Ah, the gastropub. The term has become ubiquitous around New York City, but when its done right, its a wonderful mix of intelligent food, vintage dcor, and the crowd to match. Ainsworth Fidi on Fulton Street takes those qualities and then adds in anything and everything that youd prefer in an epic birthday party venue.
Brought to you by the owners of hotspots like The Hill, Ainsworth, and South Hampton Social Club, The Ainsworth East Village.Ainsworth Fidi is exactly what has been missing: a 4,300-square-foot space of diamond-tufted leather banquettes, herringbone wood walls, vintage photos of Fulton Street, and a marble-trim bar, all mixed in with modern accents like antique mirrors that are actually concealing 35 HD Screens (the TVs are used for games, then back off for the mirror look once the games end). If youre thinking about keeping it somewhere between boozy and classy for your birthday party, this is your place.
New York City standards are met and surpassed at The Ainsworth Fidi. Steak frites, sesame-crusted tuna, and lobster risotto with black truffle oil are all on-hand, as well as an eclectic mix of sliders (ricotta meatball, lobster, black angus) and tapas (croquettes, empanadas, stuffed piquillos) if youd rather stick to small plates. The drink menu keeps up, with a solid wine and beer list and cocktails like The Fulton (Ketel One, St. Germaine, fresh cucumber, lime), The Downtown (Makers Mark, lime, mint, fresh strawberry), and The Roebling (Hennessy VS, Grand Manier, Dry Vermouth, bitters).
Dark, sexy, and vintage would be an easy way to pigeonhole 121 Fulton Street, but when its mirrors turn into flat screens, its also one of the swankiest sports bars youll find in NYC. Gastropub doesnt quite do it justice! The Ainsworth Fidi on Fulton Street is simply a gorgeous space with great drinks and a well-executed menu, and its ideal for the birthday party thats equal parts style and slurry speech.