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The Ainsworth

4.4
129 Reviews
$31 to $50
Contemporary American
The Ainsworth is an intimate venue that features eclectic rustic decor bringing a sophisticated twist to the classic restaurant experience. The creative, high-quality menu highlights its 24 karat gold wings and signature steaks along with an extensive craft cocktail and beer menu.

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Diner temperature check required
What 129 people are saying
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4.6
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4.6
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4.1
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Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipTERRIandSTEVE
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

It’s a very pretty restaurant and the service and food were both very good! Our only complaint was that the music was loud and it seemed to be aimed at a young crowd-which was odd considering that the food is expensive. I’m just not sure who they are trying to attract.

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KelleyF
Miami
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Birthday. This place is such a vibe great dj great drinks. Brunch prices reasonable! I go here at least 3-4 times a week.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall great experience and service. Will recommend to all

SG
vipSusanG
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service is outstanding but bring your earplugs!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and good!

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Rebecca
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 27, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

I arrived to The Ainsworth with my party of 4 for a get together and to also celebrate my boyfriend’s birthday. The ambiance and aesthetic of the restaurant was beautiful. Moderate sound with music playing and a few other guests, not loud by any means. Our waitress was lovely and very accommodating. The menu options were not exciting at all. We ordered Korean spiced wings, macaroni and cheese, flatbread pizza and spinach and artichoke dip to start. The wings tasted subpar, not sure if it was old meat or just not seasoned well but the meat itself was not tasty at all. The sauce was good. The mac and cheese was good. The flatbread pizza was thicker than expected and kind of dry. The spinach and artichoke dip was good. We then ordered entree’s - Caesar salad, burger, baked chicken. Again the chicken did not taste good. It was lacking in flavor and overall tasted off. There was also an odd smell that immediately turned me off. We raised this to our waitress’s attention and she removed it from our bill. Caesar salad was good. Burger was good. We also ordered two cocktails - one mule and one la flor. The mule was sweet almost too syrupy and the tequila drink was very tangy. The ambiance did not make up for the subpar food - would not recommend and will not be back unfortunately.

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RachelW
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience5

It’s got so much energy.
DJ kills it!
The place is beautiful.
The food looks great.

But….

Our waiter didn’t have energy.
The place is loud.
The food doesn’t taste great.

They don’t have iced tea.
And our table was wet.
I love a clean table.
I don’t love a wet table.

The wings are supposed to be their thing.
Hooters - I lick my fingers. BWW- those are pretty good.
The Ainsworth should not say wings are their thing. They’re not.

This is the perfect for:
-a group of girlfriends that drink & don’t eat
-couples who drink & don’t speak to each other
-anyone who misses the LIRR & wants to feel like they’re in what the city used to be

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Couldn’t wait to try it and was not disappointed

MR
MagalyR
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We wanted to try a new restaurant today and was pleasantly surprised. The place is spotless, service was on point and the food was amazing. We will definitely be back.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a great night out with friends! The food and drinks were delicious and the service was exceptional! Can't wait to go back.

CC
vipCindyC
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on July 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great music and foods. Awesome DJ. Nice employees.

MR
MomRVC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 16, 2021
Overall3food3service5ambience5

I was hoping the food would live up to the reputation.. the burrata dish with squash and big hazelnuts was an odd pairing, and the short rib had no flavor - beyond bland. We were shocked. Nice place, nice staff, and decent atmosphere ..food needs work and turn the music down.

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Earlyearle
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great u always love going to Ainsworth

ME
MaggieE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience4

Way, way overpriced, music for a Tuesday and crowd size ridiculously loud. My husband chicken was tasty but my salad was pretty much pathetic. The ratio of “frizzled “ onions was more then the lettuce and everything else. I think I had three grape tomatoes and two cucumber slices on the whole salad. Hey it’s just not for us, I don’t ever see the need to eat gold dipped wings. Service and staff were friendly no problems with that. Don’t see us going back or recommending it to anyone though.

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DylanW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food3service5ambience5

My wife’s burger came out raw and fries were cold.Also my chicken was cold but was hungry so just ate it.Disappointed because nice looking restaurant

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vipChristineP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Beautiful inside, food was great. The music was a little too loud to carry on conversation casually tho.

MC
MargaretC
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 13, 2021
Overall4food5service3ambience4

Food was delicious. Service was a bit slow for drink refills and plate clearing
Only 1 waitress on for the whole dining room.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and service

LP
LeroyP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food greae service... Will return!!!!!!!!!!!

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THEODOCIA
1 review
Dined on July 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Server Wendy amazing and manager very attentive. Resturant a Must

OT
OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Was ok. Not very impressed. Decent average experience and food. Service was good.

