Going to a themed restaurant can be a fun new experience, and sometimes the experience is even more memorable than the food!  If you’re looking for a great night out, or even an unusual brunch, check out our suggestions for themed restaurants in New York City.

Ellen’s Stardust Diner

Looking for a blast from the past? At Ellen’s Stardust Diner the decor is retro Fifties, and the food is mostly traditional American named after famous New Yorkers.  The desserts from the Sweet Shoppe are soda shop classics, but the real treats are the waitstaff.  The world-famous “Stardusters” often break into song during dinner, and man are they good.  Many have used the diner as a launchpad to go on to Broadway and American Idol!

Ellen’s Stardust Diner

1650 Broadway

New York, NY 10019

(212) 956-5151



Do you like your sushi with a little more kick?  Once you’ve stepped into Ninja, you’ll know you’re in for a new experience.  The decor is reminiscent of an old Japanese ninja village, and almost every dining group gets their own private room.  Ninja waiters cater to your every need, and also perform magic tricks to entertain you.  We’re warning you, this trip is not for the faint of heart, and the dimly lit hallways can be a little creepy.


25 Hudson St

New York, NY 10013

(212) 274-8500


American Girl Place

This is the perfect place to bring your young daughter, especially if she has an American Girl doll that she takes with her everywhere. The selection on the menu is really kid-friendly, with items like chicken tenders and tic-tac-toe pizza. Many of the items are inspired by the historic American Girl dolls, and your daughter’s doll gets her own special chair and eats for “free”.

American Girl Place

609 5th Ave  New York, NY 10017

(212) 371-2220



Vynl is great for two things: delicious food and funky decor.  They offer some jazzed up classics like truffle mac and cheese, and some Thai-inspired dishes as well.  The interior is covered in, you guessed it, vinyls, and mosaics of famous musical artists.  Enjoy great music, while munching on some yummy fare at Vynl and trying to find the album cover that belongs to the artist playing.


754 9th Ave  New York, NY 10019

(212) 974-2003


After a long day and dinner in the city, it’s always nice to kick back and ride home in one of Seastreak’s relaxing ferries.  With our cushioned seats and plenty of legroom, feel free to stretch out after a crazy adventure in one of these fun themed restaurants.

Sea you soon,

The Seastreak Family

Filed Under: Destination Guides, New York City