The Lucky Bee to Open on Broome Street the First Week of January

Posted on: December 15th, 2015 at 5:19 am by
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The Lucky Bee is buzzing Broome Street. Opening is imminent.

You’ll recall that an exhorbitant rent hike forced sushi stalwart Jin Sushi to close its restaurant at 252 Broome Street over the summer. The purported increase – Samy Mahfar is landlord – ended a successful ten-year run for the business. (Don’t believe the imposter a few blocks west.) Four months later, its successor is already making strides toward completion.

On the outside, the Lucky Bee installed a new black retractable canopy, and Bondi Beach artist Brett Chan doodled some bee-related art near the entrance. Inside, it’s maze-like decor with striped center bar, exposed brick, and wall decorations.

The 50-seat Lucky Bee endeavor is the brainchild of former Fat Radish chef Matty Bennett and Rupert Noffs. They claim to operate the joint under the mathematical equation, “grass fed + grass roots + grass skirts.” To customers, that means Southeast Asian cuisine in a farm-to-table environment that includes entrées like Szechuan salt-and-pepper chicken wings with tamarind prik nam pla (Thailand’s chili fish sauce), octopus and pork belly with winter corn and coconut, and a purist green curry with pickled mustard greens and fried garlic. It’s also worth noting that cash raised from cocktails will go toward bee farms that will supply the spot with honey (e.g. the New York City Beekeepers Association).

Opening is slated for the first week in January. No reservations, though. Co-owner Rupert Noffs tells us that, “we will be walk-in only for the first few months.” Full liquor license is still pending.

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