The Ginger Man
Taps: 72 / Bottles: 160
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 229 | Reviews: 211 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by Loki:
4.05/5 rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$
If only this place was popular....I went there twice during the week after work only to find it too crowded to enjoy having a beer by myself. Wall-to-wall people, standing room only, 20's and 30's Manhattan working crowd after work. I liked the vibe, but not go and enjoy a beer by myself.
Third time was the charm...met some friends that had just come up at the bar at about 2:30 on a Friday. Perfect timing. Some people about, but seats and tables open. People continually rolled in until it actually started to get crowded.
Great beer list, a little lacking in the IPA and DIPA category, but nice variety. Friendly service, but not the quickest.
Food leaves a lot to be desired, their menu is basic at best, but what they do is good. Just don't go if you're really hungry or want a wide variety.
All and all a great bar, just a popular one after work during the week.
09-08-2006 19:56:36 | More by Loki
More User Reviews:
3.68/5 rDev -13%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75 | $$
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
The Ginger Man in New York, NY
94 out of 100 based on 229 ratings.