Rider

4.5
149 reviews
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$30 and under
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American

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Rider is an American bistro serving innovative, soulful dishes in a comfortable, multi-faceted setting.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
American, French
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Hours of operation
Brunch: Saturday-Sunday 11am - 4pm
Dinner: Monday-Friday 6pm - 11pm
Saturday-Sunday 5:30pm - Midnight
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Phone number
(347) 452-4905
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Patrick Connolly
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Catering
Rider's relationship with National Sawdust provides for a unique prevent event space.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Wythe Ave
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Public transit
Bedford Ave L
Additional
Banquet, Cocktails, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
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KL
Charlotte
4 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The Food at Rider was amazing and they gave us free donuts to celebrate a birthday!!! But it was a little pricey.

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K
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Wasn’t so impressed by the food. Cute place though.

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MN
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I've been a long-time fan of Rider's dinner menu, but was happily surprised for my first Brunch experience - it surpassed any Brunch I've had recently - creative, delicious fare that had us nearly licking our plates. Will be back soon. :)

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AO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Decent brunch but so so loud inside, would love if they invested in some noise proofing, it was really hard to hear a normal level conversation.

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OT
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

My husband and friend had a great Tuesday evening.
The food was great!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Super friendly staff. Brunch choices hit the spot. Fun ambiance and music.

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V
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Phenomenal food and service as usual. Excellent restaurant. The chicken sandwich is out of control. And the staff is wonderful.

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E
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

Mediocre. Spotty service and very inconsistent food quality. Melon was not fully peeled in the melon/cucumber salad. Not busy and food was slow coming out. Only good thing is location next to National Sawdust but better restaurant options in the neighborhood. Would not eat there again before or after a performance.

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OT
Toronto
16 reviews
Dined on September 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was excellent. It’s a very relaxed spot with good drinks and good food. The wait staff is super attentive and really nice. I would highly recommend the fried chicken sandwich and the Sexy Burt Reynolds drink. Very well priced as well.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Found Rider on OpenTable, checked out reviews on another site and they all appeared to be positive, so I decided to give them a try. I went with my cousin for brunch. I had the crispy chicken sandwich, she had the omelette. We were both happy with our order. We also tried one of their cocktails, Covet They Neighbor’s Drink, loved it! Only downside, it took quite some time to receive our food (to me, brunch is usually more fast paced). But it wasn’t to the point of asking our server about the status of our orders. Servers were great as well. I’d go back to try their dinner menu.

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LZ
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lots of great food options from a real foodie chef. Moderately priced and varied menu. Superb team to service your table. Catch a show at National Sawdust next door!

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C
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I had a great experience at Rider. Our waiter was very attentive and friendly. The plates are quite small which is great for sharing. Among myself and two friends we ordered two appetizers and two pizzas and it was more than enough food. Very interesting menu items, highly recommend the fried eggplant as well as the smoked ricotta. The combination of flavors and textures was amazing. Also LOVED the rosemary infused vodka.

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KP
1 review
Dined on July 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Great spot for brunch with friends. Yummy food, fun menu and casual atmosphere good for cross table conversation with a group. My only complaint was the humidity on the second floor.

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OT
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service. Surprisingly impressed.

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OT
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Even though one of my favorite dishes is no longer on the menu the dinner was delicious. The food is modern, innovative, and well executed. The wine list is great. And the service was excellent; our server was really engaged, understood us a group and was very helpful. Love dinner and brunch here. We keep coming back here and are always happy with the food and the experience

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MD
San Diego
1 review
Dined on June 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Went for brunch with my family and was there for a total of 3 hours. The service was extremely slow and negligent. Would not recommend Rider to others.

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W
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on June 17, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 3

I would of given a much higher rating to Rider, except the service was quite slow and we had a biscuit mishap. I ordered a biscuit and it didn't come for 20 minutes. Then when it arrived, it was still uncooked in the middle! So, I sent it back and about 30 minutes later they brought me a second biscuit. When I dug into that one, it was also totally raw at the center! I doubt this usually happens, but it was a little confusing that we had exact issue twice in an hour. Also, the biscuits looked really good, so I was super disappointed to send the second one back and ask them to cancel the order. The other food was good, though! Worth the longer service wait.

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 2food 3service 2ambience 3

Small portions, slow service, but food was tasty. Kind of overpriced.

