Nitehawk’s Spring Menu is Here!

Spring in here at Nitehawk! Which means that along with a slew of new movies and our annual baseball film series we have a new Spring Menu! Nitehawk’s Chef Michael Franey explains four of the delicious debuts…

springmenu-arugalaArugula Salad (wax beans, haricot vert, roasted cherry tomatoes, red onion, lemon oil)
A great salad that celebrates the freshness of spring. Lemon, along with the fresh haricot vert and wax beans, bring lightness that is balanced nicely with the sweetness of the roasted tomatoes and the spicy bitterness from the baby arugula.

springmenu-hotdogHot Dog (Brooklyn Bangers kosher hot dog, sauerkraut, house made relish, whole grain mustard)
What better way to welcome spring, then with the return to the diamond and an All-American favorite? Brooklyn Bangers’ Kosher Hot Dog is grilled and served with sauerkraut, a house made sweet and sour relish, and whole grain mustard.

springmenu-tacosShrimp and Fish Tacos (shrimp and fish escabeche, roasted pineapple salsa, radish, cilantro, lime)
Shrimp and fish are grilled and marinated in a bright, sweet and sour marinade with jalapeno, onion, garlic and spices. The richness of the escabeche is cut by the pineapple salsa, sweet and juicy with a slight kick from fresh jalapeno and lime. 

springmenu-empanadaEmpanada (Jamaican spiced potatoes, green lentils, carrots, coconut milk, coconut lime sauce)
Caribbean fusion. Potatoes, carrots, green lentils, coconut milk, habanero peppers and traditional Jamaican spices are all mixed together to create a vegetarian version of a Caribbean staple, the Jamaican patty. This is folded into a Mexican pastry shell and served with a sauce made from coconut milk, lime juice and zest and thickened with agar. This is something that I like to do often, take traditional flavors and ingredients and try to find new ways to showcase them. All of the flavors in the empanada are in a Jamaican beef patty, just presented in a new and different way. 

Animated GIF Love: THE APPLE

The love for THE APPLE and our screening of it this Friday & Saturday at midnite can best be expressed through these fabulous animated gifs…




PHOTOS: Nitehawk’s Collection of AKIRA Animation Cels

Japanese Intensity: Akira (1988, Katsuhiro Ohtomo)
Friday, February 21 & Saturday, February 22; Midnite | Buy Tickets

I have a tendency to gravitate towards things that feel like actual relics of popular culture — it’s why I held up a line of 8-year-olds at the American History Museum when I got to the Kermit the Frog display. “Look at Kermit! He’s on a stump! Get out of my way, kid! *shove*”

In this regard, animation cels are pretty neat. They’re actual frames from the film, works drawn by the original artists, sometimes marked with directors’ notes or shot numbers — it’s more than memorabilia, it’s an actual slice of art.

Thanks to our recently departed Bar Manager, Jen Marshall (she’s not dead, she just doesn’t work here anymore), we have these lovely slices of Akira on our office walls. Since we’re screening the film this weekend, it seemed like a good time to share.



True Romance Film Feast: Scenes that inspired the menu

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Film Feasts: True Romance (1993, Tony Scott)
Wednesday, February 12; 7:15pm | Buy Tickets

Love can be dirty business, which is why for this Valentine’s Day we’re screening Tony Scott’s and Quentin Tarantino’s modern Bonnie and Clyde yarn, True Romance. Our chefs watched the film and built a five course menu modeled after specific scenes in the movie. Lagunitas Brewery will be providing the social lubricant, and Oddfellows Ice Cream Co. will be there for dessert.

Here’s a breakdown of the menu alongside the scenes that inspired them.


Movie Theater Popcorn
Popcorn, Goobers, Raisenets
Drink Pairing: Laguintas Pils

One of the things I’ve always wanted to do at Nitehawk but have never been able to is order a buttered popcorn and then dump a bunch of chocolate candy into it. Everyone should do it during every movie, especially if it’s a Sonny Chiba triple bill.

“Goodfellas” Film Feast: Scenes that inspired the menu


Film Feasts: Goodfellas (1990, Martin Scorsese)
Wednesday, January 8; 7:00pm | Buy Tickets

As far back as I can remember, I always wanted to eat like a gangster. Goodfellas is a film of appetites. Appetites for women, for drugs, for money; but also for good, old fashioned food. Meals play a huge part in the culture presented in Goodfellas, between the beatings, the drug dealings and the racketeering, these are men who enjoy nothing more than to sit down to a well prepared meal.


