Like my beloved Syndicated, Metrograph has the fancy shmancy restaurant bar sitch happening, but they up the ante at their LES location by also including a bookstore, lounge, and candy shop. As with any woman of substance and class with multiple lovers, each fills a specific need. Le Metro satisfies my film nerd by honing in on archival and 35mm films. My fellow cinephiles totally feel me when I say my seat is wet just from writing that, ya’know?
October is going to be quite the epic month for Metrograph, thanks to two film series, ‘Queer 90s‘ (Oct 5-30) and ‘Celebrating Haiti” (Oct 28-30). The 90s was the best of times and the best of times for all things culture. Film flourished and Metrograph curated an amazing lineup of films from that era telling LGBTQ stories. From “Set It Off” to “Gia” (swoon). “Cruel Intentions” to “The Birdcage”, no iconic film has been left behind. As Haiti works to rebuild from another storm, Metrograph gives us the perfect excuse to celebrate a country with a long legacy of resiliance. Media loves to paint Haiti as this desolate wasteland, but they’re just eternally hating because it was the first black country to tell Europe “YOU THOUGHT!” during the slave trade. A beautiful country with an amazing story to tell, I’m so stoked to see it all in film.
Everyone that knows me knows that Chinatown NYC is holy to me and I abhor gentrifcation. Metrograph’s Ludlow location did give me pause at first, but my inner yogi hopes that it will increase foot traffic at the longstanding shops and restaurants that surrounds it. If you want to make a date of a night at Metrograph, stop for drinks at Bar 169. Their 40oz beers come in the bottle service buckets, so you can begin the night elegantly. I love the food at the 169, but if you want to cruise the area, Xi’an Foods, Vanessa’s Dumplings, and Great NY Noodletown are all sick options. Wanna go the black owned business route, theres Cheeky Sandwiches run by the most beautiful man on the island of Manhattan.
Metrograph has yet to announce a membership program, but as soon as they do, we’innere! I’m so excited to catch as many of these films as my checking account allows and start a passionate relationship with my new love…Metrograph.
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