The Ainsworth
The Ainsworth

The Ainsworth

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://ainsworthnyc.com/
  • Phone: 2127410645
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch/Dinner: Monday - Wednesday: 11:00am - 1:00am, Thursday - Friday*: 11:00am - 2:00am, Saturday*: 10:00am - 2:30am, Sunday: 10:00am - 1:00am (* 23 & Older after 11:00pm on Friday & Saturday)
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Comfort Food, Gastro Pub
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 6th & 7th Avenue
  • Parking: No
A word from The Ainsworth
The Ainsworth is a multipurpose venue comprised of a full scale restaurant, bar and lounge, and event space located at 122 West 26th Street in the heart of Chelsea. Amongst the chic paisley wallpaper and the antique pine wood interior are 40 flat screen TV's waiting to showcase any media display to create an ideal ambiance. With state of the art AV and Sound capabilities, catering facilities and multifunctional furniture and layout options, The Ainsworth is your one-stop-shop for any event. Our savory and unique 60-item dining menu touches upon everything from brunch, lunch, dinner and even delivery. In addition, we also have a full in-house catering, corporate menu which offers over 30 different platters, 40 hot and cold passed hors d'oeurvres, and 14 different buffet options to choose from as well as being able to create a menu tailored to your event needs.
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Awards voted by OpenTable diners
  • Diners' Choice WinnerVibrant Bar Scene
The Ainsworth reviews from OpenTable diners
18 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating3.6
  • Food3.8
    Service3.5
  • Ambiance3.5
    Noise LevelModerate
81% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
good for groups (11)vibrant bar scene (8)late-night find (4)great for lunch (4)hot spot (2)great for brunch (2)fit for foodies (2)notable wine list (1)romantic (1)neighborhood gem (1)Show More
  • Loved it!
    Terry
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    The salmon, mashed potatoes, and sautéed spinach were the best I've had in a long time! Perfectly cooked and perfectly seasoned. Yum!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • excellent food
    GP10
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Brunch was awesome, will definitely return. Go for the ricotta pancakes, so filling, but worth it.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Food is very average
    foodhopper
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    Looks a lot better than it is. Was highly recommended so I tried it out & took some clients for a casual week night catch up & to watch a game. The food was very ordinary bar style. The wings were fatty/lacked flavor, I think they were undercooked. The nachos needed to be sent back - the cheese inside was uncooked/cold. They recooked it but instead of cooking it slowly, they seemed to simply remove the cheese & tourched the outside. The wit staff disappear for extended periods. The lady overseeing the entire barstaff was really good at saying sorry but not much else. It is very loud & difficult to hold a conversation, if that's what you like. However, it's a beautiful space & a great place to watch sport. Shame they can't get it right.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 15 ratings-only reviews submitted since June 4, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.5
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.4
    • Service3.5
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 96 reviews are from the The Ainsworth reviews archive.
  • Jetsetter
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We watched the NBA playoffs there, the vibe was energetic, the food was great and there were enough flat screens to accommodate everyone. We will return.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • This place was a let down
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    It took us an hour to get food, they forgot my friend's wine, my turkey burger tasted "off." I was very disappointed as I had heard good things...
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I wanted to watch the Heat game..
    FoodandSports
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    I wanted to watch the Heat game, so my friends and I specifically chose a restaurant that was also a sports bar. When we arrived for our reservation, I asked the hostess for a table where we could see the tvs, specifically one that was right in front of us and available. She informed me that I needed to reserve those tables and when I told her that I had a reservation, she said that didn't matter. So heads up, if you make a reservation with intentions to see a tv, it may be better to call and request specific tables that have proper viewing, rather than doing it online and being put in any spot where you may have to squint to see their small tvs.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too much of an institution
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    Went there to watch both NY Rangers and Brooklyn Nets games that were on TV at time same time. Staff kicked us out of our tables before the games were over due to another reservation. What sort of sports bar does that? Also, seems too overpriced.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Mixed experience
    Justdroppingin
    Dined on 4/30/2014
    Really not sure why a "sports bar" would feature relentlessly thumping music, which seemed like the same noise loop playing over and over. Would recommend they drop it a few decibels and let the actual sports fan cheer or jeer over the din. We were told the food was the drawing and it was overall good, though the Branzino was inedible and the salmon very mediocre. Stick to pub basics and steaks and you'll do alright, better still find a real sports bar.
