Dining at the Cinema Cafe

If you're a hungry movie buff in New York, you can go to the touristy but fun Planet Hollywood in Times Square, or if you want something a bit more subtle I highly recommend Cinema, a cafe and bar in two locations in Manhattan with great food, terrific service, and a very nice movie theme.

I had dinner at the Cinema restaurant on 34th Street (there is also one on 45th Street). It's decorated with large pictures of Al Pacino, Robert De Niro, Angelina Jolie, and Julia Roberts. Movies are projected on a nearby wall (the Starsky and Hutch remake was playing during my meal).

The food and drinks were delicious. My friend and I shared the Belgium Frites as an appetizer, which comes with a trio of dipping sauces -- truffle aioli, au poivre, and spicy ketchup. I ordered the fantastic Penne Caprese as my main course and washed it all down with a refreshing summer beverage, white sangria.

The best part was the service. The staff was terrific. I will definitely come back and I encourage everyone to give it a shot when they're in the neighborhood.