Ellens Stardust Diner Broadway

Ellen’s Stardust Diner

Ellen’s Stardust Diner (NYC)

When asking around, I heard Ellen’s Stardust Diner was a must stop in Times Square and New York City.  Ellen’s Stardust Diner is located on the corner of 51st street in Broadway, and the waiters and waitresses take turns singing during the entire day.

So instead of background music, you have singing waiters and a show the whole time.  It’s more of a world-famous experience versus high-quality diner food.

Ellen’s Stardust Diner Atmosphere: B 
Ellen’s Stardust Diner is everything you would want in a diner.  The outside of Ellen’s Stardust Diner is a large, shiny metallic building while the inside has multiple booths and tables. Ellens Stardust Diner Broadway

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.  Ellens Stardust Diner Broadway

Ellen’s Stardust Diner Service: B
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.

Ellen’s Stardust Diner Coffee: B

The coffee at Ellen’s Stardust Diner 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. Ellens Stardust Diner Broadway

Ellen’s Stardust Diner Food: B
Ellen’s Stardust Diner menu has many breakfast options as well as several dinner options.  They don’t serve everything all day, so if you are looking for breakfast, you must 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 filled up. Ellens Stardust Diner Broadway

The wrap also came with waffle fries which, to be honest, were some of the best waffle fries I’ve had.  It was a substantial diner meal. Ellens Stardust Diner Broadway

Ellen’s Stardust Diner Cost: $$$
For the wrap and coffee at Ellen’s Stardust Diner, 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 essential to keep that in mind.

Overall Thoughts/Summary of Ellen’s Stardust Diner:
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 more expensive, and you might wait over an hour to be seated.

Atmosphere: A
Service: B
Coffee: B
Food: B
Cost: $$$
Overall: B 

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Questions for you: 
Have you ever seen a Broadway show? Have you ever been to a restaurant that includes a show? 


Crystal Lake Diner (Haddon Township)

Crystal Lake Diner (Haddon Township)

I feel somewhat weird posting this. I have had the Crystal Lake Diner review typed up for a while but haven’t posted it. There was a fire that left the diner in South Jersey unopened for over a year. It happened in the middle of the night, so thankfully, no one was hurt or injured.

Article about the Crystal Lake Diner burning down

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Update: Crystal Lake Diner (Revisited): The Crystal Lake Diner was rebuilt, and you can now go again.

Tim and I went earlier in the year. We were picking up furniture in the area and wanted to (of course) try a new diner. After a quick google search, we found the Crystal Lake Diner.  It was within a mile of where we were so we just headed up there.

The diner was located on a large hill. We worried the emergency break might fail, but if people park safely in San Francisco, we figured we were okay.

Crystal Lake Diner Atmosphere: B
The outdoor atmosphere of the Crystal Lake Diner is a normal, large building. It was nothing that welcomes you or pulls you into the building except it says “diner.” If I hadn’t googled it, we probably would have driven right by.

The inside of the Crystal Lake diner was a typical diner. It had booths, tables, and a bar running the length of the restaurant. I can’t say it was the most cleanly diner I have been too, but it wasn’t awful.  It was a typical diner. It was what most states expect out of a diner.

Crystal Lake Diner Coffee: B
The coffee at the Crystal Lake Diner is good. While they did not have whipped cream, they did use large mugs and didn’t charge for retails. It tasted like that burnt diner flavor that most people associate with diners.  I didn’t take a photo because my phone was going to die soon and I needed to “save it.”

Crystal Lake Diner Food: A
I was honestly extremely surprised by my food at the Crystal Lake Diner. By the general atmosphere, I had gone with a “this food will be okay but probably not great” mentality. They are well known for their breakfasts and mini meals.

My salad at the Crystal Lake Diner was excellent, and I have no complaints. I ordered the Greek Salad with chicken and pita bread. It was a standard Greek salad, but the dressing was pretty thick. I think that’s what I enjoyed the most.  I would classify the Crystal Lake Diner as a hidden gem, “hole in the wall” type of place in Haddon Township. Based on the atmosphere, you might drive right on by. Crystal Lake Diner Salad

Cost: $
For one coffee and two meals, the cost was 28 dollars.

Overall Impression
I was pleasantly surprised and happy with the Crystal Lake Diner. I have no complaints and rather enjoyed my food. I’m glad you can come back again.

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Questions for you:

What is your favorite salad topping?

How often does your phone die?