Cinema Restaurants

New York City Dinner and a Movie

About Cinema Restaurants



Classic Films, Cutting Edge Cocktails and Innovative Cuisine Bring a New Dimension to “Dinner and a movie”


When Steve Galanis opened the first Cinema Cafe on 34th street fifteen years ago he had a simple plan. “I wanted to serve good food and show movies,” he says. “The great New York City revival houses were dying out. There was no place people could go to see classic silence films anymore. So I started showing then in the restaurant and people kept coming.”


Galanis began acquiring rare and out of print videos, showing them to a dedicated following of New Yorkers (and celebrities like Leonardo DiCaprio and Harvey Keitel) who not only came for the films,but for the food. His collection of movies including rarely seen films by F.W. Mirnau and Cecil B. DeMille has grown from one to four locations in a mere two years.


Galanis’ rare and unusual films (many of which have inspired directors like Woody Allen and Martin Scorsese) can be seen at all four Cinema Cafes-including the newest location on 70th and Second Avenue. The new Cafe sports a sleek silver screen black and white finish (dominated by the large two-sided silver screen itself). The distinctly East Side Cafe has become a destination dinner spot for movie-loving New Yorkers who soak in the ambiance of the flickering images of long ago glamour while treating themselves to the innovative American cuisine of chef Fotis Katz.


Katz, who began his career cooking for the Prime Minister of Greece at Athens’ renowned Caprice restaurant, has also catered for Donna Karan, Russel Simmons and for the Greek Consulate in New York City. His menu is fresh, innovative and unabashedly American.




Our restaurants are conveniently located and ideally suited for all types of corporate gatherings, multimedia events and film & production parties.


We are full service caterers and provide:

Custom menu planning ▪ Unique on and off-premise spaces ▪ Entertainments ▪ Black tie servers & bartenders ▪ Rentals of glassware, tables, chairs, utensils and linen ▪ Floral design


With over Ten years experience preparing the finest quality food as well as providing the highest quality service, our catering and special event staff is looking forward to assisting you in making your next corporate catering or private event a memorable one.


For more information or to request a corporate catering or a special event menu call Steve or Kathy at 212.759.1519.