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Lucky Luna believes in the local— striving to serve hand-selected products made by our neighbors and the surrounding area whenever possible. We are constantly looking for new ways to be a sustainable, earth and animal- friendly business. We also believe in the power of community and art— supporting the efforts of local artists and students by providing a space to share and celebrate their creations. Our mission is to carefully craft a place that welcomes our neighbors to meet with friends and make new ones, to try new flavors, and to learn about different dishes, drinks, art, and music. As residents of Brooklyn, we are deeply committed to serving our vibrant community and local commerce. As owners, we not only embrace diversity, we embody it. Representing a range of ethnic, linguistic and regional backgrounds ourselves, we are confident our guests will feel at home in Lucky Luna.
Ken Ho, Beverage Director/Owner
Ken Ho’s first job was working in his parents’ Taiwanese restaurant in the Bay Area of California and he hasn’t left the food and beverage industry since. Ken’s experience extends to every sector of the restaurant world, from serving to managing to bar tending in some of California and New York’s most renowned Michelin star/James Beard award-winning establishments. His most recent adventure is at the helm of Lucky Luna, a Taiwanese and Mexican street-style inspired restaurant that he co-owns with his wife. Ho has returned to his roots, exploring the Taiwanese food of his youth, recreating and reinventing it alongside the Mexican dishes nostalgic to his partner.
Marisa Cadena, General Manager/Owner
Marisa’s first job was in high school washing dishes at a small Italian restaurant. She quickly moved up to delivery girl, prep cook and waitress. Marisa has worked in many capacities in cafés, bars and restaurants across the country and in southern Mexico. Aside from an expansive knowledge of the food service industry, Marisa has devoted years to arts and educational programming, youth development and sustainability organizations. As an artist herself, Marisa’s goal is to create a space for local artists to share, develop, and showcase their work as well as provide a warm environment for guests to enjoy and learn about Mexican and Taiwanese fare, make friends with their neighbors, and to simply unwind. Marisa also speaks Spanish, is learning Portuguese, loves dancing and yoga, and completed a Master’s in Latin American and Caribbean Studies at NYU.
Lucky Luna’s menu is inspired by the classic foods found in popular Mexican and Taiwanese street corners and hidden pockets favored by locals. Surprisingly, Oaxaca and Taipei have more in common than one may have guessed, each playing with the search for the perfect balance of sweet and spice, savory meats, crisp vegetables, and ripe fruits in hand-sized treats. While focusing on these regions, Lucky Luna also pulls influence from South and Central America and greater Asia in our modern approach to favorites by incorporating different cooking techniques and healthy alternative ingredients. Lucky Luna makes a concerted effort to use humanely raised, hormone, preservative and antibiotic-free, all-natural meats and made products whenever possible. Two of our mainstays, tortillas and steamed buns, are made locally by Tortilleria Nixtamal in Queens and Peking Foods in Brooklyn. Tortilleria Nixtamal uses 100% non-genetically modified and non-transgenic corn in their tortillas, chips and hominy.
Embracing standard, time-honored libations with parallel fervor for innovations, Lucky Luna’s beverage selection promises to appease and challenge traditionalists and introduce novices to new delights. Mezcal served with chili salt and oranges, kimchi and nori Bloodys, and Captain’s Bloods done right, are rules we live by. Lucky Luna’s wine list pays homage to the “New World” by highlighting affordable beauties from the south found in Chile and Argentina, out west from our beloved California, and of course, locally, through both vintners and importers.
Lucky Luna is more than just awesome food and drink, we are proud to serve as a welcoming and supportive space for local and student artists, writers, chefs, and small business owners through the events and initiatives we take on, such as supper clubs with guest chefs, art shows and workshops, reading series and writing circles, educator meet-ups, sustainability workshops, and more! This blog is dedicated to these endeavors with categories and pages devoted to providing more information, an opportunity to engage, and a chance to learn more about different projects, people, and events.