Free-range chicken under a brick is united with broccoli rabe and olive oil-mashed potatoes for a crisp, ultra-flavorful plate; while pizza boscaiola, with pancetta, mushrooms, and mozzarella exceeds every addictive expectation. Then, lasagna tucked with ragù Bolognese may be tailed by banana bread pudding to bring the feast to a sensational and comforting conclusion.
Like many things this year, New York City’s restaurant week is going virtual. The program will run from January 25th- January 31st [...] This year, in another switch, all of the dinner and lunch meals will be available for only $20.21, including an entree and at least one side.
(at Ainslie: Cacio e Pepe and a Caesar Salad for $20.21)
Ainslie (76 Ainslie St.) in Williamsburg serves brunch on Saturday and Sunday beginning at 11am with ample heated outdoor seating on their expansive sidewalk patio and rooftop. Feast on their Breakfast Pizza, French Toast, Pancakes, a variety of Omelettes or Eggs in Purgatory and feel free to add on bottomless Bloody Mary’s, Spiked Iced Tea or Mimosas for an hour and a half for $28.
Chef John DeLucie and lead pizzaiolo Erasmo ‘Mino’ Lassandro offer a tasty menu of wood-fired pizzas, pastas, free range chicken, NY Strip Steak, Atlantic Salmon and Wood Fired Rosemary Wings. The massive 10,000 square foot, multi-level Italian restaurant, wine bar and biergarten is complete with a rooftop. Sip, Stir, Cuddle is a hot toddy from mixologist Jessica Dure, made with Vecchia Tres Botti Brandy, Rye Whiskey, Amaro Montenegro, honey, lemon, baking spices and Angostura bitters for guests to enjoy while dining indoors, outdoors or to-go.
Located inside a Williamsburg warehouse, Ainslie’s ginormous outdoor dining area features covered, heated seating via streetside tents and a decked-out rooftop bar. The menu at the Italian restaurant, wine bar, and beer garden features plenty of hearty comfort fare including pizzas, pastas, and seafood.
This Williamsburg favorite is open for outdoor dining this winter. The wine bar, beer garden, and Italian restaurant has an expansive sidewalk seating area in addition to having an open air back-bar with communal tables separated by plexiglass. Tuck into wood-fired pizzas, pastas and more (wood-fired rosemary wings, anyone?).
Located in a former warehouse building, Ainslie has plenty of options on a normal day–wine bar, beer garden, wood-fire pizzas, steaks. Also on offer is an all-you-can-drink brunch on weekends from 12-4pm. This can all be enjoyed at the whopping 140 outdoor seats, which benefit from electric heaters and blowers, as well as propone heaters.
Barrie and David's date spot: Ainslie
Barrie: "It was a great spot. We shared a risotto ball appetizer which was unique and tasty. They were really good. And I had the salmon for dinner which was tasty. The outdoor space they have is great. The space we sat in felt more like a beer garden in the back. They can accommodate a lot of people."
David: "The dishes were great. I had a pesto pasta with sausage. The appetizer was great, too. I had a drink that was made with tequila called a High 8, that was really good. I’d recommend it."
Ainslie in Williamsburg just unveiled a new rooftop with 26 seats in addition to having 36 seats on the sidewalk and 50 seats in their backyard garden. Ainslie’s Executive Chef John DeLucie and lead pizzaiolo Erasmo ‘Mino’ Lassandro offer a tasty menu of wood-fired pizzas, pastas, free range chicken, NY Strip Steak, Atlantic Salmon and Wood Fired Rosemary Wings. The restaurant, wine bar and beer garden also has an extensive alcoholic beverage menu.
Williamsburg’s Ainslie boasts a new rooftop in addition to their sidewalk and garden seating options. Their menu highlights include wood-fired pizzas, pastas, free range chicken, New York strip steak, Atlantic salmon and wood fired rosemary wings. For those looking to imbibe outside, their restaurant, wine bar and beer garden boast an extensive drinks list.
Just because the night’s primary objective is drinking with friends doesn’t mean dinner has to consist of dry buffalo wings or dollar slices. Check out Ainslie, a three-floor beer garden serving pizzas, housemade pasta, and bar food near the Lorimer L stop. Share a burger topped with prosciutto and a pizza with pancetta, or opt for the multi-course family-style dinner for $38 per person, and then get some drinks at any of the three bars or rooftop while a DJ plays until close.