Winter in New York can stir up the hermit in all of us, yet these days uncharacteristically spring-like mornings lead to brisk, chilly nights. One might be tempted to simply hibernate through the winter. Amid the current economic climate of high-interest rates, inflation and bills due every second you turn makes, stepping out of your apartment, unless necessary, feel insurmountable.
Let me enlighten you on a hidden gem worth putting both your coat on and cash out for, Ainslie Bowery. A charming venue that opened its doors to the lower east side and the public in September 2022 offers a multitude of room concepts and a home away from home cuisine that will have you missing Nonna. This unpretentious Italian oasis dishes up an authentic eatery with budget-friendly options. From wine bar rooms to a beer garden, this 20,000-square-foot space even has an underground lounge. Have I captured your attention yet?
The seasoned NYC restaurateurs AJ Bontempo, Sergio Riva and Mario Riva held nothing back when opening their fourth restaurant Ainslie Bowery. Already a Williamsburg staple since 2019, the wood-fired pizzas, small plates, entrees and seasonal cocktails can now be adorned by its Manhattan neighbors.
As if the concept was not enticing enough, renowned NYC Executive Chef John DeLucie, who founded Waverly Inn, is the mastermind behind the menu. Currently, the Chef for LuMaca, Bedford & Co, and Chef and partner for the iconic Empire Diner, DeLucie, is no stranger to homage. A Brooklyn-born haute cuisine artist, DeLucie brings his Southern Italian roots through the likes of Wood Fired Rosemary Wings, Salt and Pepper Ribs, and an assemblage of in-house homemade pastas such as his House-Made Ravioli with butternut squash, sage, brown butter, walnuts & amaretti to warm your soul.