SOUTH STREET SEAPORT — Fancy snacks, cocktails, and even a blanket and pillow, await moviegoers at the city's newest theater.
Billed as an "affordable luxury" experience, movie chain iPic, which offers dine-in options on plush leather seats, launched its first Manhattan location, inside the overhauled Fulton Market Building, over the weekend.
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The theater has eight auditoriums, with each holding between 43 and 143 seats — comfortable leather chairs that people can reserve online before heading to iPic.
Moviegoers can grab food and drinks, then head to their seats, unless they've opted for the fanciest of the fancy seating, called "premium plus." Those with with a “premium plus” ticket can eat and imbibe with waiter service — or ninja service as iPic calls it, since they "stealthily deliver chef-driven dishes and handcrafted cocktails" right to you, the company said.
Those $29 seats are full-leg reclining chairs, complete with pillows and blankets — and are situated in something of a "pod" (see below). The pods are designed to hold up to two people.
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The in-theater food and drinks menu, headed by James Beard Award-winning Chef Sherry Yard, serves bites that range in price from $12 for warm pretzels, to $24 for a cheese and charcuterie board. Premium plus seats have the added perk of unlimited popcorn.
Turkey Sliders are some of the small bites you can munch on while watching a movie at iPic. (Courtesy of iPic)
For those who like to experience dinner and a movie separately, the theater also has a dine-in restaurant, called the Tuck Room on the third floor. Diners are not required to see a movie to eat at the restaurant.
The menu includes sushi and oysters, buttermilk fried chicken ($14) and filet mignon ($32), among other items.
iPic, at 11 Fulton Street, shows movies from about 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 p.m daily.