Ellen's Stardust Diner

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Come for the food and stay for the tunes at this kitschy midtown diner. Singing waitstaff—many of them Broadway actors—will keep the kids entertained while they wait for their pancakes or burgers. The performing servers even take requests—just think how much your little ones will adore hearing a live rendition of “Let It Go” during their meal. There are also nightly scheduled performances.


Venue name: Ellen's Stardust Diner
Address: 1650 Broadway
New York

Cross street: at 51st St
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 7am-midnight; Fri, Sat 7am-midnight
Transport: Subway: N, R to 49th St; 1 to 50th St
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We had been recommended this restaurant before visiting New York and I was really looking forward to it which is why I was prepared to join the queue, (as you can't book) and wait for over an hour in the freezing December New York weather. I have to say I was incredibly disappointed when eventually entering the restaurant we had pretty poor seats, so couldn't see a lot of the action going on downstairs, which in hindsight wasn't a bad thing as we could hear it and it was pretty terrible! The singing was quite painful on the ears and not in an 'entertaining, tongue in cheek sort of way' each server/singer took themselves incredibly seriously and it was just all a bit cringeworthy. The food was mediocre at best and incredibly overpriced for diner food, the service really wasn't too great either and I found the begging on the microphone for tips because they would all actually really like to be on Broadway, quite distasteful! I wouldn't say it was worth the queue, or the money!