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Ellen's Stardust Diner
Posted by Crystal on 06/06/2010
So I went to Ellen's about 3 weeks ago for dinner with my Aunt and Uncle and well the only thing good about the place are the servers. THey are always smiling and having a good time singing while still providing great service to their guest. Our server was so talented and at one point in our meal she performed defying gravity from Wicked and we were floored. How these singers havent been discovered amazes me. The food was ok...nothing special and nothing you couldnt get at a regular diner but it was ok. The atmosphere was great seeing as the servers are always smiling and singing. So as I was saying the best thing about this place is the staff...everything else is not worth the time.
Posted by liza3 on 05/01/2010
My out-of-town relatives LOVE this place, so every time they visit, we go here. I try not to be a snob about "touristy" places, but Ellen's is simply a tourist trap. The kids who perform there are actually quite talented, better than the lot on this season's "American Idol" - but still, it is basically a crowded, noisy theme restaurant. They cram so many people into such small tables - even when the restaurant is half empty. I know this is New York & we're used to close dining quarters, but at most places you don't have yentas bumping & jostling you at every turn, trying to get a photo of an aspiring star. The staff is appealing, although more attention is paid to singing than serving. The food... Bland, boring, & beside the point.
Posted by foodgirl on 11/20/2009
I knew there would be singing but no by so many wanna-be's. The food is ok, nothing like other diners I visited. I particularly take exception to a bucket being passed around to fund "singing/acting lessons" etc. That's what a tip is for, you're just stinging customers twice. Wouldn't go back, wouldn't particularly recommend.
Posted by anonymous on 08/23/2009
Just don't. Awful awful food. 15 minutes to get a drink. Loud loud singing. Just don't.
Posted by Sara J. on 07/24/2009
The food isn't amazing, but the servers are! If you're looking for an entertaining meal, Stardust is the place. The waiters and waitresses are incredible singers waiting for their chance to star on Broadway. Honestly, some of these servers are far better than the stars on Broadway now.
Posted by Jan on 07/22/2009
It takes more than distributing menus and a bill to qualify as a restaurant. If you have any taste whatsoever, the experience will be torture from start to finish.
Posted by Molly's Friend on 07/13/2009
Ellen's Diner is Amazing! Great Broadway talent (they're mostly between gigs on stage) serving excellent value food in NYC. Close to Times Square... convenient to all tourist attractions. I've lived in NYC and still appreciate this Diner. The wait staff is friendly with customers and helpful to each other. Don't plan this to be a 'quick' food stop - you'll get distracted and be late for your next destination. We had a wonderful brunch and wanted to stretch it out for as long as possible!