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Nitehawk Celebrates National Tater Tot Day

Coming to watch THE BIG GAME at Prospect Park or Williamsburg? Well, we’ve got a treat for you!

February 2nd is not only football’s biggest day, it’s also National Tater Tot Day! Our chefs have created a special sure to make your mouth water (and hopefully help your team win)!

tater tots, queso, black beans, pickled jalapenos, tomatoes, shredded lettuce, sour cream $13
add house made chorizo $2

See you on game day!

Movie Marquee Poems Continue

Earlier this year, Saint Flashlight relaunched a new round of Movie Marquee Poems at Nitehawk Prospect Park, and they’ve continued through the summer with both haikus about movie genres and rhymed couplets about specific films.

About Saint Flashlight:
Saint Flashlight is the creative duo of Molly Gross and Drew Pisarra, two lifelong friends and poets currently devoted to placing verse in unexpected public spaces. Their work has been seen at O, Miami Poetry Festival, Free Verse: Charleston Poetry Festival, Capturing Fire – International Queer Poetry Summit and Slam, and Poets House in NYC among the places. See more photos on their Facebook page.

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Essayist and poet Mare Davis lives with her wife, painter Monica Shinn, in Providence, R.I., and also spends as much time as possible at a house she shares with friends in the Occitanie region of France.

Name That Movie
aussie girl shows up at school
starts out weird but ends up cool

Volume 12
Aponi K is a Brooklyn-born poet who adores Afro-futurism.

Name That Movie
a vain rose and a prince
what could unfold from youthful bliss

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Tania Asnes a.k.a. taz is a poet and actress residing in Ridgewood, Queens with her two black cats. Witchy.

Name That Movie
violins screeching
star killed off in the opening
suspense down the drain

Volume 14
Cathy Linh Che is the author of the poetry collection Split and works as Executive Director at Kundiman, a nonprofit that nurtures Asian American writers.

Name That Movie
in need of cash a sexy crew concocts a plan
to exploit a score of wall street businessmen

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Saint Flashlight’s final movie marquee poem was a collaboration by the following poets: Purvi Shah adores sparkly eyeshadow, pecan pie, and raucous laughter, and is the author of Miracle Marks & Terrain Tracks; Troy Woodley will wear anyone out talking about comic books and podcasts, even you, Brooklyn.Name That Movie
clever detective
thwarts hate group with subterfuge
his afro stays tight

Movie Marquee Poems Returns

Earlier this year, Saint Flashlight relaunched a new round of Movie Marquee Poems at Nitehawk Prospect Park. We last did this during renovation of the theater, after the closing of The Pavilion. This updated version includes both haikus about movie genres and rhymed couplets about specific films. Special thanks to Deanna Nokes, Mascha Mareen, Liz Zimiles and the industrious crew at Nitehawk Prospect Park for helping to make this undertaking possible.

About Saint Flashlight:
Saint Flashlight is the creative duo of Molly Gross and Drew Pisarra, two lifelong friends and poets currently devoted to placing verse in unexpected public spaces. Their work has been seen at O, Miami Poetry Festival, Free Verse: Charleston Poetry Festival, Capturing Fire – International Queer Poetry Summit and Slam, and Poets House in NYC among the places.


Emmy Potter is a New York-based writer and actor with the charming neuroses of a blonde Nora Ephron protagonist and the interior design tastes of a Nancy Meyers movie.

klutzes fall in love
running down city sidewalks
tripping on meet Cutes

Name That Movie
this classic nora film begins
asking can men and women just be friends

Marcus Amaker is a karaoke singer, a Kate Bush fan, an electronic musician, a donut eater, a graphic designer and the poet laureate of Charleston, SC.

who’ll choose the actor
to portray your life on screen
for us to enjoy

Name That Movie
little was his ironic birth name
a civil rights leader who sparked big change

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Jason Koo is the founder and executive director of Brooklyn Poets and author of the poetry collections More Than Mere Light, America’s Favorite Poem and Man on Extremely Small Island.

guy meets girl but guy
would rather hang with homey
it’s complicated

Name That Movie
unlikely Asian hero hang gliders
descend to better lives by downing sliders

The new Summer Menu at Nitehawk Cinema

Summer is officially here and the culinary team at Nitehawk Cinema, New York’s original dine-in theater, has crafted a new menu to cool you down and keep you buzzed.

