The Ginger Man

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The Ginger ManThe Ginger Man

274 Ratings
Ratings: 274
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: n/a
Taps: 72
Bottles: 160
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

11 E 36th St
New York, New York, 10016-3318
United States
phone: (212) 532-3740

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Reviews by Kendo:
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4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Was in NYC on business last week and stopped in for the first time after reading about it here. . . . Near the entrance they've got a window/glass display area with all sorts of books on beer (including at least one of Michael Jackson's), so I thought "OK, they take beer seriously here." Nice space -- high ceiling, not a dingy dive bar at all, but rather an upscale place where beer is the centerpiece -- certainly not the food. I did see a couple people eating sandwiches at the bar and there seemed to be something going on in the back food-wise, but I didn't get too close to that. Very crowded (on a Wednesday) with the midtown after-work clientele filling up the area around the bar and towards the back, so I didn't want to lose my spot at the bar once I got situated. Saw lots of Amex gold cards starting tabs, which would've been helpful to have myself, as there were many pricey options. . . . It took me awhile to (1) make up my mind from the beer menu -- I believe there are at least 50 - 60 taps; and (2) get the attention of one of the 3 bartenders who were running themselves ragged trying to keep on top of things. Then the first beer I asked for (Fortitude) they were out of and I scrambled to come up with an alternative. Settled quickly on Goose Island's Honker, which in my opinion was only OK, but anyhow this is a review of the place, not the beer. . . .

Lots of Belgian beers but given the number of taps I've gotta say I was slightly disappointed with the overall variety. Only a limited number of stouts, for example, and nothing exotic (I did end the night with the Sixpoint Black Soul Porter, which was a nice find, but the selection of porters and stouts was very limited). I shook my head in bewilderment when two groups in a row ordered Bud and Bud Light, but. . . their loss. I didn't see any casks, either on the menu or along the wall of taps. But then, the bar was way crowded and I didn't move around, so maybe they were there and I just missed them. . . .

I used to work in NYC, so I expected midtown prices. Most beers are $6.00 for a 20 oz pint, but many have "special" prices increasing up to $8.00 per pint. Rogue Dead Guy was either $6.50 or $7.00 a pint and I noted to someone I was talking to briefly that up in Albany, I'd be paying $2.00 per pint during Happy Hour for that same beer. But like I said, for midtown the regular prices weren't horrible, especially when you consider the 20 oz pints. If you're a tourist from Peoria you may have a bit of sticker shock, however, especially if you want to order one of the "special" beers that costs more (oh and I should note that many of the Belgians were served in appropriate-style glasses, which is good but you're not getting 20 oz for your $ there). . . .

All in all I liked the place. It's definitely about the beer and if you're a fan of Belgian-style beer, it's a great place. The variety otherwise was slightly disappointing, but given the sheer number of taps (and I assume they rotate plenty of them), I hope to be able to come back to sample things soon.

Edit: was back this weekend (December 2008) and once again it was busy but this time I was more impressed with the selection. Only one cask was still going (RCH Old Slug Porter), but they had Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, which was thoroughly enjoyable, and plenty of other options you don't see everyday. Prices seem to have gone up, with plenty of $8 and $9 options, but so it goes. It is midtown and you are paying in many cases for some rare, strong beers. . . .

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3.85/5  rDev -9.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.75 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

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I must concur, the Ginger Man is definitely worth your time and enjoyment. We visited twice and got a seat at the bar both times. It wasn't very crowded but we were there in the early afternoon, once being on a Saturday. I thought the interior was cozy and comfortable, especially the bar area, in spite of the fairly large seating area. The bartenders were very knowledgeable and friendly. They were attentive to all the patrons and yet were also able to converse with us. An interesting and extensive beer list, plus a wide variety of Bourbons, Scotches, etc. We has a delicious soup and the pretzel with beer cheese which was great. This pub is a treasure and a great place to warm up on a cold day.

Photo of Gajo74
4.75/5  rDev +12%

This place is awesome! A beautiful midtown pub with a classic looking wood bar decor and cool retro pictures. The real deal for NY ambience and not a cheesy tourist trap unlike some of its midtown neighbors.
The selection is overwhelmingly huge! There is a printed menu, updated daily, as well as a chalk board that lists beers from all styles imaginable. I had a Belgian style Tripel and an IPA, both excellent. They also have food. One of my companions was having a hot dog with sauerkraut. Later, we ordered a hot pretzel that was to die for!
This is a big and crowded bar. Normally I shy away from these types of places, but the crowd was mature, (no frat boys or meat heads), the noise level was reasonable and luckily I was able to get a seat. I have to hand it to the barmaids! As I said, the place was packed and they were slammed with orders. Yet they were able to stay attentive and I had no trouble getting my orders.

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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5/5  rDev +17.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +12%

Best Mid-Town bar. Casket-treated beers are awesome. Excellent whiskey menu also!

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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4.25/5  rDev +0.2%

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

Photo of ArmOnFire
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Had some time to kill waiting for my train from Penn Station, so I picked this place over the other pubs on the same street based on their advertisement for Sierra Nevada Beer Camp. Silly but I guess advertisement works.

Atmosphere - Nice and comfortable, booths, tables, or bar. I chose table by an outlet to recharge phone.

Quality - Club sandwich was tasty, perfect to compliment my flight of four beers

Service - Waitress was knowledgable and friendly.

Beer selection was great, had beers not available in NH.

Overall I would recommend and go back if in the area again.

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4/5  rDev -5.7%

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The Ginger Man in New York, NY
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