154 Orchard St., Lower East Side
Status: Opening tonight
After about a month of unforeseen delays, Michael "Empire Builder" Huynh opens his LES Asian beer garden Bia Garden on Orchard St. tonight at 6 p.m. Sad that an outdoor venue such as this is coming so late in the season, and right as a hurricane blows through. But hey, late is better than never. The restaurant, which consists of 50 seats outside and 10 indoors, won't be serving up his signature banh mi. Instead they offer small plates and street cart inspired fare like chicken lollipops, pork and shrimp summer rolls, spicy curry frog, and fish head hot pots, along with a huge selection of cans and bottles of imported Asian beer. Beer can be ordered by the bucket of 6, 12, or 24. Check it out when there's a break in the rain.
Previous Reading: Opening Report, 8/3/09; Trend Alert, 7/31
Further Reading: NYM, Thrillist, The Feed