Dinner and a Dream at the Stardust Diner in New York City

by Sandra Foyt on March 20, 2012

in Food Adventures

I hadn’t planned on going to Ellen’s Stardust Diner in New York City. In fact, I had always avoided this diner in favor of ethnic restaurants, thinking that it would be another overpriced tourist trap.  But this night was different.

Stardust Diner on Broadway

My son and I went to Mars Restaurant, thinking this would be a good tie-in to our New York City Space Odyssey (consisting entirely of these dinner plans and the Beyond Planet Earth exhibit at the American Museum of Natural History.)

Stardust Diner Center Stage Seating

Stardust Diner Singing Waitress

But when we arrived, I found out that Mars Restaurant had gone out of business; and in a stroke of good fortune, Stardust Diner was open across the street. At 7pm on a Tuesday night, there was only a short line waiting to get in, and within minutes we were seated at the center of the main room – also a makeshift stage for the performers.

Stardust Diner Singing Waitstaff

You see, what I didn’t know was that with dinner comes a hearty helping of dreams. Each of the waiters and waitresses at Ellen’s Stardust Diner is hoping for the big break, when they’ll finally get that call from a Broadway show. In the meantime, they’re thrilled to sing on Broadway – even if it’s at a diner –  in between schlepping burger and fries, which, by the way, are pretty reasonable for NY ($13.95 for a burger and fries.)

Stardust Diner Burger and Fries

The “show” was a little loud for my taste, I would have been happy just to enjoy the tasty dinner, and even more delicious desert – a root beer float that was so big we could hardly finish the one that we shared.

Stardust Diner Root Beer Float

And yet, it was fun to watch the performances with my son. When you consider that we got a free Broadway show with our meal, dinner at the Stardust Diner is quite the New York City bargain.

Travel Photo Challenge:

We are now entering the second week of the SITS Girls’ Pin-tastic Pinterest Challenge.  Last week, we worked on basic photography skills:

And this week we’re moving into learning how to used these photos on Pinterest:

Find It!

Ellen’s Stardust Diner
1650 Broadway  ((between 50th St & 51st St)
New York, NY 10019
(212) 956-5151
Serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner seven days a week.

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| Sandra Foyt is a storyteller, photographer, and road trip junkie. A veteran of six cross-country road trips, she drove Route 66, the Lincoln Highway, the fossil freeway, the extraterrestrial highway, and even “the loneliest road in America.” Find her on GetawayMavens.com, an award-winning destination guide to extraordinary travel in and from Northeast USA, on her portfolio site at SandraFoyt.com, and in freelance gigs on Family Travel 411, Minitime, Huffington Post, and Matador Network. Email: sandrafoyt@albanykid.com, Twitter @SandraFoyt.

Tom Gurney April 4, 2012 at 10:55 am

I think it’s great to sometimes behave as a tourist for the weekend, even if you are a resident as otherwise it’s easy to miss out on lots of things just because you want to avoid crowded places.

I have the same in London, and your pics give me more impetus to get over to New York soon. Having said that, i normally prefer to eat my dinner in peace 🙂

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