The Coolest Free Dinner and a Movie Date Is At Water Taxi Beach

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What: Films About Food (and Food From Films)

Where: Water Taxi Beach, Long Island City, Queens

When: Saturday, June 13 – Friday, June 19

Why: These days the phrase “dinner and a movie” sends dollar signs a-rolling almost as quickly as “Opera at the Met.” Enter George Motz and Harry Hawk, whose NYC Food Film Festival, in its third year, is sure to satisfy all your cravings. Literally. The roster of more than 20 films to be screened includes Buttermilk: It Can Help, Mr. Okra, and Eat or We Both Starve. On the menu? Tastings of food shown in the films, such as mutton from the Chelsea hotspot RUB (during Mutton: The Movie, about Kentucky barbecue) and Clam Pie (for the movie by the same appetizing name).

The whole enterprise came about rather organically when burger-guru Hawk met filmmaker Motz (Hamburger America). “I was opening up a new, but short-lived branch of Schnack, and we screened Hamburger America,” said Hawk. “There were a few other screenings where George showed HA and I cooked burgers. We thought it would be a great idea if we could show other food movies and make other dishes.” The pair’s “great idea” has blossomed from a two-man show—“[Harry] was cooking burgers and food and George was working the projector, the lights, playing master of ceremonies”—to a full-blown festival, complete with staff and sponsors.

Big or not, however, this is one of the coolest dinner and a movies you’re likely to experience. And if that’s not enough to whet your appetite, try this on for size. Admission is free—and so are the tastings.

Cost: Free

How to get there: Take Take the 7 train from Grand Central or Times Square. Second option, take the Water Taxi from 34th street to the beach for $5. Visit for a full schedule. (

Photos: Courtesy of YC Media