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Zagat: Nitehawk Cinema Combines Dinner With The Movie

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There's a spin on "dinner and a movie" at Williamsburg's Nitehawk Cinema, the city's only restaurant within a movie theater. Zagat editor Maureen Giannone filed the following report.

In Williamsburg, New Yorkers can experience the best dinner-and-a movie this city has to offer. Nitehawk Cinema opened its doors two summers ago, but it wasn't without a fight.

The team behind this Brooklyn destination fought to change the state's legislation on boozing and dining in movie theaters and now stands as the only cinema in New York State with the official license to do so.

Chef de cuisine Michael Franey, describing the experience of watching a movie while being served by waiters, says, "The servers are really good at being like ninjas; you'd never know that they're there."

Located on Metropolitan Avenue and Berry Street in Williamsburg, Nitehawk shows a wide variety of films in its three theaters, featuring special events and programs for all ages.

There are even guest chef and bartender series, like their monthly film feast.

The Chew's Carla Hall, a recent guest chef at the cinema, says, "Part of the joy is just taking a clever movie and seeing how you're going to collide the two worlds [food and cinema]."

Nitehawk's a place that is sure to offer a night out with all the fixings from the comfort of one's seat.

Based on its trailblazing, Nitehawk will soon not be the only theater wining and dining New Yorkers. Austin's Alamo Draft House is making plans to head out east, opening early next month.

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