Awesome January Dinner + a Movie Dates: Week One

Food & Drink


Written by Emma Janicki-Gechoff

Published on December 28, 2015

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Since Buffalo has a wealth of movie theaters specializing in out-of-date, second-run, international, quirky, and downright unknown independent films, suggesting a dinner and a movie doesn’t mean you’ve thrown in the towel. It means you spent time looking for a way to break the Netflix and chill cycle. It means you can snuggle up during the movie, then go out after to have deep conversations about the mise-en-scène.

So for each week(end) of the month, Step Out Buffalo has made a new kind of pairing – not of the wine and cheese or meat and beer varieties. A cool movie plus a creative restaurant choice means serious props to you. Here’s our pick for this week!


Film: Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind

North Park Theatre

1429 Hertel Ave, Buffalo

Saturday and Sunday Jan. 2 and Jan 3; Showtime 11:30 a.m.


Restaurant: SATO Ramen

3268 Main St., Buffalo near UB South

Closed Sundays


Everything You Need to Know

After January 1st, the holiday season pretty much draws to a close. Sure, you might have a few get-togethers with friends who were too busy with family to party with you, and you may even have a few gifts to ship out to family across the country. But all in all, the most bustling and music-filled season of the year is over.

As many of us head back to work and school, the first weekend of January is time for the last hurrah before our noses hit the grindstone once more.

For much-needed weekend nourishment, North Park Theatre presents one of Hayao Miyazaki’s first masterpieces, Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind. Miyazaki is the Japanese genius behind works like Princess Mononoke (1997) and Spirited Away (2001). Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind is his second film, and was released in 1984. Princess Nausicaä must prevent the destruction of her planet as two nations fight over the few resources left.

(I wonder if anyone has done a thesis on Miyazaki’s use of lead female characters…)

As this is an early showing, you can grab lunch after the show at University Height’s SATO Ramen (read our recommendations here), the younger sibling of Elmwood’s SATO. Those who have seen a Miyazaki film know how hungry they can make you – anybody would be transformed into a pig when presented with the feast in Spirited Away!

I’m presently day-dreaming about SATO Ramen’s kimchi appetizer (and it’s good for digestion, so eat up!).

And it doesn’t help that I just watched Spirited Away last night.   


Update: SATO Ramen and SATO (on Elmwood) are offering free dessert after the showing to anyone who shows them their ticket stub from Nausicaä of the Valley of the Wind at North Park Theatre! How awesome is that?
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