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A Night Out In France: French Food & A Film At The Paris

  • Drinks
  • Film
  • Food

Tonight is about all things French, and it starts at Brasserie 8 ½. This upscale restaurant (or brasserie, as it were) is all about art and beauty. From the meticulous plating in dishes like Côte de Bœuf and Moules-frites to the authentic Matisse paintings and central grand staircase that’ll no doubt bring out your inner royal, this French domain—which is just a block away from both Central Park and Fifth Ave—is a prime example of fine dining in the city. Plus, if it was in an episode of Sex and the City, you know it's cool.

Next, continuing tonight’s French theme, stroll over to The Paris (it’s literally right next door) to cap off this classic dinner and a movie date. Cornering the Plaza Hotel and the picturesque Pulitzer Fountain, The Paris is a historic NYC theater dating back to the 1940s. With only one screen, but just under 600 seats, this is not your average cinema. It has an elegant marble staircase and wrought iron railings, blue velvet seats, and an overall transportive atmosphere that delicately brings out the venue’s vintage theater vibes (only with film instead of live performances). Be sure to reserve your tickets in advance if you want to guarantee the best seats in the house.

Brasserie 8 1/2

9 West 57th Street, Manhattan

The Paris

4 West 58th Street, Manhattan

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