Nitehawk Williamsburg’s Executive Chef Michael Franey elaborates on his favorite new menu item, the Vegan Pulled Pork Sandwich: ”We’re always searching for how to take things that people are familiar with and present them in new and interesting ways. This summer, we challenged ourselves to remake a classic summer barbecue dish and make it vegan. We are shredding young jackfruit and sautéing that with miso, tomato paste and a Carolina style barbecue sauce with a lot of mustard. We top the sandwich with a lightly pickled peach to bring some sweetness and some vinegar bite to cut through the richness of the sauce and umami packed jackfruit.”

What better way to quench your thirst after a big helping of Vegan Pulled Pork than our new Ginger-Lime Slushie! Nitehawk Williamsburg’s Beverage Director Rob Giles explains: “We really wanted this drink to be reminiscent of the childhood frozen treat you had during the summer— except with the option of booze. Ginger is juiced fresh and blended with sugar and lime to create a refreshingly cold non-alcoholic beverage to slurp on during one of our movies. You do have the option of adding either Bourbon, Vodka, or Jamaican rum if you’re looking to party!”

Don’t worry carnivores, we’ve got you covered with our Brooklyn Cured Bratwurst, available at our Prospect Park location. Nitehawk Prospect Park Executive Chef Blessing Schuman-Strange states: ”We’re always looking to feature products from local producers. The brats from Brooklyn cured are made with sustainable meat from farms they trust, they are also wonderfully tender and buttery. We serve them in the classic german style; sliced over house made sauerkraut with cucumber-dill and german style potato-mustard salads. I think this dish is also a great example of the ways in which Nitehawk defies what you would expect from ‘movie theater food.’”

It has always been a priority of Nitehawk to work with local producers, and we are very excited to introduce our new Nitehawk and Brooklyn Winery Collaboration. Nitehawk Prospect Park Beverage Director Nick Dodge explains: “We made a special Grenache based red wine blend with Brooklyn Winery called Nitehawk Red Blend no. 2. It’s really great to be able to work with local producers and have some involvement in the production stage of some menu items. We made a bright juicy Côtes du Rhône style blend that is perfect for summer.

Our chefs also devised healthier alternatives for those looking to indulge in more mindful options while at the cinema. “The Stone Fruit Salad is a lovely balance of simplicity and sophistication. We start with the spicy/grassy arugula which is the perfect base for the sweetness of local stone fruit. We’ll be sourcing whatever stone fruit is at its peak as we move through the summer harvest season. The lightly pickled cherries bring in a nice hit of acid and it’s topped off with walnuts and Stilton cheese for a little bit of texture and richness” says Executive Chef Blessing Schuman-Strange.

Sweeten up any movie this spring by treating yourself to our new Watermelon Soft-Serve-Sorbet. Sorbet has always been a Nitehawk staple and we are excited to offer a soft serve sorbet for the first time. “It’s everything I want in a hot weather dessert; light, refreshing, and cold. Who doesn’t want a mouthful of frosty watermelon to fight off those dog days of summer? I’m also always happy when we are able to add another option for our dairy free/vegan guests” states Executive Chef Blessing Schuman-Strange.

Nitehawk’s Beverage Directors Nick Dodge and Rob Giles collaborated to elevate cocktail recipes and frozen drinks to showcase seasonal accents with bold fuisions. “We usually like to offer guests a mixture of signature and classic cocktails to provide them with a varied array of beverage options for all levels of experienced drinkers. The Negroni Bianco is a culmination of these two philosophies– a classic cocktail that is based on a familiar recipe, but that has been tweaked to compliment the longer days and hot summer nights. The base spirit used Barr Hill gin, an amazing product endemic to the Northeast region that used raw honey in the distillate, and a relatively new vermouth from Lustau that provides  floral and citrus notes that results in a lighter and more balanced cocktail” states Rob Giles from Nitehawk Williamsburg.

