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Syndicated, Nitehawk and more foodie movie theaters in NYC

There’s never been a better time to be both a film buff and a foodie in NYC.

New movie theaters that are popping up are elevating the movie-going dining experience, going beyond buttered popcorn, Milk Duds and fountain sodas.

Here are the food-focused film houses to know in NYC:

Syndicated

Tim Chung was tired of the mediocre food
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Tim Chung was tired of the mediocre food options when going to the movies, so he decided to do something about it.

"People are always sneaking in sandwiches and burritos and canned beer inside movie theaters -- why isn't there a place that serves these things?" said Chung, managing partner at Syndicated (40 Bogart St., Bushwick, 718-386-3399, syndicatedbk.com), an independent movie theater that also houses a 70-seat restaurant and bar that opened last month.

Guests can order eats and drinks before and during the films directly from their seats, which feature tables for two. The menu, which features modern takes on comfort food from executive chef Bret Macris (Rose Water) and cocktails by bar manager Kenneth Vanhooser (Piora), varies slightly from the theater to the restaurant, with the former relying on foods that can easily be eaten in the dark without a fork and knife to minimize sound, such as duck confit nachos ($11) and bacon-butter meatballs ($9). So far the loaded tater-tots ($11, pulled pork, cheddar cheese, sour cream and pickled jalapenos) and popcorn fried oysters ($11) have been big hits, Chung said.

As for candy, elevated items such as Fine & Raw chocolates, Quin Gumdrops and Salty Road Taffy are on hand alongside Junior Mints and Charleston Chew ($4-$7), and there are eight different types of gourmet popcorn, from pink peppercorn to curry ($4, with free refills). And at just $3 a ticket, you can really splurge on the food.

The film programming changes frequently, ranging from Oscar nominees to indies to classics to '80s blockbusters, with the occasional food or drink special inspired by what's on screen.

"We wanted to have some really great food, a really great beverage program and on top of that a lively and fun movie selection," Chung said.

Nitehawk Cinema

Open since 2011, this Williamsburg destination is a
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Open since 2011, this Williamsburg destination is a pioneer in the movie theater-restaurant model in New York City. Movie-goers can order food and drinks to their seats in any of the three theaters, as well as at the downstairs bar, Lo-Res. The extensive dinner menu features small plates, salads, entrees and desserts, as well as movie-themed specials, a brunch menu and plenty of beer and wine. As far as typical concessions go, choose from several varieties of popcorn, including the seasonal maple-honey butter with cinnamon toast crunch, chocolate bars by Tumbador, homemade jerky, queso and, for brunch, coffee doughnuts. 136 Metropolitan Ave., Williamsburg, 718-782- 8370, nitehawkcinema.com

Metrograph

Once it opens next month, this two-story independent
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Once it opens next month, this two-story independent movie theater will feature a two-screen theater, full bar and cafe on its ground floor and, upstairs, a full bar and full-service restaurant, dubbed The Commissary, that will seat 72 people. The menu is still being finalized, but diners can expect entrees such as roasted carrots, squash, hummus, smoked paprika, herbs and buttermilk dressing ($16) and cocktails including the signature Metrograph Bloody Mary ($11). The Commissary menu will only be offered in the restaurant space -- not in the theater -- but concessions to enjoy during screenings include typical movie-going fare, such as popcorn and candy, as well as Tim Tams and macarons. Opening March 4; 7 Ludlow St., 212-660-0312, metrograph.com

Alamo Drafthouse Cinema

This famed theater chain has been slowly expanding
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This famed theater chain has been slowly expanding nationwide since opening in Austin, Texas in 1997. New York State got its very first Drafthouse in 2013, in Yonkers, and this year the cinema will enter the NYC market with a seven-screen theater in Downtown Brooklyn's City Point development. Like the other Drafthouses, this location will feature food and drink served to your seat, and film programming will be a mix of new releases and unique events. Menu details are mum, but if the Yonkers location is any indication, expect burgers, pizza and bottomless popcorn, as well as a variety of draft beers, wine and cocktails. 445 Gold St., Downtown Brooklyn, drafthouse.com

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