Date Night: The Film Enthusiast

16 Jan

He worships the Coen Brothers and kicks his friends’ asses at Scene It. Where to take him to satisfy his cinematic cravings?


Movie: Angelika Film Center, 18 West Houston St at Mercer St

Though ticket prices here are as steep as anywhere in New York, the Angelika offers a completely different film selection from, say, the Regal Cinema Stadium 14 complex at Union Square. Especially now, as awards season creeps up on us, this cineplex is your go-to for such Oscar favorites as A Single Man and Crazy Heart. Enjoy the full snack/pastry/lunch counter, and try to ignore the rumblings of the subway passing under the below-ground theaters.

Dinner: Olive Tree Cafe, 117 MacDougal St, between Minetta Ln and Bleecker St

After that artsy, high-brow film, you’ll want a spot to sip tea and parse out what you just witnessed. Make straight for the Olive Tree Cafe in the West Village, just south of Washington Square Park. The atmosphere of this lively pub is intellectual and intimate, with chalkboard tabletops to draw on and Charlie Chaplin silent films projected on the wall next to the bar. (Your date will swoon.) Check out the litany of hot alcoholic drinks, as well as the milkshakes, which come highly recommended. Portions of vaguely Mediterranean food are generous and hearty; a platter of hummus can feed more than a few hungry people. The buffalo wings are spectacular. (Get the single order, not the double, which tends to produce too-large thighs.) Olive Tree is open late into the night, so you can linger over your drinks, conversation and blossoming romance.

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