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The garden is open year round!

“There are dozens, if not hundreds of Italian cafes in New York. With so many fabulous ones strewn throughout the city, it would be virtually impossible to choose the best. La Lanterna, however, is markedly different because of its very romantic appeal. Located on MacDougal Street just a hop, skip, and a jump from other noteworthy Italian cafes such as Cafe Reggio and Cafe Dante, La Lanterna's Greenwich Village neighborhood is almost a second Little Italy. La Lanterna consists of two dimly-lit levels decorated in a dozy fashion, and with its close proximity to the NYU Law School, there is something in this small cafe that stirs visions of an intellectual and scholarly past. During the cold New York winters, a fireplace is ablaze on the lower level, as couples romancing one another and students reading the likes of Nietzsche and Beckett can be seen sipping their espressos while attempting to thaw out. Because it is less visible than many neighboring cafes, at La Lanterna you can avoid the crowds that so often invade Greenwich Village while enjoying a private moment with your companion.”   -- Romantic New York

It's all about the "romantic feel" at this Village Italian, "a little slice of heaven", "enjoyable fare", "standout desserts", "lit by a working fireplace and lantern-filled garden", "live jazz in the adjacent bar add to the "first-date" appeal   -- Zagat 2017

3.9 - food, 4.3 - decor; 4.1 - service
(out of 5.0- overall ratings)

"Woo your darling under the stars... in the wintertime, 4 fireplaces will spark your courting" -- Time Out New York

"Cozy Village cafe delights locals with Italian favorites", "charming outpost occupies a 200 year-old townhouse", - ' "one of top 10 gardens in America" -- Gayot

"A perfect date spot", "cozy, romantic vibe" -- Thrillist

"Casts immediate intimacy". "Desserts are the cafe's forte" -- NY Magazine  - 10 (out of 10) user ratings


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We gladly reserve for parties of 1 to 10 guests via Resy (link above).  Large Groups should message us on the Contact page.

Smaller parties and last minute planners are also encouraged to just walk-in to see if there is any wait.

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