The Ginger Man
Taps: 72 / Bottles: 160
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 254 | Reviews: 212 | Display Reviews Only:
4.22/5 rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$
There were about 40-50 taps, plus a big bottle list. I had a Cantillon Geuze, Bengali Tiger (cask), and a Sixpoint Brownstone. Each was well-poured and fresh. New York brewers are well-represented here, as are many other regions and countries. If my memory is right, there was even one from Lithuania.
The overall feel is spacious, a bit upscale, and just a dash funky. The main room is large with very tall ceilings and vaguely gothic chandeliers. Next time, I'm going to lounge out on the leather recliners and couches in the room toward the back. There is an great display of glassware behind the bar. There's awesome chalkboard art. (When I was there in mid-October, there were drawings of a skull for halloween and a girl in a dirndl for Oktoberfest). It's a pretty place with some unique touches that give it its own personality. I think anyone--regardless of age, personality, sex, whatever--would like the vibe here.
The food? Eh. The soft pretzel with honey mustard sauce couldn't compete with Auntie Ann's, and my roast beef sandwich was thin on the meat and didn't have much flavor. Even the sandwich's bread, while appearing hefty and tasty, was kind of bland. If you're here, you're hungry, and you're drinking, sure, have the food. It's good enough, but it doesn't add to the experience. Also, the
menu is on the small side, with not many interesting choices.
10-24-2005 17:57:48 | More by GnomeKing
4.1/5 rDev -3.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$$$
This is a great place! I wish I had such a pub closer to home. The beer selection is remarkable; the best I've seen, anywhere. There are 70 beers on tap as well as 150+ bottled beers listed in their menu. Scotch, spirits and wine are also available.
I visited on a weekday mid-afternoon and had my choice of seats; either booth, table or bar. The very large, high ceilinged front room overlooks 33rd street. The side wall is lined with tables, booths and picnic-table /benches. There is a dark, homey lounge with sofas and easy chairs in the back. The "kitchen" area is located in the back corner. Everything is tastefully decorated with plenty of breweriana and souvenirs for sale.
Very relaxing but prompt service. The beer is served up in appropriate glassware and temperature. There were many offerings on the beer list that I had never tasted so I tried two: Magic Hat Blind Faith (which was a disappointment) and Leffe Brown which was exceptionally good.
For food, I tried the Guinness stew. This was a very dark brown rich color. Imagine a Guinness reduced to a syrup and cooked with beef, onions, mushrooms and potatoes. Very tasty but the potato out-numbered the beef about 6-1. Other food offerings are basically sandwiches and snacks. The "kitchen" is tiny but they turn out a pretty good product.
Add to review 2.20.06. I'm upping my value rating to $$$$ since I've never been to another brew-pub anywhere that charged so much. The selection is still great but you really pay for it.
Also knocking down the rating for sevice and atomosphere. Visited on a Friday evening and could barely get in the door, it was so crowded. Lots of macro drinkers that were out of place here. Also service slowed to a crawl. Took about 45 minutes to get served. I know it was crowded but that's ridiculous.
09-11-2005 22:18:39 | More by joedon
3.08/5 rDev -27.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 2 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2 | $$
I heard about this place from a friend and wanted to try it during my trip to NYC. I checked out the website and saw a pretty nice selection on tap. The first impression when I walked in was that it was a nice place, good atmosphere. It's pretty cool pub to hang with friends.
I first ordered the Leffe Blond, from the recommendation of my friend and also from the waitress. She was definitely pretty helpful with beer selection and seemed to know her thing. However, when the beer came, according to my friend who has had the same thing in Belgium, it tasted really off. I thought it kind of tasted like a Chimay. The second drink I had was the Hitachino Lacto Stout. Tasted like sour milk. Yuck! I also had the Golden Monkey, which I thought was okay. So as you can see, the quality was not as good as I thought it would be.
As for the food, it was basically sandwiches, which really didn't interest any of us. We did order the Beer Companion, which was made up of cheese, breads, walnuts and fruits. It was not bad.
Overall, we had a fun experience there hanging out and chatting with friends. Beer selection was definitely better than the usual generic "Bud" bar. However, the quality of the beer was questionable.
09-05-2005 20:59:40 | More by constantpain
4.2/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
I am surprised by some of the so-so reviews this place has gotten...The Ginger Man is great...hands down the best beer bar in the city and surrounding areas, not even close. Whoever doesn't want a bar with lots of "suits" probably shouldn't be looking in Manhattan at all. The selection of beers is awesome...they have the largest selection of taps that I know of. Their bottled list is also pretty impressive. They keep an updated menu available as well which includes seasonal changes. Of course, the beers are pricey...NYC prices, which is the only drawback.
I would like to see some of the more locals breweries on tap in the future, like River Horse, Flying Fish, Cricket Hill, Troegs...but that is a small complaint. They have way more than enough selections to make a trip here worth the effort.
While the beers are expensive, the food is surprisingly not that much $$$. It is a small menu which includes some sandwiches and appetizers. If you want a snack, order the Beer Companion (3 cheeses, nuts, apples, grapes, bread, mustard...somewhat of a bargain for $10). The Guiness Stew is also really good.
The atomosphere is pretty much Irish/NYC/trendy, but that is to be expected. It is very clean. I am certain going there for Friday Happy Hour times, it will be very packed with business men types...I have only been there on weekends, where it also gets packed later in the evening, but not by what I see to be a stuffy crowd. They have a large bar area, along with 2 dozen or so tables and a back lounge with couches and chairs.
Heartland's Empire State Bldg restaurant is only a few blocks away too, if you feel like a change of pace.