Nitehawk Cinema blossoms this season with a creative selection of food and drink items available at both Brooklyn locations. The lineup of new dishes and signature beverages includes:

  • The Mule (frozen)

    • Frozen ginger lime slushie with your choice of: Absolut Vodka, Hamilton Black Rum or Four Roses Bourbon

  • Donovan’s Reef

    • Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon, Four Roses Bourbon, pineapple, lime, cinnamon, Swedish Punsch Liqueur

  • Buddy Love

    • El Dorado (3 yr), Plantation Xaymaca, Black Bottle Scotch, cashew orgeat, lime juice, Combier Liqueur d’Orange, absinthe

  • Negroni Bianco

    • Barr Hill Gin, Lustau Bianco Vermouth, gentian liqueur, grapefruit bitters

  • Cool Breeze Over the Mountains

    • Suntory Whisky Toki, barley, lemon oil, shiso, sparkling water

  • Montauk Watermelon Session IPA

  • Blackberry Farm Classic Belgian-Style Ale

  • Shacksbury Dry Rosé Cider

  • Brooklyn Winery x Nitehawk Red No.2, NY

    • Grenache based Côtes du Rhône style blend, medium body with bright spiced fruit

  • Lamb and Beef Skewers (available at Williamsburg)

    • Cucumber, marinated heirloom cherry tomatoes, mint yogurt sauce

  • Nashville Hot Popcorn Chicken

    • Popcorn chicken, Bread and Butter pickles with a side of ranch

  • Vegan Pulled Pork (available at Williamsburg)

    • Jackfruit, pickled peaches, Carolina style BBQ sauce, kaiser roll, hand cut fries or house salad

  • Lobster Roll

    • Meyer lemon aioli, tarragon, Old Bay, sweet Hawaiian bun, hand cut fries or salad

  • Stone Fruit Salad

    • Seasonal stone fruit, arugula, frisée, Stilton, pickled cherries, walnut vinaigrette

  • Brooklyn Cured Bratwurst (available at Prospect Park)

    • Cucumber-dill salad, mustard new potatoes, house-made sauerkraut


CATCH EM ALL: Food & Drink Special inspired by POKÉMON DETECTIVE PIKACHU at Nitehawk Prospect Park

Pokémon Detective Pikachu is a thrilling adventure to unravel a tangled mystery set in the neon-lit streets of Ryme City – a sprawling, modern metropolis where humans and Pokémon live side by side. The film opens on Friday at Nitehawk Prospect Park and to accompany this family-friendly flick is a curated special that adults should catch for themselves. The selection features an ahi tuna poké ball and a coffee-inspired cocktail blended with scotch, black cherry, and clove syrup. While trying to solve the case, electrify your tastebuds at Nitehawk Prospect Park.

Poké Ball
Ahi tuna, wakame, cucumber, avocado mousse, Korean chile, sesame seeds, nori, fried wonton

Black as Night
Mr. Black coffee liquor, Black Bottle blended scotch, black cherry and clove syrup, hot coffee



Take your favorite lady to Nitehawk Cinema to celebrate all things maternal with a pair of unconventional Mother’s Day brunch screenings. Nitehawk is not your typical movie-going experience as you and your mom will sip on cocktails while enjoying an appetizing meal from the comfort of your seat. Dessert is always optional so save some room and make Mother’s Day a Nitehawk Day!


Ten years after a futuristic cyborg was sent to kill Sarah Conner and she survived, a stronger Terminator (T-1000) comes back into her life to kill her son, John Conner. Again, the robotic assassins visit the past to eliminate the future leader of the resistance party (i.e. John Conner) but, thankfully, the rebels re-send a protector to keep them all alive. But this time, it’s the old Terminator, who’s out to save the future! As past selves meet the decisions of future selves (the mind melts), TERMINATOR 2 is an exciting sequel complete with stunning make-up and special effects. Hasta la vista, baby.

May 11 and 12 – TERMINATOR 2 (10:45 am) – NITEHAWK WILLIAMSBURG

Joan Crawford gives an Academy Award-winning performance in the title role of this melodramatic film noir. After Mildred’s second husband is murdered, flashbacks reveal the events leading up to his death. A doting mother, Mildred rises from waitress to restaurant-chain owner, but her spoiled daughter’s selfishness results in heartbreak.


