Big Night Entertainment Group has replaced one of its Asian restaurant/lounge concepts with another. Earlier this week, Red Lantern expanded from Back Bay to Foxwoods in Connecticut, taking over the upstairs dining room of one of the group's other properties, SHRINE Asian Kitchen. (SHRINE Nightclub will stay open downstairs.) The 225-seat restaurant is true to its name with plenty of red accents and lanterns — 66 of them, to be exact. There's also a sushi counter.
The Red Lantern menu at Foxwoods is nearly identical to its Boston sibling, featuring things like Asian-inspired noodle and wok dishes, sushi and sashimi dragon boats, and popular Americanized Chinese food (spareribs, pupu platters, etc.)
Two years ago, Devra First surprised herself and awarded the original Red Lantern two stars. She had been wary of the sheer number of Buddha statues per square foot and the nightclub focus of some of BNEG's other properties, but she "ate a lot of things. And they were great." Subsequent visits didn't quite live up to her first, but there was still plenty to like. Her conclusion: "Red Lantern is an R-rated version of P.F. Chang's." Sounds like a perfect fit for a casino.
Red Lantern Foxwoods is open for dinner from 5pm to 11pm Sunday through Thursday (with the lounge open until 1am) and 5pm to midnight on Fridays and Saturdays (with the lounge open until 2am). The Big Night Entertainment Group also operates The Estate, GEM, and Empire in Boston as well as a few other concepts at Foxwoods.
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