09-04-2005 12:28:49 | More by Nutleybeer
3.93/5 rDev -7.1%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
I like the selection at this place. I like the waitresses at this place. I like the pretzels at this place. I enjoy the fact that there are high celings in this joint and it is very spacious. The mens room was a very nice suprise, to find it clean. I love the selelction of beers that this place offers. Always rotating and some really rare ones too. THe greatest thing was the beer menu. I appreciated that as opposed to standing there looking like an idiot look at all of the taps, I was able to step back and look at the menu. The back room was very cool too. the little section of couches and weird paraphenalia, very cool. The only down fall is the after work on a friday crowd. It's close to Penn station and Empire State building so it gets all of the suits. HOWEVER!!! If you do enjoy a large selection of fine ales, and lagers from all over the place, go here. As much as I hate the atmosphere of knuckle heads and dingy broads, Its a great place for high end beers. So go when no one is there.
07-27-2005 23:06:48 | More by quasimoto
4.58/5 rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
We stopped in at The Gingerman on a Thursday afternoon around 1 PM or so. Not very crowded at all. We had a little one with us, and were very happy to make our way to one of the back rooms. We sat in a couch and easy chairs around a table and ordered lunch. The interior is pretty cool, lots of lod signs, glasses, bottles, etc. Great selection of taps and bottles. 2 casks when we were there, an English bitter, and Goose Island IPA. I was happy to see Avery 12 on tap. The staff was very friendly, and seemed to have at least a decent idea of beer. The sandwiches were ordered were good, nothing spectacular. We enjoyed our food, a couple pints, and a cozy atmosphere. I have read that this place gets very crowded, so I am glad we arrived at the time of day that we did. Overall, this is one of the best beer bars around. A must stop if you are in Manhattan.
07-15-2005 02:50:12 | More by Bierguy5
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
dark wood and low lights. tall ceilings and the most impressively spacious space in manhattan beer-wise. authentic british bartender who was very helpful and unobtrusive. a trillion tap handles, most of which boasted some super rare beers. sure, they rock the bud and coors, but this is a very happening happy-hour area for financial types who dont know any better.
glassware and beer temps were a-ok, and darts were fun. not too crowded in off hours and that was also a plus. the couch-filled lounge is the true gem here.. filled with red velvet and black leather. a beer bottle display calls to me from the lounge wall, boasting (full) bottles of vintage chimay, la trappe, and several others.
bathroom is nice and clean, a stark contrast to the fly-infested piss hole at mug's.
didn't try the food but they had some nice snacks catered towards beer drinking like a cheese, fruit and nut plate and a big new york pretzel with mustard. will try it next time, just was full on good beer.
the crowd could have used a boost, but there is really nothing bad to say about this place. a bit pricey, but thats par for course in midtown. beer menu was up-to-date, the chalkboards are amazing with multi-colored chalk artwork promoting local beers on tap. bartended said 3-4 hours spend on each board.
ginger man is a must-stop for manhattan.
06-14-2005 22:43:10 | More by goodbyeohio
5/5 rDev +18.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | $$
Wow! By far, one of the best beer bars in New York. May be even the best beer bar, all things considered. Here's why:
1) it is spacious! A lot of beer bars are crammed with low ceilings. This bar is very expansive with 20 ft ceilings with sweeping murals. It's a cathedral to beer.
2) Clean! The first thing I noticed is how impeccably clean this place is. They take immense pride in keeping this place antiseptic despite the heavy volume.
3) Friendly service! Everytime I've been here the bartenders and staff have been very cordial. Always seem to meet friendly patrons as well.
4) Selection! Very comprehensive and very organized. Never had a bad tap; everything seems clean and well-maintained.
A pretty good value, considering it's in Midtown and only blocks from Penn Station, Madison Square Garden, and close to Times Square too.
I've heard the food is good, but I have yet to try. I love this place though, and I will frequent it often.
06-12-2005 19:44:50 | More by Sixpoint
4.53/5 rDev +7.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$
Went to the Ginger Man for the first time for a birthday party on a Saturday night. Fell in love with the place.
Beautiful bar, proudly displaying dozens of beers on tap. Several stools at the bar, some booths if you're with a party, and a lounge in the back that's relaxing and comfortable.
There are beer menus all over the bar so you can quickly catch up on what's new this week, as well as see what the regulars are, with prices right along side.
Not only is there great (I mean, great) beer and great selection here, but it's pretty affordable. Sure, you'll pay a little more for your high end beers, but that's to be expected at a beer place in Manhattan. All the draft beers come in three sizes, and most of the 23 ouncers are under ten dollars- not bad at all.
The service is great, the bartenders have all been there for a while and know what they're doing, and they don't keep you waiting long at all.
Overall, great place to drink beer- go check it out.
06-11-2005 03:34:17 | More by scooter231
4.2/5 rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5 | $$$
The Ginger Man is a big place that is pretty clean inside (no soap in the bathroom though) with really high ceilings and nice soft lighting. Beer selection is excellent with more emphasis on the draught selections than the bottles. They have a cool lounge area in the back with leather couches and such but on a Saturday afternoon, the place was pretty empty so we sat at the bar.
I had 1 from 6 Points in Brooklyn--the Sweet Action and an ESB from Stoudt's in PA. Both were quite good and plenty fresh. I had a roast beef sandwich that was absolutely excellent and my buddy had some lentil soup that he said was quite good too.
The bartender was nice and she gave me a couple samples but she seemed almost a little too shy and reserved to be a bartender. She also disappeared for a while when we were looking for a refill. The place is in midtown Manhattan--it ain't supposed to be cheap but given their size and large overhead --the beers were priced very fairly. The food was a little pricier but if its good, I could care less about paying a couple extra bucks for good quality food. I liked this place quite a bit and would definitely go back. It is also only a short walk from where I typically stay when in Manhattan.
05-02-2005 17:02:23 | More by rousee
The Ginger Man in New York, NY
94 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.