Where to drink this week: Nitehawk Cinema

Eat dinner while you catch a flick.

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  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    Nitehawk Cinema

    Nitehawk Cinema

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    Nitehawk Cinema

    Nitehawk Cinema

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    Nitehawk Cinema

    Nitehawk Cinema

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    Nitehawk Cinema

    Nitehawk Cinema

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    Nitehawk Cinema

    Nitehawk Cinema

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    Nitehawk Cinema

    Nitehawk Cinema

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    Nitehawk Cinema

    Nitehawk Cinema

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    Nitehawk Cinema

    Nitehawk Cinema

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    Nitehawk Cinema

    Nitehawk Cinema

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    Nitehawk Cinema

    Nitehawk Cinema

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    Nitehawk Cinema

    Nitehawk Cinema

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    Nitehawk Cinema

    Nitehawk Cinema

  • Photograph: Jolie Ruben

    Nitehawk Cinema

    Nitehawk Cinema

Photograph: Jolie Ruben

Nitehawk Cinema

Nitehawk Cinema

There's a certain romance to catching a movie in this city—a heightened sense of escapism that comes with the thrill of slipping off a noisy block and into the anonymous embrace of a dark theater. But as New Yorkers, we still can't help but stress ourselves out about the logistics: Should we eat before or after? Is there somewhere to get a drink? Thankfully, at Nitehawk Cinema—a new first-run indie picture house in Williamsburg—it's all taken care of. Two bars keep filmgoers jolly before and after shows, while comfort food from Saul Bolton (Saul, the Vanderbilt) can be enjoyed while you watch your flick. You'd think this would come with a blockbuster price tag. Not so: Most tickets are $11 and all dishes clock in under $13. Billyburgers have been grumbling about their lack of theater options for a while. Suddenly they've got one of the city's most progressive destinations for dinner and a movie.

DRINK THIS: Boozing during the shows is still verboten by New York law. But Nitehawk's tippling options are well suited to pre- and postshow sipping. Instead of waiting in line, anxiously sharpening your claws to battle for a decent seat, relax at the upstairs bar over local brews (Sixpoint, Kelso $6) and mixed drinks ($8--$10). Cocktail specials take their inspiration from featured films—you might knock back an Orchard (applejack, lemon juice, maple syrup, allspice dram) to go with Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life. After the show, fuel your postmortems with $5 beer-and-shot combos.

GOOD FOR: Seats are arranged in pairs with shared tables, emphasizing the spot's obvious date-night potential. But Nitehawk's a draw for anyone who thinks all movies should be enjoyed with deviled eggs and root-beer floats. Book ahead at nitehawkcinema.com and arrive 30 minutes before showtime to get settled and put in your food order.

THE CLINCHER: You've never had grub like this in a movie theater. Bolton's shareable concession-stand riffs are a must: aluminum bowls of popcorn brightened by cotija cheese, lime and cilantro ($5), or chorizo- and guacamole-crowned Nitehawk Queso ($9). Other more substantial dishes are less consistent, though we liked the meaty, smoky fish tacos ($11) slathered in zingy cabbage slaw. And even a ho-hum burger ($12)—salvaged slightly by great fries—is a step up from bone-dry pretzel bites and Sno Caps. 136 Metropolitan Ave between Berry St and Wythe Ave, Williamsburg, Brooklyn (718-384-3980)—Chris Schonberger

OVERHEARD "Fact: Sean Penn is way handsomer than Brad Pitt." —Two moviegoers discuss the finer points of The Tree of Life.

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