Dine-In Theaters in New York City

Everybody should eat a meal at a movie theater at least once

Nitehawk Cinema in Brooklyn is beloved.

By now, we’re all used to the familiar movie theater routine: you buy your ticket, grab some overpriced popcorn and soda from the concession stand, scope out a seat, and get settled. Eating anything during the movie is essentially a subconscious experience; that’s why it’s so easy to plow through far more popcorn than you planned to. But there are a handful of movie theaters in New York where you can actually enjoy a full meal during the film, and it turns the experience into something entirely different. There are only a couple dine-in theaters in the New York City area, but more will certainly be opening soon.

Nitehawk Cinema, Williamsburg
Have a couple cocktails before the film at one of this theater’s bars, then head to your seat for a full meal. Sure, it’s a little distracting to have waiters buzzing around while you’re trying to enjoy a film, but the menu is solid, and there are even special themed drinks and dishes to go along with the film.

Alamo Drafthouse, Yonkers
This chain recently scrapped plans to open a location on the Upper West Side, so those looking to experience it will need to head up to Yonkers, to a theater where films also have an art-house feel. The menu is pretty expansive, and includes plenty of appetizers, burgers, salads, personal pizzas, and even brunch.

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Be on the lookout for an iPic Theater opening in Fort Lee, N.J. and possibly Brooklyn next year, and a second Alamo Drafthouse coming to Brooklyn next year as well.