Bia – Williamsburg, Brooklyn

See what I mean when I say "too bready?"

Review By: Stefanie Parks –

I had read about Bia in an article from Grub Street about the 9 most exciting wings to try in NY. I pretty much added all of them to my list, but was especially excited about Bia because I love Vietnamese food and Ginger Lollipop Wings just sound awesome.

So, after a few months of having these wings on the top of my list, I made plans to go on a triple date with two of my girlfriends and our boyfriends. One of said girlfriends recently moved to Williamsburg from Chicago, so I immediately suggested we meet at her new apartment for a drink and then head down the street to Bia.

I expected there to be a wait when we got there, or at least for it to be crowded, but we walked in and the place was almost empty. The restaurant is very cool though. We sat down at the big communal table in the middle and I immediately found myself staring at a huge picture of Andre Aggasi… with no shirt. It was weird and funny, and I liked it.

We decided that each couple would share so we didn’t have to worry about splitting anything between the whole table. We each ordered their famous Spicy Ginger Lollipop Wings (duh), and then Dave and I also ordered a Bahn Mi Sandwich with Pork, Vietnamese ham, minced meat, chicken pate, cucumber, pickled carrot, and cilantro, their Steamed Roast Pork Buns, a Grilled Pork Skewer, and then the Beef Pho (Pho Bo – I like saying that).

The first thing to come out was the wings. They were all around great wings and had the perfect amount of spice. I can totally see why people have been talking about them. In fact, aside from the wings at Pok Pok, I think they were probably the best wings I’ve had in NY. Great start to the meal.

Next came the pork skewer and the bahn mi sandwich. Both solid as well. I thought my biggest complaint about the sandwich would be the fact that it had cilantro in it (you know how I feel about cilantro), but luckily, that wasn’t an issue. I did think that the sandwich was much too bready though. The pork skewer was good too. Nothing to write home about, but hey it was $3.

Then came the pork bun. I really am not sure why I continue to order pork buns considering the fact that I never really love them. Again, it’s just too much bread for me.

The Pho was the dish other than the wings that I was most excited about. I love noodle soups of all kinds and really have never met a pho I haven’t liked…. That is, until the pho from Bia. I’m not saying it was bad, it just wasn’t that good. It had very little flavor and considering how excited I was to try it, I was pretty disappointed.

So, if you’re going to Bia, I’d say just go for the wings (and the awesome picture of Andre Aggasi). But, if you just want any awesome wings (or more specifically, any awesome wings in Brooklyn), I would most definitely send you straight to Pok Pok (I know… I’m obsessed).

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