Dinner and a movie: 22 Jump Street, Violette, How to Train Your Dragon 2

We've got your date night planned, with three perfect dinner-and-a-movie pairings

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  • 1. 22 Jump Street + Melt Shop

    The film
    Nothing could equal the surprise of the 2012 reboot; it was so much better than the average Hollywood TV cash-in. And, if the lunkhead chemistry between Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill ain't broke, etc.? This sequel is all the doofusy goodness we've come to expect from them. See it at AMC Loews 19th Street.

    The food
    Keep the cheesiness flowing at fromage-focused sandwich spot Melt Shop, a short stroll away through Madison Square Park. Along with ten variations of that dorm-room classic, the grilled cheese—including pepper-jack-smothered buffalo chicken and sharp cheddar with cranberry and onion chutney—there are crispy tots slathered in gooey melted cheese, because of course there are.

  • 2. Violette + Cherche Midi

    The film
    That's Violette Leduc to you, the French author, libertine, confidante of Simone de Beauvoir—and now subject of a terrific biopic about hard-bitten literary lifestyles. The great Emmanuelle Devos turns in a mighty performance as Leduc, suffering, scribbling and striving for personal satisfaction.

    The food
    After a screening at the Angelika, opt for some big-deal French nearby at Keith McNally's latest, Cherche Midi, opening Friday night in the old Pulino's space. Slip into a shiny red-leather banquette for Gallic plates from Balthazar vet Shane McBride and Minetta Tavern sous chef Daniel Parilla: pan-roasted foie gras with rhubarb compote, house-made lobster ravioli in ginger beurre blanc and filet mignon au poivre.

  • 3. How to Train Your Dragon 2 + Dough Loco

    The film
    If you have kids, they've no doubt begged, pleaded and pestered you about this one. The good news is that the movie's pretty decent: a respectable sequel filled with moments of humor and emotion among its ample noise and movement. And keep your ears peeled for Oscar-winner Cate Blanchett, giving voice to a scene-stealing new character.

    The food
    The best kinds of kiddie flicks are ones that also appeal to parents—ditto for doughnut shops. Catch the movie at the AMC Loews Orpheum 7, then make a beeline for Corey Cova's madcap doughnut dive, Dough Loco. The youngins will be tickled pink that they get to eat dessert for dinner, and you'll be plenty pleased yourself with sophisticated flavors like maple-miso, pineapple–browned butter and blood orange–poppy seed.

1. 22 Jump Street + Melt Shop

The film
Nothing could equal the surprise of the 2012 reboot; it was so much better than the average Hollywood TV cash-in. And, if the lunkhead chemistry between Channing Tatum and Jonah Hill ain't broke, etc.? This sequel is all the doofusy goodness we've come to expect from them. See it at AMC Loews 19th Street.

The food
Keep the cheesiness flowing at fromage-focused sandwich spot Melt Shop, a short stroll away through Madison Square Park. Along with ten variations of that dorm-room classic, the grilled cheese—including pepper-jack-smothered buffalo chicken and sharp cheddar with cranberry and onion chutney—there are crispy tots slathered in gooey melted cheese, because of course there are.




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Steve S
Steve S

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