The Ginger Man

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274 Ratings
Ratings: 274
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: n/a
Taps: 72
Bottles: 160
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
[ Bar, Eatery ]

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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @thegingermannyc

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Photo of brdc
3.35/5  rDev -21%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

This place comes with a big reputation in NYC. it has a "few" problems, though.
First, you should only go on weekends, and early - weekdays it is just too crowded.
The service is OK, most of the waiters do know their beers, and they have an impressive on tap list, but you sometimes ask about a few they do not know enough about. Food is really unimpressive, and the price tab is very high, even for NYC standards.
Go early on a weekend, if you found on their website something you want to try on tap. Otherwise, despite the impressive selection, it is not exactly a fun place.

Photo of JulieRFoster
2.08/5  rDev -50.9%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5

This is a great bar if you're a wall street asshole. Excuse my language, but the bar was mostly populated by yuppies in button-downs sipping on gin and tonics. The establishment's decor kind of lends itself to this clientele - the back room looks like a cigar lounge in a country club, replete with coffee tables and leather wing-backed chairs. Although the set-up of the back room is very nice, as it provides a welcomed respite from the chatty cathy 20-somethings and their brainless cocktails. The tunes in this area were also marginally better, but it still reminded me of a lawyer's office rather than a convivial beer bar.

There is an extremely long bar, which allows for seating and the semblance that you will be served. Of course they only have two bar tenders, so you have to wait your damn turn and then wait some more.
The bartenders were pleasant enough, but not particularly knowledgeable. I'm sorry, but when I go to a specialist beer bar, I expect that the server will be able to tell me the style of a beer they have on tap.

I went to this bar because I was told of all the wonderful taps they have. Well, they have a lot of taps, but nothing special to be found. I have had almost every single beer on their list, and none of them were particularly good. They have a decent selection in bottles, but they're VERY expensive. As it was, you're paying $7-8 a pint for the beers on tap. Yes, it's Manhattan, but there are certainly beer bars that have retained their souls.
So if you have no soul and work on Wall street, you'll probably like this place. If you love beer, you won't.

Photo of Loki
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
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.

Photo of hedonistjive
4.09/5  rDev -3.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

I deliberately sought this place out after seeing its on-tap beer selection posted online - various Colorado microbreweries completely unknown in California (where I'm from); Dogfish Head stuff; various Belgians etc. I loved the place. Dimly lit in the best way, with great overstuffed couches and chairs, and a decided lack of people to ruin the beer-tasting mood. Oh, there were folks there, but they seemed intent on ordering bizarre beers as I was, and enjoying them to the hilt. Only drawback were the prices ($6 and up for almost everything), but then, that's New York City.

Photo of KroMagnon
3.75/5  rDev -11.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

Went by on a Wednesday around 2.30, and the place was just about vacant which was fine. In some ways the selection was a little underwhelming...being from Knoxville TN I expected NYC to have much more variety, but in fact it may be that my favorite bars at home (i.e. Barley's) are extremely competent. Regardless the barmaid was pleasant, as expected, nothing out of the ordinary. (not quite like the Flying Saucer in Memphis which I have visited but have not reviewed). Overall this was a neat urban place and a welcome change from corporatomatrons with TVs blaring and stuff. Good bratwurst plate; I'll go back again soon.

Photo of crass751
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Met up with a buddy of mine here and was blown away. 50+ beers on tap plus an amazing selection in bottles. Impressive beer menu helps to navigate through the selection. On tap beers are separated by style and country, bottled are separated by country. Food menu offers suggestons for beer pairings. Bartenders were pretty knowledgable and offered good advice on what to try and were knowledgable about the styles that they serve. Atmosphere is great, dark, woody, with some big tables and an impressively sized bar. There's a corner room with comfortable chairs and couches. Got there early enough to get a seat at the bar, but the place fills up quickly. Prices are reasonable for NYC.

Photo of plaid75
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Perhaps the best beer bar I have ever been to.

