Ainslie, A New Industrial Italian Restaurant Opens in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

Ainslie, A New Industrial Italian Restaurant Opens in Williamsburg, Brooklyn

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Ainslie Italian Wine Bar and Beer Garden officially opens today in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (76 Ainslie St.) The 10,000-square-foot multi-level venue was former wire loom factory building that was preserved and modernized to accommodate the rolling out of pizza and pasta dough instead of copper and brass. 76 Ainslie is the last remaining remnant of the factory complex, which once occupied the entire block.  

 

The space includes multiple dining, drinking, and entertainment experiences. The 90-seat front wine bar and open kitchen features a wood fired pizza oven with full views of the chef and kitchen staff. A 70-seat back beer bar is connected to an outdoor beer garden, a 60-seat intimate living room is located in the mezzanine, and there is also a 1,000 square foot 50-person roof deck and bar. The initial hours of operation are Tuesday - Thursday 5pm - 2am; Friday and Saturday 3pm - 3am; and Sunday 3pm - 2am with weekend brunch hours to follow in the coming months. On Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, and Saturday Ainslie will feature a live DJ from dinner until close. 

 

The kitchen is helmed by NYC veteran chef John DeLucie. Hailing from Puglia, Italy Erasmo ‘Mino’ Lassandro mans the wood fired oven as lead pizzaiola. Jessica Duré, formerly with Broken Shaker, will head up the beverage program. The drink menu includes 20 wines by the glass, four wines on tap, and 16 beers from local craft breweries on tap. Affordable and approachable menu items ranging from $6 to $28 are also available. Some of the favorites include:

 

  • Crispy Artichokes with Aioli con Alice ($11)
  • The Ainslie Burger with Gorgonzola Dulce served on a Brioche Bun ($16)
  • Carbonara Wood-Fired Pizza ($16)
  • Linguine Vongole ($15)
  • Housemade pasta including Spaghetti, Ravioli, and Pappardelle ($14-$16)
  • New York Strip Steak served with Watercress, Balsamic, Cippolini, and Truffle Oil ($28)

 

Ainslie only accepts reservations for parties of five or more, but you can use the Yelp waitlist app to secure a table by texting when you are on your way. So why wait? While you’re exploring Brooklyn this week stop by Ainslie, the newest addition to Williamsburg’s already exciting culinary offerings. 

 

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