TASTE SOMETHING DIFFERENT: Food & Drink Special inspired by LONG SHOT at Nitehawk Cinema

Charlize Theron and Seth Rogen play old friends who find love in LONG SHOT which is screening at both at Nitehawk Williamsburg and Prospect Park. The film is perfectly paired with a food and drink special that has been blissfully crafted to ignite a longing for love. The collection features hickory shrimp skewers and a Pamplemousse cocktail that comes optionally with CBD oil. Elevate your dine-in theater experience at Nitehawk Cinema.

Bees, Seas, and Trees
Hickory shrimp skewers, honey, rosemary, hibiscus

Johnnie Walker, falernum, grapefruit-cinnamon syrup, lime, La Croix Pamplemousse (optional CBD oil)


Celebrate Fabulously and Showcase Your Pride at Nitehawk Cinema

On June 28, 1969, riots broke out in response to a police raid at the Stonewall Inn in Greenwich Village, which is now the country’s first national monument dedicated to LGBTQ rights. To honor the 50th anniversary of The Stonewall Riots, NItehawk Cinema celebrates representation, inclusiveness, and the LGBTQ community with special screenings of queer films and events in association with NewFest and Queer Soup Night. The Pride program will run at both Nitehawk locations between May 25th – June 9th and will showcase a diverse range of stories to open hearts and eyes to the queer experience.

Cult classic BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER will be the first 35mm print to screen in Prospect Park

Caryn Coleman, Director of Programming/Special Projects at Nitehawk divulges, “We’re extremely proud to celebrate the LGBTQ community by highlighting iconic and contemporary independent films directed by women and people of color.” To kick off Pride at Nitehawk Williamsburg is Wanuri Kahiu’s vibrant and tender love story between two young women set in Kenya, Rafiki. Followed by Caroline Berler’s documentary Dykes, Camera, Action which features commentary on how Stonewall, the feminist movement, and the experimental cinema of the 1970s helped to build visibility around lesbian filmmakers that completely transformed society’s imagination about queerness. “To be able to honor LGBTQ experiences in film with the directors, partners like NewFest and Queer Soup, and our audiences this June fills us with, pardon the pun, PRIDE,” proclaims Caryn.

Alice Wu’s directorial debut and beloved romance film Saving Face is presented on 35mm as Shayana Filmore leads an intimate conversation with the director after the film. Collaborating with NewFest, New York’s LGBTQ Film & Media Arts Organization, Nitehawk is thrilled to screen a rare 35mm print of a legendary film that depicts the vivacious romantic lives of African-American gay men while candidly exploring the universal aspects of friendship. The special screening requires the purchase of a $15 voucher as each audience member will receive a copy of the book, PRIDE: Fifty Years of Parades and Protests, courtesy of Abrams Books. “NewFest is delighted to be working with Nitehawk this June to celebrate our community on the momentous 50th anniversary of Stonewall, bringing contemporary queer cinema to Brooklyn to expand the visibility and reach of LGBTQ stories throughout New York City,” affirms Nick McCarthy, Director of Programming at NewFest, New York’s LGBTQ Film & Media Arts Organization.

The documentary DYKES, CAMERA, ACTION! screens at Nitehawk Williamsburg

Nitehawk Prospect Park is excited to present its first ever screening on 35mm with the cult-classic film But I’m A Cheerleader by Jamie Babbit. The award-winning director will participate in a Q&A after an introduction by drag performers Brie Y.O.B. and Maddelynn Hatter/MaDd. In partnership with Queer Soup Night, the Brooklyn born queer party with soup at its center, Chefs Jenn de la Vega, Blessing Schuman-Strange and Caroline McAuliffe serve up a fabulous selection of soups to raise funds for interACT: Advocates for Intersex Youth. Liz Alpern, Creator of QSN, expresses, “Hosting QSN at Nitehawk is a dream come true! We can’t wait to sip on soup surrounded by community while watching the setting sun over Prospect Park.” Donations for interACT will be collected by QSN, while tickets for the film screening portion are strongly encouraged to be purchased in advance.

