Lucky Danger Score Spot in WaPo 2021 Spring Dining Guide
Friday April 30, 2021
Tim Ma asked three things of the branding firm he tasked to shape his American Chinese pop-up: a sense of timelessness, fun and a mascot. The chef ended up with a retro red-and-white menu and a character named Lucky Danger, personified by 10 or so little chefs in animal costumes — Dragon Boy, Shark Boy, Lion Boy, etc. — some of whom customers get to know from a sheet of stickers in their bags of takeout.
Inspiration for the food comes from Ma’s uncle, who ran a restaurant in New York and served “food that immigrants from China brought over and essentially updated for the American palate,” says the chef, who co-founded Lucky Danger with Andrew Chiou. Their menu is a mash-up of standard-issue Chinese takeout fare along with a sprinkling of dishes the chefs remember their Taiwanese parents ordering off menus written in Chinese when they were kids. Read: hot-and-sour soup, kung pao chicken and broccoli beef, but also pig ear salad, mapo tofu and flounder with pickled cabbage.
Congratulations to the Lucky Danger team for this outstanding recognition!