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  • CynthiaVIP
    Dined on 4/27/2014
    While the prices are reasonable, the food was just so-so. Our order included eggs benedict and steak and eggs. One of my eggs had a sour taste to it. The steak wasn't bad. The order of fries was ok - not crispy enough. I would not recommend this restaurant, unless you wanted to watch a sporting event - plenty of TVs all around. If you must go, go for the game, not the food.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good sports bar restaurant
    JTC713
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Went here with a bunch of people. Had a great time. The staff was nice and helpful. Food was good too. Beer selection seemed a bit limited, but nevertheless adequate. Surprised that they didn't have Heineken Light. Overall, it was a good time.
    Special Features:
    Good for Groups, Hot Spot, Vibrant Bar Scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday afternoon
    Fudge
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Was quiet on Easter Sunday food was okay, a little pricey for a small hamburger on English muffin- $16.00. Fries were soggy not crispy. Not bad but not great either. Liked Ainsworth Park much better.
    Special Features:
    Vibrant Bar Scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • over priced sports bar
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Been here for a college game and drink specials made cost reasonable. Came here for brunch and not worth the cost. Otherwise a classy alternative to a sports bar but 13 dollar bloody marys and 15 dollars eggs over easy are a bummer.
    Special Features:
    Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great place to watch sports
    sarb
    Dined on 4/13/2014
    They were great arranging the tv's to fit all the games we wanted to watch. Service was very, very slow, but the general atmosphere was great.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Server was excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    I will be back. Great service. Great cucumber gin drink!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Stay away!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    They were out of most items on the menu, screwed up our order.. Service was deplorable, would not go back again.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • Too Noisy
    Hatchsmitj
    Dined on 2/20/2014
    Decent food and staff but cavernous, loud music with heavy bass and terrible acoustics. You cannot carry on a conversation without shouting and constantly asking your dinner mates to repeat what they said.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • The food was HORRIBLE!!!
    JPNYCVIP
    Dined on 2/17/2014
    You couldn't pay me to go eat there again. The tuna tacos were fishy, the spinach artichoke dip was watery, the nachos were soaked with grease, the sliders & wings were dry. The whole meal was just wrong and awful. Oh and the bloody mary, skip that too! If you like beer and fries maybe this place is for you, other then that seek somewhere else out.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good sports bar
    JessNYCVIP
    Dined on 2/13/2014
    Ainsworth is a good high end sports bar. It wasn't very crowded because of the impending storm. The service was great and the food was pretty decent for a sports bar.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for brunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • We showed up at eleven am.
    AwesomeVIP
    Dined on 2/9/2014
    We showed up at eleven am. The verbaige used by our server was all wrong. We ordered food and she said "ooo I am a fat girl too" ...bad commentary. Even though we told her we were on a time constraint- the food came forty-five minutes later- it was sub par and we had asked for it three times. Not good. We chose it because it was right accross the street from where we needed to be. Would not go back.
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  • OKay spot
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    Food was too "meh" for the price. Patrons seemed to be very bro-y which is not my scene; will not be back. Good happy hour though.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good for Happy Hour
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 1/8/2014
    Young professional crowd, upscale sports bar, better-than-bar food, good drinks. Great for a casual happy hour. Would not recommend, however, if interesting or delicious or healthy dining is the main intention.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Big fan - disappointed by service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 1/6/2014
    Used to be my favorite bar in the city. Although my last visit was horrible. I called twice to make sure that my table of 8 that I reserved a week on advance would be in the middle section away from the door. They assured me both times that the request was noted and I would be all set . When I arrived they seated is right by the door even though 2 other tables were open (reserved but unoccupied). I have no tolerance for that, especially when we had plenty of advance and could have made our reservation elsewhere.