As a pre-St. John's game ritual, I have frequesnted this place on several occassions. The beer list is outstanding. 50+ taps, all built into the wall behind the bar. They provide an easy to reference beer menu, organized by country and style.

The atmosphere is very inviting as well. Easily a 60 foot bar and several tables and stools, reminiscent of the layout of an Ireland pub. In the back, there is a nice lounge area, complete with couches and a long table that looks like it should be in a great Viking mead hall. The dart board doesn't hurt either.

However, the best feature is the vast seasonal selections on tap. At least a half dozen seasonals to choose from.

I would recommend that if you live in or around the City, or plan on visiting from out of town, you check this place out.

Photo of beerattorney
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I have spent many a evening at the Gingerman. It is very often quite crowded but if you are lucky, the couches or chairs at the back are comfy. In addition, the seats at the front allow for some people watching. Anyway, the main reason to come to the GM is location and selection. It is very close to Penn Station so inracity transport is kept to a minimum. The selection is also usually very good although you pay for it. Expect to pay at least 6 or 6.50 per pint here. They do serve food but the menu is quite limited (sandwiches and the like). I would eat before coming. Worth a stop if you need a quick fix or are pasisng through.

Photo of Kendo
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Was in NYC on business last week and stopped in for the first time after reading about it here. . . . Near the entrance they've got a window/glass display area with all sorts of books on beer (including at least one of Michael Jackson's), so I thought "OK, they take beer seriously here." Nice space -- high ceiling, not a dingy dive bar at all, but rather an upscale place where beer is the centerpiece -- certainly not the food. I did see a couple people eating sandwiches at the bar and there seemed to be something going on in the back food-wise, but I didn't get too close to that. Very crowded (on a Wednesday) with the midtown after-work clientele filling up the area around the bar and towards the back, so I didn't want to lose my spot at the bar once I got situated. Saw lots of Amex gold cards starting tabs, which would've been helpful to have myself, as there were many pricey options. . . . It took me awhile to (1) make up my mind from the beer menu -- I believe there are at least 50 - 60 taps; and (2) get the attention of one of the 3 bartenders who were running themselves ragged trying to keep on top of things. Then the first beer I asked for (Fortitude) they were out of and I scrambled to come up with an alternative. Settled quickly on Goose Island's Honker, which in my opinion was only OK, but anyhow this is a review of the place, not the beer. . . .

Lots of Belgian beers but given the number of taps I've gotta say I was slightly disappointed with the overall variety. Only a limited number of stouts, for example, and nothing exotic (I did end the night with the Sixpoint Black Soul Porter, which was a nice find, but the selection of porters and stouts was very limited). I shook my head in bewilderment when two groups in a row ordered Bud and Bud Light, but. . . their loss. I didn't see any casks, either on the menu or along the wall of taps. But then, the bar was way crowded and I didn't move around, so maybe they were there and I just missed them. . . .

I used to work in NYC, so I expected midtown prices. Most beers are $6.00 for a 20 oz pint, but many have "special" prices increasing up to $8.00 per pint. Rogue Dead Guy was either $6.50 or $7.00 a pint and I noted to someone I was talking to briefly that up in Albany, I'd be paying $2.00 per pint during Happy Hour for that same beer. But like I said, for midtown the regular prices weren't horrible, especially when you consider the 20 oz pints. If you're a tourist from Peoria you may have a bit of sticker shock, however, especially if you want to order one of the "special" beers that costs more (oh and I should note that many of the Belgians were served in appropriate-style glasses, which is good but you're not getting 20 oz for your $ there). . . .

All in all I liked the place. It's definitely about the beer and if you're a fan of Belgian-style beer, it's a great place. The variety otherwise was slightly disappointing, but given the sheer number of taps (and I assume they rotate plenty of them), I hope to be able to come back to sample things soon.

Edit: was back this weekend (December 2008) and once again it was busy but this time I was more impressed with the selection. Only one cask was still going (RCH Old Slug Porter), but they had Goose Island Bourbon County Stout, which was thoroughly enjoyable, and plenty of other options you don't see everyday. Prices seem to have gone up, with plenty of $8 and $9 options, but so it goes. It is midtown and you are paying in many cases for some rare, strong beers. . . .

