The Ginger Man
Taps: 72 / Bottles: 160
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
Ratings: 254 | Reviews: 212 | Display Reviews Only:
4.4/5 rDev +4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5
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%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$$
Mid town location, attracts a large following amoung the after work set. Alot better since smoking got nixed. The amount of Cigars here used to be a real drag. Can get packed on a buisy evening. Large front windows, high cieling, nice collection of beer stuff around the place. Selection is allways impressive. Tons of taps, tons of bottles, allways new and changing stuff. Usually 2 on cask. This place moves a LOT of beer so freshness, usually wont be a concern. They pay attention to quality, use the correct glasswhare and in general run a classy operation. Full menu of above average pub grub and typical, semi upscale food and snacks. A must hit for locals and beer travellers
02-24-2004 03:33:23 | More by Billolick
4.05/5 rDev -4.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4.5 | $$$
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%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
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%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 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
4.58/5 rDev +8.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5
You walk through the front door into a very large, long room with a very high ceiling tables in front and a bar that runs over half the length of the far wall. If you walk back far enough, past the jukebox, there is another small bar on the left with a few TVs and another room off to the right with chairs and couches for a more relaxed feel. Back to the main area and the bar. There are more taps that you can shake a stick at - at least 50 in total.
The bonus is not the quantity though, the beers they offer are excellent. Many of which are hard to find elsewhere. In addition, they have an enormous selection of bottles beers including a large number of belgians.
I went on a Wednesday night at 8pm and had no trouble finding a seat. Unfortunately I was flying solo because my visit was impromptu. The crowd was pleasant, but definately had the NY businessman feel. The music was a little loud for my taste, but I blocked it out as I concentrated on all the goodies to choose from. In reference to other posts, it is supposed to mellow on the weekends. The overhead lighting was brighter than the common tavern, but dimmed as the night moved on.
The service was excellent and both bartenders I spoke with were knowledgable and sociable. Also, beers were served at the appropriate temperature and in the glass befitting the style.
Overall, this place is not an Irish Pub, it has a more modern/NY feel to it. However, I would say that the atmosphere is comfortable and will definately return in the future.
10-28-2003 20:06:22 | More by BrewDoctor
4.5/5 rDev +6.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
The Gingerman is midtown's best beer bar with a great selection and a clean and comfortable (but somewhat loud) atmosphere. It's quite open and features a large front area with some nice tables, oriental rugs, and short burgundy-colored velvet curtains in the front window. Across from the bar are some really nice semi-authentic UK-type wooden booths with mirrors and wood paneling. These are a great place to enjoy some great food and a couple of pints with your friends; but the long bar is also very comfortable if you're on your own. There's a partial tin-ceiling and some antique chandaliers that add a bit of charm. The kitchen is exposed at the back before you get to the nicely adorned back rooms. It's exceptionally clean and well-run but it seems kind of bright at times; it can get noisy; and it somehow just doesn't fit in with the whole look of the place - but the food is good so it's worth it! The menu is a bit limited, but it's some of the best bar food around. A $2 soft pretzel makes a quick bar snack on the run, but the Guinness (beef) Stew is a bit heartier at $4 per cup. The Strawberry Salad ($7) goes well with a witbier, the Roasted Portobella Sandwich ($8) goes well with a brown ale, and the Fresh Mozzarella Sandwich ($8) works surprisingly well with a Munich helles or not-too-bitter pilsner. But the beer is why we're here... 64 beers on tap (2 ciders), 2 handpumps, and 120 different bottles. And as if that was not enough, there's an impressive list of single malts and "whiskey". Finally, the service is very good and the staff works at learning about beer! Wow! It's certainly worth a stop if you're passing through town as its location makes it quite accessible from all of the normal tourist destinations.
09-26-2003 03:13:11 | More by NeroFiddled
4.64/5 rDev +9.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5
This is beer nirvana. When you walk in and behold the number of taps (50 I think), it will take your breath away. The bar is long, and you'll have to walk the length of it to see all that's on tap. This place has stuff that you probably won't find anywhere else in the city. The atmosphere is open, comfortable, friendly. It's a huge place with lots of tables, a separate area with cushy chairs and couches, and lots of breweriana on the walls. The bottle list is incredible, and the service is superb. The servers will give taster glasses, and recommend beers based on your tastes. It gets way crowded at happy hour, but they stay open until 4 am, so you should be able to find a less crowded time. Great place to take friends, great before or after an evening out. You have to stop by here when you're in the city, and you may not want to leave.
09-05-2003 06:01:19 | More by far333
4.15/5 rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5
Thanks to davo for the recommmendation: a true home run of a beer bar tucked away between Grand Central Station and the Empire State Building for pre-Yankee game on a Saturday afternoon. They open at 12:30 and we stepped in at 12:35. I guess it's easier to appreciate a place when the crowd is thin.
Lovely wood interior with tables, booths, back room and long bar.
Other patrons sipped ice tea or sodas and got lunch from the brief-but-appropriate menu (sandwiches, salads, soups that all had some reasonable resemblance to obvious beer style match.) We'd been up since 5 a.m. so no need to fear big beer. I goaded one companion, and realized that I'd never watched someone have their first Arrogant Bastard before.
Since we needed grub to last us many innings, I went with a big bowl of lentil soup with bread and a hot pretzel. Very simple, warm and reassuring, and very right with my Hop Devil. Margaret's salad with a mustard dressing was too overly mustardy for her mouth... it killed the lighter qualities of the greens. It also kinda overpowered her Brooklyn lager which might have been paired better with a different salad. I guess I take a little off the service for no warning there.
The beer menu is far more extensive than the food menu and the joint's all-over dedication to a love of beer is a joy for any BA. The fact that if you use the word "try" when ordering will get you a sample without a word is a plus. Allowed me to try the Gruet special that resulted in an interesting no-hop sip that I didn't need to order a whole pint of.
Service was fine until it came time to pay the check, which for some reason took a long time. Like that even matters in a place with all these lovely choices.
07-21-2003 17:25:08 | More by ecoboy
4.14/5 rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
Cellarman hit it on the nose when he said this place had 2 distinct personalities. Starting with weekdays, during which this place is most unpleasant and maddening, packed with pretentious cigar chomping suits, that are drinking Scotch and should go somewhere else anyway so I can just enjoy my beer (please). I've actually stood on a long line outside, waitin' for you to leave so I can get in. It's just criminal. And the cigar smoke (they sell cigars there and encourage you to smoke them there) seriously impedes upon one's ability to taste your beer... and then they're weekends, when Yupfest '03 is out of session and you can actually enjoy this place...
66 beers on tap and a pair of hand drawns plus an impressive selection of bottled beers. A very nice tap collection here. Victory Strom King Stout, Weyerbacher Quad, a pair of Lindeman's (sure, you always see the Framboise but you never see the Peche on tap) and on and on.
A real comfortable bar (except the afforementioned weekday thing) with high ceilings and and dark wood throughout. Nice vintage beer posters and a room off the back with some comfy couches and chairs. Great damn jukebox, too.
I am counting the days on my fingers and toes 'til they put the "NYC smoking in bars" ban in effect and hopefully, the weekdays will become more like the weekends there.
03-09-2003 16:33:44 | More by slander
The Ginger Man in New York, NY
94 out of 100 based on 254 ratings.