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The Ginger Man

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The Ginger ManThe Ginger Man

278 Ratings
Ratings: 278
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

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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.

Photo of quasimoto
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.

Photo of Bierguy5
4.58/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

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.

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

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.

Photo of Sixpoint
5/5  rDev +17.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

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.

Photo of scooter231
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

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.

Photo of rousee
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
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.

Photo of saskguy
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
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!

Photo of Goldorak
3.46/5  rDev -18.4%
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.

Photo of markman
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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.


Photo of ommegangpbr
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of ChowHound
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of domus
4.18/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

Photo of apintofknowledge
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
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!

Photo of Quaffer
3.83/5  rDev -9.7%
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.

Photo of bultrey
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Finally stopped by the famed Ginger Man, and I had been holding off on a review of Spuyten Duyvil because I wanted to compare the two.

The Ginger Man is the Super Target of beers. For sheer selection and quantity, it can't be beaten in NYC, even by Spuyten. But, like many Manhattan places, you lose a certain amount of intimacy and atmosphere because of the sheer number of people they pack in and the frenetic servers doing their best to keep up. No matter, if you know what you want, you're good to go.

This is a cavernous place in midtown, and as such would be great for groups.The bar is large and accomodating, and there are plenty of tables, nooks, and crannies to hide away in. The decor is warm and inviting like a ski lodge, if not a bit cookie-cutter.

The quality of the beers, as far as I know, is top-notch. Everything was served at a nice temperature and tasted fresh. Glassware choices are a bit limited: either 12.5 oz. tulip glasses, imperial pints, or 22 oz. large glasses, each accordingly priced.

The waitstaff tries -- they really do -- but in the end, they're just bartenders and waiters that are doing their jobs.
Example #1 -- Girl sitting next to me wants a recommendation. Bartender asks her what she usually likes, and she says Bass, but she doesn't want a Bass. Bartender recommends a Stone IPA. Wha!? Predictably, the beer's a bit too much for the customer. I discussed it with the cutsomer briefly. She was like, "this is nothing like Bass! I don't know if I can finish it!" In bartender's defense, the customer should have asked for a taste. Actually, the bartender should have offered one.
Example #2 -- I ask to try Duchesse de Bourgogne from the tap. Excellent. Excellent. I say I would like one, without specifying a size. I just assumed. Bad idea. I am served an imperial pint of the Duchesse for $10. This beer is great, put an imperial pint is a bit much to handle -- plus, it belongs in the small tulip glass, and I wasn't prepared to drop a 10-spot.

Oh well. My buddy and I had some great beers. I had the Duchesse, followed by Young's Oatmeal Stout, and Arrogant Bastard. My friend had a Fuller's Porter (draft) and a Fuller's Vintage Ale from bottle. This just scratches the surface. Just check their website out. You'll see that the selection is top-notch. The prices were pretty standard for midtown Manhattan (actually, Murray Hill, I guess).

Overall, I will definitely come back. It's conveniently located and great for big groups. But I would still choose Blind Tiger or Spuyten based on that neighborhood feel.

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

I thoroughly enjoyed my visit to the Ginger Man. I loved walking in and being faced by over 60 beer taps and two hand pumps. Between the 60 draughts and the 100 or so bottled beers, many of which I've never had the chance to taste, the selection was awesome.

I sampled a number of beers in addition to the ones that I actually paid for so it was my kind of service. The bartender was knowledgeable, friendly and took a lot of time discussing the beer with me. Of course, I had my BA hat on so maybe that was the reason.

I found the prices reasonable for Manhatten. Some of the bottles are pricey but it would take me many moons to get beyond the draft selection.

The food was excellent. The bartender got the soup wrong in her description so she comped the soup. Three of us got out under $60 for about five or six drafts, soups, sandwiches or salads. I consider that a bargain. Well, considering tip, it was higher but worth it.

I will definitely be making a return trip on my next visit to NYC, but there are many other spots that I also hope to visit.

The Ginger Man in New York, NY
94 out of 100 based on 278 ratings.