The Ginger Man
Taps: 72 / Bottles: 160
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 229 | Reviews: 211 | Show All Ratings:
Reviews by the Alström Bros:
4.05/5 rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
The selection may have not wowed the beer geeks but it was a fine line up for me being that it was more diverse than obscure. Ive tried the food a few times before and it was certainly a step above the normal pub grub. The service copped a perfect Im not taking any guff from you attitude, if you were quick and friendly with your order so were they. Its a very spacious venue yet for a cozier spot go to the room in back very cozy. A bit pricey but all of the beer was fresh as far as I was concerned. Lacked with the glassware a bit but all of the beers seemed fresh. A must visit if you are in the area and not that far from the Empire State Building if you have to fit in a touristy adventure.
12-02-2003 03:00:31 | More by Jason
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3.68/5 rDev -13%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75 | $$
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.