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The Ginger Man

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282 Ratings
Ratings: 282
Reviews: 217
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: n/a
Taps: 72
Bottles: 160
Cask: Y
Beer-to-Go: Y
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11 E 36th St
New York, New York, 10016-3318
United States
phone: (212) 532-3740

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Photo of Soracloud
4.6/5  rDev +8.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Heard a lot about this place from friends. As a B-Day gift from the wife, we made a day trip up to The Glorious Gingerman.

The inside was large and open (looked smaller from the outside but its deceiving) Dark wood trims, large heavy tables with chairs and booths. Some couches were available also to kick back and relax in. The bar seated I would say about 25 people comfortably. Seems on a busy night you'd be standing.

The back of the bar had two separate walls of taps. Just about 65 in total with an even larger bottle selection. They also had two hand pumps. The beer menu seems to be ever changing as new and seasonal beers are released. On Cask was Great Divide Yeti Oaked Russian Imperial Stout and a Double IPA I believe from a NY Brewery (I forget the name) I was also happy to see DFH Worldwide stout available! Bottle/Draft prices seemed OK, averaging around $4.50 for a draft and $5 for a bottle. 22 and 16oz bottles were obviously more expensive but not outrageous.

Every beer the wife and I ordered was placed in the proper vessel and the young lady tending bar seemed to up to speed on her beers.

The food was great! Not an extensive menu but enough to fill you up right. The Guinness Stew is an absolute must.

I will be back many times, heck I'll sleep on the street if need be! If you are in the area definitely check this place out!

Only bad thing was I noticed their website was not updated that often. Hopefully that will change.

Photo of Gavage
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Upon entering the dark bar you see the large selection of taps just behind the bar. You feel like a kid in a candy store wondering what special drafts they have. The beer menu clearly states what is new on tap on the front page. Inside you find well over 60 drafts and 150 bottles.

The bar was fairly crowded for a late afternoon on a Friday. Some sat at the tables, but most were at the bar. A few people were sitting in the sofa room in the back. The bar is long and seats about 20 people. A collection of nice glassware adorns the top of the bar. A small open kitchen is in the back by the restrooms.

Pints are from $6 - 7.50 based on what you order. Victory, Rogue, Anchor, Stoudt's, Smuttynose, Magic Hat, Blue Point, Brooklyn, and Ommegang were some of the American offerings. Young's, Fullers, Kulmbacher, Mahrs, and Spaten Optimator were some of the international beers. Just way to many to list.

Anyone visiting NYC should make the time to visit this great bar.

Photo of Freshie
4.05/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Prime Mid-town location. Two streets away from the Empire State Building.

Welcoming atmosphere, but still rather vibrant. Lots of young people on a Saturday night. Long bar on right. Seating around the walls. Taps on the walls behind bar. Beer decor, but not too cheesy. Done well. Lounge area in the back. Get there if you can. That space is available for private parties.

Selection is diverse and well-rounded, though no great finds for the most part. Still, you can get a Belgian white, or an Imperial IPA, or a Pilsner, etc etc. I saw Stone IPA, and Arrogant Bastard, also Brooklyn Lager, Great Divide, Boulder, Stella, Pilsner Urquell, and many more on Tap. Also, dozens more in bottles. Beer menu divided into styles, like at other beer bars.

Food was good. Appetizers include a nice Italian cured meat platter with cheese, flat bread, and pickled veggies. Entrees are limited to pub grub, like hot dogs, burgers and sandwiches, but they are down o so right. I recommend the Ginger Man Hot Dog.

Service is somewhat sassy, but attentive. They are just really busy and have no time for any indecisiveness. We got our waitress to try some odd beers, that we had ordered, because she seemed curious.

Wines and mixed drinks available for significant others or friends who might not be enthusiastic as your self when it comes to beer.

I got there around 10pm on a Saturday, manged to snag a lounge spot. When I got up around midnight to relieve myself, I was astounded to see the place packed to the brim. Young, lively crowd. Great place to chill with friends and toast to some tasty brews. I shall return whenever possible.

