With five Vietnamese concepts running and a taquería on the way, Michael “Bao” Huynh shows no fear that his empire’s center cannot hold. On Monday, he steps out of his Southeast Asian domain and opens Mikey’s Burger. Hubris aside, Huynh boasts a history with the American classic, which he garnered slinging burgers after school in upstate New York. The menu sticks to four griddled specimens under $6, served on soft potato buns in a miniaturized diner setting. A silver counter with black stools forms the bulk of the space, but he takes liberties with the nostalgic food. The BLT features Chinese bacon and sausage, and a lamb patty comes “satay-style.” Shakes like avocado, black sesame, and Vietnamese coffee sound amazing, but there will be chili dogs and egg creams made with Fox’s U Bet chocolate syrup for traditionalists. Preview the menu and space below. Or, stop by tomorrow at midnight, when the restaurant will give away free burgers until they run out.
Mikey’s Burger Menu [PDF]
Mikey’s Burger, 134 Ludlow St., nr. Rivington St.; 212-979-9211