Ainsworth Chelsea

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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, happy hour, game watch, birthday celebration, or late night party!


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3.6based on recent ratings
3.8
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3.3
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3.7
ambience
3.5
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70% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It would have been nice to have been able to order off the lunch menu since it was 2pm.

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vipSuzanne
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

They weren’t open-so very disappointing! Had to find another restaurant

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happycamper8623
Baltimore
14 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

Went here before the Eagles concert. We waited long for service and the waitress said she was brought in from another location. She didn't seem to know the menu. Drinks took forever and the place was very loud with bad music.
The manager was very nice and responsive and changed the tv to our choice.
Overall...….it was okay. Very young crowd and loud since the bar is in the middle.

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OpenTable Diner
Toronto
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Gold wings were pretty descent the mimosas weren’t strong at all I know that’s not the whole idea but I felt as though we were drinking orange juice for 2 hours

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mikesmovement
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place to have a chill birthday dinner. Waiter was attentive and made sure my medium sized party was well taken care of. Good music, great drinks, and amazing food at a good price in the city. Would definitely recommend a friend to go!

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vipStephanieT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food1service4ambience3

There is the hype surrounding the Ainsworth due to the Gold dipped wings they serve. My husband enjoys novelties like this so we went there for our anniversary. (At 65 dollars for 10 wings, this was supposed to be one of our enjoyable dining experiences) Sadly, it was a waste of money and dining experience, being that we were in the city we could have hit up virtually any other restaurant and would have an infinitely better experience. The wings are absolutely disgusting. They were soggy and the flavor was really off. The sauce didn't taste like any other wing sauce I could compare it to and it had a metallic aftertaste. We ate two, we really tried considering how expensive it was but they were so gross. The restaurant would not comp the order; they gave us a round of drinks instead. Our server was very apologetic, apparently, they get frequent complaints on the wings. I should have read the reviews first and saved myself the trouble but I am hopeful that you are reading mine and do not make the same mistake I did.

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AnnS
New England
1 review
Dined on December 15, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience3

We had a terrible experience. They did not have our reservation when we arrived, but did seat us. We sat for 15 minutes before anyone came to take a drink order and then another 15 minutes before someone different came to take our food order. Food and service were both not good!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our waitress was amazing! She was super attentive and great with my food allergies. The food itself was just ok. I got the salad with skirt steak which I enjoyed, but it was a bit on the smaller side. My boyfriend had a burger with fried Mac and cheese and he really did not like his meal. Too much cheese and Mac and cheese (we never thought we’d say that). It was just overkill. He took most of the cheese off, but the burger was nothing to write home about. My boyfriend is easily pleased when it comes to food but this is the first time we have gone out and he was unhappy with his meal.

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PCNY
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Comfortable and spacious bar / restaurant. Although a small menu all choices were delicious (quesadilla, pulled pork sandwich and Chelsea burger) Looking forward to returning.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 3, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Food was good and portions were huge. I asked for more cheese on the salad which was brought to me at no charge which was nice. Lots of screens to watch sport, great Christmas decorations and fun beanbag game.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Las Vegas
4 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2019
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Great for sports watching. But the server was too busy texting to ever check on us.

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steveus
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Really disappointed with recent dinner. Food below average - never have seen smaller buffalo wings - better off with frozen wings from Costco. Service apathetic - everything was a chore it seems. Nobody paid much attention at all or asked how our food was. Very disappointing as we have been coming to Ainsworth before MSG events for many years. They have really fallen off their game.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall3food5service2ambience3

The food was fantastic and the hostess was very sweet. The music was so loud, I truly felt like I was at a club. They appeared to be understaffed because the waitress said she was working both the front room and the back room where we were seated, so the service was slow.

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BenW
SW Indiana
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Ainsworth but we made a reservation, paid for the $30 cab ride only to show up for the “closed for a private event” sign on the door. Little heads up next time would be great. Roll tide.

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DesiraeT
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Took my boyfriend because he wanted that mac and cheese burger. We had a great time. The atmosphere was very comfortable and the food was great. There was a slight error with my food because of my food allergies but i end up getting the Chicken Ceasar Flatbread and it was Amazingly Great!!! I would definitely come back!

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vipMSal
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall2food4service4ambience1

While it is advertised as a sports bar, not a place I would recommend to watch games. They need to decide what their brand is going to be - sports bar or party bar. Whatever it decides, fine, but you can't be both.

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TaraB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall2food4service1ambience3

The food was great but the service was awful. Waited 20 minutes just to get water. Waited another 20 to get our food. Our meals arrived before our appetizers. Overall a disappointing experience.

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JacobH
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing, that burger and customer service was phenomenal going back there again!!!!

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vipMelissa
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Went to the Ainsworth with friends for dinner. The food, drinks & service were all great. Only downside is that it’s always insanely loud inside that you have to shout to hear each other.