East New York Barbecue
Esposito’s sweet Italian sausage, spicy onion and pepper relish, Italian hero

When we first meet Mob capo Paulie Cicero, he’s quietly enjoying a barbecue in his East New York yard. Paulie runs with a small crowd, only speaking with his top lieutenants. Essentially a cover, the barbecue allows some small access to the mob boss, who conducts business with his crew while chomping on a nice Italian sausage.


Copacabana Ribs
Thai spare ribs, Asian slaw

In one of the best long-form steady-cam shots put to film, Henry Hill takes his future wife out on a stunning date at the Copacabana. Plowing right through the line out front, Hill escorts his date through the Copa’s service entrance, through the kitchen and right onto the floor. It’s a baller move on Hill’s part, meant to impress — and it works.

Though it had a Brazillian flair to it, the Copacabana actually served Chinese food of all things back at its original location on East 60th Street, hence why we’re serving Thai spare ribs for this masterwork of a scene.


VICE Presents: The Film Foundation Screening Series at Nitehawk Cinema – The Night of the Hunter (Charles Laughton, 1955) 
Tuesday, December 17 at 9:30pm | Buy Tickets

Get as obsessed over Robert Mitchum’s face as we are with these gorgeous stills courtesy of The Film Foundation (and read what our contributors Jim Jarmusch, Jeffrey Couchman, Andrew Dominik, & Andrew Baratta have to say about The Night of the Hunter on


“A Christmas Story” Film Feast: Scenes that inspired the menu


Film Feasts: A Christmas Story (1984, Bob Clark)
Wednesday, December 11; 7:15pm | Buy Tickets

Director Bob Clark’s endlessly re-watchable tale of Christmas woe spun as a comedy, A Christmas Story takes us through the ups and downs of everyone’s favorite holiday: the food, the crippling family issues, and how kids, generally speaking, are a bunch of psychopaths.

Our kitchen has put together a hell of a Christmas feast to go along with the movie, with every course inspired by the film.


Lovely, Beautiful, Glorious Christmas
Chestnut and cranberry stuffing bites, with snap ginger liqeur whipped cream

It’s the holiday around which every kid’s year revolves: Christmas. Presents. Reindeer. Snow. Christmas Specials. Toys. Guns! To get the feast started, we’re opening up up with some chestnut and cranberry stuffing bites, because those are both things that you eat at Christmas.



Ralphie’s  secret decoder ring had it wrong. It’s “Be Sure to Drink Your Ovaltini.” Don’t fault him for screwing it up though. Have you ever used one of those things? Not easy.

“the gaze of the film + esp those scenes is repulsively male” & 13 other notes left during “Blue is the Warmest Color”


Blue is the Warmest Color turned out to be a pretty controversial movie. Everyone liked it, then everyone hated it, now people all all hung up on its secret politics (?) and seem to hate/like it. Two things are for certain though: it has a lot of sex in it, and it is also very long.

So long, in fact, that one couple had the time to pass a fat stack of notes about the movie between one-another (13 pages!), discussing everything from Adèle Exarchopoulos being a good actress to how director Abdellatif Kechiche is sort of an unforgivable, sexist shithead.

I just want to know how they had time to write their notes and read the subtitles. I guess they do dance quite a lot in the movie.

In any case, I took pictures of all of them and put them on the internet. They aren’t in any sort of order, so keep that in mind. Enjoy.


this is exactly the problem. This dude is fixated w/ women’s pleasure — So “mystical” and “magical” in the abstract — his fascination is anthropological and makes it ugly in its worshipfulness — he comes at it with zero humanism. Women are as oppressed by elevation as by subjugation.”


“and I think this is his way of acknowledging them. But (as in 7 Psychopaths) acknowledged misogyny/objectification is nowhere near remedying it.”


interesting theory. but it’s still unforgivably gratuitous and I think it’s just a stretch.

I agree. That scene complicates it though.


Screen film still of the stunning 35mm print for our Deuce presents: Alphabet City screening tonight (Thursday, November 8). Buy tickets.


Annie Hall Film Feast: Scenes that inspired the menu


Film Feasts: Annie Hall (Woody Allen, 1977) | Tickets

The ultimate New York City romance, Annie Hall, gets the Film Feast treatment this week, which means our chefs got together with Brooklyn Brewery to put together a beer dinner inspired by the scenes picked by our cinema nerds. Scenes are paired with food which is then, in turn, paired with beers. There’s a lot of pairing going on, you see.

Below we’ve put together a little guide for the menu, which takes us from a neuroses inducing childhood to, just the worst pre-long drive conversation you could possibly imagine.

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1st Course

Coney Island Special
roasted tomato bisque, baked clams

Beer Pairing: Brooklyn Sorachi Ace

As Alvy Singer personally invites you to watch and examine the highs and lows of his relationships throughout his life, we’re taken on an insightful journey back to his childhood in Coney Island.