Twenty-four movie theaters and over ninety bars and restaurants are included in this selected guide for good places to dine, drink, or get a cup of coffee before or after the movies. Click on a placemark for a New York movie house, and see Walking Off the Big Apple's suggestions for a nearby place within walking distance. Some are restaurants, others are bars, and several feature that nice middle ground called "bar food."
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A New York friend who goes to the movies all the time recently asked me about new places to try near favorite movie theaters, so this map is my elaborated answer. She was particularly interested in places near many of the cinemas specializing in independent or classic cinema, theaters like the IFC, Film Forum, Landmark Sunshine, and Cinema Village. Many of these pioneering cinemas are located downtown, and they continue to play an important part of the area's creative heritage. Now, with the ever-changing dining and bar scene, it's possible to try many variations on the old standby date of dinner and a movie.
Images and map by Walking Off the Big Apple. Above: Three good pairings of movie theaters and nearby places to eat and drink - Angelika Film Center (Houston and Mercer), with Fanelli's Cafe (Prince and Mercer); IFC (6th Avenue and 3rd St.) with Home Restaurant (Cornelia St.); and Film Forum (E. Houston) with Cafe Henri (Bedford St.). Readers are most welcome to add their favorites in the comment section.