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OT
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

We've only been once for dinner before and it was fantastic and the brunch that we had this weekend was equally amazing. The food, the presentation, the wine, the service, all were flawless. The music choices could use some work but that is the only negative that I can think of. Definitely coming again for both brunch and dinner.

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AA
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely delicious! Get the doughnuts if you're there for brunch! The Cure was also amazing. Definitely going to come back!

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OT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing service. We were treated to donuts as a starter. Thank you! Great cocktails. Cozy ambience. Tasty food! I loved the donkey burrito!
Thank you to the entire Rider team for making my cousins bachelorette brunch a success.

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RB
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We liked the outdoor seating. Our server Miriam was especially good. Plus they threw in free dessert on honor of my birthday, which I much appreciated.

Since I very much dislike noisy restaurants, I enjoyed that it was pretty quiet. I'm there to enjoy good food and talk with my friends, neither of which is helped at all by loud music and then people shouting over it to be heard.

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ES
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is no question that the food at Rider is among the very very best in New York. A truly outstanding menu and attentive service. Rider is basically a "small plates" restaurant and I like that since so many restaurants serve portions that are too large. One can always order more plates (as we did). Prices are high (commensurate with the extremely high food quality) so this is probably more for special occations than for regular "everyday" dining. Because it is part of National Sawdust it is the perfect place to go when also attending concerts at National Sawdust. I just cannot say enough parise about Rider (and about NS as a music venue). A great choice!!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great service, yummy cocktails and creative twists on classic dishes.

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SB
Hawaii
27 reviews
Dined on May 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Really special, don’t know why this place doesn’t have higher ratings. Crudo, fried eggplant, smoked ricotta, chicken, and Weinstein were outstanding. The Coffee Cookie Crunch ice cream is truly WOW FOOD ! I am still dreaming about it.

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JG
1 review
Dined on May 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Food was good. It was Mother's Day so very busy and noise level high. Service was good. Had to climb to 2nd floor for restrooms. I would recommend it.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 12, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 3

Felt like they really did not want us there!!
It was a strange feeling.

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M
Charleston
14 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious, especially the Arctic char. Would definitely go back. Service was great too.

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P
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 1

Pretty good, but generally don’t like untz-untz music while dining, esp during brunch with my mom!

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PW
Miami
24 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

So much fun here -- the bartender was great and the cocktails were amazing! And the food was terrific also -- looking forward to going back soon. Perfect pre-show spot for Music Hall of Williamsburg or any of the other venues in the area.

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RJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Nicest meal I’ve had in a while, great to see different and creative options on the menu in a neighborhood of a lot of same same. Really delicious, good wine menu, chilled vibe. Will become our new local go-to.

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DS
New England
3 reviews
Dined on April 14, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Great food and service as always. Brunch is good and the cocktail menu is quite creative.

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KW
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 3

The place was packed when we got there - I'm glad I made a reservation!
The food was decent. It wasn't particularly gourmet, but I don't think it was meant to be. It was a simple brunch.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was amazing and the service was even better!

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JA
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on April 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My family of 4 stayed in Brooklyn for our Spring Break vacation. When we travel, we like to go where the locals go. However, I really couldn't say how popular this place is with the locals, but we loved it! I stumbled across it on the Open Table app and just trusted the reviews. We went for brunch on Easter Sunday...Not knowing the area, I just wanted to be sure we could find a table somewhere on Easter Sunday. We all ordered different dishes and each one was amazing! We started with the lemon fennel doughnuts. To die for. My daughter had the avocado toast and loved it. My son said the pancakes were some of the best he has ever had. My husband had the smoked salmon and potatoes, unique and delicious. I had a biscuit and chicken sausage. The biscuit was exceptional and the chicken sausage is house made. Highly recommend this place.

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C
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Arrived at set time and was told the kitchen was closed.

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B
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Really nice brunch, the pancakes are amazing. Bloody Mary is spicy.

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CW
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

If you try one thing, make sure it's the fennel lemon donuts.

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DM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Rider was very good. Only complaint was long wait for the food to arrive. But the complimentary donuts at the beginning of brunch were amazing! Meals were all very good. Service was very pleasant. We would go back.

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DR
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Love the lemon-fennel donuts! The brunch is great and if you arrive early there is always a lot of seating options. Fills up fast, tho.

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