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Though we're not ashamed to spend our Saturday nights with takeout and Netflix, there's something to be said for going out for dinner and a movie. Our newest reason for putting on lipstick and hailing a cab: Williamsburg's new dine-in movie theater, Nitehawk.

This just-opened Brooklyn cinema pairs interesting films (Midnight in Paris, The Trip and Submarine are currently showing) with tableside food service from chef Saul Bolton of the borough's beloved Saul and The Vanderbilt.

The way it works is both smart and date-night conducive. Arrive 30 minutes before your flick starts to grab menus and a table for two. Your waiter will take your order, but once the light goes down, you'll have to make food requests quietly, via pen and paper. About 45 minutes before the movie ends, the remarkably unobtrusive staff will bring your check, which also serves as last call.

On a recent visit, we fell in love with Bolton's menu, which pairs grown-up concession-stand fare--including homemade ginger jerky ($6) and cotija-and-lime popcorn ($5)--with creative entrees like scallop ceviche ($13) and fish tacos ($11).

All in all, it's a cool, new way to go on a good old-fashioned date.

Nitehawk Cinema, 136 Metropolitan Ave. (between Berry and White sts.), Brooklyn; 718-384-3980 or nitehawkcinema.com

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