Growing up next door in West Babylon for over 30 years one of our favorite bakeries was the Black Forest Bakery. Last week I returned to the area for a brief visit and was surprised to see the bakery was no longer in existence, but instead replaced by this German restaurant. Wow, what a great bar and ambiance throughout the establishment. My sauerbraten was very good which included red cabbage and a dumpling. I would have preferred spaetzle, but all in all a very good meal. I’ve been living in NC since 2003, but on my next trip back up to LI, I plan on another stop at The Village Lanterne.
The Village Lanterne is not "just a German restaurant". It is an EXPERIENCE. More on that later. This is where you go if you're a meat-and-potatoes guy or gal but who wants said meat and potatoes a cut above, well, meat and potatoes! The beer and wine selection is also generous, whether you want a dark ale or a fine Riesling, they've got you covered. The service is fast and attentive, and the waitresses are fully decked out in traditional German garb. Remember when I said it's an experience? That's just the start of it. The furniture. The architecture. The ENDLESS tchotchkes on the walls. Oh, and did I forget the accordion music? Because yes: accordion music. (And the fellow takes requests, even disco hits! SERIOUSLY. REQUEST THEM.) After dinner, my father said it best: "Going there was almost like a little vacation." He's right: For two hours, we weren't on Long Island. We were in a little slice of fabricated German Heaven — that tasted very much like German chocolate cake.
Always a great meal here. Madeline our waitress was great with our kids and super accommodating. The entertainment on Friday night 1/21 was super fun. The whole back room was laughing and engaging each other. I had the stuffed pork loin ??? The ambiance is always on point.