Party Earth Review Boasting forty hi-def flat-screen TVs and a rustic yet sophisticated dark pine décor, The Ainsworth is an expansive gastropub and sports bar that attracts a clientele of upscale sports enthusiasts and local nine-to-fivers... ... read full review
122 West 26th Street
New York, NY 10001
F, M: 23rd Street-6th Avenue; 1: 28th Street-7th Avenue and 23rd Street-7th Avenue
Inquiries: 212-741-0645; Delivery: 212-741-0405
M–W 11am–1am, Th–F 11am–2am, Sa 10am–2:30am, Su 10am–1am
Chelsea / Flatiron, New York –
Boasting forty hi-def flat-screen TVs and a rustic yet sophisticated dark pine décor, The Ainsworth is an expansive gastropub and sports bar that attracts a clientele of upscale sports enthusiasts and local nine-to-fivers.
While daytime sees a bustling business lunch crowd filling the chocolate leather banquettes in the various dining areas, the after-work and weekend vibe gets a bit rowdier and flirtier – especially on Sundays when a post-club crowd rolls in – as groups of well-dressed singles arrive on the scene to sip cocktails at the main bar, grab a bite to eat, or check out the action on the dance floor.
A VIP lounge used as a corporate event space for the likes of Harley Davidson, magazines, and clothing companies doubles as a high-priced party area on game days for those willing to shell out the table minimum, while University of Alabama fans – who have made the place their official game-day outpost – and other fans can enjoy the games and a few pitchers of beer at one of the many tables.
Regardless of whether the TVs are on or off, however, The Ainsworth’s lofty open space is typically full of young locals out for some lighthearted fun.
Corporate and midtown nine-to-fivers, singles, finance types, and sports fans, 20s to 30s.
Occasional DJs spin chill music. Otherwise, ambient music.
Gastropub menu and specialty cocktails. Lunch specials M–F noon–4pm. Brunch specials Sa–Su 10am–1pm. Happy Hour M–F 5–8pm.
Appetizers $7–$16, salads $12–$17, sandwiches $13–$15, entrées $18–$28. Brunch $12–$28. Beer $5–$9, pitchers $17–$23, wine $8–$10/glass or $32–$39/bottle, cocktails $12, champagne $150–$425/bottle.
Trendy downtown attire, suits for the after-work crowd, jeans and polo shirts. Team jerseys allowed during games. Women mostly in dresses on Friday and Saturday nights. No shorts.
Fridays, Saturdays, and Sundays for the weekend club crowd, and Saturday and Sunday afternoons for sports.
Rogue (757 6th Avenue) is a more low-key sports bar alternative where patrons can actually hear the TVs.