The Ainsworth- East Village

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34 reviews
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$30 and under
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American
Top tags:
  • Good for a Date
  • Vibrant Bar Scene
  • Good for Birthdays
The Ainsworth -- A genuine American restaurant and sports bar.
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1 review
Dined on 16 August 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 4

Food was really good. Drinks were very watered down though. We even got a shot and it was definitely watered down.

WL
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

There was one fish dish on the menu which I planned to have, but they didn't have any, at 6pm. I didn't want any of the other 4 entrees, so we ordered 2 hangar burgers, med rare. 1 with the salad, 1 with fries, they both came with salad, and well done. Good thing tho, cuz the meat was not fresh. First, I told the server they were way overcooked. She said "oh sorry" & walked away. Then the fries came, tasting like stale corn chips so we didn't eat them. But then, the taste of rancid meat, spit out so as not to get sick, and that's when I called the manager. Horrible dining experience, definitely pass.

J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 3

It was early Friday night and they were sold out of half the menu. Billing was convoluted and they pre-billed an incredibly large gratuity for our table of two that was far from deserved.

L
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 1food 2service 2ambience 3

Hate to write bad reviews... but here it is. Food was fine, at least the one's we were able to get.

Came with a party of 4, 2 people ordered items that they came back and said were unavailable. We all got burgers instead. Mine was overloaded with onions, and 2 of them came without items described.

The other 2 got mac and cheese burgers that are described on the menu as "panko crusted" - there wasn't an ounce of panko.

We were served 3 of the 4 drinks. 15 minutes later the waitress asked how we were doing and I had to remind her that I was still sitting there waiting for my drink.

Probably one of the worst dining experiences I've had recently. Won't be returning.

VM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 3food 5service 3ambience 1

It was a 90 degree day and there was no AC.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 30 July 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

The night was good except the air was broken. That was truly the worst part.

ZO
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I was very pleased with The Ainsworth, which is great because I brought my friends through the pouring rain on a Sunday to get there for brunch. It was a really solid outing overall.

The portions were a little on the small side (but I'm a bigger guy, so I understand that not everyone eats as much as I do), but the food was great. The french toast in particular was pretty amazing! I would definitely come back.

C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 11 May 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Awesome food and the service was good and it ended up being a quiet brunch date it wasn’t too crowded.

O
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

Went to the Ainsworth EV location with a group of friends for the bottomless brunch. We had a reservation, but we were not seated until 30 minutes after our reservation time which was frustrating. It wasn't crowded... but every table was taken (not many tables to begin with). They have tables in the back that we could have sat down at, but apparently they only open that section up for dinner. The hostess felt bad, and suggested we could sit at the bar and get started if we'd like. However, the point of making a reservation is to guarantee a table, so that wasn't a solution for us.

We were finally seated, and it took what felt like a year for our waitress to come over and greet us. We actually had to wave her down (again, the place is not crowded). It took her a little bit to warm up to us since she was probably annoyed that we had to flag her down twice in the beginning... but after you wait 30 minutes to sit down, you're not looking to wait almost 10 minutes just for water.

My two stars go to the bottomless portion. It was $20 pp for two hours with the purchase of an entree, which is a great deal. We did mimosas -we asked our waitress if she could go light on the orange juice since we aren't big fans of heavy OJ. She was able to accommodate our request which was a nice surprise since a lot of restaurants don't take special requests and will instead mix it how they please.

As for the food, my scrambled eggs were basic eggs, nothing special but fine. The breakfast potatoes were good I thought, but the bacon was very very salty. We also ordered the garlic parmesan fries for the table but they forgot to bring those out - we had to remind them and wait longer for them. They were below average. I could taste a little garlic, but there was no parmesan cheese on them? More like garlic fries.

If I were to come back, I would 1) go to a different Ainsworth location and 2) it would be to try the burger. I don't see myself going back anytime soon!

OT
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 27 April 2019
Overall 2food 1service 1ambience 4

It took 20 minutes till our server finally came over to help us. I got steak and eggs and asked for the steak medium rare. It came back well done and tasted like leather. This experience would definitely have me think twice about returning

FK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 20 April 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 3

Good for a quick bite and drinks. Music is very loud

OT
Dublin
1 review
Dined on 18 April 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Gorgeous food and great service! Great atmosphere!

LB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 10 March 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

The food was not the same as the location on 26th street overall it was great

g
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 9 February 2019
Overall 3food 3service 1ambience 1

This was the worst service I've ever received. Clearly the restaurant has some growing pains as it took three requests to get utensils after our meals were served.

OT
1 review
Dined on 8 February 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Reserved a table at 8pm on Friday. Ordered chicken wings - they were not fresh and did not taste good. The place was too noisy and not a pleasant place for a meal. We had to ask for utensils and water 2-3 times, eventually had to go get it myself from the bar. Overall a pretty bad experience, would not recommend.

GP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 24 October 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Ainsworth did not honor my reservation. I got the the restaurant five minutes early. The hostess said that all of the tables were filled and no one was going to leave until the World Series game was over. So, we left and had to go next door to the Brazen Fox (which was great). I will never go to the Ainsworth again now that I know the Brazen Fox is the better choice.

