Nitehawk Cinema’s Film Feast Series: A Night Of Celebrity Chefs & Multitasking

After consuming five Absinthe cocktails, a five-course French meal by a Top Chef finalist, and a screening of Amelie, myself and the rest of the overstuffed audience at Nitehawk Cinema were as jolly as Christmas morning. And why not? In our classroom desk-style Nitehawk seats, we were waited on like Business Class patrons jetting off to Rome. The event: Film Feast, the theatre’s latest signature series, where celebrity chefs create tasting menus inspired by their favorite film, and serve it to epicurean folk during the movie.

Nitehawk’s Film Feast requires multitasking, since it’s hard to prioritize whether you want to look up at the actors’ expressions, tear apart your pillowy mussels like a caveman, or glare at the very loud munchers behind you. So, inevitably, a bit is lost cinema-wise, especially in the case of Amelie, which features subtitles, thus requiring extensive reading mid-cocktail swigging and duck crepe-cutting. It’s a lot to ask.

But nonetheless, this is Nitehawk’s novel concept: on any regular night, the theatre transforms the rote dinner-and-a-movie experience into a simultaneous, trendy experience. And with Nitehawk’s Film Feast series, the theatre pushes the concept even farther,  giving you a glimpse at the surprising interests – both food and film-wise – of NYC’s award-winning chefs. Plus, you eat and drink way more. 

Stay tuned for news on the next Film Feast series…

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This Week’s NYC Happenings: Open Market, Film Feast, The Big Cheesy

MONDAY: Meat & Greet At The Meatpacking Fundraiser
Diane von Furstenberg and Theory’s Andrew Rosen are among the boldface names coming out tonight for the Meatpacking District Improvement Association’s inaugural fundraiser. Highline Stages will host, with the whole neighborhood on hand for sampling. The Misshapes and Nancy of LCD Soundsystem are on DJ duty. Food and booze will be provided by the likes of Catch, Bagatelle, and Serafina. Joie, Jay Godfrey and, of course, VF highlight the sample sales.

Open Market at Highline Stages (440 W. 15th St., the Meatpacking District) starts 8pm, Monday the 18th. General admission tickets are $150. To learn more about the event space, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

TUESDAY: A Reel Cool Time At Nitehawk
Nitehawk Cinema takes dinner and a movie to a new level as part of their Tuesday night series known as “Film Feast.” Chef Sarah Nguyen of Marc Forgione lays out five courses of French cuisine while you enjoy the Parisian flair of Amélie. Absinthe will be paired, d‘accord.

Film Feast’s Améliescreening is at Nitehawk Cinema (136 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg) at 7:30pm, Tuesday the 19th. Tickets are $95. To learn more about the cinema, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

SATURDAY: Say Cheese
Pop-up competition The Big Cheesy returns with seven melt masters squaring off at Openhouse Gallery. Returning champs Melt Shop will defend their grilled cheese crown against the likes of Murray’s Cheese Bar, ’wichcraft, and Sons of Essex.

The Big Cheesy at Openhouse (201 Mulberry St., Nolita) runs from noon–7pm on Saturday the 23rd and Sunday the 24th. Tickets are $25. To learn more about the gallery and event space, check out the listing at BlackBook Guides.

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Escape the Post-Holiday Existential Crisis with a Movie

The day after Christmas always begs the question: all that excitement and for what—now what? If you’re one of the post-holiday few off for the week, you’ve probably managed to escape the city and are hopefully lounging in the warmth of the sun somewhere. But if not, the best thing to do on a frozen-yet-dripping day like today, is head down to the theater and catch up on the films you’ve been missing for the past year, or just those you can never get enough of. From the timeless Bernstein classic musical tale of West Side Story that premiered over fifty years ago, to Miguel Gomes’ entrancing new feature Tabu that hits theaters today, there’s plenty to help ward off the post-blue Christmas melancholia that will be setting in shortly.

