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The Ainsworth

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(177 Reviews)

122 W 26th St, New York, NY 10001

(212) 741-0612

Today: 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
Tomorrow: 11:00 am - 11:30 pm
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The Ainsworth is one of the worst bars

The Ainsworth is one of the worst bars in NYC. It is pretty much T.G.I.Friday's at 4 times the price. Plus, the staff is routinely pretentious - you would think that they were working at Le Cirque. Do yourselves a favor and choose another me...I have been here 4 times now, and my impression is not a one-time fluke.



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A great scene

This is where you go on any given night for Hot guys and great sports. There is nothing like this in the city.



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Went there Thursday night and had a great time....First time I went was opening night and I have been back many times. Great place to go when its really busy to meet cool people or also when its slow to just grab a drink with a friend and catch up



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Definitely coming back here!

This restaurant is great! The food is wonderful and the service was superb! I really enjoyed dining here, the crowd seemed to be enjoying themselves as well. I would definitely recommend the tuna tartar tacos, very tasty with a kick to them.

Everyone should dine there, I think it has something to offer a variety of different tastes and personalities!



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Not good

The food is overpriced and bad, drinks are expensive, and for something that calls itself a sports bar, it's almost impossible to watch a game.



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Best Sports Bar in NYC

Hot Waitresses
Great bar food
50 LCD 50"" TVs

Who could ask for more?!?



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Horrendous Service

was really excited when a sports bar opened in the neighborhood but the service is unbearable.
i have been a few times the food is lacking, and the service is always terrible and i don't think i'll be going back after last night's horrendous dinner.

the waitress was unresponsive to our requests for drinks and just way too slow. it took 45 minutes to get a burger to the table. we watched as our waitress stood by the bar, eating, watching TV, and texting on her cell phone. she had 4 tables to cover, which should be a breeze for even the rookie waitress. bad food and absolutely horrible service.



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Steer clear of this place

A bunch of posers and dbags in this place! The floor managers suck and the waiting staff is snobbish. I tried to get a table and the hostess rudely said she had no clue as to how long the wait would be... really?! Trick please... The bar tending staff sucks and so does the TV setup... Would I go there again? Definitely not!



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The TVs are poorly placed in relation to all the tables and way too high to get a good viewing angle without injuring your neck (similar to its sister bar The Hill which also has terrible TV vantage points). Oh, and the food is awful and way too expensive. There must be 50 sports bars is NYC that have a better set up while being less obnioxious/expensive, don't choose this one.



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Hate this place

If you like people who are ready to fight and curse at women while management turns the other way, this is the perfect place for you!

We had a table reserved for 6 people last friday and and only 4 of us were seated and hanging out. When 3 guys in suits sat next to us we didn't care assuming they would leave when the rest of our group arrived and that the waitress or hostess told them about our reservation. But when the rest of our party arrived they refused to leave and starting cursing at the women in our group and were about to start a fight.
When we complained to management their explanation was - ""Well they ordered food"" WTF?!??!!?! What does that have to do with anything. Our party ordered plenty of food and drinks and we had the table reserved!! But management didn't care what these 3 guys did as long as they were wearing ties and ordered some beer and nachos.

Why oh why do my friends consistently pick overrated spots for their outings. *sigh* Anyway that's what you get when you go here.
-So my friend and I shared the burger sliders- which aren't cooked to order- what you get are frozen burgers which are oddly identical to white castle burgers. Oddly taste like them too.
-We also shared the loaded wafer fries. Not bad, not great either.
-I heard this place had good happy hour prices, but not true at all. Pitchers are about as expensive as you can get.
-Best part- our waitress was rude to us from the very beginning. I work as a server as well so I know the game. She didn't like us and showed it from the beginning- the best part- she spilled beer on me !! Loved that!

My verdict is: not going back and I wouldn't recommend this spot to anyone.



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Bad in every category

This place doesn't have a solid identity. It tries to be a place for nice food/drinks, a dance party, a sports party, and a chill neighborhood watering hole. It fails in every category.

The staff gives off a sleazy vibe to me. The drink are overpriced and the food is gross. Bad all around.



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Really Slow service

Waited well over an hour for an order of wings and fries. The place wasn’t even crowded. Terrible.



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Not A Fan

The food is ridiculously overpriced and most meals are not worth the money. Definitely not worth going to.



