New Yorkers just love to multitask, and that goes for their leisure time, too. In NYC, dinner and a movie couldn’t get any easier thanks to the growing list of theaters that offer in-seat food service.
Lower Manhattan: South Street Seaport’s iPic Theater, the newest of the crop, is a must, showing first-run movies that patrons enjoy in plush recliner seats and choose from a menu filled with temptations that include warm cheese drop biscuits, filet mignon sliders, truffle fries and a full bar, making for a gourmet experience.
Brooklyn: Alamo Drafthouse Cinema beckons atop the City Point shopping center with over 30 craft beers on tap, in addition to cocktails, shakes and a multicourse menu. Movies range from classics to current blockbusters and themed screening events.
Also in Brooklyn is Videology Bar & Cinema, which offers an intimate 40-seat screening room where you can enjoy cocktails, rent videos, watch classic movies or check out weekly events like bingo nights and movie trivia. Eats here include burgers and fully loaded hot dogs. Videology also offers a separate bar to enjoy cocktails and snacks before or after the show.
The Williamsburg, Brooklyn, movie house Nitehawk Cinema was the first to benefit from the city’s 2011 law allowing alcohol to be served in movie theaters. Movies here tend to run to current indie films, plus older films that are often combined into themed events, pairing a film and food choices, such as a country-style brunch that was offered with a recent showing of the Western, “A Fistful of Dollars.”
SoHo: Angelika Film Center, open since 1989, is a nationally recognized art house that hosts independent films; Its café—gourmet coffees, teas and sandwiches, quiches, muffins, scones and pastries—is open to both the public and moviegoers.
Lower East Side: Metrograph focuses on archival-quality 35 mm films; this Lower East Side theater features screenings, book signings, events and more. Its "commissary" is inspired from the Hollywood studio eateries of the 1930s and 1940s and offers breakfast, lunch, dinner, brunch and cocktails.
Where to Find Movie Theaters With Restaurants in New York City