Photo of Stimack
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Went to the Ginger Man a few times while in NYC for business. Very impressive looking place, very clean and the décor was nice. Very high ceilings give the place an open feel. 60 some taps, a beer on the engine and who knows how many bottles. Had a sandwich while there which was very good and the service was exceptional. The types of brews to be had where various leading to some issues of deciding what I wanted, kid in a candy store issue! Over all this is one of the best beer bars I have been to and can’t wait to get back to the city to visit again.

Photo of Prufrock
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Fantastic beer selection. Tons of Belgians, and a nice mix of other countries as well. Some good American micros as well. I had the Brooklyn barleywine, Boon Gueuze, Sinebrychoff Porter and Perkuno's Hammer. Everything was served nicely with the right glassware. Lion's Stout from Sri Lanka was on the menu, but they were out. Other highlights included Deus, Rochefort 6/8/10 and other Trappists, Stone Smoked Porter, and too many other good ones to remember.

Great atmosphere; high ceilings, not too crowded (even on Friday night), space for everyone.

Food was pretty average; we had a few sandwiches and a basket of chips. But worth the trip for the nice ambience and the fantastic selection.

Photo of NiceGuyMike
4.45/5  rDev +5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

The wife and I had to meet up with friends in the city for drinks. We decided to go earlier and get some diner. So I hopped onto BA and did a BeerFly search and found The Ginger Man. It was about 10 blocks north where we needed to be with an excellent looking brew selection and some light food stuffs. We decided to give it a try.

Walking into the place you are greated with a small glass display of beer books (M. Jackson and other books), beer glasses and bottles along with copies of The Ginger Man novel (which seems to be the name sake). The place is dark with very tall ceilings (I'd estimate 19-20 feet high). There is a long bar with many tables around. I didn't know if we could just seat ourselves or not, so we had to wait around to get that answered. We ended seating ourselves right next to the hot water radiator (that night was the coldest night of the year so far).

They claim 60 beers on tap. I didn't count so I'll give them that. The selection included almost everthing imaginable. My wife opt for a 20 oz of Stone's Smoked Porter which was fresh and wonderful. I got Delirium Tremens which was excellent. I followed it with Maredsous Triple. All beers tasted fresh and wonderful.

We accompanied the brew with beer tasting plate and the bratworst plate. The tasting plate included mustard, three large blocks of cheese (swiss, cheddar and blue), apple slices, grapes, walnuts and crusty bread. The brats included bread, mustard and a pickle slice. I was in heaven with the triple. Those Europeans know how to eat. Everything went very well with each other (save for the pickle), was very fresh and light. We ate our fill without feeling over full. Excellent.

To end a great experience, we were lucky enough to catch a cap right outside the front door.

Photo of dougnboston
4.83/5  rDev +13.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Just in from the Ginger. Really enjoyed myself. Good crowd and nice too. Had good conversation with several and well really enjoyed myself. I think this is one of the top bars around. Proper glasses for the Belgium beers. Good, not great, but good food. The "beer companion" cheese and fruit plate is very big which has more other stuff, not so much cheese.

As a recommendation, I'd say "go", it's a very good beer bar with a strong and good selection of top quality beers. Do go.

Update: I just keep going back to this place, I love it. The selection is about the best you can get from any beer bar and it's a place that just keeps growing on me. Gotta have it gotta go.

Photo of johnniemarg
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2

I go to the Ginger Man all the time after work as it's located right in Midtown. The selection, in terms of numbers of beer is unmatched in NYC. There are 68 taps, 100+ bottles and 2 cask engines. For any beer lover, seeing their wall of taps is simply awe-inspiring. Most beers are $6 and come in imperial pints. The taps rotate often and this place always has a great selection of seasonals.

I last visited on a Monday night. That night they had a problem with the CO2 and it was taking them a while to get you a beer because of the amount of foam. This was an anomoly though, because I've never had such a problem there before.

