The Ginger Man
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4.58/5 rDev +8.3%
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%
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%
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%
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%
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
4.28/5 rDev +1.2%
After reading some of the reviews of this place, I thoughts I would be walking into some bright crome covered place, I was totally wrong! It was mid afternoon on a Friday and the place was fairly quiet.
The selection have a wide variety from mass produced imports to various local micro's. As a hop head, I was looking for IPA's, etc. A few were on tap, but Chris the bartenders said their hop quote was down somewhat from previously. Both Chris and Maria (hope I got your name right!) were great! They new the product and were happy to share!
Along the way, Bob the owner ended up sitting next to me at the bar. We started sampling beers together and having a great talk. Next time I am in New York, I will visit again!
04-19-2005 16:00:47 | More by saskguy
3.46/5 rDev -18.2%
After having a Beer at the hotel, Ericaweizen, Francisweizen and I walked a few blocks south towards the Ginger man. We get in, the place was packed. We werent cramped or anything, the area in front of the main bar is spacious, but seating is very limited. We did eventually find a spot to sit in the sofa section in the back, only to get kicked out 10 minutes later by the waitress saying these seats were reserved. WTF?
Ambiance was a little too snooty for my taste, it seems more people were there to be seen than to actually drink good Beer.
We ended up standing next to the bar, and when I finally got the barmaids attention I had to point my selection on the menu because she didnt understand a word I said. I asked for a Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus, and she replied, Oh, you want a Can-tilly-uhn. She didnt have any left, but she did compliment me on my accent. We settled for an Organic Gueuze, drank it quickly and got outta there. The list is nice, but who knows what else they ran out of. Id give this place another shot on a quieter afternoon, but forget about it in the evening.
04-01-2005 12:51:19 | More by Goldorak
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
I like this place pretty damn good...it was late, I was tired and not feeling too well but I still managed, on tap, Stone Old Guardian and Avery The Czar. They came in Imperial Pint glasses for $7.95 and $6.95 respectively...a good deal considering the their bomber prices are about that. And they actually maintain their website...what you see on their site is what you'll find on tap. Atmosphere was terrific: dimly lit, couches and big cushiony chairs in the front, long bar, and plenty of tables/booths. It was Monday night at around 10:00 so the crowd wasn't much and for the most part folks stuck to themselves. If you're in the area it is well worth your time to check 'em out.
03-23-2005 17:05:12 | More by markman
4.4/5 rDev +4%
This place is a great find for me. I think I've heard the name of the place tossed around before but had never been there before. Defintely a great place for trying out beer you've most likely never had before.
Some may flinch at the prices but one must keep in mind that it's between park ave and 5th ave... some of the most expensive real estate in, well, the world. Sure, you'll pay $5 for a bottle of Mic light, but if you're at a beer bar and ordering Mic light you deserve to be punished.
I paid $8.50 for a 23 ounce glass of Old Howling Bastard (from the tap) and it was worth every penny. Unfortunately, I've been to places in Manhattan that charge you $7 for a bottle of Heineken.... some food for thought there.
Spent three hours there before it started to get stupidly crowded... to be expected on a Saturday night. Would have spent more time there otherwise. Had a great time
The comments before me, and the Ginger Man's website should be able to tell you anything else you need to know.
03-15-2005 00:34:34 | More by ommegangpbr
4.4/5 rDev +4%
Gigantic beer bar right in midtown near the Empire State Building. Big windows on the store-front, and nicely done exhibition cabinets on the way in. Long wooden bar down the right side and more than 60 taps right behind it. Also a couple of handpulls. High ceilings, lots of good brewerania. Nicely done lounge area in back with comfy chairs and couches. We sat there, lucky to get this nice room to ourselves, and enjoyed attentive table service. Atmosphere is great for hanging around drinking beer with friends, and a lively crowd is proof of the pudding. Food is available, although the menu is quite limited. Still, its a big plus to be able to get a decent sandwich at night while out drinking with a group, as well as the baskets of potato chips. Easily the best place in NYC if you don't factor in the pricing. This place is also the most expensive place in the city.
02-27-2005 16:01:28 | More by ChowHound
The Ginger Man in New York, NY
94 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.