• iPic Theaters: Fort Lee’s Dine-In Movie Experience

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    A trip to the movies doesn’t feel like a regular occurrence lately — with the convenience of couches and Netflix. But, sometimes you have to switch it up and go old-school popcorn and a movie. Enter dine-in movie theater iPic Theaters Hudson Lights in Fort Lee, a dinner and a movie experience that really ups the movie and date-night game. To be totally honest, we arrived a weeeee bit skeptical {furrealz though, how great can dine-in movie theater food be?}.

    Instead, we were totally BLOWN AWAY by perhaps the best movie night we’ve ever had. Not because of the movie {though the film selections are fun}. But because of these five *SO WORTH IT* elements. Here’s why we love the Fort Lee iPic Theaters and encourage a visit.

    1. Romantic Pods With BLANKETS.

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    For any visit, definitely try booking “InTheater Dining”, also called Premium Plus.” This is the ultimate experience, where you’ll be escorted to a private pod for two or three—complete with table, reclining chairs, low soundproof walls, and for heaven’s sake — BLANKETS! Seriously. How many times have you been freezing in a movie theater? Not anymore.

    2. Gourmet Finger Food.

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    Chef Sherry Yard {of Cake Wars} teamed up with iPic to create a menu of not-too-crunchy, not-too-large, easy-to-eat-in-total-darkness finger food.

    It’s all whisked each pod by ninja waiters (yes, silently awesome waiters dressed in black). Or, guests pick it up at the iPics Express counter {a movie concession stand on steroids, with a full bar}. Hoboken Girl’s fave menu items include the Spicy Tuna on Crispy Rice, Buttermilk Fried Chicken with Spicy Maple Bacon Syrup, and the Warm Ham & Cheese Biscuits. YAAAAS. Here’s the full menu.

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    3. “Garden State Garden To Glass” Cocktails.

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    The bar here is crazy about keeping it local…straight from the mind of Somm & Executive Bartender Adam R. Seger. Each drink is fresh and seasonal. What’s really exciting? The bar only pours NJ beers.

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    We sipped on the “Norma Jean” {fresh Jersey strawberries galore} and the AppleJack Margarita {apple cider + apple salsa + tequila}.

    4. City Perch Restaurant.

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    If dining in total darkness isn’t your thing, there’s a restaurant & bar on the ground level called City Perch. It’s upscale American fare and has a good pre- or post-date vibe.

    5. Endless Popcorn.

    DO NOT FEAR movie + popcorn lovers. This place is not the exception. Except well, the popcorn comes in regular and gourmet flavors, it’s all-you-can-eat, and you can have it with a nice glass of red wine.

    *mic drop*

     

    So while a movie night at iPic Hudson Lights is by no means a last minute movie outing {think, “I need to book 2-4 weeks in advance”} OR cheap {think, there’s a full bar + way too much yummy food to sample}, this is a must-try Hudson County experience. Perfect for a big date, night out with your BFFL, or a fun excursion for national popcorn day. Book a reservation here, it doesn’t really matter what movie you see, just spoil yourself silly.

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    Have you been to iPic Theaters in Fort Lee yet?

    What did you think? Tell us in the comments below.


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    New Jersey native & Hobokenite of 7+ years, Marley is constantly discovering new eats to write about...from Edgewater to Manhattan. Whether it's takeout, wine tastings, or classic Jersey diners, she's on a mission to bring you the best noms our area has to offer. Copywriter by day. Contributor at night. Reach her at marleyltito@gmail.com.