The Ginger Man
Taps: 72 / Bottles: 160
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 229 | Reviews: 211 | Show All Ratings:
3.68/5 rDev -13%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75 | $$
Visited after my girlfriend and I realized we would rather grab a beer and a bite to eat instead of enduring a commute from hell (we work in the area). The place was packed for a Wednesday night. The atmosphere seemed pretty pleasant once I looked past how crowded it was; wood paneling and pretty nice decor. The selection of draught beers was simply enormous. I ordered a Victory Dirtwolf and a Firestone Double Barrel from a more than friendly bartender. After a few moments, half of a table opened up and we seated ourselves.
Probably a full ten minutes later the waitress came by to ask if we wanted anything. We ordered a pastrami reuben sandwich to split. After a few moments I ran out of the Dirtwolf (simply amazing stuff) and decided it would be much quicker to order at the bar than to wait for the waitress to come by again (which it was). I came back to the table with my Habenero Sculpin and waited another ten minutes before the waitress made another pass at our area.
To clarify, I was in no way annoyed that the waitress was taking so long, I would rather be proactive about grabbing my drink from the bar than sit and fume over "slow service." The place was completely packed, so I was sympathetic to her slow rounds. However, I did not appreciate the way I was treated when she rudely and abruptly asked me if I had ordered the drink from the bar myself and proceeded to explain "the system" of ordering solely from her as if I were a child.
We finished the sandwich -- which was pretty good, but probably not $13 good -- and asked for a check when the waitress came by. Unfortunately I spent all of my cash at the bar, otherwise I would have avoided what came next. When I told the waitress I could only pay with a credit card, she again proceeded to give me attitude regarding a $15 minimum despite my being absurdly close to the "limit". While I didn't mention to her that this "limit" was arbitrary, and that it was contractually illegal (most credit card companies require businesses to honor credit like they would cash... i.e. no minimums) I did note that I had just purchased 3 beers in addition to a meal and that I was in no way inclined to buy anything else. She continued to press me and I flat out told her that I wasn't going to buy anything. She finally said she would "talk to her manager" and left. Although I'm sure she made a big show of being accommodating, I gave her a larger than normal tip for her "courtesy" and all the "trouble" she went through.
Long story short, next time I will stick to sitting at the bar if possible. I'll completely avoid the food/seating area if it means not having to feel like justifying my actions every time the waitress comes by.
01-25-2014 20:11:21 | More by KHarz
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4 | $$$
Had beers and food on a Saturday afternoon while visiting NYC for a concert.
Good atmosphere - a dark wood pub feed. Our group was able to claim one of the bench tables across from the bar when we arrived. Besides the tables and the bar, there is a room in the front, and a room in the back with upholstered chairs to sit in. Nice music, but not too loud. Easy to have conversations while you drink. It started to get a bit more crowded by the time we left at 6:30 pm.
If you can't find a top-notch beer that you like, then you've got a problem. The 70 beers on tap are arraigned on the beer list by style, along with ABV, serving size, and price. Most lower alcohol beers were served in 20 oz pint glasses, most higher alcohol beers in 12 oz snifters. Draft beers ranged from $7 to $12. Mix of American craft and Imports, and a fair number of limited release offerings. If you stuck with the lower ABV beers in 20oz glasses, the prices weren't too bad considering it's in Manhattan. The bottle list prices were pretty steep though, but there's no reason to order off of it.
Food is limited to "Gastropub" fare - we had fresh pretzels and chips, a charcuterie plate, and sandwiches, which were all very tasty.
Our server was very friendly, attentive, and made recommendations when we asked. Overall, I would definitely recommend!
11-18-2013 15:51:32 | More by jmdrpi
4.04/5 rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25 | $$$
Imagine a version of Rattle 'N' Hum that is a little more upscale and a little more snobby at times and you have The Ginger Man. This place has a more expansive tap list and a solid bottle list, something on their list is guaranteed to make your taste buds tingle.
I do enjoy visiting this joint only when it isn't packed and you can find a seat at one of the tables, the bar, or one of their many comfortable pieces of furniture that are littered throughout the building. This place is definitely more comfortable for that fact that you can sit on a nice piece of living room furniture.
At times, when this place is packed it can be quite annoying to find service or a spot to sit as well as the possibility of being turned off to the venue due to the type of crowd that has infiltrated this establishment.
Pick a downtime to visit this great beer spot!
10-28-2013 15:59:11 | More by Buller38
4.05/5 rDev -4.3%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I am glad I found this bar early on in my time in NYC. This has a great central location in Manhattan, very easy to get to by bike or train/bus and a short walk. They have a very solid draft list and hovers around 50 that cover local, regional, European, and regularly get special release sixtels(Bruery, Kuhnhenn, Peekskill, Allagash, Founders, Firestone Walker, etc). They also carry a small but well curated bottle list. It's large and comfortable but equally busy. Best to stop in on am afternoon. Good pizza, pretzels, and other pub fare. If you are visiting, it's a great place to stop for a pint and to get away from the crowds.
