We’ve got nothing against ordering takeout and watching Netflix, but there’s a reason dinner and a movie is a Saturday night standard. And this past weekend, we enjoyed both—at the same time!—thanks to Syndicated, a brand-new restaurant, bar, and movie theater in Brooklyn’s uber-hip Bushwick neighborhood.
Unless you frequent the area, you could easily miss the venue: a graffitied warehouse-style building off the Morgan Avenue stop on the L train with little to indicate its presence other than a small hanging lamp shining a light on its name. Step inside, and you’ll enter a palatial 70-seat dining room, serving up high-end bar food courtesy of Bret Macris, former chef at Rose Water, a cult-favorite restaurant in nearby Park Slope.
Cut through the space, hang a right, and there’s a long hallway and a marquee emblazoned with a quote by Roger Ebert: “No good movie is too long and no bad movie is short enough.” Next to it is the main attraction: a 50-seat theater, which screens independent and classic films, handpicked by managing partner Tim Chung. Sink back into one of the leather banquettes, jot down your food and drink order, and you’ll never want the movie to end—no matter how good or bad it is.
What to Eat
Macris’s eclectic menu features everything from beer battered mushrooms to duck confit nachos. While the offerings change seasonally, the must-have of the moment is The Double Double, a hamburger served “animal style” with onions, lettuce, and Thousand Island dressing.
What to Drink
Whether you prefer beer, wine, liquor, or soda, there’s something for everyone, though we recommend the Gin and Juice cocktail, with Bombay gin, maraschino cherries, lemon juice, Bonal, cherry, and basil.
When to Go
Syndicated is open Sunday through Wednesday from 4 p.m. to 12 a.m., and Thursday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 2 a.m. Go for an early evening showing so you can take full advantage of the menu, and hang around the bar afterward for drinks.
Syndicated, 40 Bogart Street, Brooklyn, NY, 11206. 718-386-3399.