Michael “Bao” Huynh is on an expansion kick—not only is he growing his chain of Baoguette restaurants, he’s also debuting an all-Asian beer garden on the Lower East Side. Patrons must pass through a walk-in cooler to access the 50-seat yard, where suds like OB, Tsingtao and Asahi will be presented in ice-filled buckets in quantities of 6, 12 and 24 bottles (no need to finish them all; you pay only for what you drink). The chef will also serve brew-friendly foods, including Vietnamese versions of fried fish and barbecue ribs, but for those tiring of the sandwich trend, rest assured: There will be no banh mi.
|Venue name:||Bia Garden|
154 Orchard St
|Cross street:||between Rivington and Stanton Sts|
|Opening hours:||Mon–Thu 11:30am–4pm, 5pm–midnight; Fri 11:30am–4pm, 5pm–2am; Sat noon–4pm, 5pm–2am; Sun noon–4pm, 5pm–midnight|
|Transport:||Subway: F to Lower East Side–Second Ave|
|Price:||Average beer: $4. Cash only|