We have heard there are no waiters. How does ordering work?
There are two places to order in the restaurant. The Bar is where you order any drinks. You may keep a tab open there with a CC. Food ordering takes place at the kitchen window. You must pay for your food at the time of ordering and you will receive a number on a small stand. Take this with you to your chosen table and we will bring your food out as it is ready. We do not course food and believe that all food is best consumed hot and fresh so you will never be served anything from our kitchen that had been "waiting"under a heat lamp. We have a plate, silverware, and condiment station next to the kitchen window. These items are self serve. Credit Cards are accepted at the food window and the bar. An ATM is also available in the bar.
May we bring our own wine?
You may always bring your own wine to The Lantern. There is however a $15 per bottle corkage fee.
Do you take reservations?
The short answer is no. The exception is for a large party. If you are bringing 8 or more adults to eat we will happily accommodate a reservation. We ask that if you do reserve that you are prompt due to our limited hours and seating. We are much more flexible if you are interested in less popular dining times such as 5pm.
If you don't take reservations how do we get in on a busy night?
We have three large "community" tables, eight picnic tables and a selection of smaller tables. If there is spare room at any of the large tables please ask to join. Chances are you will make some friends and speed up your chance to get a seat. We are a community restaurant and encourage our patrons to get to know each other whenever possible. All are welcome.
Is your restaurant family friendly?
Yes we absolutely are. While you may always bring a child into our establishment because we only currently serve food Friday, Saturday, and Sunday those days are best. It is legal to bring a child into a restaurant that has a bar in NY State. (weather permitting, the side yard is open and a great place to play.)
Do you have live music?
We are working on getting the proper permits and such in place. We are attempting to expand our offering of live music with a focus on original acts. Please let us know if there is someone you know who is coming through town. Please join our mailing list for announcements.
Is there a Taxi Service nearby?
We are very fortunate to be served by the Taxi Man. We discourage drinking too much and attempt prevent over serving whenever possible however everyone responds differently to alcohol and we will ALWAYS OFFER A TAXI to be safe rather than sorry. If you are planning a night out with us that includes the Taxi, it is always smart to call ahead and reserve a ride. Taxi Man 845-789-1242
We would like to have a birthday party at The Lantern, can we bring our own cake or dessert?
Absolutely, we are happy to refrigerate anything for you ahead of time.
Who owns The Lantern?
Dick Berry and Tony Zunino are the owners of The Lantern. They purchased it from Art and Kathy in 2010. Jeff Barnett-Winsby and Bowie Barnett-Zunino (also Co-Directors of The Wassaic Project) run the bar with a small but dedicated staff of musicians and artists. Ask anyone who works there about what else they do and get ready to be impressed!
Why do you only have paper plates and plastic cups?
This is a compromise we have made with the Board of Health. Simply put the septic system we currently have is an antique at best and cannot handle the influx of business we are fortunate to have. In the not so distant future we will install a state of the art water treatment system that should allow for frosty mugs and other reusable surfaces.