Archives for March 2013

Ainsworth Park – Mad for March, Absolutely Terrific Crowd, Food and Sports

Aisworth Park high-end Sports Bar New York Flatiron Manhattan Business Travelers: Do you recommend Ainsworth Park for

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Co-workers, Colleagues or Customers?
Conducting Business; having a Business meeting?
Dining alone?
Women Business Travelers dining alone?
Friendly staff, patrons and good service?
Enjoyable food?
Meeting other Business Travelers?
Rating: 4.1/5 (5 votes cast)

It’s March and I am mad for college basketball. Three of my hometown teams are in: LaSalle, Villanova and Temple. Three of Philly’s Big Five, not bad. (half of the City Six if you are a Drexel fan.) Unfortunately tonight one of these teams will disappoint but Ainsworth Park more than made up for it. Ainsworth is a great place for sports and food but the big, big plus was the crowd, they were terrific.

Ainsworth Park Experience: On Friday, March 22, 2013 at about 7:30 P.M. I  am walking toward Ainsworth Park, yikes a velvet rope. No problem, no line, and a very nice guy at the door who waves me in. Ainsworth is a large multilevel place, beautifully decorated with large televisions everywhere and a couple of bars, lots of seating and multiple areas for standing and connecting with everyone. The place is packed, of course, it being Friday happy hour with several NCAA Championship Tournament games going at once. I move into the crowd surrounding the main bar, scoping out the televisions looking for the Villanova – North Carolina game. I find it and settle into the crowd. No seats but I am able to find a little space and watch, keeping my eyes open for a seat.

This crowd was wonderful. The place was full of 20 somethings through mid 30’s, well dressed after work crowd. Probably evenly distributed between men and women and amazingly super nice and polite! You see a crowded happy Hour, especially a sports bar full of basketball rivalries, and you expect some rowdy, maybe even a little obnoxious behavior, not here. Yes, it was loud with cheering rarely absent but walking through the crowd you were overwhelmed by the polite and well spoken (loudly) crowd. Ainsworth, the crowd and their parents should all be proud. Send your kids and even if you are not within the age range I described (me included), go too. You will feel very comfortable.

My lucky streak continues and a seat opens up in front of me despite the crowd and right in front of the ‘Nova game. My patience paid off. I sometimes think of leaving but never again until this lucky streak ends. Unfortunately Villanova disappointed and played a very poor game against North Carolina. I order the Park Burger and substitute the Bleu Cheese Tater Tots for the fries. The burger was great and the Tater Tots were nothing like I had had before. Not the small things I remember from my childhood but large hot pockets of potato and bleu cheese. I ate two and took the rest home, still eating them now. The staff were very attentive, engaging and working hard to keep the crowd happy. There are two bars on the first level. the bigger one faces the wall in the center and has about 11 seats facing four large televisions. The other is to the left and has less seats but a nice area for standing and mingling. Great crowd, a good place to come with friends and meet new ones. The televisions were closely managed, I really like this, so that channels were changed based on customer preference and the tournament schedule.

Business Travelers: I strongly recommend this place. Don’t let the age group I talked about above be a deterrent. All are welcome and I fit in fine. Many tables available for a group of friends, co-workers, clients or colleagues.  I don’t see a bad spot where a view of a television is not available. If there is a specific game you want to see I’m sure the staff would be happy to change one of the televisions for you. There is also a second level with limited access. Ainsworth is in the center of Manhattan’s Flatiron District, right in the middle of of New York City’s burgeoning high tech Silicon Alley business area. You are close to Union Square, with many things to do and see, check out Madison Square Park and Eataly, the huge Italian Market with restaurants and a cooking school. The Gramery Park neighborhood is a great place for a stroll Close to the bars and Restaurants along Park Avenue South. A comfortable Sports Bar for women traveling on business with an extremely polite clientele.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★★☆ 

Ainsworth Park
111 East 18th Street
New York, NY 10003
212-673-2467

Ainsworth Park Menu

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Windsor Gansevoort Park – Stepping up the High-End Sports Bar Game

Windsor Gansevoort Park Hotel Sports Bar New York NoMad

Business Travelers: Do you recommend Windsor Gansevoort Park for
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Co-workers, Colleagues or Customers?
Conducting Business; having a Business meeting?
Dining alone?
Women Business Travelers dining alone?
Friendly staff, patrons and good service?
Enjoyable food?
Meeting other Business Travelers?
Rating: 4.1/5 (4 votes cast)

Tired of the classic stereotypical sports bar? It’s time to move to a different level. The Windsor at the Gansevoort Park Hotel has taken the Sports Bar concept and bumped it up a couple of notches. I am out to watch the NFC Championship game between the San Francisco 49ers and The Atlanta Falcons and I want a higher end Sports Bar experience so I head to the Windsor Gansevoort Park with high expectations and I am not disappointed. Another Windsor location downtown on West 4th Street will be reviewed later.

I never learn my lesson. Showing up for a big game 10 minutes before it starts, expecting to get a bar seat, is just plain nuts. Well, I do it again today and of course no seats but with a little patience my luck once again shines through.

Windsor Gansevoort Park Experience: On Sunday, January 20, 2013 I walk into the Windsor Gansevoort Park at about 2:50 P.M. to catch the NFC Championship game and have something to eat at the bar. The place is full but not crowded yet considering the importance of this game and fanatical fans both teams have. Of course there are no seats available at the bar with the game about to start in a few minutes. All of the seats in the restaurant are taken. Televisions are everywhere so watching from any location is not a problem. Luckily I snag a spot standing at the bar between two seated fans so I settle in order a drink and watch the start of the game.

Several people order food and I watch the game, watch the food and ask how everyone how they like what they ordered. The menu has many of the classic items you find on a sports bar menu along with several nice additions. They call it “gourmet comfort food.”

The first quarter ends and the guy sitting next to me leaves freeing up a seat which I quickly take and ask for a menu. The bar is not large with about 10 seats facing a wall but all seats have a good view of the televisions. The place has gotten crowded with people standing in most areas and moving around. It is a fun, loud crowd, it is after all a Conference Championship game, but not the usual sloppy rowdiness you might find in other sports bars. A very good experience.

I order the Tuna Tartare, yes Tuna Tartare during a football game and an excellent choice, fresh and tasty. Before I sat down, the guy next to me raved about how good his burger was so I order one for myself. He was right, it was delicious.

The bartenders were outstanding and the crowd was extremely friendly and engaging. Met many fun people this afternoon which made the entire experience very enjoyable.

Business Travelers: This is great place to have a Sports Bar Meal with with friends, co-workers, clients or colleagues. If there is a specific game you want to see I’m sure the staff would be happy to change one of the televisions for you. If there is a big game on go early to get one the comfy looking booths or high top tables. The bar has 10 seats so getting several together might be a challenge. There is also a second level.

NoMad has many things to do and see, check out Madison Square Park and Eataly, the huge Italian Market with restaurants and a school. Experience NoMad and MadParkNews are two great resources for checking out the neighborhood. The Windsor is a quick cab ride or nice walk from many of the Midtown hotels. A comfortable Sports Bar for women traveling on business.

BarTaste Rating  ★★★★☆ 

Windsor Gansevoort Park
420 Park Avenue South
New York, NY 10016
(646) 380-5301

Windsor Gansevoort Park Menu

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