10-21-2013 14:35:11 | More by unclejazz
4.28/5 rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
In midtown, stopped in on a thursday afternoon. All in all pretty quite, very dark wood pub feel. At this time of day more of a restaurant than bar feel (kid friendly at this time too).
Was very happy with the selection, was able to try 3 Peekskill beers (had been looking to try these and didn't see them on tap at any other places).
Can do a tasting flight - yeah.
Friendly and somewhat more knowledgable than most table servers.
A highlight of my trip, glad i stopped in.
08-22-2013 07:08:43 | More by drewone
4.55/5 rDev +7.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
This is one of my favorite places to go to try new beer in NYC, for midtown the prices are about what I would expect. But what you get for the money is perfect, the bartenders are extremely knowledgable and everything is served the way it is meant to be. The real treat here is the flights that they are willing to do (as long as the bar is not slammed). You can do any four draft or cask beers for 13.50. They always have two cask ales and the list is perfectly balanced from tap to bottle to cask. All of this with a great communal atmosphere that echoes an old school pub. Service is always great but I have been there a few times when the bartender gets slammed and there can be a wait. But the focus at this place is spot on - craft beer is treated the way it should be. The passion and knowledge of the staff come through and make this a great beer destination. Not sure about the table service - I always sit at the bar to gaze at the taps.
06-23-2013 19:33:06 | More by Trapman
4.19/5 rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
At one point, back about 10 years The Ginger Man was my go to place in NYC - especially after work for a couple of beers but things have since changed... Now there are a lot more craft beer places in this area of the city that also have good draft lists and the crowd after work has changed from craft beer aficionados to just an after work crowd. Actually, the last couple times I stopped in after work I saw more folks drinking wine/cocktail and Bud Lights as I saw drinking craft beers. I enjoy the fact that the music is not so loud as to discourage conversation.
The beers are well poured, served at a proper temperature, in proper glassware, and with the proper amount of head.
The servers thatI have dealt with on my visits to The Ginger Man have all been friendly, professional, and knowledgeable.
The selection at The Ginger Man is good but not exceptional - at one point they were the premiere place for craft drafts in NYC but now they have a lot more competition. There are always some beers that I have been trying to find or interested in trying but nowadays it does not blow me away.
I have personally never gotten any food here so I cannot comment.
Prices are good for Midtown NYC.
06-13-2013 16:24:39 | More by dbrauneis
4.19/5 rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 2.75 | $$$
Went in off recommendations from multiple users before an event at msg.
First off the atmosphere was great, i saw just on tv and it was off. Just some background music. A great place for conversation.
The beer selection was amazing, two beers on cask, didn't try to count the rest. Selection ran the full gamut of styles. So many good beers I had a hard time deciding. Had SN Torpedo on cask and Allagash BAT.
Food was good, but there wasn't a huge menu. I think the server was having an off night, so it wasn't spectacular.
Great place in the city, will definitely return.
05-24-2013 05:07:37 | More by tikk
4.4/5 rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
The beer selection is always superb with a range spanning all styles and consistently putting new beers on tap, not to mention the ridiculous list of bottles they have. Sometimes they'll have something really rare you'll probably never see again, that's always a plus. I've only ever seen people who seem to know at least a little about beer, nobody is at this bar looking to have 30 bud lights. Even when it's packed, which from my experience is everyday but Sunday, there are still waitresses that are pretty attentive at keeping a drink in your hand when wanted. The food is actually pretty good, I gave it a 3.5 due to not having a very extensive menu though. One of the only drawbacks is it can get pretty loud at times. Also it can be pricey, but it's Manhattan and craft beer, what do you expect. It also should be mentioned they have really comfortable couches in the back, sometimes it's nice to lounge out comfortably and enjoy a brew on a lazy sunday.
05-23-2013 19:09:14 | More by vfgccp
4.6/5 rDev +8.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25 | $$
A nice and big, fair amount of seating, nice inside.
Q the beer is great and the food is a small selection, but there was a good selection of charcuterie and cheese.
S all the employees are awesome! Super knowledgable
S 70 beers on tap, prob 200+ bottles, multiple casks, this place is tits.
F small selection but everything is good. Sandwiches, snacks, cheese and charcuterie.
Everything is reasonably priced.
I love this place and it is a g to every time I'm in the city.
05-08-2013 01:23:49 | More by Lare453
The Ginger Man in New York, NY
94 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.