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Jul 28, 2005 08:26 PM

Lantern Brooklyn Heights

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Does anybody know anything about Lantern? I just noticed today that the place that used to be Thai 101 and then Thai Montague, and seemed to open, close, and open again is DBA Lantern. I went to Thai 101 and was not impressed. Any info on if its any good, if its the same owners? I really hope its not another mediocre Smith Street knockoff.

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  1. not so good. chinese with canned thai sauces. not authentic OR good. brooklyn heights has no good thai that i know of, sorry to say..

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    1. re: NYJewboy

      Yet, it seems to do better business than either of the prior two versions in that spot. Pretty much every time I look at night, I'm surprised to see people inside (or outside now that the weather has been better). Can't speak from personal experience with the new place, but I thought the older ones were not worth the money.

    2. We have dinner there a few times a month and the food is atually quite good.

      The setting is pleasant and the people who run it, and the waiters are extremely nice.

      We really like the Pad Thai, the Duck dishes, the whole fish dishes. Everything we have had there was really good.

      They also have some delicious desserts. Banana Purses in a crispy Pastry is great, and the ice cream is a nice simple finish to a good meal.

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      1. re: Fleur

        I agree with Fleur that Lantern Thai is not so awful. I would not go out of my way to go there, but if I have to grab lunch near Montague Street, it's not bad. I know that's saying much but, jpalamb, it might be worth trying if you're in that area.

        1. re: parkslopemama

          Not terrible, not great. I eat there because of the proximity to my job. There really is very little choice in the few blocks that are convenient to downtown Brooklyn Heights: no good Italian (La Traviata sucks); no good Chinese (Andys and Lichee Nut are mediocre), etc. One dish recommendation: their "pineapple fried rice" is pretty scrumptious.

          1. re: BrklynHgts

            LANTERN has very good food made from very fresh ingredients. Nicely served by pleasant waiters in an agreable setting.

            Very good Pad Thai, Shrimp and Fish dishes, the Duck dishes, the whole fish dishes.

            I take exception with your assessment of LA TRAVIATA.

            You can have a very nice dinner there, in a friendly atmosphere ,at a very reasonable price. I guess that explains its popularity with a much more diverse group of people than are normally seen in the Heights.

            The Shrimp are very fresh and nicely prepared, the Salads are good. Their home made Bread is delicious, niuce vegetable dishes and Pasta.

            Make no mistake, this is not BABBO or DEL POSTO, but the food is good for a local, neighborhood restaurant...and the price is right for students and people on a budget.

            1. re: Fleur

              Yes the prices are reasonable and they're friendly. The food though, well we'll have to disagree. Their base tomato sauce is pretty flavorless, every time I've eaten veal there (I made the mistake twice), it was actually inedible and I don't say that lightly--stringy, gristly mess. I guess they took their cheap prices and translated that into buying cheap ingredients. Now I'm going overboard in the other direction. Most of their food is not terrible, just very mediocre. Let me put it this way: the eggplant parmigiana at Grand Canyon is better than La Traviata's (for God's sake!).