I've been to Ellen's about a dozen times and have never had a bad experience.
Yes- breakfast is slow. I would like to see anyone here belt showtunes first thing in the morning!
My sister and I actually ended up being in a show with one of the waitresses and she remembered us! Just a hint- the more into it you are, the more into it they will be.
Also- I find the food to be delicious, as well as the drinks, and I love that they have wine, beer, etc, as well.
Last time we ate there was before RENT everyone remembered us, and our food came in a matter of minutes. We actually allowed ourselves way too much time before our show and kept ordering drinks so we wouldn't have to leave! (and they didn't want us to)
Ellen's was actually our first stop in the city after our hotel.
I will always go there when I'm in the city, even if it is just for a milkshake and to say hi!
Overall Score: *****! (5 stars!)