About 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.

122 West 26th St.
New York, NY 10001
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Gastro Pub, Comfort Food

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)

Cross Street:
Between 6th & 7th Avenue

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 741-0645

Website:
http://ainsworthnyc.com/

Additional:
Banquet, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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Private Dining

American Whiskey is 6500 sq feet of rustic space, making it one of the largest cocktail bars in the country. There is private and semi-private availability for events such as the Teddy Roosevelt themed loft, a private room called the Barrel, and two semi-private lounge areas.

The Ainsworth Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

3.7

service

3.4

ambience

3.8

value

3.5

Noise

Moderate

56% would recommend it to a friend

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined 4 days ago

Plain awful. Ran out of main courses from menu at 7pm.

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 (Tampa)·Dined 5 days ago

The Mac and cheese burger and the French onion burger were great. The prices are as expected for NYC. It’s quite loud, so I wouldn’t recommend this be a place for a first date, but it’s a cool place.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Comfort Food, Hot Spot
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 (Raleigh)·Dined 5 days ago

I like the Ainsworth, but this most recent trip was awful. It was supposed to by 1/2 price Steak night for Monday Night Football and we sat down at 7.45pm, 45 mins before Kick off and they had already run out of steaks! Very disappointing and was no apology or offer to honor the 1/2 price on our second choice, non-steak options..

Tags: Live Sports, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2017

The service is awful. I mean, AWFUL. We waited 30 minutes for a drink. This was after we were told twice that they were out of what we ordered. We literally sat there and watched the waitresses stand at the end of the bar talking and laughing and literally doing nothing. The only reason I give this place two stars is because the artichoke appetizer was awesome. Even the burger wasn’t that great. Will never ever go back again. Ever.

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 (Houston)·Dined on August 21, 2017

The food was not served at the same time, we had to ask for more water and our food - and the music was way too loud for the number of people in the restaurant. The waitress actually asked "what do you need?" when we finally did flag her down. Had to do that twice!
Would not recommend!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2017

I didn't like that I had to wait on my server I continue to getting up from the table to get her attention the restaurant was very slow nobody was there she was just talking with her co workers but the food alright The drinks was the best thing on the menu

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 (Charlotte)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Kitchen was closed on arrival and we were told it was too late to eat. Showed them the OT booking (and that the app had even later availability).

Shoulders shrugged, hey ho.

Fortunately NYC has plenty of places to drop in without using an app.

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·Dined on August 8, 2017

Fantastic wings! We had a special request for seating after reserving a table and they accommodated with no issues! Great staff!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, People Watching, Casual
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·Dined on August 3, 2017

The burgers we came for were Mac and cheese burgers, and those were the best burgers of my life, BUT the music was so load that the people inside of the place were talking high voices, there was no way to have a good conversation with your companion. Food A+, Noise F-

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on July 19, 2017

The burger & bourbon deal was very good - with really good fries too -- the noise level (driven by the music) was too loud to want to stay long. Otherwise, everything was great.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 14, 2017

This was the absolute worst place I have been to! Me and my boyfriend do date night every weekend and we like to try out different places so we actually saw this place on Instagram and the food looked really good we got there and it was nothing like the pictures! We wanted our burgers well done and they came out as hard as a brick! And on top of that the service was horrible!! After our meal she didn't ask us if we wanted anything else she just brought us our check! I guess they didn't want our money because we were planning on getting more drinks and dessert.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 20, 2017

The best salad and avocado toasts I have had in a while. Service was very slow.

Tags: Late-night Find, Great Beer, Tapas
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 (Chicago)·Dined on June 2, 2017

Omg AWFUL awful awful

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Love the burgers!

Tags: Comfort Food
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on May 20, 2017

I've been to the Ainsworth several times before and have enjoyed the food, drinks, setting. So I arranged a large brunch get together with 9 friends, and it ended up being a disaster. Although brunch is still on their online menu, they apparently no longer serve brunch. They hadn't received a food shipment so we were told there was a limited regular menu. We all ordered, and the waitress came back to the table 15 minutes later and said only one order of fish tacos was left, so two of us changed our orders. The food came out at different times over at least an hour, so everyone just ate as they received their food at different times. The one serving of fish tacos that came out was raw - the fish was literally cold and mostly uncooked. It took forever for them to make the replacement sliders. We had three different servers and it still took forever to get the check. When asked how our everything was at the end, we said it was poor for the reasons above. The waitress got defensive and patronizing and told us she was really busy (the place is huge, there were other severs and three other groups), but ended up taking off the tacos and another dish. Not sure what's happened to management there but wouldn't recommend going there for an actual meal unless you just want a drink and someplace to watch a game.

Tags: Great Beer
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 (London)·Dined on May 19, 2017

Good for NBA games. But wouldn't go for any other event. That's about it.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Worst service in the world. There was no one else in the place. They could have cared less about waiting on us !!!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2017

The restaurant was half empty on a Saturday night, our waitress was awful. We ordered sangria and they didn't have the sangria on the menu so they accommodated and made a different sangria. We received it and it tasted like water. Zero flavor. After that 45 minutes went by and we asked the hostess where our waitress was because we still had not received our food or even seen her. She went and got her and the waitress didn't even apologize for the wait on our food and to speak to the manager and said she would go check the status. 10-15 minutes went by and she had disappeared and never came back so we went and told the hostess who was much more apologetic and we ended up leaving because no one ever came back to our table.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Went for my birthday ... chose for location as had tickets to Gotham Comedy Club after ... reservation was 730pm, had to be out by 930pm for the show. My whole party (8 ppl!) were there by 725pm so we seated early & I foresaw no issues.

