March Madness and Zagat

Its the last night for March Madness and you don’t want to miss the action at either The Chester or Ainsworth Park. Not to mention, you must visit Ainsworth park and see how Executive chef Stephen Yen has updated and elevated the menus as mentioned on Zagat (

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Ainsworth Park in the news

Ainsworth Park is getting a culinary makeover! Read about it here but to sum it up, executive Chef Stephen Yen has made some great changes.

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Stephen Yen, who has been on Food Network’s Chopped and has worked alongside Iron Chef Morimoto and Hung Hyunh, has put the emphasis on burgers and steaks and has created some unique culinary creations. There have also been some creative juices flowing in the bar scene as well, you have to taste these drinks to understand!!

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Also spotted at Ainsworth, Stephen Baldwin, his wife, and daughter

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Friends and Valued Customers:

I wanted to take this opportunity to announce the re-branding of our ultra successful brand, THE AINSWORTH. The official name and branding is now  “The Ainsworth – Burgers.Steaks.Cocktails”.

We have revamped our menus, as well as brought in state of the art equipment to ensure the best quality steaks and meats hit our tables. All meat is being purchased from Pat LaFrieda Meat, the head of the class in meat and steak quality. We are also featuring a new healthy section, highlighted by our kale salads, which we think are some of the best kale items you can find right now.

Please see a snapshot sample of our new menu(s) below. We would love to have everyone in for a taste, so feel free to print this out for 15% off your next visit. This improvement and re-branding will help the nationwide expansion plan we have in the works for The Ainsworth brand, we appreciate everyone’s help and for being a part of 6 successful years.

Thanks and look forward to seeing everyone soon and remember, we are now all about #BurgersSteaksCocktails!!



Fireball Tasting at Ainsworth Park

Come out and join us at Ainsworth Park March 12 from 6:30 to 8:30 for the Wednesday Night Tasting Series featuring Fireball Whisky.   Each person to redeem will receive a complimentary sample of Fireball Whisky as well as a specialty cocktail created by a Fireball mixologist.

Register online @ 

While you’re there check out the new menu with some amazingly good food!

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Tracy Anderson celebrates birthday at The Chester NYC

Tracy Anderson, fitness genius, was surprised for her 39th birthday at The Chester. Friends and family came together to celebrate.

At one point it looked like a dance party….or an aerobic class with Tracy leading! The only issue apparently was the black dress that became see through we folks starting snapping pictures! Uh oh! Tracey just laughed it off and a great night was had by all!

Lots of Restaurant Updates!

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brand new to the menu at My Belly’s Playlist- our duck confit cassoulet. after working with and perfecting our duck confit recipe, we figured this (and the duck confit tacos) were the perfect vehicles for it- give it a try and let us know what you think…

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At Ainsworth Park you can spice up your day with Chef’s delicious Quinoa & brown rice Paella w/ roasted tomatoes, Kale , calamari & shrimp!!

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20 oz Bone in Rib eye. Need I say more?!!

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The apple Smoked Bacon & cheddar Park Burger is sure to clear your snowy blues! We promise it is worth it!

Ryan SassonAnd least we forget, Buttermilk fried chicken is not just for Southerners, The Chester does this just right.


Valentine Specials

My Belly’s Playlist is doing a delicious box of goodies sure to please everyone with all the varieties. Order ahead of time as this will sell out!

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And always a great choice is an elegant and delicious dinner out…The Chester and Ainsworth Park are now accepting reservations and everyone will get free champagne. Also do this now as they will fill up fast!

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And just to tease you….how does this look??!!

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as seen at The Chester ;)

My Belly’s Playlist Letter to New Yorkers

My friend Chef Shawn Reilly, who also was one of the founders of My Belly’s Playlist, wrote this open letter to Midtown New Yorkers letting them know about the greatness that has entered their neighborhood ;)

“Dear Midtown New York,

Lower Manhattan’s own speakeasy sandwich shop, My Belly’s Playlist, is now delivering in your area.
If you are unaware of our culinary services, please give us a chance to introduce ourselves. Featured in Gotham Magazine, Midtown Lunch Downtown, Urban Daddy and rated 5 stars by, My Belly’s Playlist delivers a culinary playlist of unique and noteworthy items.
Our playlist of sandwiches and sides have become noteworthy because of our unique approach everyday ingredients. We use freshly baked breads from our local bakery, veggies and meats responsibly sourced, and strive to reduce our carbon footprint in our packaging materials.
The menu changes often, keeping in mind customer feedback, seasonality, and new cuisine. From twists on classics, to ambitious new creations, we at My Belly’s Playlist strive to provide the best and freshest food with a creative edge.
Check us out at

Best Regards,
shawn m. reilly
founder and chef
cell 917.495.7534

kitchen 917.338.6846

fax 917.398.1839

Follow them on Facebook or Twitter @mybellys and they keep you up to minute on what they have going on for the day or what they may have run out of. Great food, fantastic friends running this place, and you will not be disappointed!

My Belly’s Playlist Now In Times Square!

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They are now open in Times Square and able to cover a bigger radius for their delivery! Follow them on Facebook or on Twitter @Mybellys to follow their daily specials, what they have cooking, and to see what amazing creations they come up with on a daily basis. You can order from them online or on seamless at

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The Chester NYC’s Espresso Martini featured in Fox News Magazine

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A cold night in the city and many folks are reaching for piping coffee drinks to find some warmth. Others however want a nice port or after dinner drink to ease the chill. How about combining the two for a decadent treat to warm yourself and ease the days’ burdens….that is what The Chester in NYC has done with their delicious Espresso Martini that was featured in Fox News Magazine

Espresso_MartiniCocktail consultant and author Natalie Bovis explains, “The coffee industry, much like the liquor industry, has gone through revolutionary growth and consumer awareness. Consumers seek out baristas to carefully craft a soothing, artful cup of coffee and visit bars where mixologists whip up a classic or creative cocktail with quality ingredients. The alcohol-laced coffee drink brings these two worlds together in one cup.”

And her one tip, “When making these toasty concoctions at home, follow the same rules as cooking,” says Bovis. “Choose high-quality base ingredients. Cheap booze and watery coffee are not going to yield the same results as a dark, rich espresso and a beautifully distilled spirit or liqueur.”

And for your at home pleasure, here is the recipe

  • 2 oz. Ron Zacapa
  • 0.5 oz. Pedro Ximenez Sherry
  • 0.5 oz. white crème de cacao
  • 1 shot chilled espresso
  • 4 dashes chocolate bitters
  • 3 espresso beans


Build cocktail by combining all ingredients into shaker. Add ice and shake vigorously to create a slight foam. Strain into chilled martini glass. Add espresso beans for garnish.