143 N. Wellwood Avenue
Lindenhurst, NY 11757
We had been looking forward to eating at The Village Lanterne for quite some time, so we are glad to say we have finally tried it! Right in the heart of the village of Lindenhurst is this German restaurant serving authentic recipes from the old country. While we're not well versed in German cuisine, we were looking forward to a new experience.
Seemingly ordinary from the exterior, you are transported to another world when you walk in. The front bar area is sectioned off from the rear dining room with a beautiful candle chandelier, faux rock wall and what looks like an iron gate coming down from the doorway. The walls of the dining room are lined with German folk art, photographs and beer steins while exposed wooden beams are adorned with vines and lanterns.
It was a Friday night and the restaurant was packed, I highly recommend making reservations. There was live music in the first dining room by Bud and Linda and Linda was dressed in a traditional German drindl. We had a large party of about 12, including 3 children, so we were seated in the back of the second dining room. Not being right on top of the band was perfect because it allowed us to hear each other with no problems and the music wasn't overbearing. I assume they were taking requests because they sung many classic Italian hits, and for a few songs, Linda walked through the tables during certain songs to get the diners dancing, including the chicken dance and a cute parody of Do-Re-Mi called The Beer Song. The whole atmosphere was all-around fun!
Soon after sitting, warm pretzel rolls were brought to the table. They are absolutely delicious so be careful not to eat too many! We enjoyed the rolls so much we decided to skip an appetizer and went right for the entrees. Between us and the kids we ordered the Reuben Burger, Schnitzel Cordon Bleu and a "Kids" hot dog. While there was no physical menu, the waiter verbally told us what is on their kids menu.
Our entrees came with salad which arrived first, but entrees took a rather long time to come out after that. Just a warning if you get a Caesar salad, it is real Caesar dressing, border-lining on too fishy to enjoy. The Cordon Bleu was delicious and cripsy, a little on the dry side but the taste made up for it. The Reuben Burger was gigantic and served on a pretzel bun. It was juicy from the sauerkraut and the pastrami was perfect but the burger was overcooked. I asked for medium, and there was no pink at all. I saved half to bring home because it was so large. The kids hot dog was way too much for a kid and also served on a pretzel roll, so there was a lot of bread eaten that night!
For our drinks we got soda and found out after we got the check that refills weren't free. We didn't expect them to be, but we also didn't expect to be charged for an extra soda that the waiter accidentally brought to the table. We also weren't expecting an $11 hot dog, but the rest of it was brought home as well.
Another large party was seated along the wall next to us, at least 20. There was one waiter taking care of them, our party and three other small tables so service was terribly slow. Add that to the higher priced food and it was a disappointment. If you're going for the experience and decor and a chance of cuisine, it is worth a try at least once, but I don't think we'll be back any time soon.