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The Ginger Man

Not Rated.
The Ginger ManThe Ginger Man

Taps: 72 / Bottles: 160
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

255 Ratings
Ratings: 255
Reviews: 212
rAvg: 4.23
pDev: 9.93%
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ 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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rousee

Massachusetts

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
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saskguy

Saskatchewan (Canada)

4.28/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 5 | selection: 4

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
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Goldorak

Quebec (Canada)

3.46/5  rDev -18.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

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 weren’t 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 barmaid’s attention I had to point my selection on the menu because she didn’t understand a word I said. I asked for a Cantillon Rose de Gambrinus, and she replied, “Oh, you want a Can-tilly-uhn”. She didn’t 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. I’d 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
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markman

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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.

Cheers...

03-23-2005 17:05:12 | More by markman
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ommegangpbr

New York

4.4/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 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
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ChowHound

New York

4.4/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3 | $$$$

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
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domus

New York

4.18/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Conveniently enough, Ginger Man is around the corner from my apartment, so I stop here quite a bit. Most importantly, they have a fantastic selection of beer. There are many, many taps, and always a good mix of styles and breweries. The beers, of course, don't come cheap, but that's unsurprising given the quality and location. Not quite as IPA-heavy as some of the other NYC beer bars. The service is very friendly and generally good, though some of the table waitresses often seem unimformed about the beers they offer. The atmosphere is mostly a late 20s and 30s after-work midtown crowd, upscale but not really trendy. The food is rather overpriced and nothing to write home about - mostly sandwiches and salads. . A bit of downer, as the Ginger Man in Greenwich has very good food. Overall though, a quality establishment, well worth it.

01-14-2005 03:44:23 | More by domus
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apintofknowledge

New Jersey

3.98/5  rDev -5.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$

n my honest opinion, this shall set the bar (no pun intended) for all other beer bars in New York. It’s a rather large space that can fill up fast on a weekday evening after work. But the variety of seating makes it great for all kinds of gatherings… a long bar with plenty of stools, tables along a long bench that can accommodate parties of all sizes, and my favorite, a back room with comfortable chairs and couches for more quiet gatherings (though tough to snag a good seat at 6 p.m. when it gets rather crowded and loud).

Now for the important part… the beer selection! Very impressive! At least 50 beers on tap with a variety of styles to satisfy almost anyone. There’s always something new and interesting that I’ve never sampled before. They also do a good job of bringing in interesting seasonals, both expected classics and unexpected surprises. And if you can’t find one you want to try on tap, the selection of what must be over 100 bottles will definitely have something that catches your eye.

The food isn’t the point here, but the sandwiches are above par, and a nice fruit and cheese sampler makes for interesting discussion when it comes to pairings with a group of friends.

12-21-2004 03:38:08 | More by apintofknowledge
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francisweizen

Alaska

4.5/5  rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Another kick ass NYC beer bar, suprise suprise! but seriously....The ginger man is an awesome little spot for a night of drinking great brews. The atmosphere is eclectic and strange, reminding me of certain spots in Brussels and Montreal. There is a l-o-n-g wooden bar, and several tables and booths all over the place with an interesting room filled with comfy coaches, and things towards the back of this establishment. The quality of the beers is outstanding, as is the selection of 60+ (!) tap beers! On my last visit I had a blue point pale ale on cask and a magic hat participation on tap. The service was fast and friendly, and when I accidentally knocked over my glass of magic hat, another one appeared free of charge, nice. I'm not sure what sort of food they do here, so I have no comments to add on that. Anyway, this is definately an excellent spot to hit in NYC, and I will definately be drinking here again in the future!

11-01-2004 17:23:01 | More by francisweizen
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Quaffer

Nevada

3.83/5  rDev -9.5%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$

After numerous trips to New York, I finally made it to the Ginger Man last month. It was within easy walking distance of my hotel, so I was there more than once.

The selection of beer at the Ginger Man was great. No special gems or strange vintages tucked away, but still a wonderful array of terrific beers. Tons of stuff to choose from.

Service was pretty good, with the best being the time that the place was practically empty on a Wednesday night at 1:00 a.m.

The only thing that I really did not like about the GM was the atmosphere. I when I say that I didn't like it , I mean that I REALLY did not like it. The thing I love about most good beer bars in New York is the old, dark, comfortable feel that comes with them. They are just warm, cozy, and quietly pleasant. The Ginger Man is none of these things. The place is very modern and loud, and the majority of the patrons seem like they are there because they think it is cool to be there. I'm not judging the people that were there, mind you, but I prefer to not hang out in a place full of people in ties walking around drinking Heineken and laughing and talking louder than is necessary. They amount of constant cell phone usage in this place made me fear for my health. The word "corporate" definitely comes to mind. On top of this, the music was way too loud.

A great beer selection for sure, but there are many other places in the NYC area that I would rather drink.

-- EDIT --

The following was pointed out to me in a beermail:

"Heineken is not and has never been offered at the Ginger Man...

The ONLY main stream beers offered are Bud and Bud Light drafts and Michelob Ultra bottles. That is it..."

Ah, yes. A lovely selection of A-B products is much better than Heineken. Thanks for pointing that out.

10-25-2004 23:49:33 | More by Quaffer
The Ginger Man in New York, NY
94 out of 100 based on 255 ratings.