvs and on a big screen near the windows. A toy train ran around the tracks on the second floor balcony. The waiters and waitresses (donned in poodle skirts) sang songs from the 50's sometimes while delivering food to tables. They all had really good voices and were very entertaining. I enjoyed the music, but the people next to us didn't. As soon as they sat down, they decided it was too loud and walked out. This diner is located right on broadway, so you have to expect it to be expensive. My friend and I each ordered the chicken fingers and french fries because it was practically the cheapest thing on the menu at $13. There was a plain 8 oz. burger for $10. Our food came out really fast which is good, but also makes me think they just microwaved it or something. It tasted good, but nothing special. The waitress wasn't especially attentive during our meal because she was busy singing, walking around with a tip can, and serving other tables. The place was packed. Overall, it was a good experience. we spent about an hour there enjoying the food and the performances. I'd recommend it if you don't mind paying above average prices for average food and if you'd like to reminisce about the 50's through the music and the fashions.
Posted by Brenda on 07/28/2005
Was at Ellen's yesterday after a matinee Broadway show, and have to say it was a lot of fun. I was w/ a group of 12 people, we had reservations for 5pm. We were seated immediately downstairs. Our table was ready w/cokes and utensils. Then, we ordered right away. I had the cheeseburger w/lettuce and tomato and french fries. Despite that they cook the burgers all the same, mine was not overcooked and tasted delicious on a brioche roll/bun. After that, we had mini ice creamsundaes. They were okay. they looked like they were pre-made and left in the freezer, since they were pretty much frozen vanilla ice cream w/chocolate fudge on the bottom and whip cream and sprinkles on the top. The highlight of this place was definitely the wait staff. They were also entertainers and singers. They sang a bunch of oldies 1950s songs and were dressed like the 1950s. They all had great voices too. Would visit this place again!
Posted by Geraldine Lannon on 07/05/2005
Delicious food, excellent entertainment, great staff! Definitely worth a visit while staying in New York. I would highly recommend this restaurant. We visited this restaurant while in New York City two years ago, and was very impressed. One of the highlights of our visit to the City.