Back in April of 2012 I went to New York City for work (and yes- this post has been sitting in my “drafts” folder since I was in the airport on my way home), and while there I had the opportunity to go to Ellen’s Stardust Diner. I’ll come right out and say that the food, while good, was not by any means the best food that you’ll find in NYC. However- that’s not the reason to go.


Ellen’s is a 1950’s style diner, is located right on Broadway, and features live performances! The waiters and waitresses sing and dance, both while people are eating, and occasionally even when they are serving the food!


The guy in blue is dancing & singing in between tables

They sound fantastic! In fact, this diner hires people who are great singers with the hope that they will be able to use this as their springboard onto broadway itself. They get to work here to make money to pay the bills, and they carry around an extra container to donate money to help them pay for auditions, classes, etc… If I remember correctly, they said that in the previous year before I had been there either 9 or 11 of their waiters and waitresses had been cast in broadway musicals! Cool, right?

So like I said, the food there isn’t anything special, but the ambiance and entertainment is really fun! If you’re interested in broadway and musicals, and want to help others reach their dreams, then this is a place to check out!

For more on my trip to NYC, you can check out this post

Now it’s your turn to share! Have you been to any entertainment restaurants?