The Ginger Man
Ratings: 259 | Reviews: 214 | Display Reviews Only:
4.45/5 rDev +5.2%
I was very, very impressed with this establishment. I got there when it opened on a Sunday. So my wife and I were the only people in there. The array of tap handles was very impressive. It had a very nice New York-restaraunt atmosphere. Since we were the only ones there it is hard to judge service, but we were well taken care of. I got my favorite, Fuller's ESB, on-tap. That alone, to me, was worth the trip. The food is good but not great. Their selection is hard to rate. For taps alone it should be a 5. But with bottles, I've seen more extensive lists. I'm not putting their selection down, but I'll average it to 4.75 and round down. I would definitely hit this if you are in Manhattan.
05-24-2004 13:23:17 | More by GeoffFromSJ
4.78/5 rDev +13%
Great place overall.
The atmosphere was quaint and cosy with beautiful wood everywhere, the bar was long and i saw about 50 taps behind it which put a smile on my face. I had three brews all on tap and the cheese plate was outstanding. I went at about 1pm on saturday afternoon so there was not a lot of people in there at all. The service was very good, but there was only about 5 people in the place, Liek i said before the selection was outstanding, everyting from locals, micros around the country to belgians and german brews. I was so unsure as to what I should try. I had Storm King Stout, Arrogant Bastard and La Fin Du Monde. I was with my wife and sis-in-law and both of them were very impressed. The seating was extremely comfortable, we were lucky enough to get there and several couches were available. I could have sat there the rest of the day, but we were only thee for a weekend and we had other things planned. I will definitely go back
05-06-2004 15:00:11 | More by kegerator
4.63/5 rDev +9.5%
Checked this place out on the recommendation of Davo, 'cause if anybody knows, Davo knows! Arrived with my bud around 3:30 on a Sat. afternoon, and walked in to find a total of 5 people in the place. High ceilings, lots of dark wood and earth tones lend an inviting atmosphere to the place. Grabbed a seat at the comfortable bar and after drooling over the 60 taps on the bar wall and perusing the draught list was immediately attended to by the attentive barmaid, who offered generous samples of 3 beers before I decided on a selection...like the proverbial kid in the candy store I tell you! Had a pint each of Storm King, Blue Point Oatmeal Stout (on cask, no less!) Arrogant Bastard, and a Trois Pistoles to round things out. Had a decent roast beef sandwich to provide a base for those delicious brews. It was hard to leave, but we had to make our way back to M.S.G. for a show. I'll hit this place everytime I'm in the city, you should too!
04-04-2004 15:03:45 | More by beerluvr
4.33/5 rDev +2.4%
a great nyc beer bar to go to on a late sunday afternoon, when the weekend crowd isn't there. one of the best tap lists in the city, there are usually 2 or 3 examples of about 10 different styles on tap. the place is big, dimly light, and inviting. if it isn't crowded, you can grab your brews (20oz pints) and head to the back and lounge on the couches. the few times i've had a server they have been good. can't comment too much about the food, but we did order a cheese/fruit/nut sampler that was well done. the main attraction of this place for me the inviting atmosphere and plethora of great brews, particularly on tap. must be checked out if you're in nyc.
03-21-2004 21:22:55 | More by pheurton
4.55/5 rDev +7.6%
My wife and I hit this place before the Iron Maiden show in January. The interior is dark, warming and has a very European feel to it. We initially sat at a table and once the crowd thinned out, relocated to the bar. With 60 or so taps and a great bottle selection, there is something here for everyone. Every beer we had was fresh and served at the right temperature and glass. I especially enjoyed the Stone IPA and Blue Point IPA (cask). I also tried the Sierra Nevada Harvest, which I've never had before. We tried the italian sandwich and the bratwurst sandwich. Both were good and perfect with the beers. The bar tender was attentitive and provided samples of beers we were interested in and some she thought we'd be interested in. She even comped us a few drinks which is always a nice touch. I'll definitely make it a point to hit the Gingerman when in NYC.
03-03-2004 19:15:47 | More by hopdevil2112
4.4/5 rDev +4%
I have now been to this place about a dozen times. There are about 60 taps, and not one of them is bud or bud light. The selection available is awesome. In addition to your standard craft brews, you have a nice selection of Smutty Nose, Blue Point, Victory, etc. on tap, and a good selection of bottled beer.
The food is good, but not spectacular. The meatloaf sandwich was very good, and the sandwiches are unusual but good.
