Home has been our sanctuary even more than usual these days. And that’s not a bad thing at all if you’re living in the LIC luxury condos at Skyline Tower. While you’re inside, you can enjoy all of the comforts and convenience these well-appointed homes have to offer, like relaxing the day away in the spa-like bathrooms or merely gazing at the Manhattan skyline as the sun sets behind it.
But now and then, it’s fun for you and your family to have a memorable night in. Why not make your next occasion a dinner and a movie night?
You don’t need to look far for inspiration; just look through those floor-to-ceiling windows and take in those views of NYC. With this backdrop, it’s certain that it’s going to be an NYC-themed evening.
First, pick out a New York City movie that everyone is bound to love. For a classic film that combines fashion, humor, and the early 60s glamor of the city, try Breakfast at Tiffany’s, with Audrey Hepburn. You’ve Got Mail, a more contemporary romantic comedy with a very 90s sensibility, starring Meg Ryan and Tom Hanks, is a perennial favorite. Or, if you long for a musical romp that captures the spirit of what it is like to spend some time in late-40s NYC, tune into On the Town, with Gene Kelly and Frank Sinatra. While children can enjoy the films mentioned above, there are NYC-centric movies, like Stuart Little, made just for the younger crowd. And Ghostbusters is a pure celebration of the city.
Whatever movie you choose, one of the most critical aspects of a movie night is the snacks.
Yes, buttery popcorn is a must, but you can elevate the evening with some famous New York City recipes. These dishes are as evocative of New York as the films you’ll be pairing them with.
A hot dog from a street cart might do in a pinch, but every New Yorker knows that the best ones are found in Coney Island. And what sets apart this frank from all others? The chili sauce, of course! Here’s a recipe that’s not only fast but truly tasty, although you might just need a few napkins.
Conjure a bit of Katz’s Deli at home and make a mile-high sandwich on homemade rye bread. Breadmaking might seem daunting at first, but this simple recipe is relatively easy if a bit time-consuming, as you have to wait for the dough to rise. Nonetheless, you’ll be rewarded with malty, delicate bread as you eat your pastrami on rye while channeling the most famous scene of When Harry Met Sally.
The perfect finale to your at-home movie night has to be the staple of restaurants across the city: New York-style cheesecake. Creamy, buttery, tart: this indulgent dessert transports those who indulge in it to NYC no matter where they are in the world. And lucky residents of Skyline Tower are already a part of the cinematic action that this city affords.