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vipSamantha
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The tuna tartar tacos are outstanding. Definitely try the white sangria also!

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vipWendy
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on July 9, 2021
Overall3food5service3ambience3

Great food but very loud.

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Rock
New England
4 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Had a very good dinner here the other night. The service was excellent as the server was informative and attentive. The Chicken wings are a worthy appetizer. The short braised rib was excellent. Meat so tender it fell off the bone and melted in your mouth. I could eat that every day. And finished the evening with a slice of rainbow cake. Stuffed. But worth it.

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GKOo
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 8, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience3

Cook levels on steaks are on the low side (M=MR)
Sides are not outstanding
Service - was ok although I would expect more from a $$$$ place
Over all nice place but on the pricey side
Nice for Business outing

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OpenTable Diner
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Staff was lacking but everything else was amazing!

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vipEmilyB
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The brunch setting is very fun and lively with a DJ.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overall experience was excellent. Loved the ambiance, staff could not have been nicer. Our server, Peter, was excellent, friendly and attentive. The front of the house stopped by our table to apologize for the bit of wait we had with complimentary glasses of Prosecco. Thank you. I wish I caught his name. Food was out of this world delicious and beautiful presentation. Our cocktails were equally gorgeous and delicious.

We will be back.

MP
MaryP
1 review
Dined on July 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Beautiful place, everyone enjoyed the apps and their meals. Beer menu was a bit limited but decent wine list. More in the pricey side but food was excellent. Staff was very friendly too.

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TahStep3
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall2food2service5ambience5

I was really excited to dine here because of all the delectable photos and Instagram hype. Hell, even the reviews, told me okay this is the place to brunch. I have to say I was really disappointed. The food is really mediocre and the food has no flavor, its bland. Eggs... okay I get it, a little black pepper and salt can go a long way, but the entire brunch entree? That's bizarre and their brunch menu has a lot of options and its very extensive. For our party, we ordered the spinach & artichoke dip for the appetizer along with the buffalo wings, the entrees we ordered we: The Ainsworth Breakfast, The Ainsworth Burger and The Chicken & Waffle. Just to get the chicken & waffle dish out the way, the waffle is not your average brunch waffle. It was thin, thinner than a crepe with three pieces of tiny chicken on top. Need I say the chicken need flavor too? The waffle is usually the go to brunch option, thick in size and flavor full. Eggos waffles are much thicker! The spinach & artichoke dip was not flavorful AT ALL although I have to say the salsa was pretty good. The Ainsworth Breakfast was a disappointment both in flavor and portion. Its not what the description made you think it would be a big portion it was tiny, a little dish in a skillet. The description was misleading to a T. The "breakfast potatoes" looked like cut up portions of steak fries. The only flavor in this dish was the cheese blend. Finally for the Ainsworth Burger, it was just sad. It was flat, not appealing like the photos online. My goddaughter took one bite and said it wasn't what she expected. It didn't look dressy, no lettuce, m&c or tomato. Just a overtly seeded bun with a burger surrounded by two slices of cheese.

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OpenTable Diner
Caribbean
3 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The ambiance is really pretty! Our server recommended the short rib empanadas which were really tasty! I also had the birthday pancakes which were super sweet and indulgent but very yummy! My friend and I had the bottomless mimosas. I enjoyed my time here.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The experience here was great! Our service and the food was delightful! I will definitely recommend this place for a birthday gathering, a quick friend reuniting anything!

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BasiaL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you Desiree!
Our service made our experience, THAT much better.

The food came out at a decent time, drinks were always flowing (and strong), and the ambiance was lively.

We’ll be back!

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Lizzy
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Dinner menu was pretty limited. Food was very good. Mostly burgers and meat choices so definitely for meat Lovers. Music was a little loud… could barely hear the person across from me. Service was good and our waitress was very nice.

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Msredbone
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time here and it was worth every penny and I'll be back soon. Everything was on point.

JM
JoanM
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fathers Day dinner from the server to the food runner all was exceptional. The RVC Burger, Zucchini chips and empanadas were excellent, flavorful and perfectly cooked. The La Flor drink was not worth it as it just didn’t taste good which was disappointing. The interior was comfortable and appealing to the eye yet the big downside … the music way too loud we had to really raise our voices to have A conversation at the table. There’s one word for the music choice which was Techno, throughout the restraurant…. WHY?

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vipadestler
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Great service food was okay.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 19, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Overall nice space, but way too loud and the food was mwsioxe

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Legs2da9z
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful decor. Very warm and inviting. Food plates are to fall in love with. Nice portions with sophisticated plating.

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Smiley
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A little pricey for burgers but they were good. Service was great!!!

FAQs

The Ainsworth offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (516) 442-2600.

The Ainsworth is rated 4.4 stars by 129 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.

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