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#1 Rail Paul

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 01:47 PM

WSJ offers a rec on the new Lantern's Keep, inside the Iroquois Hotel. It's described as a slick, intimate place with just 25 seats. Limited food selection at this time

Begin with the refreshing Floradora made with gin, raspberries, citrus juice and ginger syrup. For something dry, clean and on the martini spectrum, there's the gin-based, and orangey Poet's Dream


Lantern's Keep, 49 W. 44th St. at Sixth Avenue, is open Tuesday to Saturday, 5 p.m. to midnight; 212-453-4287

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Posted 28 April 2011 - 01:51 PM

I visited Lantern's Keep twice last week. The first time (Thursday) it was full, so I moved on. Saturday night it was almost deserted, with more employees (4) than customers (3). However, it was an atypical Saturday, the night before Easter Sunday.

It's run by the Raines Law Room people, with a similar aesthetic and vibe.
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#3 Rail Paul

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Posted 01 May 2011 - 12:08 AM

We stopped in to Lantern's Keep after House of Blue Leaves this afternoon. Exactly as described, intimate, perhaps 10 tables, four seats at the bar.

Attentive and creative mixologist Theo was perfecting various drink designs with variations of coffee, coffee ice cream, Champagne, etc. I enjoyed the Floradora (gin, raspberries, citrus juice and ginger syrup) over inch cubes of ice. Very refreshing. Dee had a ginger ale mojito, which she enjoyed.

Nice place. As Oakapple, noted, there were six guests at three staff when we left. It's far enough out of the theater district not to get the surge, but close enough for an easy walk and enjoyable environment, at least on the weekends.
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#4 Rail Paul

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 02:08 PM

Business during the week continues to be good at Lantern's Keep. Good after work crowd with all but one table filled. Enough work that a second waiter came over from Triomphe. The place was empty at 5.30, full by 6.30.

Relief bar tender Brendan did a nice job with a ginger mojito (simple ginger syrup, muddled mint leaves) and an Elijah Craig old fashioned. Very pleasant drinks. A wide range of syrups, bottles, bitters, fruits, etc.

Brendan has worked with Sacha Petraske. Regular bar tender Theo is working at Sacha's Milk & Honey a few days a week. Toward the end of the week, he's back at Lantern's Keep.
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Posted 18 April 2012 - 03:05 PM

I know Brendan and Theo. (I know: big deal.)
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Posted 18 April 2012 - 04:37 PM

looks like the thread should be changed to Lantern's Keep
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Posted 18 April 2012 - 04:45 PM

Anybody have anything to say about Rum House (Hotel Edison)?
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Posted 18 April 2012 - 04:54 PM

Anybody have anything to say about Rum House (Hotel Edison)?

kinda seedy and hard to preach rum to a bunch of vodka cranberry & margarita tourists. a mix of old regulars and tourists with one or two parties looking for something interesting to drink
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Posted 18 April 2012 - 04:56 PM

It should be perfect for my Celiac friend, now that I think of it.
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#10 Rail Paul

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 05:11 PM

Since we're on the subject - I've enjoyed the third floor bar at Angus McIndoe (258 west 44th, off their private alley), as well. It's rarely crowded, and the walk up will work off a few calories.
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Posted 18 April 2012 - 05:13 PM

They have a special uncrowded third-floor bar????????????

This website really IS worthwhile.
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Posted 18 April 2012 - 05:13 PM

Thanks.
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#13 Rail Paul

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Posted 18 April 2012 - 05:51 PM

They have a special uncrowded third-floor bar????????????

This website really IS worthwhile.


Not only that, but the front desk at ground level will call ahead to assure there's space upstairs. The bar seats about 15 people, and there are tables for another 30-35 people in 2-3-4 seating arrangements.
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Posted 18 April 2012 - 07:13 PM

Wasn't Daisy a regular of the upstairs bar there ages ago? I am sure she sang its praises.

Good to know Lantern's Keep is still doing well. I was thinking recently that it's high time I returned, but whenever I drink in that neighborhood I always go to Sardi's or Jimmy's.

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Posted 28 June 2016 - 01:43 AM

We stopped by the Lantern's Keep last Thursday. Almost empty at 5.30pm, just two tables, five people plus the two of us.  By 6.15, there wasn't a seat to be had. Business folks, pre-theater folks.

 

Drink prices are up, most are in the $17 - $21 range. Wine varies, $15 for a generous pour. Crudites and light foods, I believe from the Triomphe kitchen

 

Angus McIndoe closed over the winter, unfortunately.


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