OT
1 review
Dined on 18 October 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Golden wings were far too hot!! It didnt say that these would be so hot. Less pleasure eating them 🌶🌶🌶🌶

OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 1 October 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Anniversary

SS
1 review
Dined on 18 August 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Ordered the golden wings which were not seasoned, just had gold flakes on them. Also ordered a veggie burger and it just didn't taste fresh. I have been to another Ainsworth location in lower Manhattan and ordered the veggie burger and it tasted very good. Kinda wish they also had the gold wings, too - I bet they would have had some seasoning on them.
This East Village location was much smaller, too and seems better for the bar scene than anything else.

E
Charlotte
93 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The golden wings are too cool. My girls really enjoyed them. The atmosphere was nice and drinks were great as well.

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 2

the host was gorgeous and amazing but honestly the 24k wings where disgusting and the skirt steak could have been better. The waitier was super rude. Every time I disliked something instead of her asking how may i like to change it she gave me attitude and told me that is how it is served. she was disgustingly rude. I would not take family or my husband back again.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 4 July 2018
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

They took the reservation but they were closed for the holiday. We arrived and the restaurant was dark.

OT
1 review
Dined on 23 June 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great experience, staff was on point and food was great

JC
1 review
Dined on 2 June 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was great. I wanted to celebrate my husband’s birthday with a unique meal so this place was perfect as they offered the 24kt gold wings and delicious cocktails. The Mac and cheese fries were out of this world! The creme brulee too! The only downfall was that when I made reservations, I stated that we were celebrating my husband’s birthday and they didn’t remember to acknowledge it.

M
Detroit
12 reviews
Dined on 1 June 2018
Overall 1food 3service 3ambience 1

We went here because the menu looked really good. But we were seated in “the back” even though several tables were open in the front. Unfortunately, it was so cold back there, we literally couldn’t stay for dinner! We did stay for a couple of drinks, but then headed across the street to eat. Our server was good, but unfortunately we just couldn’t stay.

MC
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on 30 May 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Overall good. We closed the place, my friend and I, catching up with great food and cocktails. Wished their coffee machine was up and running, but perhaps next time.

WT
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2018
Overall 1food 3service 1ambience 1

I have never been treated more rudely than by the staff this “restaurant”- if they want to be a club, then they should up their game. I will never be back and plan on making sure no one I do business with returns.

CA
Houston
9 reviews
Dined on 18 May 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 2

The Ainsworth East Village is more like a bar with a row of tables along one wall than an actual restaurant. The place was deserted when I arrived for my pre-theater dinner, so it struck me as odd that the hostess seated me at the two-top *second* from the window, as opposed to the one next to it. I guess she was saving that for someone she thought would look more trendy in the window. There is definitely a snob factor here. I'm sure they are aiming for a younger, hipper, thinner demographic. Service was ok, but not what I would call warm or welcoming. It was businesslike, but not polished. The food was quite good, but the music was loud (and kept getting louder) over the course of the meal. I'd love to know if anyone ever orders the 50 piece "Golden Chicken Wings" for $1000. I wanted to make sure I wasn't just being grouchy, so I asked my husband (who was with me) his opinion, and he said "I would give it a firmly average score."

MC
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Place said it closed @ 1am on mothers day shiwed up at 1030pm and was closed

NL
1 review
Dined on 13 May 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 3

I overall really liked this restaurant. For me it was a bit of a cumute but it was very much worth the wait. I ordered the 24K gold chicken wing and they were so much better than I imagined. The meat and cooking was spectacular and the BBQ Honey gold sauce made the meal. Personally I ordered the 10 piece which was enough for me and my brother. As my meal, I ordered the classic burger which was about average is taste and burger quality, nothing above the top. I think that the highlight of this restaurant was absolutely the wings! Overall I really liked this place and I look forward to coming back soon.

OT
1 review
Dined on 12 May 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The food was delicious, super friendly staff. Great choice of music!!

A
New York Area
178 reviews
Dined on 3 April 2018
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 4

The place is freezing with drafty windows everywhere and no heat. Hostess had to take orders as the place is understaffed. Bus boy is very inexperienced. He doesn’t clear tables in a timely fashion, doesn’t know how to place the food on the table. I had to wait for cutlery bc they ran out! While the food here is very good and ambiance pretty inviting, this place needs strong management to keep it running well. It’s lacking it at this time.

EW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 30 March 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

GREATTTTTTTT

OT
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on 17 February 2018
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 1

The pictures on the website were misleading. The bar scene and the restaurant scene were too close together. In my opinion, The Ainsworth needs to decide if it wants to be a bar or a restaurant. The music was incredibly loud and it was hard to hear my girlfriend sitting across from me. It was also hard to hear the waitress. The food was average and not worth the NYC prices. We ordered the brownie for dessert and the ice cream was already melted by the time we received it. It did not have the ambience we were anticipating. Overall, if it was a destination for the bar it would have been fine, but not a date spot.