FIDI folks, there’s a new kid in town and wants to be your friend. The amazing new iPic Theater has something for everyone, it really does! In order to get an idea of what iPic offers, first put aside everything you know about a typical movie theater experience. iPic is like a movie theater on steroids, in a good way. The seats at the iPic are in two levels: premium and premium plus. Premium seats cost less and you have to get your own food and drink (NBD). Premium Plus seats are either in one long row (for parties of 1 or 3 or any odd number) or in pods with 2 seats each. IMO, those are the ones you want. The pod provides privacy and it almost feels like a private screening for you and a pal. And they’ve done away with the usual agony of the dreaded front row neck pain – instead of regular seats, the seats in the front row are like daybed loungers – so luxe!
Friendly greeting on the ground floor
Prices range from $14 – $29 depending on when you go and what level seats you want. We definitely recommend if you plan on going to see a movie, that you book early, like days early. The seats are booked like airline seats – you pick exactly where you are sitting, and seats sell out fast! Remember this theatre is not only super cool for us down in FIDI, but for all of Manhattan and the boroughs, it’s the ONLY New York City location of iPic. That means that people will be coming in from all over to check it out.
The Tuck Room is the theatre’s restaurant and note that you can go to the Tuck Room, with a menu designed by three-time James Beard winner Sherry Yard and a cocktail menu curated by master Mixologist Adam Seger, without going to see a movie. The food is top notch and the drinks are delish. The interior decor of the Tuck Room and throughout the theatres is a bit street art meets Vegas, with every bit of wall space sporting some sort of design element. Lots of cool giant wall murals and art with NYC attitude.
At the preview, we were treated to a showing of “Girl on the Train” and loved the entire experience. (On a side note, having read the book, we found the movie a little one dimensional. We spoke to others who hadn’t read the book and they seemed to like it) At our seats were a button to recline, a button to put the seat back up, and a button for the servers/”ninjas,” who we’re told are trained to crouch while they take your order and deliver your food. I pushed the button once during the movie and the ninja appeared just a couple of minutes later. I gave her my order and about 10 minutes after that, a glass of sauvignon blanc arrived. Loved it!
So I think it’s definitely worth a visit. Can be pricey, but remember this is more than just going to the movies as we know it. It’s a whole new different category of accessible luxury, which is what FIDI LIVING is all about. And guess what the best part is? The best part is that this cool new place, this place that all of NYC will be talking about, is right here in our ‘hood. Go FIDI!