Thai food's rich scents and flavors make it a great way to wake up lethargic senses, just as the finger skills developed by chopstick use make it a great way to train for speed-knitting tournaments. Hone your digital dexterity with today's Groupon: for $10, you get $20 worth of Thai fare at Lantern Thai Restaurant in Gramercy.
Lantern Thai synthesizes trendy and traditional sensibilities with a contemporary dining room and classic Thai menu. Chefs tug at tongue strings with starters such as crying-tiger sushi, a combination of flank steak, sticky rice, and chili-citrus dipping sauce ($6). Noodle dishes such as drunken noodles and pad thai offer eaters a choice of chicken, beef, tofu, veggies, or shrimp ($10–$11), and a clutch of curries ($10–$12) expand the options to include vegetarian (soy) duck, the only species of fowl that doesn't follow a strict diet of hamburgers and flank steaks. Three-flavor red snapper buries taste buds in an appetizing eruption of spicy tamarind lava, chili, and basil ($18). A lunch menu assuages the appetites of midday feasters with a variety of noodle, curry, fried rice, and wok dishes paired with a choice of appetizer ($8), and a weekend brunch menu helps bridge the gap between Friday and Monday with dishes such as buttermilk pancakes ($8) and salmon-avocado salad ($8).
Lantern's beverage menu keeps digestive crankshafts suitably oiled with a panoply of potables, from nonalcoholic lychee lemonade ($5) to spirited mandarin-dragon cocktails ($8). Overhead lamps illuminate the restaurant's stylish interior of exposed brick, glossy woods, and striking botanicals and allow pupils to gorge on the pleasing presentations given to each dish.
311 2nd Ave.
Manhattan, New York 10003Get Directions