IFC Center
It’s a Wonderful Life
On the Road
Central Park Five

Angelika Film Center
West of Memphis

Film Society Lincoln Center
Any Day Now
Brooklyn Castle
The Blue Tiger
West Side Story

Nitehawk Cinema
Django Unchained
Killing Them Softly

Quad Cinema
A Late Quartet
Wagner and Me 
American Empire

Film Forum
The Thief of Bagdad

Cinema Village East
Searching for Sugarman
The Master

THIS WEEKEND: Your NYC Holiday Event Itinerary

It’s the beginning of December, which means now marks the time we transform into mushy, gushy, "oh my gosh! twinkling lights! I like Christmas cookies!" New Yorkers. And as we metamorphosize, it’s best we stick with like-minded events and like-minded people. So we’ve gathered this weekend’s top holiday events in NYC. Eat, drink, watch santa slasher movies, watch competitive jump-ropers – but please, make sure you’re your cynical, picky, self-deprecating self next year. No one likes an overtly emotional and sensitive New Yorker. 


  •  With the 55’ Bryant Park Christmas tree just lit this week, now is the perfect time to grab a decadent hot chocolate from one of the holiday shops, and marvel at the wonder that is spruce trees and colored lights. When you’re done, have some spicy salmon and eel rolls at what is considered one of the best sushi spots in Manhattan: Sushi Yasuda.
  • Santa slasher movies – they do exist. And Nitehawk Cinema honors the best of ‘em at its midnight screening of Silent Night, Deadly Night, the 1984 film where a toy-store Santa Clause goes on a rampage and axes people to death. Temper the crushing of your jolly Santa visions with a spiked hot bourbon cider and pretzel-crusted Nitehawk chocolate bar. 12:15am, $11. Also playing Saturday the 1st. All the details here.


  • Can’t decide which version of A Christmas Carol is your favorite? See them all at The Paley Center’s Christmas Carols: A Scrooge Mash-Up, where the classic story will be told using clips from a variety of versions starring Patrick Stewart, Mr. Magoo, and the animated casts of The Flinstones and Bugs Bunny. After, sit down to a cheese plate and rich mac ‘n’ cheese at our favorite Midtown West nook: cheese and wine cafe Casellula2pm show, $5-$10. Running till Dec. 31st. All the details here.


  • Jump-roping game Double Dutch gets festive and competitive at its 21st Annual Double Dutch Holiday Classic performance at the legendary Apollo Theater, where international students compete in one of the world’s largest jump roping contests. Expect lots of jumping, sweat, and tears, all to the tune of holiday music. 1pm-4pm, $22. All the details here.
  • Get toasty as Brooklyn’s famous pizza spot Roberta’s gets crafty with its Third Annual Beer Masters Winter Classic at Greenpoint bar Warsaw, which is just a fancy title for “massive beer competition.” Twelve teams of pros from Eataly, Bushwick bar Tutu’s, and more face-off in beer games like beer pong and ten-legged races, all inspired by the ’06 boozy comedy film Beerfest. The best part: three-dollar Roberta’s slices and beers from Warsaw are making an appearance allll day. 1pm-10pm, FREE. All the details here.

Le Fooding: The Brooklyn Version

The famous French eating festival has finally arrived in Brooklyn, which, some might say, has the most European restaurant scene in New York. Created by Alexandre Cammas in Paris, Le Fooding has spread a concept of modern, edgier, and culture-focused eating in France, New York, and Milano for the last twelve yeras. Now, after three turns in NYC, Le Fooding has concentrated its efforts in Brooklyn.

And you, dear readers, can buy tickets for the event early by clicking this link.

This year they have four main events: Le Clicquot Brooklyn tour, cinematic brunches, Le Fooding lunches at the flea markets, and the Le Fooding Campfire Session. For the Clicquot Brooklyn Tour, they will feature four $75 dinners, complete with a half bottle of Veuve Clicquot, that pair Brooklyn chefs with their foreign “twins.” Meaning at the September 19 dinner, Brian Leth, the Vinegar Hill House chef, will cook with Vinny Dotolo and Jon Shook, the guys from the popular Los Angeles restaurant Animal. On the 20th, you get a lovely pairing of Frankies 457 Spuntino’s owners Frank Castronovo and Frank Falcinelli with southern darling Sean Brock, who runs the farm-to-table joint Husk in Charleston, North Carolina. For the third dinner, they have Neal Harden and Alain Senderens preparing a vegan meal with the Paris-based chef Daniel Rose. Finally, the last meal of the series features a nomadic feast where Le Fooding organizers have opened up a kitchen in Dustin Yellin’s new building, The Intercourse, to host great chefs who currently don’t have their own restaurant. This means you can sample fare by British chaps Isaac McHale and James Lowe of the Young Turks, Ignacio Mattos, formally of Isa, and Hugue Dufour, formally of M. Wells.