The biggest problem with this place: the prices. The cheap draft beers (they claim 20 oz.) are 5.75, and there is not a bottle on their menu for less than $5, including things like Mich ultra, hardly beer at all. But the selection of bottles includes a full line of Hair of the Dog, so even the price list doesn't make it not worth going.
This is definately a bar, too. The beer's the thing here, although I bet they would like to think its also the food. Good sandwich aside, it too was overpriced. I understand it's manhattan, but really.
In all, I go whenever i can, because no one else in the Grand Central Station vacinity has the selection this place does.
02-26-2004 20:39:55 | More by TheJudge
4.08/5 rDev -3.5%
Mid town location, attracts a large following amoung the after work set. Alot better since smoking got nixed. The amount of Cigars here used to be a real drag. Can get packed on a buisy evening. Large front windows, high cieling, nice collection of beer stuff around the place. Selection is allways impressive. Tons of taps, tons of bottles, allways new and changing stuff. Usually 2 on cask. This place moves a LOT of beer so freshness, usually wont be a concern. They pay attention to quality, use the correct glasswhare and in general run a classy operation. Full menu of above average pub grub and typical, semi upscale food and snacks. A must hit for locals and beer travellers
02-24-2004 03:33:23 | More by Billolick
4.05/5 rDev -4.3%
The selection may have not wowed the beer geeks but it was a fine line up for me being that it was more diverse than obscure. Ive tried the food a few times before and it was certainly a step above the normal pub grub. The service copped a perfect Im not taking any guff from you attitude, if you were quick and friendly with your order so were they. Its a very spacious venue yet for a cozier spot go to the room in back very cozy. A bit pricey but all of the beer was fresh as far as I was concerned. Lacked with the glassware a bit but all of the beers seemed fresh. A must visit if you are in the area and not that far from the Empire State Building if you have to fit in a touristy adventure.
12-02-2003 03:00:31 | More by Jason
4.3/5 rDev +1.7%
After David Copperfields, we recruited the services of several NYC Taxis (what is the collective noun - a 'Cab' of Taxis?). Tall, large windows topped by a black & gold signed frontage announced the fact that we had arrived at the 2nd of the days stops, The Ginger Man.
It looked upmarket from the outside, but inside it reminded me of several turn of the century bars that I visited in Brussels. A high class interior mixed with even higher ceilings which allowed the conversation of the day to rise quicker than the amassed body heat of the imbibing incumbents.
The Bar is to your right as you enter, a fancy affair that has a clean sweeping open top bar with stools. Has a clear serving area thanks to the fact that the 60+ Taps are set against the mirrored back wall. Lots of wood, glass & metal lend the air of a Metropolitan Parisian Café to this part of Manhattan.
Then as I wandered to the bar, I stumbled on fellow BA mrjimcat, who was enjoying a quiet drink, well until I interrupted him at least. He allowed me to sample & share some of his Baladin Nora, & later the Baladin Super, both exceptionally good Italian beers which were new to me. Later we hit the draft beers, a Fullers London Porter was ordered as I recall.
A stroll around, & a walk to the back of the Ginger Man saw the interior transform from that of a classy establishment to a Hotel Lobby. Soft carpets, paneled walls, some tables set amidst armchairs & sofas in an L-shaped room that adjoined the main area. More BAs materialized, including one of my Beer Review heros, NeroFiddled - Sir Jim was quietly enjoying a beer & a chat before I rudely interrupted. I apologized with a Smuttynose Porter that seemed to go down well.
The interior is bright at times & could never be classed as relaxing, but it is nevertheless comfortable. The beer range of 60+ taps & ~100 bottles had something for everyone. The beers were great, but my most abiding memory of The Ginger Man was the time when I went to the bar to order the Smuttynose Porters. I stood, listened & observed a bar full of BA's, many of whom were meeting for the first time. There was no reserved behavior at all, but moreover a chitter-chatter akin to that of an old school reunion which reverberated throughout. BeerAdvocacy filled The Ginger Man between 3pm and 5:30pm that day for sure. Quite Superb.
Well Worth a Visit, if not just for the chance to try the Baladin beers. Thanks mrjimcat the beers are on me next time!
Last Visit: 14th Nov. 03.
11-23-2003 05:51:08 | More by TheLongBeachBum
4/5 rDev -5.4%
I was here for the first time yesterday evening and had a few pints. I found the environment and staff to be very friendly. The tap selection was great, but disappointingly they had only about as many bottles as they had taps. The quality of all the beers I tried was fine. I'll definitely visit again if it's not too far out of my way.
11-05-2003 19:03:24 | More by Stopper
The Ginger Man in New York, NY
94 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.