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  • Good Food
    JredstangVIP
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    Went on a Monday night before Christmas Eve and found a relatively quiet restaurant. Food came quick, was tasty, and looked attractive. Waitress wasn't as prompt with other services and checking in but overall it was a nice night. Pricey for some items but for a special occasion or a fun night out ... price isn't important
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not for a weekday lunch
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 12/16/2013
    I've been to the Ainsworth a number of times and while the food is solid, the service- specifically weekday lunch- is consistently terrible. While she was very nice, I'm pretty sure our waitress was the only one working and with 8-10 tables of other diners is was not ideal. More than once we had to get up to find her to order drinks and even put in our order. I had hoped that they had gotten their lunch game together, but sadly it seems that in the year since I had been there they have not.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great Lite Lunch
    gastrogirl
    Dined on 12/11/2013
    We stopped in before going to the Wendy Williams show. I had chosen the restaurant on line because of the delicious sounding salads, and they were delicious. We had two different shrimp salads and they were both great. Would definitely go back and tell others to go.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A bit noisy but worth trying
    ymvg
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    The ambience is ok, but a little bit noisy. The food was very nice for an informal dinner. Worth trying.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great spot for post-work dinner
    Margot
    Dined on 12/3/2013
    Really enjoyed my meal at the Ainsworth. The food was exactly what we were looking for and the appetizers were so tasty. Really enjoyed the energetic music and bar scene.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Tuesday night spot for a group
    StickyEater
    Dined on 10/29/2013
    Had family in town an needed a decent midtown spot. Ainsworth came to mind, and I'm glad it did. We had to sit near the entrance due to kids under 21, but that was no problem. Sound levels are borderline too high- hard to hear from one end of table to the other. Worried about the food grade letter, but in the end the food was good. Hope they get back to A! I've been here before and the bar scene is great for after work, plenty of room and stand-up tables. Recommended!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Slow
    rums
    Dined on 10/22/2013
    Slow, every order was taken way to late, drinks, appetizers and entrees. Once we did finally get our food it was good though. K
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  • Good food, not great conversation
    MSM13VIP
    Dined on 10/9/2013
    Loved the food and decor, happy to have tried it. Sadly went there to catch up with friends and couldn't hear anything they said over the noise of the sports bar atmosphere I wasn't expecting. Would still likely return, just caught off guard. Great service!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food just- eh....
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 10/8/2013
    Great location, nice ambiaence. Too noisy for any converstion. Dinner menu was average to me. Food was not the best quality I thought was going to be. Good spot to gather with friends, drink & if you don't care what you eat when you ge the munchies.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • For sports lovers
    TK81
    Dined on 9/30/2013
    Great place if you're looking to eat and watch a game, but the prices are definitely Manhattan. Also not a place to meet new people, more about staying at your table with whoever you came with.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Bring Earplugs
    Kris1006
    Dined on 9/20/2013
    I came here with a group and we were seated towards the front of the restaurant, away from the bar. I think this was probably the most quiet section but the music was still so loud that we had to scream at each other in order to hear each other talk. The service was surprisingly slow despite the fact that the dining area was only half-full. The food was pretty good but no one could get past the loud music and we rushed to finish our meals so that we could leave. It was such a relief when we finally did. I would only recommend The Ainsworth if you don't want to talk to the person you're dining with, because it is almost impossible to do so here.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Don't Miss: Shortrib Grilled Cheese
    AnnieEVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    Dropped in for a drink and quick bite to eat and was happily surprised. Wonderful cocktails and delicious food! Service was excellent!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disaster
    Phil50VIP
    Dined on 8/28/2013
    We have dined here before. We had reservations. Upon arrival, there was an "event" of college football fans. It was quite noisy, but we were seated. We ordered drinks and food. We received our drinks. After a while, we were asked for a credit card or driver's license to hold until we left because they were concerned that people might leave without paying. I told the waitress that I was not part of that group. I was having dinner with my family and would not comply. She sent over a supervisor. He would not bend, so I told him to cancel the food and bring a check for the drinks. I waited forever for the check. I told him that he lost a regular customer.
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  • Empty restaurant had slow service
    Luv4foodVIP
    Dined on 8/27/2013
    Service was unbelievably slow during lunch and the restaurant wasn't busy. Disappointing when having lunch on a special occasion with colleagues within a specific time frame. Will not go back.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good brunch
    Amanda
    Dined on 8/18/2013
    got a deal here on amazon local--pretty good food, more of a sportsbar than anything else. a nice place with decent food.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • first visit
    OutstandingVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2013
    This was the first time staying in this area and we found this lovely bar, pretty big considering most bars in NYC are so tight. the food good and so were the drinks. The Ainsworth Bloody was a hit with me.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • classy sports bar decent food
    JjnycVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2013
    went with a bunch of friends. it wasn't game night so noise was fine for dinner and food was way better than expected. drinks were decent including the wines. Bill was not outrageous and we had fun. It's a cool atmosphere. When bar got busy around 11pm the noise made it hard to have a conversation.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food
    Live2eatVIP
    Dined on 7/27/2013
    Food was good no complaints and the staff was very nice and accommodating would def go back .
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
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