July 27, 2011

Nitehawk Cinema | Midnight on Berry

I'm trying to figure just how to articulate my experience last night to be as cinematic, beautiful, and quintessentially New York as it felt, but it's hard to do just that without sounding overly sentimental or saccharine. But try to picture it: you leave your apartment in an adorable polka-dotted frock just as a cool breeze washes the streets, and no less than 3 blocks from your home, the sky opens up for a torrential downpour. What was a perfectly coiffed 'do and a subtle-but-done face of makeup suddenly looks like you walked into your shower, fully clothed, and stepped right on out into the streets. But for some reason, it was okay. I didn't mind that I was drenched before I even made it to my destination.

Please note: $11 ticket. When was the last time you paid $11 to see a movie in NYC??
Anyways, the plan for the night was to meet Jeremy (birthday boy!), Taryn, and Helene at Nite Hawk Cinema -- a brand new theater/restaurant/bar that opened up in my neighborhood. It has kind of flown under the radar, which I like, and again write with hesitation to not blow-up a spot that is pretty close to perfect just as it is. The concept is fairly simple, but difficult to execute well: A small three-screen theater with tables at the seats for patrons to enjoy food and drinks while they watch their movie. We picked Midnight in Paris - perfect for the night, the setting, the company, and my Woody Allen obsessed self. And, well, suffice to say, I could relate to parts of the movie, (I'm thoroughly nostalgic and have flaneur-like habits). 

After the movie, we headed to Hotel Delmano - one of my favorite neighborhood cocktail bars. I won't bother sharing just how close it is to my home, or how frequently I'm there, but trust me that it's the most beautiful bar in Brooklyn with perfectly crafted libations. Delmano is hardly a secret (further proved that it was still packed well past midnight on a Tuesday), but it's still one of my favorite spots.

Above cocktail: "Brooklyn Beauty" - Gin, Elderflower Liquer, and Lemon 

Nitehawk Cinema | 136 Metropolitan Avenue at Berry Street | 718.384.3980.
Hotel Delmano | 82 Berry Street at North 9th Street | 718.387.1945.

Do you have any hidden cosmopolitan gems in your city?? What are they? 


  1. So very, very glad that you risked blowing this place up and posted about it.

    I am sold. This seems like the perfect place to treat myself for my birthday!

  2. sigh..... i <3 ny

  3. i think i need to check out both places. thanks for the head's up on both!

  4. oh my, that cocktail souds beautiful! this place looks amazing.x

  5. This looks amazing! Every time I read your blog it just fuels my New York obsession. I'm hoping to make it over there next year; at least I have a lot of great recommendations of where to go via your blog!

  6. why i we never prepared for a storm! we know we have to take our attributes, but we don't! the pictures are perfect, they emphasize the "late night movie" atmosphere! you can almost feel the vibe. i always love how small tables and chairs are in ny! my hubby doesn't. last time we went to the spotted pig, he had to sit on a stool! he hated it and he needs his space. but i guess, space is very expensive in ny!  so it was the last time we went there! 

    BTW love your writing skills, my english is pretty good but i always learn new words when i read your texts! 

  7. Oh Nicolette, I don't know what it is but I absolutely LOVE this post (so much I can't express it). I love those evenings that feel so perfect, you feel as though living in the cinematic climax of a Woody Allen film (i'm also obsessed) - and this looks to be just that. What a beautiful gem of a cinema - I'm so glad that places like this still exist in the era of high tech giant multi-complexes. And I'm dying to see that movie!@6586b280993ccc8a6480f3fbbdc7881c:disqus 

    Cambridge is enormously special in that the colleges all look like the set of Hogwarts (especially Kings where my boyfriend is) - which of course pleases me enormously. But I love that somehow they still feel secret, hidden away behind giant 900-year-old wooden doorways away from the prying eyes of tourists - step through those doors and you're instantly transported to another, altogether more civilised, world. We also have some fantastic teeny tiny theatres (which I love to go to on dates with myself)  where some of the world's best actors got their start, tiny little second hand bookstores, and the most perfect secret speakeasy bar which overlooks the market square.

    Sorry for the essay-lenth comment!

    Briony xx

  8. First I have been an admirer of yours for months. Your eye for the beauty in all things is inspiring. Never missing a moment, you share your world and help me appreciate my own. I ate at a restaurant last week and was saddened that I didn't have a camera to capture my beautiful dinner. You would make a wonderful filmmaker (in a Sofia Copolla kind of way), relating the everyday in a beautiful and imaginative way. I'm completely indebted to you for sharing with us all your wonder and creativity. Not to mention girl, you can dress! Thank you, thank you, and thank you.

    All the love in the world.

    Shakesha (a new fan)!

  9. i've never gone to delmano despite like 892381 people telling me i'd love it? i have this secret crippling weakness for foofy speakeasy cocktail bars --  to be fair, that and the trashiest of dives -- but i think i'm always so embarrassed about it that i never want to admit that i want to go sit somewhere shiny and pay $15 for some DELICIOUS AND HIGHLY ALCOHOLIC CONCOCTION.   

  10. I so want to go to Nitehawk soon!

  11. Nicolette, i love your photos! And your description of the evening is so authentic, i feel like i just relived it. It was great to meet you, hope to see you again soon! ps lovely blog xx

  12. oooh I wanna check out this Nitehawk place!

  13. I went to Nitehawk for the first time last week and saw Tabloid. What an awesome space! 

  14. I really, really want to go to there. 

  15. i really liked "midnight in paris"... 

  16. the next-next tuesday you will come and it will be a blast.

  17. How was Tabloid?? Should I see it before they rotate out the films?

  18. YES. YES YES YES. It is so up your alley it might as well be in your alley.

  19. Thank you so much!!! So glad we met last week. I'll see you on Tuesday, yes??

  20. Come this Tuesday!! Heathers! 10:30 PM!

  21. Name the day and time and I promise I will gladly join you for fancy lady drinks in a super beaut setting. ANY DAY. ANY TIME.

  22. Thanks so much Shakesha!! That's such an enormous compliment :) I actually penned the screenplay for a short film that is being made soon...!

  23. I'm totally going to take you here when you're in town!!! I can't wait to see what movies they'll cycle in for the fall... It really is quite a gem in contrast to the multiplexes all throughout the city.

    I'm DYING to visit Cambridge. It's definitely on my itinerary the next time I'm in London!

  24. Right?? I feel like whenever I take an umbrella, it doesn't rain. When I forget one, I get poured on. What is that? Murphy's Law? Just sheer bad luck? I can't take it!!!

    Real estate is always pricy (and tiny!) in NYC -- and I guess that goes for our eating space, too! But there's something nice about getting so cozy with your neighbors, rubbing elbows, and (to an extent) being forced to interact with one another. Considering how tight a lot of other boutique theaters are, the seats at Nitehawk were VERY roomy. I was pleased!

    And I don't know what you're talking about.... Your English is incredible, especially for a non-native speaker!

  25. Oh, I hope you do!! When you do make it over, shoot me an email and I'll give you a more in-depth list of recommendations! I love it here.

  26. It's SO GOOD. It's kind of my fallback every time I go there... But, then, I have a palate that is extremely attracted to floral flavors :)

  27. You definitely do! I think you'd love the theatre, especially. I mean, hello? Cocktails brought to you mid-screening? Brilliant.

  28. You absolutely should! I hope it's a fantastic birthday, Tobias :)

  29. You've captured it perfectly. I want to go to tabloid

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