Permanently Closed - Lantern Thai Kitchen

4.2
193 Reviews
$30 and under
Thai
This restaurant is permanently closed. At Lantern, the colors, flavors, aromas and images of Thailand come to life in a cosmopolitan, yet intimate and comfortable setting. A full bar with weekly specials complement an outstanding selection of both traditional and innovative Thai dishes. Our weekly specials emphasize the flavors and cooking techniques of Southeast Asia, but regularly incorporate ingredients and preparations from around the world. We offer carefully selected, yet affordable, wines and 2-for-1 wine or beer specials Monday-Wednesday. Join us at Happy Hour from 4:00pm-6:00pm and receive 15% off food and 2-for-1 drinks. We also make every effort to accommodate large groups throughout the week.
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vipJEANNETTER
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best Thai food in the city and with relaxing ambience. Will definitely come back!

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Prettyview
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was nice to find a reasonably priced, modern/hip option in the neighborhood for a post-holiday shopping dinner with my mom. We liked the option and then the presentation of choosing 3 starters to share and the portions were plentiful - we just did the starters and shared a curry. I also liked that they had a nice selection of cocktails and martinis as well as beer on tap.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall1food2service1ambience1

The bathrooms were the most disgusting bathrooms I have ever seen. They are a health hazard.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience4

My date no like

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vipmaggiea
New England
2 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience4

The food was delicious but the service was horrible. They came over to the table only twice and never asked us if we wanted a second round of drinks, which the drinks took a long time to come out as it was. Our waitress was standing behind the bar on her phone so it’s not like they were busy. It was also SO hot inside. They should have had the air conditioning on because it was much too warm for comfort. Just disappointing because the food was very well done.

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ShivonaT
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Visiting after nearly 8 years, I found that the food, service and restaurant in general had maintained its high standards. The food was absolutely delicious, the service was superb and being a Sunday it was not too noisy nor crowded. Well worth a revisit - hopefully sooner than 8 years...

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vipVeredC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall3food4service4ambience3

The food was so good ! It was our second visit to Lantern Thai and I had the whole fried fish with the triple sauce. I was 'licking my fingers' good! Our appetizers were delicious as well. The only complaint we had was the warm temp in the restaurant. We were seated near the kitchen area and had to request for the large fan as it was getting hot in our area. The Staff accommodated our request and we enjoyed our food.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 25, 2019
Overall1food5service1ambience3

The waiters demanded more tip. In all my experiences with going out to eat I thought giving tip was optional and also it was supposed to be given by free will not forced

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was delicious and great

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AydanB
1 review
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

Food was only ok. Unfortunately not the best Thai food we had, the curry was very creamy and a lot of coconut cream so it tasted only as it was a big coconut cream thing. Service was very friendly

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vipAnishaA
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Service was pathetic. The seever was extremely rude when we asked him if he could alter a dish based on preference. He constantly made faces whenever we asked about a dish and at one point he even said “i dont know what to tell you. Make your own decision and let me know. I cannot help you”

Food did not cover up for the service either. Pad kee mao was stale, rice and dumplings seemed like they were cooked a day before, heated up and served. I will never come back.

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nikkimag
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

we went on mother's day and it was lovely. they offered a free drink to mothers, which was very sweet. it was cozy and comfortable.

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vipDomingo
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good neighborhood place

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LemonHoneyTea
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience3

I usually enjoy Thai places and had booked this for a birthday gathering. At first it looked like they didn't know we had a reservation, but were easily able to seat us.
Their menu online was somewhat different to their actual menu, and unfortunately this meant it didn't have the item my friend really wanted.
We ordered some spring rolls while waiting for the rest of our group, and they weren't very tasty unfortunately.
We ended up leaving after paying for the spring rolls and going elsewhere.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Detroit
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall1food1service3ambience3

There was an extremely long hair wrapped around my pad Thai noodles when I lifted up my fork. I’m happy I noticed before I ate it! They also now have a B health rating. I did not have a good experience here and will probably not be going back for a while unless they raise their health standards.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

The restaurant was freezing cold, we were the only table there and the service was incredibly slow. When the food came out it was cold. Overall terrible experience.

MB
MarcusB
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall3food5service1ambience4

Service was atrocious. Throughout the entire night too.

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vipSayre
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I had a red curry which was very good, but a lot of sauce compared to chicken. My wife had shrimp pad Thai which she says was good.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall4food3service5ambience3

Nice place. Food was good not amazing. We had appetizer tasting platter that was good. Drinks were ok- eg i ordered the Siam Sunray which was supposed to have spicy habanero syrup but it wasn’t spicy at all even when I told them this and ordered a 2nd one - it was the same. I had shrimp over vermicelli in a clay pot - only had 4 medium sized shrimp! And not much sauce or flavor. Everyone else’s dishes were good though!

