The Ainsworth?s 65 TVs broadcast the latest sports games, but the gourmet eatery is far from a typical sports bar. Nestled in the heart of Union Square, the 7,000-square-foot space mixes high and low?in both the literal sense, with a mix of low-slung couches and lofty, chandelier-dotted ceilings, and a metaphorical one. The culinary team grills premium cuts of steak, such as filet mignon and bone-in rib eye, alongside classic sports-bar fare enhanced with upscale touches. The house BLT, for example, adds a seared tuna steak to its traditional ingredients, and the grilled-cheese sandwich swaps out the standard neon-orange filling for rich gruyere and caramelized onions. The bar takes a similar approach with their array of cocktails, such as the house bloody mary, which incorporates Belvedere vodka, a splash of Texas Pete hot sauce, and a celery stalk plucked from the Monopoly man?s own garden.
The dining room, lounge, and bar areas at 121 Fulton Street take their cue from the past, with leather-lined banquettes and crystal chandeliers that create a sophisticated setting to enjoy eclectic American pub fare. Plates of black Angus or pulled pork sliders decorate the sleek black tables for a post-work bite, and banana French toast and eggs benedict share space with breakfast cocktails during weekend brunches. Oversized lanterns light the bar area featuring flat-screen televisions and three-dimensional bartenders who mix specialty cocktails with fresh raspberries, cucumbers, and pur?ed lychee and pour pints of domestic and imported beers. Mirrors abound throughout the restaurant to make the space feel open while also concealing plasma televisions that spark to life during baseball games, soccer matches, or tests of the Emergency Broadcast System.
Governor Chris Christie said that Redd's Restaurant & Bar is the "Times Squares of New Jersey," and its ubiquitous high-definition TVs and lively tailgating festivities support the comparison. Down the block from MetLife Stadium and the IZOD Center, Redd's supplies pints to those watching games on TV, stopping in to chow down on sesame-crusted chicken teriyaki, or trekking to the stadium for live sports and music. Onsite shuttle service speeds fans off to games at MetLife Stadium without the hassle of walking or asking an offensive lineman for a piggyback ride. Upstairs, a 2,000-square-foot balcony looks out on MetLife Stadium.
Wicked Wolf Tavern celebrates the relationship between food and drink by combining frosty brews with hearty pub-style fare, a pairing as American as the eatery's old-fashioned wooden accents and its view of the New York skyline and waterfront. Buffalo calamari and plates of nachos precede fish 'n' chips and burgers bedecked with fried eggs and jalapeños, which diners enjoy while basking in the glow of flat-screen TVs or guarding the wooden bar from packs of wild beers. Each week, Wicked Wolf Tavern lets loose the call of an oversize conch shell to summon live bands onto its stage. In addition to music, the bar also hosts events and specials Sunday–Friday.
The cooks at 1Republik plate a menu of upscale New American pub fare as bartenders decant more than 40 brews on tap. Starters such as the truffle oil-laced tater tots or the grilled prawns warm up out-of-practice dining teams, readying dormant tongues for entrees such as the seared sea salmon or the potato-flanked strip steak. Chicken pot pie layers root vegetables and chicken velouté into a flaky puff pastry, providing a savory alternative to standard Americana pies filled with apples or bits of the Patriot Act. Duos and foursomes are also entitled to a round of draft beers or house wines.
Break Bar & Billiards combines the elements that make a neighborhood bar worth revisiting into an urban adult playground. At the 55-foot bar, bartenders dispense 18 draught beers and a dozen different bottles, while a full kitchen crew whips up a menu of buffalo wings, nachos, and burgers. Between brews, the staff allows patrons to hit the billiards, table tennis, air hockey, and vintage arcade games to decide who will buy the next round or who has to swallow the eight-ball. The 7,000-square-foot space is lined with exposed brick, industrial heating vents, and vaulted ceilings, lending a sophisticated feel to the playground.