Brunch restaurants pander to grownups' childlike desires, serving sweets as entrees, allowing champagne before evening, and proving that some made-up words have staying power. Awaken your appetite's inner child with today's Groupon: for $33, you get Saturday or Sunday brunch for two, including two entrees (up to a $28 value), one side (a $3 value), and unlimited bloody marys and mimosas (a $25 value) at The Ainsworth (a $56 total value).
Rustic pine walls and vintage chandeliers set the stage for elegant dining at The Ainsworth, whose brunch menu bursts with both classic and inventive recipes. Diners can get cozy atop a chocolate leather seat while sipping a bubbly mimosa or zesty bloody mary, perfect potions for ensuring daylong happiness or curing fatigue after a particularly frenzied evening of scrapbooking. Entrees such as eggs benedict (a $12 value) and buttermilk pancakes (a $13 value) demonstrate a mastery of morning classics, whereas concoctions such as the truffled goat-cheese omelet sandwich (a $14 value) give diners a sneak peak into the chef's imagination, which also happens to be garnished with wild mushrooms, mesculin greens, and a tap-dancing octopus. The maple fondue plate (a $28 value for up to three people) offers a sweeter start, surrounding a centerpiece of spice-infused maple syrup with waffles, sausage, and fresh fruit. Sides (a $3 value each) ranging from whole-wheat toast to turkey sausage attend to plates, and an array of high-definition TVs lend unimpeded glimpses of morning sports games and late-breaking sunrise coverage.
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.