How’s this for a delectable date night? A saucy movie paired with a dinner of sauced-up meatballs. Perhaps a meal of spicy wings followed by the musical shenanigans of spicy puppets is more your thing. Then again, Bach and a buffet might be more to your liking.
Whatever your taste is, Patchogue Theatre, Sands Point Preserve and the Cultural Arts Playhouse in Syosset are all offering events that pair up eats and entertainment in one package.
Dinner and a movie
WHEN | WHERE 7 p.m. Feb. 6, Patchogue Theatre, 71 E. Main St.; That Meetball Place, 52 W. Main St., Patchogue
THE DEAL $50 for two tickets and two entrees
THE SHOW In Alfred Hitchcock’s 1955 suspenser “To Catch a Thief,” suave cat burglar Cary Grant scales Riviera rooftops and romances Grace Kelly at the casino, at his villa and over a picnic basket of chicken, beer and double entendres. Enjoy the classic in a theater restored to its glory of nearly 100 years ago with updated seating, screen and sound system.
“Patchogue Theatre began as one of Long Island's great movie palaces,” says Meg Sexton, marketing coordinator. “We thought it might be a nice homage to offer a classic dinner and a movie night.”
THE MEAL Match the onscreen sizzle with a sizzling iron skillet of four meatballs, baked mozzarella and parmesan, with a choice of sauces, including marinara. For a classic movie dessert, pick up popcorn and a beer, wine or soda at the bar in the lobby.
Dinner and a musical
WHEN | WHERE Feb. 23-March 30, Cultural Arts Playhouse, 170 Michael Dr., Syosset; Hurricane Grill & Wings, 275 Jericho Tpke., Syosset
THE DEAL $38 for a theater ticket and a dinner consisting of soup or salad, entrée and two sides.
THE SHOW “Avenue Q,” a sort of “Sesame Street for adults,” comes to Long Island, though it’s still playing Off-Broadway through April, says Bruce Grossman, the playhouse's artistic director.
The local production features all the show’s naughty but clever songs about love and internet surfing. The company has also secured Princeton, Trekkie Monster and other puppets used in professional productions, Grossman says.
“I’m sure the director will have his own new inspirations. but it’s the same puppets you loved in the show, and the same script,” Grossman says. The plot surrounds a recent college graduate who looks for love and a purpose in life amid a diverse group of new friends (including child star Gary Coleman and Monster puppets) in a shabby New York City apartment building.
THE MEAL While the actors and puppets wait in the wings, spice up your evening with the wings served at Hurricane, located a quarter mile from the theater. Hurricane also grills steaks, veggie burgers, salmon and Caribbean-style chicken.
Dinner and a concert
WHEN | WHERE 6:30 p.m. Saturday, Hempstead House at Sands Point Preserve, 127 Middle Neck Rd.
THE DEAL $115 adults, $60 ages 8-18 for cocktails and d’oeuvres followed by a concert at 7 and a seasonal buffet at 8
INFO 516-304-5076, sandspointpreserveconservancy.org
THE SHOW “Winter Love: An Evening of String Quartet, Baritone & Percussion” on Saturday is the kickoff of the Sands Point Preserve Conservancy’s series of concerts and dinners timed to the seasons, with upcoming dates on April 6, July 13 and Oct. 5.
The Lark Quartet, an all-women group based in New York City for more than three decades, performs a repertoire including Bach, Mozart and George Gershwin and a diverse group of contemporary composers.
“When the program is finished, we can move around the rest of the mansion, sit down and have dinner,” says Beth Horn, the preserve’s managing director. Buffet tables will be set up in Hempstead House’s library and dining, billiard and summer living rooms.
THE MEAL Chef Nicola Zanghi is creating “a bounty of rich roasts and winter vegetables,” prepared with “organic, responsibly sourced” ingredients with an emphasis on nutritional value, Horn said. The setting is also a feast for the senses: Hempstead House’s Gold Coast era rooms are warmed by roaring fires in five hearths.