The Eatery & Midnight in Paris

The Eatery, located at 53rd and 9th, is one of my favorite restaurants in NYC so was a natural choice for my last couple of nights in the the city. The restaurant is known for its New American comfort food with a twist, served in stylishly spare digs. I can never decide what to order because everything on the menu looks amazing. Last night I enjoyed the Adobe Salad, a mix of Grilled Chicken, Smoked Bacon, Jack Cheese, Blue Tortillas, and Black Beans topped with Buttermilk Dressing and Honey Chipotle Glaze. Although The Eatery isn’t as close to my apartment in Tribeca as it is to my parent’s, I’m sure I will be back often.

After dinner we strolled Uptown to Lincoln Plaza Cinemas at 63rd and Broadway. The theater is home to a strong selection of independent and foreign movies as well as limited release features. We got to the theater at 8:10 for an 8:35 showing of Midnight in Paris and a long line had already formed to enter the theater. Good thing we had purchased our tickets earlier in the day because all shows had sold out. At around 8:20 we were allowed to enter the theater and a mad dash ensued to find seats. After a few brief previews the movie began. The film, directed by Woody Allen and starring Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams premiered at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival. It tells the story of a family traveling to Paris for business. The family includes a young engaged couple forced to confront the illusion that a life different from their own would be better. Gil and his fiancée, Inez, are in Paris, having a vacation with family and friends. Gil is a successful but dissatisfied Hollywood screenwriter, now working on his first novel. Inez and the others are very demeaning both to Gil and the idea of him writing a novel. While alone walking at night, Gil gets in a car with some friendly strangers. Gil soon discovers he has been transported to the 1920s, an era he admires and idolizes in his to-be-novel. While there, he encounters and interacts with famous literary icons and artists who help him with his novel and his life. In the end he discovers that longing for a “golden past” is a recurring theme of any time period, as some prefer to be nostalgic about a romanticized past rather than accepting the messy present and uncertain future.

While I’m not a very critical movie viewer, I can definitely say that Midnight in Paris was the best movie I have seen in a very long time. It is definitely a must see! I wish I had brushed up on the cultural icons of the 1920s before seeing the movie. For maximum viewing pleasure definitely plan to do so if you will be seeing the film.

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