Magic at Mojo?
After reading our own Farnoosh Torabi's piece about a relatively new restaurant in Long Island City, I decided to check it out. Maybe because of the name, Lucky Mojo, or maybe because of its ecletic cuisine - either way, it drew me in.
I ventured with some willing friends to the still-in-progress area of Long Island City to see if Lucky Mojo would cast its magical spell over us. As we entered, you can sense a warm and comfortable environment. There are two levels of dining - the lower bar portion has both booths and tables and a stage at the far end for their live music nights. The upper level provided more dining space and a small sushi bar.
The menu is broad with a capital B - so it should appeal to most palates (isn't variety the spice of life?) And my group ordered the gamut from brisket to sushi.
We had the calamari to start. It was lightly fried and had a spicy, almost sweet sauce on it, which my friends thought was a nice change from the traditional marinara sauce (and these were Italians, so for them to like it, it had to be good.)
Of course I just had to have the sushi because it seemed so bizarre to be on the menu (a little risky on my part.) Overall, everyone seemed pleased with their meal and my sushi roll was delicious and fresh. For sushi "snobs", this is probably not the place to go, but I saw it as "silly sushi"....playful.
When the band began their first set we found it a little difficult to converse even though we were upstairs. So I would recommend getting the dining out of the way before the music gets going (or if you don't care to speak to your dining companion, this is a perfect opportunity to ignore them.)
Although the food was good, my favorite part of the night was jumping into an old time photo booth to capture the magic like people did before the advent of camera cell phones - it was just too hard to resist!