The cinematic brunches will be held September 22 and 23 at Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg, and they plan on screening Brooklyn classics like Saturday Night Fever and The Warriors to pair with dishes that represent the borough. Also on the 22nd and 23rd, the Fort Greene and Williamsburg flea markets will open up a food stand featuring vintage eats by various Le Fooding chefs. Finally, for the last night, they will have the Campfire Session, an energetic event at the Brooklyn Waterfront with live music and, of course, more food. 

This event will sell out, so get your tickets early!

Brunch: Three New Ways to Get Sloshed Sunday Morning

Everyone loves brunch, but no matter the food spread there are always ways to make it better. For one, how about brunch and movie?

Join the Breakfast Club at Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg, Brooklyn! The team behind the hipster movie house is dishing out a $14 prix fixe brunch on Saturdays and Sundays that features a Bloody Mary or mimosa and your choice of entrees like breakfast tacos or chicken with waffles. The best part, for those of you too hungover to deal with conversation, you can just sit back and watch a movie. Upcoming films include the documentary All Ages: Boston Hardcore on June 30 and July 1, and Forbidden Planet on July 14 and 15, and Woody Allen’s Love and Death on August 4 and 5. But if you can’t wait, hit up Nitehawk this weekend for Raiders of the Lost Ark at noon.

Didn’t get enough party in Saturday night? Well you’re in luck, after a three-month hiatus, Bagatelle’s South of France-themed Le Brunch extravaganza is back as of this weekend. What does this entail, you might ask? Well, first on the menu is booze. Then some bubbles, then more booze, some bites of food, and finally, booze. Just remember, Bagatelle isn’t responsible for “broken heels, loss of memory, loss of girlfriend or boyfriend, shirts or any other belongings.” That’s right, they have a disclaimer.

Finally, for the more respectable bruncher who wishes to talk to their companion and perhaps not drink a bucket of champagne, Midtown’s Molyvos launches their Greek brunch this weekend. Chef Jim Botsacos said the menu offers familiar brunch dishes but with twists reminiscent from his family and travels in Greece. For example, Botsacos serves Greek Toast with orange scented Easter bread and the Avga Me Feta Kai Domata, or basically, baked eggs with tomato and feta. “We’re looking to put an exciting new spin on what New Yorkers are used to for brunch,” says the chef. And with all these new options, brunch got three times more exhilarating. 

4 Out of 5: Greg Bresnitz on Brooklyn

Greg Bresnitz is cohost of weekly food & music radio show Snacky Tunes. He and his twin brother are the co-creators of Dinner with the Band and one of the djs in the disco house group PUNCHES.This is his take on four places he likes, and one place he doesn’t.


Blue Bottle Coffee – "My first introduction to the personalized cup of coffee, and I never looked back. Their Kyoto drip is straight rocket fuel, so I stick with the regular cup of coffee — one of the best I have ever had."

Maison Premiere – "Fell in love with this place this summer. The happy hour (Monday to Friday, 4-7pm) is dollar oysters on the entire menu. For people who want to expand their horizons, a really great way to start learning about oysters. Also some of the best-looking staff around."

Nitehawk Cinema – "The new digital movie theater/restaurant/bar. if you are the awkward type, you can get a good date out of this place with minimal talking. Get to the theater early for the well-curated 30 minutes of shorts before each movie."

Cameo – "One of my favorite Brooklyn venues. Perfect size and great vibes with one of the coolest art installations ever. Good spot to dance, especially after 2am."


Blue Bottle Coffee – "Do not go here on the weekends — the lines are so long, best to be enjoyed during the week."

[Photo: Sam Horine]

New York Openings: Nitehawk Cinema, Two Door Tavern, The Burger Guru

Nitehawk Cinema (Williamsburg) – Art house fare meets Michelin-star dining at Billyburg gastrocinema. ● Two Door Tavern (Williamsburg) – Beef on weck in a reclaimed garage. ● The Burger Guru (Williamsburg) – Pat La Frieda beef joins the likes of antelope, ostrich, and alligator at Billyburg burger joint.