A couple of weeks ago, we visited a good friend who moved from quaint Carroll Gardens to more exciting Williamsburg. To be honest, as much as I would love to hang out in this part of town, we don’t make it there that often, especially when you have two little ones and depend in public transportation (or the lack thereof). It was a fun gathering of friends and after a fun afternoon of interesting conversation and crisp wine overlooking the Williamsburg bridge and Manhattan’s skyline, we decided to check one of the multiple restaurants in the area for dinner. Our friend suggested Bia, which is really close to her and we headed over, walking along graffiti murals and pretending we were semi hip again. (The girls did a better job at that, I have to admit)
We got there past 9.00pm (yeah, I know, great parenting… But seeing a family come way after us with a toddler made me feel that the night is young and so are toddlers) to a pretty packed place. The space is raw and lofty with very high ceiling, exposed brick walls, concrete floors, in what seems to have been a garage of sorts. To the right, a packed bar with beautiful untroubled locals (sans children, of course) and bearded bartenders. To the left, the dining space with a long picnic on the front, a long communal table opposite the bar and a some tables for a more intimate dinner. On the front, there were some tools lying, which I am not sure if they were part of the decor or someone had just left them there for the day, a couple of stacked high chairs and a sign saying that the door hadn’t opened since 1969.
There are two staircases, one by the front of the house and another in the back, by the bar, and unbeknownst to me at that moment, apparently Bia has an amazing rooftop. Which means we have to go back and enjoy food and drinks with beautiful New York views before winter comes.
The menu is not extensive, offering Vietnamese fare and even though they don’t have a kids menu, we were able to find something for the girls: an appetizer of fried dumplings, which I felt were a bit scarce. The grown ups ordered Hites and hot soup, pho ga, to go with the incipient crispness of fall weather. The pho ga was flavorful but we all agreed that the pho bo (beef soup) was much tastier than pho ga (chicken soup).
The two bathrooms are in the front, to the right before getting to the bar. There is a smaller one on a little corridor to the right, opposite an ATM machine (the place takes credit cards, but with a $20 minimum order), and there is a bigger one by the bar. They were bright and covered with graffiti, to which La Petite Wasabi commented “nice tattoos on the wall, mama”. As you can imagine, there is no changing table.
Given that I am a sucker for drinks with beautiful views, I can see us going there again and enjoying a couple of drinks being observed by the Williamsburg bridge.
BIA Restaurant & Bar – Williamsburg
67 South 6th Street
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Monday – Thursday: 5:00pm – 2:00am
Friday: 5:00pm – 4:00am
Saturday: 12:00pm – 4:00am
Sunday: 12:00pm – 2:00am