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New York City: Lantern Thai

on June 3, 2011

Lantern Thai @ 311 2nd Ave

I got a groupon deal with restaurant. $15 for $30 worth of food. This place is a hit or miss. Location is right at the corner of 2nd Ave. Decor was beautiful inside. A part of me felt like it resembled Cafetasia from Union Sq. with the seating decor.

Lantern Thai - Thai Iced Tea

Lantern Thai - Thai Iced Tea

As always, I start off ordering Thai iced teas at any Thai restaurants. Not bad with quality. Just small on quantity. I’m a guzzler!

Lantern Thai - Crispy Calamari

Lantern Thai - Crispy Calamari

Don’t bother with this appetizer. We ordered the 3 appetizers for $14 dollars tasting deal. This one was by far the worst in texture and taste. Overcooked calamari is never a good sign :(

Lantern Thai - Curry Puff

Lantern Thai - Curry Puff

Curry puffs are common snacks around Southeast Asia. Stuffing is different from region to region. When these puffed pastries were introduced to the Portuguese in the early 16th century, they gave it a name of empanada. The chicken curry puffs are absolutely delicious here. It’s made with minced chicken, potato, onions, curry, a variety of spices and cooked in a puff pastry. Soft, delicate, flaky. Yum. Too bad there was only two!

Lantern Thai - Crepes

Lantern Thai - Crepes


These Thai crepes are made with minced chicken, radish, crushed peanut wrapped in Thai steamed rice paper. The skin added the more interesting texture to this dish. It was like a rice paper, but thicker, so it held the contents better. The taste was ok. I probably wouldn’t order it again though.

Lantern Thai - Various Sauces

Lantern Thai - Various Sauces


Calamari with mild spicy honey-mint sauce (left), curry puffs with cucumber relish (middle), crepes with sweet honey chili sauce (right)

Lantern Thai - Crispy Basil Duck

Lantern Thai - Crispy Basil Duck


This basil duck was a special entree, not found on their regular dinner menu. It was half of a crispy duck, stir-fried with chili, basil, lychees. I’m not a big fan of duck, unless it’s a Peking duck. The gamey aftertaste is off-putting for me. I got this dish to try. It reminded me of how my mom use to stir-fry chicken with lychees or longans. The dish turned out pretty good. Savory and sweet in taste and the duck meat was moist. It goes well with a bowl of Jasmine rice.

Lantern Thai - Massaman Curry

Lantern Thai - Massaman Curry


This Massaman curry dish was on point! Made with a mild-spicy curry, onions, peanut, potato, Kemal chose beef to add to it. The potatoes were soft and infused with the curry flavor. Beef was tender and delicious. It’s a must try here as well. The peanuts definitely added a nice texture to overall tone of the dish.

Staff was friendly and attentive! If you’re around the area, it’s a decent place to eat at. Portions for entrees are pretty big too.

— Charmin Bear J

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