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The brainchild of James beard Award-winning chef Patrick Connolly, Rider is a contemporary American bistro that serves sophisticated cuisine in the heart of Williamsburg, Brooklyn. From skate wing schnitzel to squash agnolotti to a hot fried chicken sandwich, Rider serves food that is simple and iconically American yet textured, dynamic and globally-inspired.

Open for Tuesday-Sunday Dinners, and weekend Brunches, Rider's name is a reference to the hospitality contacts given to venues by musicians, a nod to the restaurant's symbiotic relationship with the acclaimed National Sawdust venue. The stylish bi-level eatery is perfect for causal drinks with friends and knockout intimate meals, and can also accommodate larger groups and special events.

Each of Rider's dishes takes its place on the menu as a complete thought -- elegant yet unfussy, familiar yet seductively inventive. Chef Connolly takes his queues from what's in season, and his technique is influenced by French and Italian culinary traditions with a bit of Asian flair, resulting in a multi-cultural and uniquely American menu.

Rider is committed to providing guests with a unique and deeply satisfying culinary experience. Since it opened its doors on March 25, 2016, the restaurant has become a neighborhood favorite for locals and visitors, a culinary destination for food lovers and cocktail connoisseurs. After just six months, Rider was recognized by Michelin as a Bib Gourmand in their 2017 + 2018 guides for offering exceptional cooking at a good value.