In early 2016, James Beard Award-winning chef Patrick Connolly returns to New York City to open Rider, a contemporary bistro located at 80 N. 6th St. in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Connolly (formerly of Radius in Boston, Bobo in Manhattan, and Basso in St. Louis) will offer Rider guests a variety of innovative and soulful dishes, such as Oyster Ricotta Toast with Pancetta, Crisped Kale and Lemon; Roasted Parsnip and Yam with Whipped Feta, Smoked Sable, Pistachio, and Horseradish; and Pine Nut Capaletti with Mint Pistou and Crispy Lamb Shwarma. Rider will also have a large vegetable focus, showcasing vegetable-driven main courses and shared plates. A classic cocktail program, and a carefully selected, beer and wine list will round out the menu.
The name “Rider” comes from the idea of a ‘hospitality rider’ that an artist submits to a venue prior to their arrival, and is a nod to the restaurant’s relationship with National Sawdust, the new non-profit music venue and artist incubator with which Rider shares its building. Rider will be open seven days a week, serving breakfast, lunch, and dinner Monday-Friday, and brunch and dinner on Saturday and Sunday.