Jason Denton Bringing New Café to Our Film Center

Posted by Eugene Hernandez on 9.7.2011

The café at the new Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center is coming next week!

Famed New York City restaurateur Jason Denton, best known for ‘ino, ‘inoteca, cucina, ‘inoteca e liquori bar, corsino cantina and Betto, is bringing his latest culinary destination to the Elinor Bunin Munroe Film Center at Lincoln Center. 

The new café, Indie Food and Wine at 144 W. 65th St., opens next week and with a lineup of food and concessions offering organic and locally sourced items, including the following:

- Breakfast will feature organic granola, steel cut oatmeal, fresh fruit, a myriad of pastries, and our signature Panini—Camembert and apricot jam or Heritage bacon, cheddar, and tomato.

- Lunch and dinner will offer composed sandwich and salad options and à la carte proteins, with sides and sauces. Sandwiches include Organic Chicken Breast with dill yogurt, feta, and tomatoes; Duck Leg Confit with Black Mission Fig Jam. Fresh market salads; Greenmarket Chopped, Bitter Green Goddess and Chickpea, Mozzarella, and Black Olive, among others.

The daily selection of rotating Proteins (served with choice of one side or half salad and one sauce) includes House-Smoked Trout; House Roasted Organic Turkey Breast; Pork Belly; Heritage Bacon; and more. Sides, such as Greek-Style Fingerling Potato Salad, Roasted Asparagus, Romanesco and Almonds, Spicy Sicilian-Style Cauliflower, and more will accompany a variety of ever changing sauces.

Concession items will include:

- A variety of gourmet popcorn; butter and sea salt, parmesan-black truffle, Chile-lime, and salted caramel.

- Other movie-snacks such as a House-made Pretzel with Whole Grain Beer Mustard.

- Organic Beef Hot Dog with Pickled Green Tomato Relish.

- Brooklyn-made Artisanal Chocolates, alongside “Classic Movie Candies” including Junior Mints, Mary Janes, and licorice.

Designed by renowned architect and designer David Rockwell, the new café will be a destination and meeting place, from early in the morning to late into the evening. Executive Chef Rebecca Weitzman, who will oversee the kitchen and menus, is the chef and proprietor of Park Slope’s Thistle Hill Tavern and a veteran of Jason Denton’s ‘inoteca cucina.

For the design of the new café, the Rockwell Group selected industrial, salvaged and repurposed materials to suggest an environment that is not built on exclusivity but is more direct about the execution of its craft. An oil-rubbed walnut wall frames both the main counter and concession counter opening to the lobby. A perforated blackened metal band forms the base of the wall, creating a visual linkage to metal panels in the theater. The east end wall is composed of an alternating series of curved plywood panels and perforated metal wine display racks. The curved panels, which evoke film being pulled out of its reels, were designed by Brooklyn artist Susan Woods, who salvages panels from lumber yards, and re-purposes and re-combines them to create organic shapes. The lighting fixtures, which were customized by Rockwell Group and designed and fabricated by Rich Brilliant Willing (RBW), are comprised of blackened steel hang rods with hand blown pendant lamps by Danish designer Sofie Refer.

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