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BobN
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good food, great service. I’m glad we have Lantern in our neighborhood

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RohitH
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Only too loud. Food was good and the ambience was nice as well

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PattyE
1 review
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We come to NYC once a year and always eat here. Live shrimp clay pot for dinner. Very reasonable for city prices.

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vipemjaem
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff was very nice and the entire group really enjoyed their meals. I'll definitely be back.

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SeanF
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great Thai food at a good price! Ambience is amazing

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JoshuaB
1 review
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Very good time and great food!! I will definitely go back!

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vipKfood82
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2018
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Food was mediocre but then my husband and I both got sick when we got home. Decor was fine, but bathroom situation was terrible. Out of order, smelled terrible and leaking ceiling with a dirty mop in there. Had to walk by the trash to even get to bathroom. If I had went in the beginning of my meal I would have left.

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IvetteD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 4, 2018
Overall3food3service2ambience1

It was a hot hazy humid day and we literally had to beg for them to shut front doors and put on air conditioners. We then had to ask for knives. They only put out forks. They bring me one. Not thinking other guest would want one also. The food WAS good. I’ve been there many times before. They just need to be more aware of guests needs.

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vipChef0902
Charlotte
27 reviews
Dined on July 30, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friend (of almost 40 years) and I each drove 2 hours from opposite directions to meet, eat and enjoy Chapel Hill for a couple of days. Lantern was the perfect dinner! We had several appetizers as dinner and got to sample many different flavors and creations. The okra was especially good! Will definitely be back some day.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2018
Overall3food5service5ambience3

Normally it’s a quite peaceful place but romantic sophisticated place to dine and have good food in a peaceful atmosphere, last night it was overrun by a large family with rambunctious children which made it much louder and chaotic Tha t normally is, my friend Shapiro a chair back with 3 kids was getting constantly pushed and disturbed so not so sure it was a positive experience for her the food and service can be pretty much relied on

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Ikey
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on July 10, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious meal served promptly!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 5, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It’s was good. A nice little spot for the area.

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vipCFexec
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience3

They didn’t have air conditioning on so it was a bit hot. The sludge no doors were open and there was a bit of a breeze.

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scooty
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall4food3service3ambience4

Good portion, tasty food...

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DonW
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We were sat near a smelly tub of dirty dishes and had to change seats. Also, they forgot to bring us our drinks until halfway through the meal. But the food was good.

MC
MrChazz
1 review
Dined on May 16, 2018
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Watch your bottom line. Unbeknownst to most, gratuity is added to bill and an additional tip is often unnecessary.

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vipScaps
Phoenix
60 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience4

I believe that it is difficult in NYC to find a Thai restaurant that has a pleasant atmosphere, solid staples, casual and friendly service, and all the while at affordable prices. Given the prices of Lantern's food, I was very surprised how good the food is. While I wouldn't recommend Lantern for a date-spot per se, for as casual it is, the ambience is quite nice, with very lovely decor, a full bar, and very nice staff. And, again, the food is top-notch; there are some of the highest rated Thai restaurants in NYC that may have more innovative or novel Thai dishes, and perhaps some more "authentic" Thai restaurants that may do slightly better; but in neither of these cases would you get the value and overall good experience we had at Lantern. I would highly recommend Lantern!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2018
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Mixed bag. My steamed Ginger fish was a large portion and the fish seemed fresh, but it tasted like it just had some sautéed ginger on top. No flavor development. Definitely not worth $26.The shrimp and mango salad was excellent. The jumbo shrimp and seafood with asparagus and pineapple was decent. I think our server was brand new, when I asked if they had bourbon, she didn’t know what bourbon was. The space is nice, although it seemed like half of the lanterns were not lit. And even though I told them we had a reservation, they never told open table that we had arrived.

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JessicaD
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on April 23, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Lots of menu options for us vegetarians! My girlfriend and I both enjoyed the food, which was flavorful and fresh. They weren't especially busy, so the service was prompt and attentive! The waitstaff were very helpful in unboxing the birthday cake we'd brought and lighting the candles (and quick to the rescue when I accidentally knocked over my water glass!)

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CButterfly
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2018
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Delicious Food at a great price! The Drunken Noodles with Shrimp was spicy & tasty, especially with a Thai Tea!

MR
vipMichaelR
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2018
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Nice experience!

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Permanently Closed - Lantern Thai Kitchen offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 777-2770.

Permanently Closed - Lantern Thai Kitchen is rated 4.2 stars by 193 OpenTable diners.