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

A large place, with sofas and a huge bar. Even with loud music contained to the bar area,fortunately you can still hear yourself speak. They could use more than 2 servers as you had to wait, but David the bartender pours beautifully and is an artist to watch. This is situated close to the insane Times 50 or so taps, and even more bottles, and two on cask, and with high turnover, I am sure all is fresh. I was comfortable here. You need to order a pint of whatever, and I would have liked a couple of samples of some obscure stuff, a minor criticism.

Photo of jwc215
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Visited here for lunch. Fairly well-lit and very clean. Long bar on right with small tables in front and on left. Around 60 beers on tap, 2 casks, and 120 bottles. Impressive selection focused mainly on imports with a fair amount of American crafts. Most were six bucks per draft. The bottles were overpriced. The beer was fresh - Had Belhaven's Bitter and Twisted on cask, followed by a Ct. Lawrence Pale on-tap. My two friends and I were happy with the beers we ordered. The bartender couldn't tell us anything about the other beer that was on cask, but did offer us a free sample. The menu was laid out in a very organized way - by styles and countries. It recommended that you ask the trained managers about the selections, showing that they take pride in their beer. The food menu was limited to a few sandwiches. I ordered the roast beef with horseradish sauce. It was pretty large, but a bit skimpy on the sauce. My two friends said that their sandwiches were okay - nothing special. Bottom line is that this place is well worth a visit to. The selection, both on-tap and in bottles is impressive. Located not far from Penn Station, so easy to get to if taking the train.

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

I visited the Ginder Man on a recent work trip to NYC. It was a Friday afternoon about 4pm so I beat the happy hour rush which did kick in after I was there for an hour.

The atmosphere is pretty cool. The bar is fairly dark inside and the bar itself is fairly large and the overall size of the entire restaurant is pretty big. Actually feels a bit cavernous at times but still have a good vibe to it.

The selection is pretty darn good. They have I think 66 taps running plus 1 or 2 hand pumps. The draft selection when I was there was pretty wide reaching including locals like Sixpoint, Brooklyn and Southampton from NY. They had Victory and Sly Fox from my backyard of PA and they also have German's and Belgians and great taps from other parts of the U.S. Very good selection. There were so many options on tap that I didn't even get a chance to crack into their extensive bottle selection. Although some of the bottles on the list were a bit pricey, some would be worth it and the drafts were all about $6 for a 20 oz pint which is not that bad.

The Ginger Man is definitely worth a trip to if you are visiting or working in NYC. Even if you have to cab or subway to get there, do it. Also a plus that it is non smoking like all NYC bars. Great to actually taste the beer and not some guys cigarette like you get here in PA.

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

A few months after a great gonzo beer tour in Belgium, walking into NYC's Ginger Man was like revisiting those great Belgian pubs that I already miss very much. A rustic, comfy wood decor and a darker atmosphere greets the thirsty traveler (or local), with about a zillion taps and even more bottled beers to offer. Most of them are from Belgium and the US, but lots of other countries are represented. Some of the taps on the wall aren't actually available, and many that were, were not on the menu. A little confusing, but why bitch?, the selection is incredible. The only beer I had there that I didn't like was Rock Art Ridge Runner barley wine, which sucked. That's not Ginger Man's fault, I just thought Id mention it since I didn't take any notes for review purposes. But man, what a selection.

Service was excellent, friendly and knowledgeable, and there's even a cool back room with a couch for a relaxed, super-comfortable session. Also in the back are glass-enclosed cabinets holding beer paraphernalia/memorabilia from around the world. Just about paradise. This is just around the corner from a friend I'm visiting...it'll be a wonder if we make it out of this two-block area in my weeklong stay in NYC. Highly recommended stop whenever you're in the city. But, like most great bars, stay away on Friday and Saturday nights if you don't like crowds, cuz it gets crazy in there...

Photo of jim102864
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5

The Ginger Man is a must visit anytime I'm in Manhattan. Large selection of quality draft micros and more importanly, several Belgians. Pricey but worth it. Belgians are served in proper glassware. I never really noticed the clientele until I visited last night (a Friday) - mostly 20 somethings. And the place was five deep at the bar. Regardless, it's all about the beer and the Ginger Man delivers. Plan to eat elsewhere, as their food menu is limited to a few sandwiches and soups, neither of which are anything to write home about.

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.

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