Trending big time on social media is a clubby Thai fusion restaurant, the Lucky Bee, on the Lower East Side. Done in pinks and greens, sporting floral displays and hanging vines, it has a beach-shack feel and a lively bar scene. During happy hour (Tues.–Thurs., 5:30pm–7pm) oysters are $1, Szechuan salt-and-pepper chicken wings are half-price and Stella is $4. Chef Matty Bennett (formerly at the nearby Fat Radish) is partnered here with fellow Australian expat Rupert Noffs. While awaiting Con Edison to turn on the gas, the crew is coping with hot plates and electric fryers, turning out fragrant pork and sesame dumplings with fried garlic and bowls of curry with vegetables, prawns, beef short ribs or lamb shoulder. To help save the bees, a dollar of each cocktail made with a bit of honey will go to the New York City Beekeepers Association.
- Good for Groups
- Happy Hour