Oh, how we love when friends come to visit. It’s our chance to act like a tourist and see the sites through fresh eyes. At the top of our list ~ Ellen’s Stardust Diner, where the show never stops ~ until now.
Closed due to COVID-19, this popular institution owes over $600,000 in back rent, and if not paid by August 7th, the stardust will fall & the curtain will close for good. Come along inside during our visits over the years.
Open for breakfast, lunch and dinner since 1987, Ellen’s Stardust Diner is one of the most authentic theme restaurants in New York City, with its retro-themed memorabilia and talented singing waitstaff.
So talented are some of their employees that several alum have gone on to successful careers on Broadway in shows like Avenue Q, Jersey Boys, The Lion King, South Pacific, In The Heights, On The Town, Wicked, Godspell and many more.
Alum have also received critical acclaim with original musicals at NY Musical Theater Festival. Brandon Ellis, Eric Michael Krop, Stephen Tyler Davis, and Alysha Umphress (Shirley) are some of the successful singers who began their careers as singing wait-staffers at Ellen’s.
The popular diner was also the site in the movie New Year’s Eve with Sarah Jessica Parker. And by the way, it’s a popular place to spend New Year’s Eve, and has even hosted wedding parties! They also sing a mean Happy Birthday.
The large interior space occupies two-floors, with memorabilia everywhere. Many past Miss Subways are on the walls; a 1956 Predicta television, and a ‘drive-in-theater’ screen that showcases vintage performances.
Don’t plan on having a conversation during your meal! The music and dancing hardly ever stop, and you’ll find yourself turning this way and that, as the talented waitstaff hop up on the booth behind you, dancing from one end of the room to the other.
Generally always packed with a line around the corner, no seat is a bad seat. Entertainment is upstairs, downstairs and all around.
Below, a few more pictures from our visits over the years.
New York City has been severely affected by COVID-19, with many businesses closed since March, unable to pay employees and bills still due. We hope Ellen’s will be able to keep its lights on and entertain us for years to come.