NYC | You’re Better than Buttered Popcorn

I’m not a huge fan of seeing movies in theaters. I don’t like sitting still (especially with both feet on the floor) or being inside for too long. The main appeal of a movie-going for me is the opportunity to devour baked pretzel nuggets dipped in cheese during the previews. BUT I’ve just discovered, per recommendation by Aubrey, a theater that may change all of this.

Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg is a full-service bar and restaurant while you are in the theater enjoying a flick. There are tables at each seat, you write your order down, your server comes to pick it up, and he or she drops off the goods a little later. The menu includes some spins on traditional movie food (flavored popcorn and gourmet chocolates) as well as items you cannot find in your Regals and AMCs of the world – special cocktails, bottles of wine, meat and cheese plates, salads, quesadillas, fried chicken, burgers, crab cakes, and more.


Aubs and I went to see the Jenny Slate rom-com Obvious Child which was adorbs per our expectation. We ordered two Allagash Saisons and the Boyhood special, “Want Another Queso” – one queso for now, and one for later in the movie. Our waitress explained that Boyhood is a much longer movie than the one we were seeing so it would be two bowls of queso right in a row. Although that wouldn’t have necessarily been a bad thing, we switched to the regular queso, just delivered once.

Eating homemade queso on a table top out of real dishes rather than plastic and drinking a beer during the movie did make for a much more pleasant movie-going experience. I will definitely be hopping on the L train more frequently, especially when it gets cooler out and some of my other friends start wasting their lives away with football season. In addition to first-run indie films, Nitehawk Cinema has some interesting events coming up on the calendar – Sunday brunches with an all-you-can-eat cereal bar and cartoons, midnight showings of scary older films, and classic films with special curated menus related to the movie.

Bonus points to Nitehawk for being within walking distance of some pretty cool bars and a Pies ‘n’ Thighs.


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