In classic Nitehawk flair, a special Pride cocktail has been created so a portion of the proceeds raised during the month-long celebration will support local LGBTQ organizations. As WorldPride takes over New York City, Nitehawk Cinema is thrilled to elevate the global event with additional entertainment offerings to the estimated 4 million visitors expected to celebrate the historic and citywide festivities. Tickets are available at

Full schedule includes:

Nitehawk Williamsburg

May 25 and 26 – RAFIKI
Jun 1 and 2 – DYKES, CAMERA, ACTION with Q&A with director Caroline Berler on June 1st
Jun 6 – SAVING FACE with Q&A with director Alice Wu; Hosted by Shayana Filmore (35mm presentation)
Jun 7 and 8 – A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET 2: FREDDY’S REVENGE (35mm presentation)
Jun 8 – QUEER BRUNCH WITH NEWFEST and NITEHAWK (35mm presentation)

Nitehawk Prospect Park

Jun 5 – HIGH ART
Jun 8 – BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER (35mm presentation)
Jun 9 – BUT I’M A CHEERLEADER with Queer Soup, Drag Show, and Q&A with director Jamie Babbit (35mm presentation)

Nitehawk Cinema Blossoms with New Spring Menu

Spring has sprung and the culinary team at Nitehawk Cinema, New York’s original dine-in theater, have crafted a new menu that will bloom appetites and ripen taste buds all season long. Nitehawk Williamsburg’s Executive Chef Michael Franey explains, “Our goal was to accentuate the freshness, brightness, and lightness that the changing of the season brings. The Spring menu features asparagus, peas, fava beans, radishes, and beets, combined with refreshing herbs like mint and tarragon.” Beginning Friday, April 19th, at both Nitehawk locations, the new selection continues in Nitehawk’s flair of introducing items with tantalizing flavors that compliment the dine-in theater experience and welcome the warmer weather with open arms.

“We purveyed an amazingly fresh burrata from Lioni Latticini in New Jersey, that showcases the delicious creaminess of mozzarella with a deep contrast in Calabrian chili, fava beans, and snap peas,” expresses Chef Franey. If the burrata doesn’t have you rolling out of your seat, then check out the Risotto Balls which are combined with fresh asparagus, diced piquillo peppers, minced chives, and pecorino cheese. Finally, who doesn’t love an everything bagel?! However, this New York City staple is prepared like a fritter. The “everything bagel” is folded with goat cheese, capers, red onions, and partnered with a whipped mousse made with crème fraîche and smoked salmon. With excitement Chef Franey proclaims, “The Everything Bagel Fritter has to be my favorite dish because it’s a perfect example of how we create a new menu and put the right amount of Nitehawk spin on classic items!”

Our chefs devised healthier alternatives for those looking to indulge in more mindful options while at the cinema. The Tri-Color Beet Salad is fun in the dark with vivid, herbaceous, and intensely colored red beets contrasted with thin slices of the candy cane beets, bright yellow beets, and tossed with a vegan tahini and za’atar dressing. Over at Nitehawk Prospect Park, moviegoers will experience Executive Chef Blessing Schuman-Strange’s twist on an avocado toast. Nitehawk’s version features nordic rye bread covered with smashed avocado in a white wine and basil marinated salad of baby heirloom tomatoes and shallots. “Although Avocado Toast is super simple, it emphasizes the way we transform dishes to be enjoyed in the dark while watching a movie,” declares Chef Blessing. Another exhilarating creation is the Tuna Niçoise Sandwich which takes all of the components of the french inspired salad and reimagines it into a decadent sandwich that offers a light and mouthwatering choice at Nitehawk Cinema this Spring.

Sweeten up any movie this spring by treating pallets to a tasty Nitehawk creation like the King’s Sundae, Boozy Cherries Jubilee Float or Chocolate Covered Strawberry Toast Tart. Blessing mentions, “I love how the toaster tart takes the nostalgia of a packaged childhood breakfast pastry and takes it to another level. One of my favorite parts of working for Nitehawk is the ways in which we playfully create our menu with dishes that are delicious but uniquely suited to our dine-in experience.”

