The Ainsworth

3.8
276 reviews
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Gastro Pub
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 or game watch!


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RT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

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

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AR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 9, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 3

The gold wings are horrible but the staff is amazing

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CD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

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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GZ
Poland
1 review
Dined on May 31, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

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

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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AJ
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

This is a sports bar pretending to be a gastro pub

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BB
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

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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OT
1 review
Dined on January 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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LB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

The Ainsworth
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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OT
1 review
Dined on December 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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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N
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on November 18, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

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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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Burger was delicious!

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L
San Francisco
7 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 2

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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t
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Amazing the ambiance was beautiful

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OT
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

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k
Indiana
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 3

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

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MM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 22, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

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

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Atlantic City
4 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Tacos were amazing.. vibe was great

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CW
New England
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

The 24k chicken is totally overrated. I’m really disappointed :(

The Mac & cheese fries is really good though!

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T
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

The menu was limited , our waitress told us they would be closing for a month. They'd downsized the menu in anticipation of closing doors. Seemed like a nice place. Would like to go when they re-open and see the real menu

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Orlando
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Al of the food was AMAZING! I was thoroughly impressed. I visit NY 5-8 times per year to see my best friend & we specifically came for the FoodGod Gold wings! Worth every penny! We ended up ordering 3 additional entrees (yes just for us 2) because so many items sounded good. Let me tell you, nothing on the menu disappointed at all! I will be visiting this spot every time I’m in NYC from now on!

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RI
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on July 28, 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

This place advertises brunch both online and outside the restaurant, however when we got there we found out they do not serve brunch on any day.

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NF
Orange County
4 reviews
Dined on July 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 2

They were transitioning... so limited in offerings as far as alcohol. Food was great...
It was too dark... music too loud...
no dessert... because kitchen was limited

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 1

Limited menu bc they are closing in 2 weeks, took an hour to get food for 2 People, was told kitchen was behind, sat by the front door with no air condition

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GR
New England
17 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 4

My son and I met up for a dinner while I was visiting NYC. The Ainsworth was somewhere he wanted to try for the first time. We were seated right away (Open Table res) in the main area. Nice atmosphere and sports on the screens. Our waitress was a little slow greeting us but we were just catching up and talking. We ordered simple food steak and a salad, which took a long time to come out, my suspicion is that she didn't enter it right away as the place wasn't that busy. I don't think this is normal as the place seemed generally like a nice place, but on this specific occasion - I would not have rated the service very well. I did leave a normal tip (20%) as I didn't want to insult her or the people she has to split tips with.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 3

The service was terrible. It took a very long time for our order to be taken and a long time to get our food afterwards. Only one waitress was working but the restaurant was not full at all and we still had bad service. We even had to wait a long time for our check to be given and taken.

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great! Yummy!

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OT
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 4

It was a real nice experience the only thing is that the Mac and cheese burger is a bit dry it doesn’t taste cheesy and gold wings were alright it just had a dull taste to it and the waitress they same unhappy after I gave them at 15$ Tip when I only had 3 people dinning there with me but besides that my experience wasn’t as bad.

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M
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on June 23, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Went especially to try the 24karat chicken wings. Was not dissatisfied, delicious and well seasoned.

My niece thoroughly enjoyed her Mac and cheese burger!

Second time visiting. Would def return!

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P
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A friend wanted me to try the gold dipped wings because she knew I was a wing fanatic! The gold dipped wings were ok!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 1ambience 5

Eh eh eh eh eh eh eh

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Los Angeles
34 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love the 24k chicken wings

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

Burgers and salad were devoured. Mac & cheese fries were delicious. You can’t go wrong with choosing here.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Was in New York for vacation. This place was right across the street from our hotel. Great vibe, able to make reservations online on open table and the food was great! Had guacamole and chips for an app and then classic burgers with fries. Burger cooked to perfection and the overall presentation was awesome! My waitress was great and the service was spectacular. I would come here again and highly recommend this spot. Great, chill place to eat.

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

It’s spacious and the staff were very friendly, food was amazing definitely will go back

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PI
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great experience

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E
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 3

Had a reservation for lunch, but we waited 30 minutes for our order to be taken and another 30 for our food. There was only one server, and apparently only one cook. Food was tasty, but cold when it got to us.

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VP
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 4ambience 1

Way too loud. Horrible club music

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 18, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 1ambience 4

Service awful

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 17, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was a business lunch. Location was convenient. Went in mid afternoon so it was empty, which was fine. Big fan of their group.

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