Peering beneath the cocoa-colored awning of The Ainsworth, you'll know pretty quickly if this new Chelsea gastropub/event space is your idea of heaven or hell. On game nights, 40 high-def televisions flash brightly in the 6,000 square feet of darkness, inducing either awe or an epileptic fit. Inside, you'll find the clean lines of a modern take on wood paneling with unfinished pine arranged in block formations. Meant to be rustic done chic and sleek, the space has a kind of classy barn feel, chandeliers, baroque-patterned wallpaper, and all, though the rows of fake mini pine trees come somewhere out of left field. Plenty of seating at leather banquettes and tables for two will help out with the gastro part, as Ainsworth plans to serve, lunch, dinner, and weekend brunch. The extensive menu includes a grilled bone-in pork chop ($17), lobster po'boy sliders ($18), and, of course, wings ($12) for your fantasy football get togethers. However, if football and a likely sausage fest aren't your fantasy, 100 ounces of Yuengling, Bass, or Goose Island IPA in a tube ($36/$48) might be just the thing to get you through the night.
122 W. 26th St.
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