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Nitehawk Cinema, dine-in movie theater
Photograph: Jolie Ruben

The best dine-in movie theaters in NYC

Want fries with that flick? Find the best dine-in movie theater in NYC that offers more than just popcorn

Joshua Rothkopf
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Joshua Rothkopf
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New York City doesn’t lack for movie theaters, from Regal and AMC’s massive “audience processing centers” on 42nd Street, to scrappy indieplexes like Landmark’s Sunshine, IFC Center and the immortal Film Forum. But do they serve you dinner? Not if by “dinner” you mean more than hot dogs or nachos (i.e., the film critic’s dinner). Still, have hope: Lately, a new breed of theater offers a proper dining experience that’s convenient, tasty and even brought directly to your seat. Check out a dine-in movie theater from our five options, where the dishes and drinks offered might even surpass what’s onscreen.

Check out a dine-in movie theater in NYC

  • Movie theaters
  • Independent
  • Williamsburg
  • price 2 of 4

The venue responsible for setting Brooklyn’s munch-and-view bar high, Nitehawk offers a full menu and alcohol selection during a film’s presentation. Waiters keep an eye out for slips of paper on which you scribble your desires. You can get kale salads, steak sandwiches, fish tacos, fancy cheeses and even—gasp—popcorn.

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  • Movie theaters
  • Independent
  • East Williamsburg
  • price 2 of 4

A relative newcomer, Syndicated offers extremely low ticket prices ($3 per movie, $5 for a double feature) and a robust dine-in service that includes beer-battered mushrooms, quesadillas and that peanut-butter-banana sandwich that Elvis dug (they call it the King). Multiple popcorn toppings and cocktail specials seal the deal.

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Other theaters serving food in NYC

  • Movie theaters
  • Upper West Side
  • price 1 of 4

Opened in 2011, Lincoln Center’s swanky theater still has that new-cinema feel and the presentation is always top-notch. Arrive early, though, and grab a table at Indie Food and Wine, a full-service café and restaurant that dishes out delicious pastas, salads and sandwiches. They also have a tres-cool list of movie-inspired cocktails.

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