"Movies With Taste"

Is it weird for me to say that I've become "spoiled" when it comes to seeing movies in theaters? Well, if they served grilled lamb chops and NY strip steak at your movie theater establishment, I bet you'd be too.

When Ruben and I were settling into our new city eight months ago and wanted to see a movie, we found a theater that was less than 5 minutes away from where we live. It was called CineBistro at Town Brookhaven, and let me tell you, it was love at first sight! (At least for me it was!)

Isn't the lobby area GORGEOUS?! It even has a bar in case you want to order a few drinks/appetizers before the show!

It's so nice to see a movie in a place that doesn't smell like artificial popcorn butter (like at other movie establishments)!

Whenever Ruben and I come here, we usually head straight for our seats. Our big, wide, luxurious plush leather seats.

It's like flying in first class, but with bigger chairs!

CineBistro's food menu is pretty impressive. No, let me say that again. CineBistro's food menu is VERY impressive. It's as if you're dining at a restaurant but with a big screen in the front of the room!

We usually start out with a couple of drinks and a toast. On our most recent visit, Ruben had a Mad Hatter's Ice Tea (aka Long Island) and I had a glass of red wine.

When toasting, always look into the other person's eyes for good luck!
Here we are getting cozy while waiting for our food and for the movie to start:

Fashion/beauty experiment: red lips to match the red coat

We usually don't have to wait too long for our food to come. Here are a few things we like to order:

House Ground Bistro Burger

Spice Grilled Lamb Chops

BBQ Beef Rib Sliders

Let me talk about the food for a second. For a movie theater, their food is AMAZING. Probably the best movie food I've ever had in my life. If I compare it to other restaurants (non movie theater establishments), sure it's not Ruth's Chris, nor would I expect it to be on Ruth's Chris' level, but the food is very very good. I also love how their menu also changes frequently--it's always nice to not see the same things to eat over and over and over again. (Like I said, it's just like a restaurant!) I would eat this any day over a hot dog or nachos with melted Velveeta on top.

After our first CineBistro experience, I told Ruben that I never wanted to go to any other movie theater ever again. And we've stuck to that claim ever since!

(Okay, so I made one exception--when Django Unchained came out, it wasn't playing at CineBistro, and Ruben really wanted to see it. But after a little pleading and convincing, I gave in and we went to a "regular" movie theater to watch it. Compromise!)

On a final note, here are a few tips if you decide to check out CineBistro:

1. Movies playing there have assigned seating, so if you can, buy your tickets ahead of time online so that you can pick out your seats.
2. Always arrive 30 minutes before show time. It's just a rule they have there.
3. If you decide to order food inside the theater, make sure to order all of your drinks and food at the same time (before last call). If you want to order anything during the movie, you'll have to go to the lobby and order from the bar.
4. With that said, know that an 18% gratuity is always added to your food bill. Ruben and I have always had excellent service every time we've been here, so we don't mind.

I know there are several locations across the country, so if you have one in your city, I highly suggest you give it a shot (if you haven't done so already)!


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