The Ginger Man
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4.65/5 rDev +9.9%
Me and a buddy found the GingerMan on a fluke while looking cruising the streets of NYC. We ended up staying six hours. The establishment and atmosphere are top notch. The selection is incredible both bottled and draft. We both started with a draft ourselves but then decided to split bottles. We grabbed the last two JW Lees Harvest 98s and had a DFH World Wide Stout to hilight our stay there. We ran up a big bill but enjoyed everything, including the two apps. Service was exceptional and knowledgable. I will be back the next time I'm in the city.
01-06-2006 00:35:44 | More by cougrclaw
4.03/5 rDev -4.7%
Very trendy mid-town yuppy hangout. Crowded and expensive but they have an excellent selection of taps and top shelf scotches as well. Service was a bit weak but I think that's more to do with the crowds than the attentiveness of the servers. They are certainly busy. I tried my first Magic Hat #9 and Blind Faith here as well as an Anchor Foghorn and an Old Speckled Hen all on tap.
The seating is actually quite cozy with a labrynth of rooms filled with big comfy easy chairs and couches, but finding a spot among the pretentious twenty-something yuppies is another story.
The real story is that this bar actually inspired me to read a book. The name was taken from a novel by J.P. Donleavy and has quotes from the book printed on the walls all over the bar. Very funny and entertaining book. Very good bar.
11-25-2005 20:37:09 | More by BillyB
District of Columbia
4.3/5 rDev +1.7%
Atmosphere Went on a Saturday night with a few beer nerd in training friends, pretty busy but not overly so. The music selection was eclectic, and seating was a bit limited. We eventually wrested some stools away from people and claimed a corner.
Quality Everything seemed fresh and served, cooler than I like it, but warmer than a lot of places. Glassware was clean and appropriate.
Service A waitress passed by every few minutes and took our orders. Drinks were delivered slowly, but not painfully slow. The waitress was nice, but not overly chatty.
Selection Eclectic selection of New York beers, regional micros, bigger craft brewers and lots of imports. I was miffed that they had kicked their keg of SN harvest ale, but my pint of Rogue hop heaven got me over it. Check out the website for the current taps/bottles.
Value A bit expensive, but not more than I expected for a night on the town in NYC. I think our tab ended up being about $60 with tip for about 9 good beers.
11-23-2005 02:11:32 | More by OldSock
4.53/5 rDev +7.1%
Ive been blessed over the last few years with an opportunity to travel for work and for recreation. In these travels, Ive spent some time in some of the best beer bars in the country, and the Ginger Man is one of those. Its centrally located in midtown Manhattan, and is easy to find. It is a large space with what appears to be 20ft ceilings. This is great when you have a large crowd, as the noise gets lost up there. The bar is polished hardwood and has plenty of space. The beer selection is awesome. I had a couple of fresh hop ales, and a South Hampton Secret ale. All the beers were fresh, well tended and tasted great. I had a light lunch of soup and a salad. The food tasted great, and was delivered promptly. This place has a reputation as being one of the best in the country, and the reputation is well deserved.
11-13-2005 21:18:38 | More by carln26
3.91/5 rDev -7.6%
During a weekend excursion to NYC, a couple of friends and I finally stopped by The Ginger Man. This place has been on my radar for some time now and I had the opportunity to see what it's all about. After hailing a cab and getting out of the East Village on an unseasonably warm November day we were determined to enter this midtown beer bar.
Once you arrive at The Ginger Man you are greeted by a large open room with huge ceilings. A very lengthy wooden bar covers the right and tables to the left. I noticed only one TV that was propped above the bar that had a football game on. A massive amount of taps decorate the back wall of the bar. Our bartender greeted us and then gave us their beer list. The beer selection here is just about as extensive as they get. Expect around 50 taps with an impressive bottle selection to match. Great representation from breweries all over. I noticed one cask selection that was the Blue Point Hoptical Illusion. I had the Anderson Valley Hop Ottin', Rodenbach and Anchor Old Foghorn. Beers come in either 13 oz or 20 oz glasses. There is some beautiful glassware on display on top of the bar.
The bar was relatively empty when we arrived but as the afternoon went on, this place started to fill up. From what my friend has told me, this place can get crowded at nighttime and on the weekends.
Unfortunately during our visit, The Ginger Man was ridiculously warm. It was clearly visible that we were not the only customers uncomfortable by the excessive heat. The bartender was responsive and let us know that they were having problems with the heat and trying to fix it. This oversight was obviously unintentional, but I would be lying if I said it didn't detract from our experience here. We were sweating in our T-shirts as we were trying to enjoy a few afternoon pints. Our bartender was cool throughout our visit. She was responsive, knowledgeable and honest.
This is a solid beer bar, no question about it. The selection available will impress you, but I left this place feeling that it's slightly overrated. The beers I had were decent in terms of freshness and I think this is one of those places that suffers from the quantity vs. quality idea. I also don't particularly care much for this area of Manhattan either and maybe that has taken away from my overall impression. The vibe was a tad sterile and lacking. I like a bar with a little less pretension and more comfort. Prices are a little on the high side too. Certainly recommended if in the direct area or seeking a specific beer, but there may be much better beer bar options in NYC.
11-08-2005 17:48:27 | More by Hibernator
4.22/5 rDev -0.2%
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%
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%
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%
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%
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
The Ginger Man in New York, NY
94 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.