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Ellen's Stardust Diner
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!
Posted by P-town Picks on 04/10/2009
I know better than to go to a place like this - it's an overpriced tourist trap close to Times Square. Although the concept is fun - the staff sings karaoke every once in a while, but the food is bad. The corned beef hash was inedible and literally looked like a pile of slop on the plate. My server was nice, but there was so much going on that it took her 10 minutes just to bring the check. In a city like NY, there are much better places to have breakfast!
Posted by Paul on 03/22/2009
The talent is theater quality and you get to talk with the entertainers at your table. The food is good diner quality fare but the entertainment value is terrific. Cheaper than a show but just as good. We have been there twice and will continue to take visiting friends for an excellent time. Many of the wait staff will eventually make it on Broadway. The Martini's are terrific too.
Posted by tony on 03/05/2009
The wait staff is a talented group of singers, but they need a wait staff to serve while the wait staff sings! We had a salad, burger, order of rings, coke, a choc. shake, and a slice of cheese cake... with tip - $75.00! ! I am from New Orleans, a place where food matters (we don't eat to live; we live to eat) The atmosphere is great, and that is what you will pay for. The food is average at best.
Posted by Tessa on 02/24/2009
I have been to Ellen's more times than i can count and i never get sick of it. It is so fantastic! The idea of a singing wait staff is so incredible. I love it. The food is wonderful and the wait staff is extremely nice and fun.
Posted by Jules on 02/04/2009
The food may not be amazing, but the atmosphere makes up for it completely!! The waiters and waitresses are so funny and so talented, and are really nice and considerate. It's not that the food is bad, because it was actually good, and much better than I expected, since it's one of those type places, but you pay for the atmosphere, and it's definitely worth it. I would definitely go back!
Posted by akissner on 12/29/2008
I work in Manhattan so I would never go to a place like this ordinarily. Some relatives from out of town were in the city for the day so I can't complain that we ended up going to a touristy place like Ellen's. Let me start off by saying that as a musician myself, the waitstaff at Ellen's is pretty talented. That being said, this place is obnoxious. Our southern belle waitress was a phenomenal singer but was a) clearly more focused on her singing career and b) trying to work on her idea of what a New York City attitude is. I must say it was a bit contrived though. The place has no atmosphere whatsoever. The waiters sing and don't take your order or bring your food. In between songs there's no house music playing, just awkward silence. Plus the staff didn't know how to work the sound system resulting in ridiculous feedback several times. The volume in general is a bit overwhelming. Food is decent diner food at upscale Manhattan prices. A $10 burger elsewhere is $16 at Ellen's. On top of that, our waitress got on the mic at one point and announced that they would be passing around a collection plate of sorts for the aspiring artists(who are already getting regular tips). Tacky to say the least. Don't waste your time. You're better off satisfying your desire for song and dance at a Broadway show and having lunch or dinner somewhere else.