Service is good. They've got a few bartenders that have all been there for a long time and they're knowledgable and friendly. They'll let you sample anything. Service at the tables not as good as at the bar, simply because there is more turnover it seems at that position so the waitresses are not neerly as knowledgable about beer. I often have the problem when sitting at the table where my friends and I need to sip each other's beers to figure out which beer is which because they clearly put the wrong ones in front of us. It's not too big of a deal amongst friends, but it sucks when you're expecting a Stone IPA and you get a mouthfull of blueberry instead. Table service can be painfully slow when it's busy on Thursdays and Fridays so I generally order a new beer with half a glass to go.

The atmosphere of the bar itself is great. Very old-fashioned comfortable setting. I think the place used to be a cigar bar and it has that kind of feel to it. High ceilings make the place feel very open. It's got a long bar on the right, with those glorious taps, with 20 or so stools. On the left side there are booths against the wall. Smaller bar in the rear left of the bar that usually has 2 removable taps. These taps are only up when it's busy and they're usually nothing special (a pilsner or a Magic Hat #9, etc.). There is a dark lounge with low ceilings in the back that has a bunch of couches and there's another couple of couches and a couple of tables, in the front of the bar.

I used to go all the time on Thursdays and Fridays, but it just gets way too busy on those days such that it's shoulder-to-shoulder and you can barely move. It becomes almost impossible to get a seat at the bar or a table unless you leave work at 5pm. There generally are a lot of hotties when it's busy though, so it's not all bad. I prefer to go when it's less busy - Monday thru Wednesday.

Here's the one thing that I really don't like about this place - the food. They don't have any warm food except for the soup. Cold sandwiches are just okay. Another place I frequent gets negative remarks for its "standard pub fare". But personally, when I'm having a beer I want to occasionally have a burger and fries. Ginger Man has neither. And maybe I want to have some chicken wings as I watch a football game. No chicken wings either as there is no fried food at all. There are a couple of platters (one of them cheese and fruit and the other cold cuts) that are okay but not great. The closest thing they have to snack food is a microwaved pretzel or a basket of potato chips, but here's the catch: they charge you $2 for the potato chips. WTF? I'm giving them a "2" for the food. For perspective, I gave David Copperfield's a "4" for food and when I get around to reviewing Waterfront Ale House and Stout, I'll probably give them each at least a "4.5" based on my previous experiences at those places. I like good food with with my beer and it bothers me that I often have to leave Ginger Man to get dinner elsewhere.

Ginger Man has the biggest selection I've ever seen and I love to go there often for a few pints, but the food menu is a big letdown and table service isn't great when it's busy.

Photo of ViveLaChouffe
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The chalkboard as you enter reads as follows:

"Always do sober what you said you'd do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut." - Ernest Hemingway

An enormous inviting bar I stopped in during the lunch hour to kill some time before heading out to LaGuardia. Lots of taps and bottles. Two cask engines (one was out, one had Fraoch Heather Ale). I had a small pour of the Fraoch (really wanted some cask) and a pint of Magic Hat.

It was rainy so I had some minestrone soup which was pretty good. I could've stayed all day but was pressed for time. Service was good although I was in at less than peak hours and they knew their stuff. A must stop if you are in the neighborhood of the Empire State Building.

Photo of cougrclaw
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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.

Photo of BillyB
4.03/5  rDev -5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

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.

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

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.

Photo of carln26
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I’ve been blessed over the last few years with an opportunity to travel for work and for recreation. In these travels, I’ve spent some time in some of the best beer bars in the country, and the Ginger Man is one of those. It’s 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.

Photo of Hibernator
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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.

Photo of GnomeKing
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
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.

Photo of joedon
4.1/5  rDev -3.3%
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.

Photo of constantpain
3.08/5  rDev -27.4%
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.

Photo of Nutleybeer
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

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3.93/5  rDev -7.3%
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.

The Ginger Man in New York, NY
94 out of 100 based on 274 ratings.