Nitehawk’s Beverage Directors Nick Dodge and Rob Giles collaborated to elevate cocktail recipes and frozen drinks to showcase seasonal accents with bold fuisions. Rob states, “Springtime really gave us a chance to explore lighter and refreshing flavor combinations for our cocktail list. As the days become longer and hotter, we wanted to offer drinks with high acidity and flavors like pineapple or fresh cucumber to reflect the seasonal changes.” Nitehawk’s newest addition, Withnail and I, takes the format of a Pimm’s Cup and jazzes it up with juicy strawberries, spicy ginger syrup, and bourbon.

Another standout is Nitehawk’s seasonal Gin and Tonic series which is playfully named Kung Fu Hustle. The draught creation is a study on East-meets-West by using gin from Brooklyn based New York Distilling Company and a rice-based Soju for a subtle concoction. The house-made tonic uses classic citrus aromatics and gentian with a punch of flavor from lemongrass, kafir lime, and Thai basil. “The most dangerous part is how drinkable this cocktail is,” laughs Giles. Nick affirms, “We might have had a little too much fun working on the cocktail menu!”

The Beer menu gets a similar update as well, emphasising session-style Gose and thirst-quenching pilsners from local producers. “We are #blessed with how many excellent craft breweries are opening up in Brooklyn. It’s gotten to a point where an entire draft list can be as local as 30 miles or less,” says Giles. Dodge professes, “I’m excited about the amazing bar spaces at Nitehawk Prospect Park! Now that the weather is warming up, The Mezzanine is the perfect spot for park-goers to enjoy a drink once the sun goes down.“

Since popcorn is the undeniable part of any cinema experience, Nitehawk also introduces a vegan friendly Buffalo Wing Popcorn seasoned with Frank’s Red Hot and spiced with a home-made herb mix that replicates ranch dressing. Not typical dine-in movie theater, Nitehawk Cinema blossoms this season with a creative selection of food and drink items available at both Brooklyn locations. The lineup of new dishes and signature beverages includes:

Frank’s Red Hot, coconut oil, and vegan ranch powder

Yellow and green squash, spring onion, fava beans, red bell pepper, over easy eggs, grilled baguette, and choice to add chorizo or smoked tofu

Smashed avocados, baby heirloom tomatoes, marinated shallots, basil, olive oil, and nordic rye bread

Asparagus, piquillo peppers, chives, pecorino, and lemon tarragon aioli

Snap peas, fava beans, calabrian chili, parsley, and sourdough croutons

Goat cheese, scallions, red onion, capers, and smoked salmon mousse

Lemon, sea salt, and espelette

Red, yellow, candy cane beets, mixed baby lettuces, and za’atar tahini dressing

Mojo marinated shrimp, corn and chipotle slaw, salsa verde, and corn tortilla

Asparagus, snap peas, frisée, roasted red radish, French breakfast radish, herb vinaigrette, and choice of grilled chicken, smoked salmon or crispy tofu

Tuna, olive oil poached potatoes, lemon, niçoise olives, gribiche aioli, tomato conserva, frisée, ciabatta roll with hand cut fries or salad

Vanilla soft serve, chocolate cookie pieces, peanut bacon praline, banana dulce de leche, and whipped cream

Black cherry soft serve, brandy, and cream soda

Macerated fresh strawberries, pie crust, and chocolate royal icing

Aperol, Da Mar Prosecco, Scrappy’s Lavender Bitters, vanilla, soda, lemon

Vodka, Clear Creek Cranberry Liqueur, lime cordial, Combier Liqueur d’Orange, lime and tiki bitters

Rhum J.M. Gold, Cynar, St. Germain, cardamom-star anise syrup, pineapple, lime, Angostura

Perry’s Tot Navy Strength Gin, Tokki Soju Black, lemongrass-kaffir lime tonic syrup, Thai basil

Cruzan Blackstrap Rum, Plantation Pineapple Rum, Campari, pineapple syrup, lime

Wild Turkey 101 Bourbon, Pimm’s No. 1, mint, lemon, strawberries, cucumber bitters