Last time we got news about Alamo Drafthouse’s much anticipated Downtown Brooklyn theater, the Texas-born chain’s owner, Tim League, was telling a crowd at SXSW that it was “really actually happening”– this summer, to be precise. Since then, they’ve kept us waiting with a few satellite screenings to tide us over. Now the theater is further teasing us with some details about its menu.
According to a press release, chef Fernando Marulanda, an East Harlem native who did stints in the kitchens of Bouchon and Tavern on the Green, is prepping a menu that, in his words, will “represent the flavors of our many diaspora. From Middle Eastern to West Indian, from Argentinian to Italian, from Cuban to German.”
Note that he did not say Texan, so it remains to be seen whether Alamo’s beloved queso will make it onto the menu. A publicist couldn’t say, and merely offered these sample dishes.
Fresh made edamame hummus served with crispy wonton chips
Made-to-order flatbread pizzas in a host of authentic styles, like “Trish’s Turkish,” a succulent combo of spiced lamb, roasted peppers, caramelized onions, golden raisins, shaved radish, topped with fresh arugula and lemon;
updated takes on classic street fare, like the Cuban-style “Ropa Vieja Beef Tacos”;
and richly flavorful burgers and sandwiches, like the 50/50 chuck and brisket “Williamsburger” topped with garlic aioli and all the fixings, and the spicy “Jerk Chicken Sandwich” with cool coconut lime dressing.
Of course, wine, beer and cocktails will also be served (if you’ve been to Nitehawk, you know the drill).
As for when exactly the doors will open at 445 Gold Street, it has yet to be revealed. A previous announcement indicated that the theater’s seven screens would show both 35mm and digital films (new and old) and the programming would include classic Alamo series such as Terror Tuesday, Video Vortex and Girlie Night as well as films that cater to the “distinct tastes of Brooklyn and New York audiences.”
While you wait for the big reveal, Alamo is doing a satellite installment of its VHS-centric Video Vortex series at Brooklyn Brewery on July 25, a screening of Bloodthirsty Butchers (one of Something Weird’s “Sexy Shockers”) at Anthology Film Archives on August 9, and a Star Wars trilogy marathon at Kings Theater on August 7.