7/12/2013 09:08:00 AM

Best Thing We Ate Last Night: Nitehawk's "Film Feast," A Backwards Meal by Carla Hall

A movie night can be a great way to break up the week. But a movie accompanied by a five course meal? Now we're talking. We were lucky enough to spend a night at Brooklyn's Nitehawk, the only New York cinema legally allowed to serve food and booze to moviegoers while they enjoy a fantastic flick. And we caught this spot on a great night, serving up their "Film Feast," a special series that invites a famous chef to cook for patrons watching the chef's chosen classic with a menu to match it.

This week, The Chew's and former Top Chef Carla Hall was in the house preparing a meal from top to bottom (or shall we say bottom to top) for her favorite thriller, Memento. A cult classic, this movie takes viewers backwards and forwards through a moment in time with Leonard Shelby, the protagonist who suffers from anterograde amnesia.

Carla told us how she loves how this movie unfolds differently depending on how its interpreted, and with that, made a meal that played the same game. As the meal progressed, dish descriptions went from dessert to entrees; but for the palette, the meal progressed as it would normally, from more savory starters to sweeter endings.

The standout dish was definitely "Fact 3: The Squid Ink Linguine" - a pasta dish dressed with julienned zucchini & cucumbers, feta, dill, and a lemon olive oil sauce. Here, Carla seemed to be playing off the black & white sequence of the film's forward-moving storyline. The Nitehawk drink pairing was a glass of 2011 Tselepos Moschofilero, Arcadia, Greece. One bite made us forget everything we tried before this dish, but with a movie like this, isn't that kind of the point?

Stay tuned for more on Nighthawk in the upcoming Bizarre Bites video on our YouTube Channel, youtube.com/Zagat.


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