Ainsworth

Posted by on Jun 19, 2013 in everything, gluten free grubbing | 0 comments

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Riding on the successful coattails of the original Ainsworth in Chelsea, upscale sports bar Ainsworth Park is certainly up to par with its sister location.

With over 65 flat screen tvs, there is no doubt this spot caters to sports fanatics. However, if you actually make it over when a game’s not on, or happen to grab a spot during a game, you can have the pleasure of eating “bar” food that should more accurately be called modern American cuisine.

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I stopped by for dinner with friends on a low key night…the NBA playoffs. All joking aside, the place was swarming with good looking people. It was a perfect night to catch the game, eat good food and people watch.

The patio was officially opened so were able to sit outside.

As far as gluten-free options, there is not much to choose under the starters section. You can have: oysters, hummus (sub veggies for bread), shrimp cocktail (I would stay away from the cocktail sauce – usually has soy sauce in it), baked brie (no bread), baked spicy prawns.

We went with the house-made hummus…

(GF) House Made Hummus w Cucumber Tomato Salsa

(GF) House Made Hummus w Cucumber Tomato Salsa

…and of course a side of veggies for me:

 

(GF) Veggies

(GF) Veggies

 

If you’re gluten-free, you’ll have more luck with the salad section. We also had a dairy-free person at the table so all the cheese was put on the side, making each dish DF as well.

All the salads are gluten-free except the steak salad.

 

(GF) Roasted Beet & Kale Salad w/ butternut squash & goat cheese

(GF) Roasted Beet & Kale Salad w/ butternut squash & goat cheese

I love a good kale salad and this one was great.

 

(GF) Chopped Vegetable Salad (feta, chick peas, radishes, olives, cucumber)  w/  Steak

(GF) Chopped Vegetable Salad (feta, chick peas, radishes, olives, cucumber) w/ Steak

I was pleasantly surprised by how good the steak was.

 

(GF) Chicken Paillard Salad w/ artichokes, tomatoes, shaved parm and yogurt dressing

(GF) Chicken Paillard Salad w/ artichokes, tomatoes, shaved parm and yogurt dressing

The yogurt dressing is what made this salad good; we got it on the side (dairy).

 

From the sliders section I would assume the angus, short rib and pulled pork off the bun would be GF but I would ask. For the sides; we originally ordered roasted cauliflower. Upon finding out it had dairy (probably butter), we were brought spinach instead (pictured below). The other sides I would think are GF (but ask!) are: cauliflower, wild mushrooms and possible the sweet corn pudding.

 

(GF) Sauteed Spinach

(GF) Sauteed Spinach

 

As for the other menu sections; they are pretty self explanatory. I would just ask about a specific dish you want.

If all else fails, just order wine and call it a night.

 

Ainsworth Park
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Rating: A
Pros: With a slew of successful bars/restaurants under its belt, Paige Group knows how to run an upscale sports bar/party spot. 
Cons: Unless your father’s Rex Ryan, I wouldn’t take your parents here for dinner.

 
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Ainsworth Park: 111 E 18th St New York, NY 10003, (212) 673-2467

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