Dinner and a Movie: Metrograph Restaurant is Now Open
Here’s a Thursday evening surprise. The new restaurant at the Metrograph Theater on Ludlow Street is now open. Here are the details via the cinema’s newsletter:
We are thrilled to announce the opening of The Metrograph Commissary. Starting today, you can come to Metrograph for a movie and also drinks and dinner in our new restaurant. The Commissary opens tonight. Breakfast, lunch, brunch, and late night service soon to follow. The Metrograph Commissary is inspired by the studio eateries from Hollywood’s golden age, where stars would enjoy their meals alongside their producers, crews, and stagehands. The Metrograph Commissary is designed to be a similarly welcoming place for New York’s thriving community of filmmakers and moviegoers, and a new destination for our evolving local neighborhood around lower Ludlow Street. The Metrograph Commissary is comprised of a lobby bar, restaurant, restaurant bar, and private dining room. Metrograph’s founder, filmmaker and designer Alexander Olch, has brought together an amazing team for the Commissary. Restaurateur Henry Rich (Rucola, Cassette, June Wine Bar) will oversee the restaurant. Argentinian chef Norberto Piattoni (formerly the chef de cuisine at Francis Mallmann’s Hotel & Restaurant Garzón, Uruguay) consulted on the menu and Dennis Spina (River Styx, Roebling Tea Room, El Cortez) is the chef. Together, Piattoni and Spina have created a menu of classic dishes with thoughtful updates, such as Steak Tartare with fried capers, spring onions & spiced mayonnaise; their take on a Waldorf Salad with celery root, apple, walnuts & crème fraîche; Burrata with green tomato salsa verde & walnuts; Trout with brown butter, asparagus & parsley; Spaghetti Pomodoro; and Roasted Carrots, Radishes & Celery Root, with chickpea, curry & herbs. The wine program is a collaboration between Rich (whose June Wine Bar was named Best Wine Bar in the U.S. by Time Out) and general manager Loren Mash (a hospitality veteran from Battersby and St. Anselm). Together they have created a succinct list of American and French wines, as well as inspired riffs on classic cocktails.
Dinner will be served 6 p.m.-midnight. The bar will be open Sunday-Wednesday 6 p.m.-midnight; it will be open until 2 a.m. the other days of the week. The lobby bar will be open 5:30 p.m.-midnight.
if you’d like to see some of the dishes, check out Grub Street.