Restaurants, American creative Williamsburg
5 out of 5 stars
(1user review)
Steamed clams at Rider
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After a three-year sojourn in his native St. Louis, where he helmed sleek basement pub Basso, James Beard Award–winning chef Patrick Connolly (Bobo) makes his New York return with this 64-seat bi-level restaurant, set inside Williamsburg’s nonprofit music venue National Sawdust. And although it’s named after tour riders, the often ridiculous dressing-room requests of musicians, you won’t find color-coordinated M&Ms or Rihanna-approved Hot Cheetos on Connolly’s menu—instead, expect vegetable-forward plates such as ricotta toast with grilled mortadella and shaved raw beets with blue cheese and quinoa. Meatier offerings include confited chicken wings with caramelized fennel, and roasted beef served on a bagna-cauda–lavished baguette with roasted marrow. Diners can enjoy their meals in the upstairs dining room, decorated with padded leather booths and dark-wood seating, or downstairs at a bar trimmed with beechwood benches and stainless-steel stools. Behind the marble bar, general manager Colby Zito (Maialino) crafts cocktails like a brandy-rum Bernie Sanders Rookie Card (vanilla, grenadine) and a mescal-based Free Brain Surgery (lime, fernet).


Venue name: Rider
Address: National Sawdust
80 North 6th St
Cross street: at Wythe Ave
Opening hours: Mon–Thu 6–11pm; Fri, Sat 6pm–midnight; Sun 6–11pm
Transport: Subway: L to Bedford Ave
Price: Average main course: $15
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Chef Partrick Connelly has assembled an astounding array of the most scrumptious dishes you could ever hope to find!!! Situated in a prime location in one of Brooklyn's most hip and happening neighborhoods, Rider's dinner menu (and now, brunch as well) offers something for every palate. My personal favorite is the gemmelli, a pasta dish with mushroom bolognese and a bit of heat. A vegan dish, to my surprise, it's quite hearty. But don't fill up too quickly and miss out on dessert. The gluten free chocolate cake with Earl Grey infused ice cream is luscious and the lemon and fennel doughnuts will have you planning your next meal at Rider before you even leave the establishment.