The Ginger Man
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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
4.18/5 rDev -1.2%
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
3.98/5 rDev -5.9%
n my honest opinion, this shall set the bar (no pun intended) for all other beer bars in New York. Its 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. Theres always something new and interesting that Ive never sampled before. They also do a good job of bringing in interesting seasonals, both expected classics and unexpected surprises. And if you cant 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 isnt 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
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
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
3.83/5 rDev -9.5%
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
4.14/5 rDev -2.1%
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.
10-05-2004 16:30:36 | More by bultrey
4.45/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
08-31-2004 23:17:15 | More by rdrummer
3.05/5 rDev -27.9%
Great selection of beers but very expensive. The prices in the menu do not really equate to reality. They play to the midtown tourist crowd. The bar service is slow, even during the day when there are 10 people in the whole place. With all the good beer bars in NYC, you could probably find everyone of those beers on tap elsewhere in a more comfortable, cheaper place. There is a nice little room in the back with couches and big chairs.
At least back in the smoking allowed days, they let you smoke and even sold cigars, so for some that was a plus, know you have no reason to show up at this place
07-19-2004 16:20:18 | More by kennyo
4.75/5 rDev +12.3%
The Ginger Man is located right in midtown, so it gets very, very crowded right afte work. This can really take away from the atmosphere, so it pays to go either late night or on weekends to really soak the place in. It has a very long bar with 65 taps and a couple of cask-conditioned hand pulls. Considering the number of taps, the selection could probably be a little better, but nevertheless it is outstanding. Bud and Bud Light are the best sellers according to the bartender, so you get an idea of the crowd. Lots of yuppies. The menu is very limited, but if you are hungry an expensive sandwich is pretty good. There are also a couple of salads and appetizers of mediocre quality. The best part is a lounge area in the back with comfortable chairs and coffee (beer) tables. The place is clean, the bathrooms well kept, and the service is decent. I would definitely make this a stop for anyone coming to the city.
07-19-2004 15:42:30 | More by newyawker
4.22/5 rDev -0.2%
Pud likes...Pud really, really likes.
How could this place be so close to Penn station and escape my clutches all this time? Well, damnit, I finally bellied up to the bar and now I'm pissed I didn't do it earlier. Large selection, many many varieties including Belgians, fruit beers, Hefe's, stouts, porters, etc. etc....and YES some cask-conditioned ale.
A cool room to the rear and to the right which has comfy chairs, couches and tables to hang out in, but they require waitress service.
Nevertheless...go there...this is an excellent beer bar.
07-01-2004 22:13:00 | More by PudTinkler
The Ginger Man in New York, NY
94 out of 100 based on 260 ratings.