Ellen's Stardust Diner

Ellen's Stardust Diner

Diner and Performing Arts Venue$$$$
Theater District, New York
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    Gabriela V.
    "Singing waitstaff, tasty food, great atmosphere."(7 Tips)
    Cristine R.
    "... while listening to the singing wait staff!! My daughter loves their Red Velvet Cake..."(8 Tips)
    Erika L.
    "Great place to take the kids for breakfast and Broadway show tunes."(8 Tips)
    Amanda F.
    "Awesome mozzarella triangles, waffle fries, and grilled cheese."(8 Tips)
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  • 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
  • Michelle E.heart icon on user image
    Michelle EvangelineAugust 27, 2016
    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.
  • 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,
  • Jess A.heart icon on user image
    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.heart icon on user image
    Norah CordovaNovember 8, 2016
    great dinner food, it's expensive yet the experience is worth it, Waiters are talented performers that will sing famous broadway songs.
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    AbhishekJuly 4, 2017
    Broadway show for the price of a cheeseburger? Yeah! Make sure that you plan to visit this place in advance as you will probably have to stand in a long line to get in! Don't miss the malt shakes!
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    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.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • May♍heart icon on user image
    May♍December 25, 2019
    Typical tourist spot in the heart of Times Square. You definitely go for the entertainment rather than the food! Each server is someone trying to bust into the theater scene. Some are truly phenomenal
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    Emily-janeOctober 11, 2019
    Does exactly what it says on the tin! Your servers singing non-stop showtunes, diner food & a whole lot of campy fun! If you're looking for a quiet, high quality meal this isn't the place for you!
  • Zach L.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Robert N.heart icon on user image
    Robert NeumannJanuary 18, 2017
    Went in with a few friends from out of town, wanted to do something touristy. The singing waitstaff was as talented as always, and I was pleasantly surprised by how good my brisket sandwich was.
  • Shirley C.heart icon on user image
    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!
  • Chris M.heart icon on user image
    Chris MallonAugust 25, 2017
    Really whacky place - singing wait staff (all are aspiring performers with their sights on broadway) mean it's pretty loud but hilarious. Food was awesome too (try the duke chicken sandwich - nom)
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    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
  • Tara B.heart icon on user image
    Tara BreeJune 21, 2017
    Fun atmosphere. Generally there is a line wrapped around the corner, but we arrived at the right time. The staff sing songs from popular musicals. The pulled pork sandwich was delicious!
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    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
  • Laura K.heart icon on user image
    Laura K.December 24, 2022
    This is about an experience more than the food. Don’t let a long line intimidate you because it will move quicker than you think. It’s busy and noisy and FUN inside! NYC must do ❤️
  • Chiara C.heart icon on user image
    Chiara ChiarolleJuly 6, 2017
    Entertaining dinner, very loud, the waiters are actors/ singer, between orders they sing famous songs. They serve tasty American food if you fancy a burger with chips, the service is ok.
  • Nate F.heart icon on user image
    Nate FolkertJune 9, 2017
    mexican omelet with tater tots, tortilla chips, and guacamole
  • Khalil Faron S.heart icon on user image
    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
  • Adam S.heart icon on user image
    Adam SmithNovember 13, 2014
    Ok, it's touristy, the food is average, but it's fun! The staff are having so much fun, singing almost non stop. It's like walking into an episode of Glee. If that's your thing, you'll love it
  • Elie H.heart icon on user image
    Elie HirschfeldFebruary 17, 2016
    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.
  • Gazel K.
    Gazel KalaycıFebruary 4, 2016
    Talented singing waiters🎤🎤Amazing place ,lots of fun. Highly recommended 👍🏻👍🏻you would'nt regret going here😉😉
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    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
  • Rim K.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Christopher S.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • 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!
  • Rose L.
    Rose LynnNovember 14, 2017
    very fun place! the servers all sing and they are GOOD! they also take requests! note that it is really overpriced diner food, its the location and atmosphere you pay for.
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    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
  • Hussain N.heart icon on user image
    Hussain NabiJanuary 7, 2020
    This place is incredibly awesome. The music, the singing staff and the food. Simply amazing. Highly recommended if you’re in New York.
  • 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.
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    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.heart icon on user image
    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!
  • Erika L.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Christian D.heart icon on user image
    Christian DickmannFebruary 16, 2017
    The feta cheese omelette is a great choice. Other diners in the city offer better breakfast food, but the singing staff makes Ellen's worth going to once.
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    Inglorious v1COctober 20, 2014
    Ambience is fantastic!!! You'll have a great time with real aspirants to Broadway!!! Break a leg guys!!!
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    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
  • Nena M.heart icon on user image
    Nena MidwinterNovember 24, 2016
    Amazing and the bacon bowl with mushrooms for breakfast! Yummmm! Singing hits from les Mis and wicked made my visit amazing! Incredible voices
  • Tim C.heart icon on user image
    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.
  • Cindi A.heart icon on user image
    Cindi AlbrightDecember 14, 2017
    Everything, from the entertainment to the food to the service. I will be coming back every chance I get! These guys know how to have fun!
    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
  • Nate F.heart icon on user image
    Nate FolkertJune 9, 2017
    when our waiter started his song, i thought we'd have to wait until he was done to pay the check, but he ran my card while he sang
  • EllensStardust D.heart icon on user image
    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
  • Joanne M.heart icon on user image
    Joanne MoussaMay 31, 2015
    Food with a show, not to miss!!! Food is to die for, though you could literally die of high cholesterol 😝
  • Mikaela M.heart icon on user image
    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!
  • Tom
    TomFebruary 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.
  • 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!
  • Nicky P.
    Nicky PetroniMarch 25, 2018
    It’s a fun little tourist trap in the middle of Times Square. Don’t be alarmed when your waiter/waitress starts breaking out in show tunes. It’s all part of the shtick.
  • 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
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