Place was empty by normal standards cos it was raining heavily ... however - the waitress must've thought it was like a snow day & she didn't really have to do much ... long story short by 935pm most of the table hadn't received entrees. We canceled the food and at first they still wanted to charge us for it, cos apparently it had been cooked ... sense prevailed & they didn't charge us for the food we hadn't eaten, and they gave us what was ready 'to go' - so they're not bad ppl & the food wasn't bad even tho eaten after midnight ... but if you're going there you need to be on them for service - don't assume anything (e.g. the waitress will come & take our order any moment). Luckily my group was a good bunch & we had a laugh about it ... and Gotham killed it so the evening was a success overall.

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 (New England)·Dined on May 12, 2017

Ordered the Shishto peppers app and they were out of it. Then two of us ordered the reuben burger they are known for. They were out of that. This was a Friday night at 8 PM. We then ordered burgers and a pulled pork sandwich. Food was good. Our waitress was really nice but at the end of the night she disappeared. Apparently her shift was over. Her replacement never checked in and we waited awhile for the check until I went and got up and asked for it.

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (Detroit)·Dined on May 4, 2017

The food, atmosphere, and staff were all phenomenal, and I loved the vibe.

Tags: Hot Spot, Fit for Foodies, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 15, 2017

Great burgers!

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food
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 (Miami)·Dined on March 19, 2017

Very disappointed with the service. Waited 40 minutes for our drinks to come and over an hour for our food to come. When we asked the waiter to check on the food, she said the kitchen was busy. Meanwhile there were plenty of open tables and our food was ice cold when it arrived. Really disappointed and definitely does not live up to its hype.

Tags: Good for Groups, Comfort Food, Casual
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 (Naples)·Dined on March 11, 2017

My daughter and her friends celebrated her 18th birthday in style. They loved the social scene at the restaurant. Food was delicious and very reasonable for NYC party of 9. Service was great despite the crowds from MSG bball games. Already recommended The Ainsworth Chelsea to friends!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Sports, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 8, 2017

The waitress took a long time to come over after we were seated and only checked on us once. Then we couldn't find her when we wanted the check and had to find the bartender. The iconic Mac and cheese burger was ok but I wouldn't return for it. Overall kind of a let down of an experience.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 7, 2017

We made reservations for 11:45, we got there at 11:30 and we're told they were already closed

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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 4, 2017

Music was phenomenal!! Atmosphere was more like a sports bar, really loud but enjoyable. The service was horrible. We had to flag down then waitress multiple times and it seems as if she completely ignored our section which incuded another table. We had to remind her to get our food which came out cold. I got the Mac & Cheese Burger which was tolerable at best. The drinks were pure juice with droplets of alcohol. This was a really bad experience and it almost ruined my 30th birthday.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Live Sports
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 (New York Area)·Dined on March 3, 2017

Definitely a very young crowd here, even though it's very expensive. Food is great and bar looked fun, but I was sitting at a table.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on March 3, 2017

This is a place I have enjoyed many times prior. Don't know why they changed a good thing, menu was limited, took 45 min for a basic lunch that came cold. The table next to us waited 30 min to order and the newer table that came in after us was done before we had food. Until they change back I'll find a new spot.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 25, 2017

This was a horrible experience. The food is disgusting and they only fill up their cocktails halfway. The service is horrible. We ended up having them take almost everything of off our bill because it was that bad.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 24, 2017

Horrible service-waitress ignored our table even though we were the only table in the restaurant. Never came back to ask for refill on drinks and had to ask bartender to run our bill.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 17, 2017

A friend and I came here before a concert at MSG, because we wanted to avoid the more crowded pubs right near there, and we could make a reservation quickly. Their drinks were fine, I had a Manhattan. I ordered their panko chicken strips and they were definitely overdone. The fries were fine. My friend got the crab tacos which are very small but admittedly full of crab meat. It was earlier in the evening so not crowded like when people
Come to party, during which I'm sure it's a meat market, if you're into that. Servers were nice.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2017

Great time! Food was excellent and he service was great too. Will be back again!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 5, 2017

The service was great, the food wasn't anything to write home about and the music was excessively loud starting around 7pm. Wouldn't go if you're after having a conversation with someone. Would go for happy hour.

Tags: Happy Hour, Live Sports, Vibrant Bar Scene
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2016

The skirt steak dinner was delicious. The waitress was attentive. Our only complaint was the Irish Coffee which we ordered because the coffee machine was not working. We've never been served Irish Coffee w/ ingredients served separately! Bar tender needs further training. Hopefully our next visit the coffee machine will be working and we won't have to deal w/ the Irish Coffee.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2016

We were there for my birthday dinner. They essentially kicked us out at 10:30. If we had known, we would have gone somewhere else.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2016

Love this place. Great food and drink selection.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2016

Found plastic in the salad, not worth going back to.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 10, 2016

Service was not good! We went here for a holy brunch at 1130 am when the place was still not crowded. One of out orders were 2 plates of pancakes. Imagine that it took them 20 minutes and three follow-ups to give us the syrup??? Asked for a plastic container for leftovers and the lid does not match the container. The place was freezing, we had to eat with our coat on. And imagine that I had my Canada Goose coat on and the temperature was just right. Not coming back. Not worth it.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2016

Food was good, but way overpriced for the quality. Very noisy. The atmosphere was fun and lively but it was a little hard to talk to those sitting at my table as the music was very loud. Was a good restaurant but I will not be returning.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Vibrant Bar Scene
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