Ellen’s Stardust Diner

Ellen’s Stardust Diner

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.

Atmosphere: B 
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. 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

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.

Coffee: B

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. Ellens Stardust Diner Broadway

Food: B
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. 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 solid diner meal. Ellens Stardust Diner Broadway

Cost: $$$
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.

Overall Thoughts/Summary:
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.

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

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


Crystal Lake Diner

I feel somewhat weird posting this. I have had the Crystal Lake Diner review typed up for a while but haven’t posted it. Sadly now you are unable to go to this gem in Haddon Township because it burned down in early June.  It’s really a shame because this was a good diner.  It happened in the middle of the night so thankfully no one was hurt or injured.

Article about the Crystal Lake Diner burning down

crystal lake diner



Tim and I went to the Crystal lake Diner earlier in the year. We had been 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 fine.

Atmosphere: B
The outdoor atmosphere was 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 normal diner. It was what most states expect out of a diner. It wasn’t a pimped out diner but it wasn’t grimy either.

Coffee: B
The coffee was 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” for tweeting.  Just kidding but I did want to at least get a photo of the meal.

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. My salad was really good 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. That’s not bad and the food was delicious and filling so I have no complaints.

Overall Impression:
I was pleasantly surprised and happy with the Crystal Lake Diner. I have no complaints and rather enjoyed my food. I would have loved to come back but sadly due to the fire it’s obviously closed. I hope one day they reopen!  Living in NJ for a year and talking with locals recently, this was a favorite diner in the area.  I wish it wouldn’t have burned down but I am thankful no one was hurt or injured.

RIP: Crystal Lake Diner, NJ lost a great place.

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