Movie theaters abound in New York City. So what makes the theaters listed below so different? They screen great films and serve great food and drinks too, putting a whole new spin on the concept of “dinner and a movie.” Check out our favorites below. By Jessica Allen/Carly Petrone
445 Albee Square West
Brooklyn, NY 11201
This U.S. theater chain has earned legions of fans for its thoughtful programming coupled with excellent eats. Their Brooklyn location doesn’t disappoint: it screens the latest hits along with special events and old-school films. You might have also noticed the “drafthouse” part of this theater’s name — along with food, there’s a carefully curated beer menu, featuring more than 30 brews on tap.
11 Fulton Street
New York, NY 10038
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You’ve got a couple options for dining at iPic at the South Street Seaport. You can have a drink at their fancy on-site lounge, sit down for a multi-course meal at their restaurant, or let the lights get low for the latest Hollywood hit and order treat after treat to be brought straight to your chair. iPic prides itself on offering a luxurious, customer-first experience. The food is cooked with care, and is so good you’ll be forgiven for spending significant time staring at your plate.
136 Metropolitan Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11249
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Nitehawk doesn’t just serve food and drinks —this Brooklyn cinema tailors their menu to whatever’s showing on screen, along with its regular menu of top-notch eats. Check out their calendar of special events, such as “Country Brunchin’,” featuring a set by a local country band, brunch and a showing of a classic movie set in the South, or “Spoons, Toons & Booze,” which includes cereal, alcohol, R-rated hosts, and cartoons from your childhood sure to take you way, way back.
40 Bogart Street
Brooklyn, NY 11206
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At Syndicated, you can order all kinds of utensil-free food, such as slow-cooked bacon nachos, curly fries, or smoked lamb ribs. If you don’t feel like sitting in the 60-seat theater, you can hang out at the bar/restaurant, and watch whatever’s being projected that night—often a hit show or a beloved classic.
Videology Bar & Cinema
308 Bedford Avenue
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Videology bills itself as a “movie bar.” You can rent videos, watch movies like “Space Jam,” “Kill Bill,” and “Amélie,” or check out their weekly events, including “The Simpsons” themed bingo, and “Live Dubbed Sitcoms,” where comedians ad-lib popular shows to create hilarious new story lines. Oh, and you can eat and drink the night away too. Might we recommend a fully-loaded hot dog to go with your libation of choice.
209 W. Houston Street
New York, NY
Indie movie fanatics should make their way to the Film Forum. This three-screen cinema is open 365 days a year and offers the best selection of independent and foreign films as well as extended runs of popular selections. Many NYC theatrical premieres have taken place at this iconic theater. Make sure to check out their event calendar, and their website for more details and show times.
Angelika Film Center
18 W. Houston Street
New York, NY
There’s a reason the Angelika Film Center has been recognized as one of the most successful arthouses in the U.S. Since 1989, this SoHo theater’s been showing an eclectic mix of independent and foreign films. There’s also a café inside that is busy serving gourmet foods, pastries, and beverages – you don’t even need a movie ticket to eat there! Dine there for breakfast or take a lunch break and enjoy a sandwich or quiche. They even have a vegan menu. Check website for show times and current movie listings.
Indie Food & Wine
144 West 65th Street
New York, NY
For just $25 a person, Lincoln Center’s “Dinner & a Movie” has to be one of the best deals around. You get your choice of a sandwich, soup of the day or kettle-cooked chips, and a glass of white, red, or sparkling wine, along with admission to a first-run or classic movie. (Check the calendar for special screenings and Q&As.) Indie Food & Wine also serves breakfast, lunch, and dinner, as well as top-quality popcorn and baked goods.