By Chef Patrick Connolly
About Chef Patrick Connolly
James Beard Award-winning chef Patrick Connolly opened Rider in Williamsburg, NY in March 2016. Prior to opening Rider, Connolly worked an executive chef at Radiu in Boston, MA, at Bobo in New York City, and was part of the opening team at Basso in St. Louis, MO.
"We share the building with National Sawdust -- a non-profit creative music institution and venue. We also provide all the concessions in the space. The name Rider is a nod to this relationship hinting at artists' hospitality 'rider' submitted to a venue for dressing room libations."
items not to miss on our menu
"You're going to get a very chill vibe coupled with thoughtful and exciting food, cocktails, wine at Rider.
At brunch, don't miss drinking a Burt Reynolds' Sex Tape cocktail (with Mezcal, Aperol, Chartreuse, and Prosecco) and eating The Cure (crisp rice and lentils with duck confit, cilantro, hoisin, sriracha, and a poached egg). At lunch, have a Rival Bros cold brew, a Braven Pilsner, and some Hot Fried Chicken. For dinner I'd go with a glass of Cotes du Jura wine and whatever the Whole Grilled Fish of the Night might be."
80 North 6th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249
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Coffee & Breakfast
Sunday in Brooklyn
"They serve great coffee and they can scramble an egg like a champ."
348 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249
"This spot convinces me I could live off focaccia. I also like to come here for coffee."
150 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211
"If I'm going full on 'fat kid', it's Frankel's for a pastrami egg and cheese. This is a deli version of burnt ends with American cheese and a multi-folded thin egg on a challah roll."
631 Manhattan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11222
Shops & Markets
McGolrick Park Farmers Market
"This is a must hit on Sunday."
Sundays, 10am - 4pm
Center of McGolrick Park, near Shelter Pavilion
Pop’s Popular Clothing
"Along the Bushwick Inlet park is my go-to footwear and clothing shop that allows me to dress like the construction worker I wish I was."
7 Franklin Street, Brooklyn, NY 11222
"Their produce should not be missed."
3 Flushing Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11205
"I'd let a blind dog pick a glass of wine and a dish for me. I'm not sure there's any way to go wrong here."
80 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Where Tourists DON'T Know About
Federoff's Roast Pork
"They started at Smorgasburg and opened a brick and mortar on North 10th Street this year. They understand what I've always thought, which is that the Roast Pork should be the iconic sandwich of Philadelphia, not the Cheesesteak. Their roast pork (and their cheesesteak, for that matter) are better than any found in the greater Philadelphia area. The Italian hoagie is very strong and the Sunday Gravy Sandwich is always sold out when I come here, so I'm sure it's probably terrible."
178 N 10th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11211
Café de la Esquina
"I love the food and the Michelada, but as far as kids go it's basically a farm pen in the back. It's pretty much fenced in, so little ones can run around, dance, and even say a rosary beneath the blessed virgin statue and repent for being little jerks to their parents."
25 Wythe Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11249
Fresh Kills Bar
"Fresh Kills kills. Comfy, not over the top, and great drinks without all that stuff."
161 Grand Street, Brooklyn, NY 11249
"Whenever I'm ready for dinner at 6 or 6:30 on a Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday (and preferably when we have a sitter), we come here. It's just so good. Nothing crazy, just thoughtful, simple, well-executed food with a strong wine list. Order grilled sardines with pickles, Piedmontese ax handle ribeye, fried baby artichokes with aioli, and all the sides."
355 Metropolitan Avenue, Brooklyn, NY 11211
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