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Call us haters, but we typically don’t like movie theaters that serve food. In concept nothing could be better, but in execution the food typically sucks. That’s why we love Syndicated, a dine-in cinema in Bushwick/East Williamsburg that actually has tasty grub. Up front, there’s a large bar with two big screens that typically run campy 70s and 80s fare. In the back, there’s a proper 50-seat theater that has daily screenings of indies and classics. There’s a bar menu and a theater menu, both serving fried American fare including Chicken Sandwiches, Burgers, and Tator Tots. Gourmet? No way. But you won’t be disappointed if you’re craving comfort food. Cocktails are in the $12 range and have fun, film-themed names like Blade Rummer, Easy Rider, and A Sidecar Named Desire. Come for a movie or just a fun night out at the bar.
This combination American restaurant, bar and movie theater in Bushwick serves burgers, sandwiches and crowd-pleasers like loaded tater tots, along with cocktails and seasonal beers. Separate from the dining area (but with its own menu), the 50-seat screening room shows a couple of films each night, often curated according to director or other themes.
There’s no gleaming 1930s-style marquee beckoning you through the doors of Syndicated, a cinema-bar-restaurant hybrid sitting inconspicuously in a barely marked former warehouse on Bogart Street. Instead, those Art Deco touches can be found within the 70-seat main dining room, which is dressed with geometric sconces, high-vaulted ceilings and projector screens playing muted classic movies. Anchoring the space is a four-sided marble-topped bar that’s packed with moviegoers guzzling craft cocktails before catching throwback screenings of Wayne’s World and Do the Right Thing… An all-in-one movie date. Behind the kitchen lies a 50-seat, dine-in cinema rigged with rows of cushy banquettes, half-moon two-top tables and five varieties of house-made popcorn ($6), including curry powder and caramel corn.