When asking around, I heard Ellen’s Stardust Diner was a must stop in New York City. It’s located on Broadway, and the waiters and waitresses take turns singing during the entire day.
So instead of background music, you have a show the whole time. It’s more of an experience versus high-quality diner food.
Ellen’s Stardust Diner is everything you would want in a diner. The outside is a large, shiny metallic building while the inside has multiple booths and tables.
While New York is extremely crowded, the diner sits you very close to people. If you are claustrophobic, it’s probably not the diner for you. It’s so close, the waitress must physically pull the table out so you can sit down without putting your butt on someone else’s table.
The service at Ellen’s Stardust Diner is interesting. All of the servers sing and perform throughout their shift.
You might have to wait a few minutes as a server is performing. All of the servers were extremely talented, and there was never a dull moment. Many leave and go on to sing at Broadway.
As far as service goes, it’s hard because you know the waiters are busy performing but that also leaves large gaps of time that you might want a refill or are waiting for your food. Our waiter was actually on break when we arrived, and he didn’t take our orders for at least 15 minutes.
The coffee is good. There isn’t anything unique about it, but it’s not bad coffee either. I do wish we had more refills, but the staff was busy performing. There was plenty of whipped cream though.
Ellen’s Stardust Diner has many breakfast options as well several dinner options. They don’t serve everything all day, so if you are looking for breakfast, it’s important you go at the appropriate time.
We went to lunch, and I decided to order a turkey wrap. The wrap itself was great and had a lot of turkey. It was definitely filled up.
The wrap also came with waffle fries which, to be honest were some of the best waffle fries I’ve had. It was a solid diner meal.
For the wrap and coffee, the cost was $22, and that’s one of the cheapest options there! It’s easy to spend upwards of $30 on a single meal. At Ellen’s Stardust Diner, you’re also paying for a show, so it’s important to keep that in mind.
I liked Ellen’s Stardust Diner, and it was a great and unique spot in NYC. I would recommend it. Just keep in mind it’s definitely more expensive, and you might wait over an hour to be seated.
Questions for you:
Have you ever seen a Broadway show? Have you ever been to a restaurant that includes a show?