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christinad
1 review
Dined on July 26, 2019
Overall5food5service3ambience5

My friend and I went to try the gold chicken wings, it was delicious. The ambiance was also great the only thing was that we had to keep getting up to get our waitress. Other than that I would definitely come back again.

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vipJulia
Detroit
27 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2019
Overall2food3service2ambience1

Went to catch up with a friend wanting some energy but the music was blasting at 7:30 pm like we were at a night club. One of the most unpleasant dining experiences I’ve ever had and I don’t usually mind noise. Unless you’re here for partying I would highly discourage you come here expecting to have a conversation. The Mac and cheese burger was decent but not worth the noise and really slow service

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vipRobynT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

Very loud atmosphere. DJ kept turning up the music and it became impossible to hear the people across the table.

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AlexisR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall3food2service5ambience3

The gold wings are horrible but the staff is amazing

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vipChristelleD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Apparently the kitchen closes at 10:45 and evening reservations are not honored if “all the tables are reserved for the event” even if the dining room is completely empty and the hostess made you wait 20 minutes (and pay for parking!) before she deigns to inform you of the above. Will not be back.

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vipDesRoundtreee
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on June 1, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I had an early reservation, so it wasn't as crowded in the restaurant area. I stayed in the hotel down the block and passed later in the evening and the scene was much livelier.

I have heard endless things about the cheeseburgers here and they did not disappoint. The kitchen was fine with accommodating requests to help with allergies.

Great experience.

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GregZ
Poland
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall1food1service2ambience2

They were out of salmon and the chicken takes 30 mins to prepare.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was late, and they were closing soon. But they were very accommodating, and I didn’t notice a dip in service or quality.

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vipAJsf
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience1

This is a sports bar pretending to be a gastro pub

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BlaqueBarbie
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

I haven’t been here in a while and it was pretty good. Drinks were good. Food was ok. Had the 24 karat gold chicken wings. They need to marinate them with flavor other wise the taste of the gold is too overpowering and taste like expensive foil. Mac fries were bland and they messed up the order of sliders. However our waitress was great. It’s a nice place but I understand why I do not go there often. Next time I’ll just stick to the Mac and cheese burger and beer. Lol.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I went there to record a video for the Gold Wings and all the staff (manager, servers, bartender and kitchen) was very nice and friendly with me.

Madre Mia, these wings exceeded my expectations, they are crispy and have good flavor. The Chile sauce (mild spicy) is really delicious. About the gold flavor is hard to describe but it was good. Now I can say that I have eaten gold hehe for 45$ is a nice deal.

The service and environment in this place is good. A lot of tv to watch different things.

See you soon in another review.
@elmanudominguez (Instagram and YouTube)
Food and Entertainment in NY

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vipLynnB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had the best time for my husband birthday if the godly wings was superb I love the sauce. And the Mac fried good lord y'all made our night service beautiful music was popping we had a blast on a friday night amen

Ainsworth Chelsea
Responded on March 19, 2019

Hi Lynn, Thanks so much for taking the time to write this review- we are thrilled to hear that you had a wonderful time with us for a birthday celebration. We are always adding new things to our party packages and we hope to share them with you again soon! Thanks, The Ainsworth Team!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was fun... We went for my wife's birthday and they gave us a party to remember... we were very pleased with the service and the food... Thanks for the Great Memories!

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Nope
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience2

Service was absolutely horrible and our food was room temperature. Our waitress never came back to ask if we wanted more drinks or ask how everything was after our food came to the table. Pathetic.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Burger was delicious!

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Lina
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall2food4service1ambience2

It was my Birthday and my BF’s Birthday. Lucky us, we got a waitress who was in training. Service was pretty poor not just because the girl in training was our waitress, but she was supposed to be accompanied by the trainer. We only saw the trainer once then she was gone the whole night. The trainee barely came by to check on us. My BF & I literally watched and stared at this girl for 5 minutes trying to get her attention. She probably thought we were checking her out, nope. We wanted to order more food and drinks. Finally we flagged her down when she went by the table next to us. We were seated next to the bar area and it was SO LOUD that my table of 4 literally sat there eating alone. My brother and cousin even had headphones on because why bother trying to talk over the crowd of people. I didn’t realize the volume of the place would be that loud that yelling while eating was necessary. There wasn’t even any kind of Birthday treat at the end. Overall, the food was good, but the service and ambiance really went downhill for a night that was supposed to be a special occasion. I’d come again, but probably not. Thank you, anyway.

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tamikaj
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing the ambiance was beautiful

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, the vibe is relaxed and the music was awesome.

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katie
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall5food4service3ambience3

We got the 24k gold wings and the mac and cheese burger. both were messy but good.

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MaureenM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall2food2service1ambience2

I think that they were severely understaffed with wait staff and in the kitchen.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlantic City
6 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Tacos were amazing.. vibe was great

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Ainsworth Chelsea offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 741-0645.

Ainsworth Chelsea is rated 3.6 stars by 298 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.