The other day I had two ladies in my store who were on vacation. They had just had a wonderful lunch at The Cottage and while there asked where they could find a place to watch television. It seems the son of one of the ladies was going to be on the television show "The Chew," and they wanted to see him. Their waitress at The Cottage told them to go to Vineyard 55, where there is a nice big TV set.
Well, of course, I was all ears. I asked who the son was and it turned out his name is Michael Franey and he is the chef at Nitehawk Cinema in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. He is a graduate of the French Culinary Institute in New York.
Nitehawk Cinema is a movie theater-cafe-bar where, while you watch first-run movies, you can also be wined and dined. They serve all sorts of delicious small bites and finger foods. The popcorn sounds fabulous, too. I looked up the menu, and it seems very reasonable, as do the drinks. All of this sounds like so much fun.
On the television program the ladies had just watched Michael cooked up tasty dishes with Mario Batalli. They were featuring food to eat while watching the Academy Awards. If you find yourself in New York and have a night to spare, you might want to venture over to Brooklyn. Everyone says to arrive 45 minutes or so before the movie starts. You can have a drink or a beer while waiting. Seems like a fun time to me.
* I discovered John Lurie the other day. He is the founder of the jazz trio The Lounge Lizards. He also has many YouTube segments, and they are hilarious. Google his name and you will be entertained. Trust me. By the way, make sure you have plenty of time to enjoy Mr. Lurie because you'll be glued to your computer.
Babbie Guscio is the social columnist for The Bluffton Packet. She can be reached at The Store on Calhoun Street.