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The Ginger Man

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The Ginger ManThe Ginger Man

217 Reviews
Reviews: 217
Visits: 299
Avg: 4.24
pDev: n/a
Taps: 72
Bottles: 160
Cask: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

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Reviews: 217 | Visits: 299
Photo of far333
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This is beer nirvana. When you walk in and behold the number of taps (50 I think), it will take your breath away. The bar is long, and you'll have to walk the length of it to see all that's on tap. This place has stuff that you probably won't find anywhere else in the city. The atmosphere is open, comfortable, friendly. It's a huge place with lots of tables, a separate area with cushy chairs and couches, and lots of breweriana on the walls. The bottle list is incredible, and the service is superb. The servers will give taster glasses, and recommend beers based on your tastes. It gets way crowded at happy hour, but they stay open until 4 am, so you should be able to find a less crowded time. Great place to take friends, great before or after an evening out. You have to stop by here when you're in the city, and you may not want to leave.

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Photo of ecoboy
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Thanks to davo for the recommmendation: a true home run of a beer bar tucked away between Grand Central Station and the Empire State Building for pre-Yankee game on a Saturday afternoon. They open at 12:30 and we stepped in at 12:35. I guess it's easier to appreciate a place when the crowd is thin.

Lovely wood interior with tables, booths, back room and long bar.

Other patrons sipped ice tea or sodas and got lunch from the brief-but-appropriate menu (sandwiches, salads, soups that all had some reasonable resemblance to obvious beer style match.) We'd been up since 5 a.m. so no need to fear big beer. I goaded one companion, and realized that I'd never watched someone have their first Arrogant Bastard before.

Since we needed grub to last us many innings, I went with a big bowl of lentil soup with bread and a hot pretzel. Very simple, warm and reassuring, and very right with my Hop Devil. Margaret's salad with a mustard dressing was too overly mustardy for her mouth... it killed the lighter qualities of the greens. It also kinda overpowered her Brooklyn lager which might have been paired better with a different salad. I guess I take a little off the service for no warning there.

The beer menu is far more extensive than the food menu and the joint's all-over dedication to a love of beer is a joy for any BA. The fact that if you use the word "try" when ordering will get you a sample without a word is a plus. Allowed me to try the Gruet special that resulted in an interesting no-hop sip that I didn't need to order a whole pint of.

Service was fine until it came time to pay the check, which for some reason took a long time. Like that even matters in a place with all these lovely choices.

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Photo of slander
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Cellarman hit it on the nose when he said this place had 2 distinct personalities. Starting with weekdays, during which this place is most unpleasant and maddening, packed with pretentious cigar chomping suits, that are drinking Scotch and should go somewhere else anyway so I can just enjoy my beer (please). I've actually stood on a long line outside, waitin' for you to leave so I can get in. It's just criminal. And the cigar smoke (they sell cigars there and encourage you to smoke them there) seriously impedes upon one's ability to taste your beer... and then they're weekends, when Yupfest '03 is out of session and you can actually enjoy this place...
66 beers on tap and a pair of hand drawns plus an impressive selection of bottled beers. A very nice tap collection here. Victory Strom King Stout, Weyerbacher Quad, a pair of Lindeman's (sure, you always see the Framboise but you never see the Peche on tap) and on and on.
A real comfortable bar (except the afforementioned weekday thing) with high ceilings and and dark wood throughout. Nice vintage beer posters and a room off the back with some comfy couches and chairs. Great damn jukebox, too.
I am counting the days on my fingers and toes 'til they put the "NYC smoking in bars" ban in effect and hopefully, the weekdays will become more like the weekends there.

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Photo of Mick
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

A great place if you are in Midtown. Excellent selection. Not as fresh as dba or Blind Tiger Ale House, etc. but still worth the visit. One advantage is that it is very roomy by Manhattan standards. You don't have to butt elbows to get around. The clientele is younger; median age 25. The Ginger Man definitely does not have the character of the Lower East Side or Village. If you don't have any nice clothes to wear you might want to go some place else.

Pricier than the LES and Village but still worth a trip.

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Photo of CharlesRiver
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I was in NY last December and a friend took me to The Ginger Man. I was very impressed to say the least. We have some great beer bars in Boston but nothing like this. First of all the selection is perfect. I don't know exactly how many taps they had but it had to be more than 50. It was classy, warm and inviting. Perfect stop for after dinner beers. This is the kind of place I will keep going back to.

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Photo of pubscout
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I, too, enjoy my regular visit to this classic beer bar. I've lolligagged with notables and not-so-nobles in the back lounge, enjoying both the noisy ambience of the post 4:30 PM weekday as well as the afternoon solitude that makes those overstuffed chairs most attractive.

A big plus is the cigar-friendly atmosphere--at least that was the case during my last visit. Don't know how much longer that will last, given the rumblings from Gracie Mansion, so big-butters should enjoy it while you can.

I did, however, receive a rather disturbing and negative report regarding beer freshness at the G-man from a visiting head brewer of a very famous British Brewery, which shall remain nameless.

During an interview about his beer, I asked if he had visited the G-man. He allowed that he had, but was severely disappointed in the freshness level of the beer he called for.
He had a similar reaction to another choice, implying that either the lines hadn't been properly maintained, or the beer had been allowed to go bad in storage. It was a concern he had for his own beer during shipping from across the pond. He said he could guarantee its freshness at his end, but his distributors--and his barmen--needed to be just as conscientious at theirs. Point well taken.

Of course, his palate may have been a tad more sensitive than the average G-man patron, but it was worth noting.

Since I never had this experience, I was astounded by his assertion; but neither was this chap the type to foment trouble where none should be. He was being extremely candid and forthright.

Here's hoping the G-man and other places that purport to be beer bars are heeding the warning above.

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Photo of Longstaff
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

This is one of the coolest bars that I have been to in NYC, lounge areas with couches and chairs, and a really wide selection of beers - at least 50 taps and good selection of bottled Belgian ales - make this place great. I was there on a Saturday night and the place was crowded but not packed so I was able to make my way to the bar without much hassle. I did not smell many cigars being smoked, but almost 75% of the patrons were smoking cigarettes. The smoke wasn't as bad as some places, but it did annoy me after a while. Most Belgian bottles were $7-8 with Rochefort and Westvleteren being $15. I did not think that the $8 Belgians were overpriced since it is NYC where you can pay up to $6 for a pint of macroswill. I definitely will be going back to this place.

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