There’s no gleaming 1930s-style marquee beckoning you through the doors of Syndicated, a cinema-bar-restaurant hybrid sitting inconspicuously in a barely marked former warehouse on Bogart Street. Instead, those Art Deco touches can be found within the 70-seat main dining room, which is dressed with geometric sconces, high-vaulted ceilings and projector screens playing muted classic movies. Anchoring the space is a four-sided marble-topped bar that’s packed with moviegoers guzzling craft cocktails before catching throwback screenings of Wayne’s World and Do the Right Thing.
ORDER THIS:Popcorn-elevating potables by bar manager Kenneth Vanhooser (Piora) take cues, naturally, from the big screen. A stiff-sipping nod to The Shining, Redrum ($13), is a Jungle Bird riff employing two rums (dark Blackwell and light Brugal Añejo) plus Aperol, artichokey Cynar and lemon. Smoke fans should seek out the tableside-poured Airplane III ($12), which layers potent Laphroaig 10 with sweet pisco, nutty falernum and floral crème de violette, while spice lovers can opt for the Lawnmower Man ($13), which offsets vodka and cachaça with fiery chili syrup tamed with kale and carrot juices.
GOOD FOR: An all-in-one movie date. Behind the kitchen lies a 50-seat, dine-in cinema rigged with rows of cushy banquettes, half-moon two-top tables and five varieties of house-made popcorn ($6), including curry powder and caramel corn. Though limited to just one screening room and one movie daily, tickets are extremely pocket-friendly ($3 for a feature, $6 for a double), and an online schedule lets you select a suitable date flick; recent titles have ranged from ’80s classic Ferris Bueller’s Day Off to the dark, Tilda Swinton–starring psychological thriller We Need to Talk About Kevin.
THE CLINCHER: From the open kitchen, chef Bret Macris (Rose Water in Park Slope, Campanile in Los Angeles) dispatches beefed-up concession-stand fare like duck-confit nachos built with blue cheese and balsamic dressing ($11), and tater tots piled high with beer-cheese Mornay, pulled pork and sour cream ($12). A blockbuster trilogy of food, drink and film in vintage digs, Syndicated makes moviegoing as significant an occasion as it was in the old days.
40 Bogart St
|Cross street:||between Grattan and Moore Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon-Wed, Sun 4pm-midnight; Thu-Sat 4pm-2am|
|Transport:||Subway: L to Morgan Ave; L to Montrose Ave|
|Price:||Average main course: $17|
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If I ever win the lottery or inherit a lump sum of cash or if my 401k suddenly becomes lucratively interest-earning, I would open a place Exactly. Like. Syndicated.
The menu offerings are diverse enough to satisfy junk food junkies (Loaded Tater Tots) and health nuts (Kale Salad). The cocktails are balanced, although slightly high in price. The bar/restaurant space has high ceilings, lots of light, is laptop-friendly and has plenty of seating.
And then there's the theater. Film offerings are diverse and while not current, they're only $3. I repeat: only $3. You can even catch a double feature for $5. So in the spirit of Bushwick, come one and all and enjoy Syndicated with friends because if this place ever goes out of business I will officially lose all faith in humanity.
Syndicated opened up just a few minutes from where I live, and I am SO excited that something like this is in my neighborhood. However, WARNING: Tickets sell out crazy fast. I lined up before the place even opened, was second in line, and the tickets sold out for the next double feature with the first person! I had no idea that could happen, because you can't buy tickets online, but the staffer said that people had been stopping in all week to buy tickets. Apparently, as long as a showing is posted on the website, you can stop in and can get tickets for it ahead of time. Good to know! So my cousin (poor thing, she came all the way from Washington Heights) and I missed the movies, but we sat at the bar and ordered drinks and snacks. Our first bartender was really hard to get a hold of, but the next one was much more attentive. I had a Scotch egg, which was exactly what I wanted, and there was a pretty average yet satisfying beer selection. They also had a range of cocktails, but I wasn't overly impressed with mine. But the space is beautiful. Absolutely worth going, and hopefully you get a ticket!