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“Busy place”

Ellen's Stardust Diner
Ranked #818 of 15,928 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$15 - US$20
Cuisines: American, Diner, Deli
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Good for: Child-friendly
Dining options: After-hours, Lunch, Breakfast, Dinner, Delivery, Reservations, Takeout
Neighbourhood: Midtown
Reviewed April 5, 2018 via mobile

We had heard great things about Ellen’s so wanted to try for ourselves. We first attempted on Tuesday lunchtime, and joined the queue way down 51st St outside the gift store. We waited and moved up slowly for about 15 minutes but as soon as we got the office block (where you need to leave a gap for people to enter/exit) we noticed a huge (I mean huge!) group entering Ellen’s at the side entrance. From then on we did not move. After about 25 minutes of not moving at all we left.

We came back in a Thursday about 11:10 and joined the queue in 51st St. this time we were moving gradually and a waitress came out to take group numbers. She would return periodically and call out for 2s or 5s etc. We queued for about an hour and took the offer to sit at the bar (you need to be over 18 to do so).

Food was excellent - we had a breakfast burger with waffle fries and a sex in the city cocktail. Quite pricey (bill was over $110). However Service was fast, and entertainment good. However sitting at the bar we felt out of it so I wouldn’t choose to sit here again (needed to turn around and search for the singing wait staff). Great idea and wonderful voices singing Broadway classics.

Point to note - gratuities were already included at 20% and there was a request for donations for singing lessons, which even tho told no obligations to contribute we felt obliged to.

Date of visit: March 2018
Thank Manners66
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Reviewed April 4, 2018

I'm always weary of places that receive so much hype, but Ellen's didn't disappoint. After a wait of nearly 45 minutes on a blustery NY afternoon, we were led to seats along the rail on the second floor and for the next hour or so were treated to an outstanding floor show. There's no doubting the level of talent of the waitstaff. What was unexpected was the quick service and excellent food. Despite the presence of long lines outside the restaurant there was never a sense that we were being rushed. Well worth the wait!

Date of visit: April 2018
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Thank Tim C
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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

Wonderful experience in the diner. However waited in line for 11/2. Keep that in mind when planning.

Date of visit: April 2018
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Reviewed April 4, 2018 via mobile

This is my 5th time in NYC in the past 8 yrs. this place seems to be more popular then ever! We waited outside over 30 mins. The food was good (not amazing, but nothing worth complaining about). our service was slow, but they were so busy they were just trying to keep up. The talent is spectacular!

Date of visit: April 2018
Thank Cindy C
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Reviewed April 4, 2018

We queued for 1 hour to get in to the diner, but it was more than worth it for the athmosphere alone, we didnt want to leave!!! Food was lovely, the staff so friendly and of course it goes without saying how brilliant their singing was !!! Amazing!!!

Date of visit: March 2018
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Thank PEK1234
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