Dinner and a movie: The Fault in Our Stars, Dormant Beauty, Obvious Child

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

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  • 1. The Fault in Our Stars + Gotham West Market

    The film
    Of course this one's on our list—you've already got tickets, right? The stellar news is that John Green's cherished YA cancer novel has actually made it to the big screen with subtlety and panache, mostly due to the natural effortlessness of star Shailene Woodley. See it with a big, teary crowd at AMC Loews 34th Street.

    The food
    Sniffle and sob your way to the veritable smorgasbord that is Gotham West Market, where you'll find seemingly infinite ways to eat your feelings, from Ivan Ramen's superlative noodle bowls to El Colmado's sizzling Spanish tapas. Just keep eating—the crying will stop soon, okay? Okay.

  • 2. Dormant Beauty + Quality Italian

    The film
    The latest from maestro Marco Bellocchio dramatizes a real-life euthanasia case that rocked Italy. Interwoven threads tease out a multiplicity of viewpoints to profound, heartbreaking effect; you'll definitely want to see this with someone so you can talk about it afterward. Lincoln Plaza's respectful crowd is the way to go.

    The food
    Take a leisurely stroll around Columbus Circle and down Central Park South to Quality Italian, the big-box midtown trattoria from the Quality Meats crew. Order every pasta on the menu—roasted-beet gnudi, spicy shrimp and creste, dry-aged porterhouse agnolotti—for a postmovie italiano feast.

  • 3. Obvious Child + Sweet Chick

    The film
    Anchored by the brazen Jenny Slate, this Brooklyn-set romantic comedy takes some refreshingly unexpected turns into pro-choice territory. You'll likely be laughing so hard, the more combustible content will sneak right past you. The movie's about a one-night stand that blooms; adventurous daters, this is your pick. It's at the Angelika.

    The food
    For an extra dash of Williamsburg flavor in the West Village, head to the fresh-from-the-fryer Manhattan outpost of Brooklyn chicken-and-waffle favorite Sweet Chick. Dateworthy dishes include menu newbies like the fried chicken parm served on a sundried-tomato-and-basil waffle and duck confit paired with a dried-cherry waffle.

1. The Fault in Our Stars + Gotham West Market

The film
Of course this one's on our list—you've already got tickets, right? The stellar news is that John Green's cherished YA cancer novel has actually made it to the big screen with subtlety and panache, mostly due to the natural effortlessness of star Shailene Woodley. See it with a big, teary crowd at AMC Loews 34th Street.

The food
Sniffle and sob your way to the veritable smorgasbord that is Gotham West Market, where you'll find seemingly infinite ways to eat your feelings, from Ivan Ramen's superlative noodle bowls to El Colmado's sizzling Spanish tapas. Just keep eating—the crying will stop soon, okay? Okay.


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