Nitehawk Cinema

Movie theaters , Independent Williamsburg
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This Brooklyn venue screens new indie releases and has a robust retro program. Each individual theater has full-service meals, plus there's the downstairs Lo-Res bar that stays open late. In 2011, Nitehawk overturned a Prohibition-era state liquor law banning alcohol in theaters, becoming the first dine-in theater to open in New York.

Venue name: Nitehawk Cinema
Contact:
Address: 136 Metropolitan Ave
Brooklyn
11249
Cross street: between Berry St and Wythe Ave
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 4pm–2am; Sat, Sun noon–2am
Transport: Subway: L to Bedford Ave
Price: Tickets are $12, $16 for events with live entertainment or special guests. Average main course: $12. AmEx, Diner's Club, Disc, MC, V
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Tsarstepan

Clean, comfortable, cozy, and chichi! This Brooklyn institution is a great place to watch movies, drink booze, and nosh on some good eats.

Carrollsfeet
tastemaker

Nitehawk has it half right; they have a reasonable programming slate with cool, retro pre-show commercials and several theaters so there is a decent selection to choose from.  But the theaters themselves could use an upgrade.  The seating is too low (or are the tables too high?) with worn out springs and the tables are beat up with the kind of permanent stickiness that takes years to acquire.

But their biggest pitfall is the menu: a lack of healthy food and overpriced options leave you feeling guilty for not ordering anything and even guiltier for eating junk food.  One would think that the veggie burger (without cheese, aioli on the side) would be reasonable but they made the ridiculous choice to deep fry it.  Or pan fry it in several inches of oil but either way……you can’t ask your server about it because you’re in the middle of a movie!  I figure the only reason they get away with such lackluster food is because you’re eating in the dark and think you won’t know the difference.

Jennifer P

Watching a movie at Nitehawk is a real treat. Each month, they curate an awesome throwback flicks around a specific theme during their Brunch Screening Series, and the selections are always ace. Best of all, you can eat delicious grub and snacks like truffled popcorn—oh, and drink!—while watching the film. Tip: Just make sure to buy tickets in advance and arrive early to snag a good seat—these intimate theaters fill up fast! 

Evelyn D

Nitehawk is pretty much the only theater in NYC worth going to. Small, chill, not crowded and they play all the movies I'm into. I love going for brunch on the weekends, they have eggs benny over TATER TOTS people! So delish!! The brunch meal also comes with a drink of your choice, INCLUDED. (You can get a bloody mary, mimosa, iced coffee etc. with it.) They have delicious seasoned popcorn, queso, amazing selection of drinks. It's great to sit down and be waited on for everything too. Everything is also reasonably priced. One of the best experiences was going for a film feast here for Friday the 13th. Awesome and you need to get over to Nitehawk already!

Allie E

I went to see an epic indie slasher movie called Slumber Party Massacre with some buddies here. It didn't disappoint. You're also able to order drinks and snacks from your seat, including your traditional bowl of popcorn (they offer some with truffle oil)! I wouldn't say the mixed drink I ordered was anything special, but the ambiance was so great I didn't even mind. I'll definitely be coming back.

mafeloreto
tastemaker

After years of meaning to check this place out, I finally made it to catch Spotlight last week. What a cool spot!! The concept is awesome - relax watching a movie while drinks and food get brought directly to your seat? Yes please! The menu is interesting: tons of different items to please everyone, PLUS weekly specials that are crafted according to the movies that are screening. The cocktail list is cool too, and they have a nice beer and wine selection. On top of it all, they only play the best indie flicks, never seen a bad movie on the schedule.


The theaters themselves are comfortable and you have plenty of space - the waiters coming in and out of the room did not bother me once. Oh - Did I mention they serve Brooklyn Blast on tap? Yes please.


Great theater - will definitely be back ASAP!

lily r
tastemaker

I've been meaning to check out Nitehawk for years, but somehow never got around to it - but come on, the idea of being served actual food (no concession stand nachos here) and alcohol while you're seated, by servers, during a movie... pretty inciting. I finally made my way over for a private party recently and I have to say, I was a bit disappointed. The novelty of it is definitely there - a different movie going experience for sure. The food isn't bad, though the menu is kind of odd (short rib empanadas and steak tartare don't only seem to not really mesh on the same menu, but are very challenging to eat in the dark off of a tiny tray) but the drinks are only okay (it's not a cocktail bar though, is it... prices might have you fooled). I also found the theater to be pretty outdated and not very comfortable or nice... but this is obviously the vibe they were going for. I would chalk this up to one of those unique NYC novelty experiences to try once, but I don't feel a huge urge to go back again to see a random movie showing. It is a cool idea to have a birthday party or event there - a reprieve from the standard dinner and bar scenario - and the pricing on a private event is really reasonable. 

Jason S

Nitehawk is a nice little indie theater. They show the movies that you wouldn’t be ale to see at the Williamsburg Cinema and feature one-offs, midnight movies, and toons and booze on weekends! The food is mediocre, but it’s nice to have the option to order and enjoy dinner at your seat. At the very least, order some popcorn. It’s not like typical movie popcorn, but more like what homemade popcorn would taste like if you bothered to put good stuff on it. Nice to have drinks delivered to your seat, but there are often drunk patrons in the evening showings. The tiny theaters cause the sound to carry, so if there is a drunk conversation happening in the theater, prepare to hear it all. 


Tim L

SO GREAT. If I had it my way, I'd go here three times a week. Their programming of retro films is amazing, they get really cool speakers...and yeah, the ability to have brews delivered to your table is like my favorite thing ever. 

Jillian Anthony

I live very near this theater, and it's my favorite spot in the neighborhood. Nitehawk shows indie flicks other theaters won't, plus serves you food and alcohol while you watch. The ticket prices are affordable, $11, while beers are around $6 and cocktails around $10, then there's snacks like queso and meals like burgers and fish tacos. It's a great date spot, but also somewhere I like to go alone to treat myself on a Sunday night. It feels great to spread out in their comfy chairs and have beers magically appear at your seat while you're watching a classic they've brought back for one night only, like Jurassic Park, or a new tearjerker documentary, like Amy. You MUST try the Nitehawk popcorn—two words: truffle oil.