No matter how great televisions get, there’s just something magical about being in a theater with other people having a collective experience. With that said, not all theaters are created equal — far from it. Luckily, residents of the One Manhattan Square condos find themselves only a short stroll down the Seaport from a theater offering one of the most distinctive (and delicious) moviegoing experiences there is.
Once you see a film in an iPic theater, you won’t want to go anywhere else. This is not an advertisement; it’s just the truth. They found a way to put dinner and a show in one place without sacrificing anything from either arena. There are other theaters around New York that offer full menus and serve food during the films they show. The difference is that those theaters don’t have a chef-driven menu created by three-time James Beard Foundation Award-winning chef Sherry Yard. Quite often, theaters that offer full menus tend to not match up with local restaurants in terms of overall quality. That is certainly not the case here.
The menu at iPic includes tender filet mignon sliders, an insanely flavorful lobster roll made with pink chilli dressing, an assortment of pizzas, mac-and-cheese fries, hot pepper calamari fritti, savory truffle fries, and a top-notch veggie cheeseburger, among many other mouthwatering options. This is not a movie theater with a kitchen attached. This is a high-end restaurant built within a movie theater.
Ready for a drink? IPic offers an extensive range of beer and wines, but it’s their cocktails that really stand out. The bartenders are celebrated mixologists, so every drink is meticulously prepared and perfectly balanced.
Staying in the realm of distilled spirits, we’d recommend getting to the theater a bit early — or leaving some time after the credits — to check out The Tuck Room. The Tuck Room is a chic cocktail bar that is an extension of the Fulton Market iPic, located at 11 Fulton Street. It has a jazzed-out, speakeasy vibe, and, once again — and most important — the drinks are phenomenal. Their Tuck Old Fashioned, crafted with house-made cherry-infused bourbon, is sweet and relentlessly smooth; their Ancho Diablo, made with ancho chile-infused tequila, brings a powerful kick; and their Pink Lady is wildly refreshing.
Even if you weren’t seeing a movie, the culinary experience alone would make the trip to iPic completely worthwhile. But being able to take in a film while having an exquisitely catered, high-end dining experience is what takes iPic to the next level. You can find a list of the movies they’re currently showing here.