Openings: Rider, Fair Weather Bushwick, The Chinese Club, Porter House Bar and Grill, Natsumi Tapas

March 30, 2016 1:07 am Last Updated: March 8, 2018 5:23 pm

New NYC restaurant openings:


Duck Breast. (Adrienne Grunwald)
Duck Breast. (Adrienne Grunwald)

James Beard Award-winning chef Patrick Connolly has opened his latest restaurant Rider, in Williamsburg. The contemporary bistro’s name is an allusion to the hospitality rider that an artist submits to a venue prior to his or her arrival—a list of requested items for the artist’s comfort on the day of the show. The restaurant also shares a building with National Sawdust, a nonprofit performing arts incubator and venue, for which it will be catering and providing event dining options.

Connolly’s menu reflects his many influences, from Carrot Panzanella with baby carrots braised in carrot juice, tossed with olive-bread croutons, olives, raisins, mint, and green peppercorns, and served with fresh chevre and a skewer of grilled spiced lamb; to Soy Roasted Radishes, served with pan-roasted greens and a crisped boneless chicken thigh with puréed toasted cashews, yogurt, and black garlic. 

Pastry chef Lisa Fernandez-Cruz whips up desserts like Maple Custard, Vegan Parsnip Bread, and Fennel & Lemon Doughnuts. The cocktail program is directed by Colby Zito, previously of Eleven Madison Park and Maialino.

Open daily for dinner from 6 p.m. Brunch, breakfast, and lunch to follow.

80 N. Sixth St. (between Kent & Wythe avenues)
Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Fair Weather Bushwick 

Four Story Hill Farm Pork Belly. (John Creger)
Four Story Hill Farm Pork Belly. (John Creger)

Coffee shop Fair Weather Bushwick has reopened as a full-service restaurant. With only 22 seats, the experience is expected to be intimate and cozy.

The setup is somewhat unusual, with a tasting course menu only available Tuesday through Thursday (8 p.m. seating, $65). On those weeknights, owner Ebru Brun greets diners and runs the front of the house, while chef-partner John Creger (previously of Artisanal and Le Cirque) will personally introduce every course. The menu will change weekly. The opening tasting, for example, featured Barber’s Farm Cauliflower Textures (slow-roasted cauliflower florets over a Bengal curry purée) and Four Story Hill Farm Pork Belly, glazed with harissa and maple, cooked sous-vide and served with saffron poached carrots and black quinoa.

A more affordable a la carte dinner is served Fridays and Saturday evenings. The menu includes Potato Gnocchi with chanterelles, black garlic, Meyer lemon, and gremolata; and Beef Short Ribs with smoked gouda polenta.

Brunch is served Fridays through Sundays. A 24-seat backyard will open later this spring.

274 Wyckoff Ave. (between Linden St. & Gates avenues)
Bushwick, Brooklyn

The Chinese Club

Husband-and-wife team Stacey Lo and Salil Mehta, chef-owner of LAUT, have collaborated to open The Chinese Club, inspired by Lo’s childhood growing up in a mixed Hakka-Chinese and Indian-Chinese household.

The restaurant’s name is a nod to the social club founded by her grandfather Lo Fung Shu, where Chinese immigrants could gather and enjoy food from their homeland.

The menu features family favorites such as Uncle Yap’s Hakka Platter (cold beef braised in fragrant soy sauce and Bang Bang Chicken wrapped in tofu skin wrap); Hakka Chilli Chicken (crispy chicken, bird’s eye chillies, garlic, and soy sauce); and Hakka soups. There are also dishes reflecting the influence of Southeast Asian and Kolkata-Chinese cuisine on the Lo family. 

208 Grand St. (between Bedford & Driggs avenues)
Brooklyn, Williamsburg

Porter House Bar and Grill 

Porterhouse. (Noah Fecks)
Porterhouse. (Noah Fecks)

After a hiatus for a cosmetic update, Porter House Bar and Grill has now reopened. Chef Michael Lomonaco is offering an updated menu featuring seasonally inspired cuisine with steak at the heart of the menu. The restaurant is celebrating its 10th anniversary this fall.

10 Columbus Circle, Time Warner Center, Fourth Floor 

Natsumi Tapas

Spicy Tuna Caviar Flatbread. (Courtesy of Natsumi Tapas)
Spicy Tuna Caviar Flatbread. (Courtesy of Natsumi Tapas)

Restaurateur Barbara Matsumara (of Haru, Joe’s Shanghai, and Tomo) has opened Natsumi Tapas in Gramercy, offering fusion Japanese and Italian flavors.

The consulting chefs are Italian chef Andrea Tiberi and sushi chef Hiroyuki Nagao. Dishes include Sashimi Tacos, with tuna, salmon, super white tuna, and crab bases; Green Tea Ricotta Flatbread, with arugula, sliced grapes, tofu, oyster mushrooms, and truffle oil; and Ciao Meatballs in a variety of sauces—parmesan cream, spicy teriyaki basil pesto, and spicy scallion marinara.

Open for lunch and dinner Monday–Friday and for dinner Saturday and Sunday.

323 Third Ave. (at 24th Street)