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Don’t go here

If I could give it -5 stars I would. Called on Saturday to see if they take reservations on Sunday to watch the NFL games. Guy who answers the phone tells me that they do not accept reservations but if I come before 12pm I will be ok to get a table. Arrive at 11:50am on Sunday with guests from out of town in tow to watch the kickoff of the NFL season and I am told sorry, all tables are reserved but if I would like to sit at the bar stools along the wall I could do that. Wondering how 6 of us were going to watch the games while staring at the wall I asked if they could put a particular game on and again I was met with another long line of ""no, sorry"" excuses. Terrible excuse for a sports bar and if the place wants to last more than a year they better get their act together. Horrible experience and total waste of time.



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Awful Sports Bar

The service sucks and it's always super crowded. They even waste some of their televisions by putting pictures of a burning fireplace, so lame. Oh and let's not forget the overly loud music that they play over the games. The food is bad, and everything is overpriced.



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Reservations mean nothing here

This place supposedly lets you make reservations. Sadly that reservation means nothing. We reserved a table from noon to 4 pm. at 2:30, in the middle of the 3rd quarter of a close game, we were unapologetically told that we had to get up from the table because the next reservation was coming in. We brought up the fact that we had the table until 4 and they gave us the check. Way to ruin a bar with horrible service. Do not go here.



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Worst service ever

This place sucks will never go back.
Came here for Brunch on Saturday around noon. World cup game had just ended and there was no one there. Place was completely empty and it still took an hour to make a sandwich and pancakes. They had to change my order because they ""ran out"" of fish, but staff did not realize this until half an hour after I ordered.
Although the menu says pancakes, they only gave us one pancake. Waitress had an attitude. When we asked if the order was wrong. Waitress said she was new and had never worked during brunch and she would ask.
Moments later someone from the kitchen came out to give us a wet, poorly made extra pancake that tasted like crap. We had no idea what they were doing.
He said ""you're welcome"" even though we had no idea what was going on and we had not said thank you.
A couple of minutes later the waitress comes out to explain that even though when you order pancakes they only give you one pancake. And that they gave us another crappy one free of charge.



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Just Bad

-Horrendous service (!!!!!!)
-Incompetent waitresses
-Need I go on......?

My party was treated so poorly by the staff here that I complained to the manager, which up until that point I had never done anywhere before. The waitress had zero interest in our table because she knew we weren't going to be running up a large tab, so instead she proceeded to flirt with the table next to us for a good twenty minutes before I had to follow her to the bar and give her our order. That was after having to request menus from the hostess. Furthermore, she brought us our tab before we had even finished our first pitcher of beer (for a table of seven.)

I could go on but I think my point has been made.
The place is not at all worth your time so don't even bother trying to be the devil's advocate on this one.



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Nothing good to say about this place

It’s pretty much horrible in every way. Horrible food, horrible staff, and overpriced watered down drinks. Pretty much everything a good bar should NOT be.



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Terrible Experience

My girlfriend and I went to the Ainsworth after hearing what a great place it was to watch sports. We also heard the food was good. However, we didn't get to sample the food or watch sports because of the ridiculous seating arrangement, baffling television viewing policy, and the inflexible behavior of the staff.

When we arrived, we were not greeted warmly by the staff, who acted as if we were intruding on an exclusive event as opposed to being potential patrons of the restaurant.

We noticed that the place had plenty of available seating and that, strangely, most of the TVs were actually turned off. We asked for a table near a TV, but were informed that the TVs in the dining area wouldn't be turned on because it was ""dinner seating only,"" or something to that effect. We were told we could sit in the bar area, where the TVs were working. However, the moment we sat down at an open table, we were rather rudely informed that the tables in the bar area were all reserved, and that we could only sit on the stools around the perimeter of the bar, where a person really couldn't see any of the working TVs. The uppity hostess did not apologize or offer to seat us elsewhere.

At this point, we decided to leave since we couldn't see the game there (despite the fact that the place had plenty of empty tables and unused TVs). The clueless hostess shrugged and made no attempt to accommodate us. It would have been very easy to simply seat us in the mostly empty dining room and offer to turn on just one TV for us. Several of the staff (one of whom looked like he was the manager) just stood there as we left, apparently unaware of the fact that aggravated potential customers were walking out of his establishment.

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Phone: (212) 741-0646

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Price Range
Midtown, Chelsea, Midtown Manhattan

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Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: Free

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: Yes

Cuisines: Caterers, American, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Irish, European, Continental

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Average

Pets Allowed: No

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