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The Ginger Man

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The Ginger ManThe Ginger Man
BA SCORE
94
outstanding

263 Ratings
Ratings: 263
Reviews: 215
rAvg: 4.24
pDev: 9.91%
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

visit their websiteWebsite view map and get directionsMap @thegingermannyc

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Photo of kennyo
3.05/5  rDev -28.1%

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

kennyo, Jul 19, 2004
Photo of newyawker
4.75/5  rDev +12%

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.

newyawker, Jul 19, 2004
Photo of PudTinkler
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%

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.

PudTinkler, Jul 01, 2004
Photo of PopeJonPaul
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%

Have only been to this link in the Ginger Man chain, but if they're all like this one then kudos to them.

Atmosphere is nice, old-tavern-meets-bistro style dark-wood joint with a cool couch-filled lounge (that used to be a virtual humidor before the smoking laws were passed.) The selection here is great, 66 taps, 2 casks and a boatload of bottles. Highlights from the current tap list include Gulden Draak, Old Foghorn, Chimay, a couple from Stone, Troubador, Trois Pistoles, many more. Service was great, bartender had no trouble letting us sample a bit before we bought, have always had good service here even when busy. I've never really tried the food (had a tasty soft pretzel with honey mustard, which is what I've always had) so I can't really rate it, looks like they have a good selection of sandwiches and pub food though.

You need a prybar to get through the crowd on a Thursday or Friday night, but it's an awseome place to hang out during an afternoon, especially if it's rainy outside, the rain on the giant front windows really adds to the atmosphere. Worth a stop if you're in the city.

PopeJonPaul, Jun 15, 2004
Photo of GeoffFromSJ
4.45/5  rDev +5%

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.

GeoffFromSJ, May 24, 2004
Photo of kegerator
4.78/5  rDev +12.7%

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

kegerator, May 06, 2004
Photo of beerluvr
4.63/5  rDev +9.2%

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!

beerluvr, Apr 04, 2004
Photo of pheurton
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%

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.

pheurton, Mar 21, 2004
Photo of hopdevil2112
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

hopdevil2112, Mar 03, 2004
Photo of TheJudge
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%

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.

TheJudge, Feb 26, 2004
Photo of Billolick
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%

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

Billolick, Feb 24, 2004
Photo of Jason
4.05/5  rDev -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. I’ve tried the food a few times before and it was certainly a step above the normal pub grub. The service copped a perfect “I’m not taking any guff from you” attitude, if you were quick and friendly with your order so were they. It’s 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.

Jason, Dec 02, 2003
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%

After David Copperfield’s, we recruited the services of several NYC Taxi’s (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 day’s 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 BA’s materialized, including one of my Beer Review hero’s, 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.

TheLongBeachBum, Nov 23, 2003
Photo of Stopper
4/5  rDev -5.7%

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.

Stopper, Nov 05, 2003
Photo of BrewDoctor
4.58/5  rDev +8%

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.

BrewDoctor, Oct 28, 2003
Photo of NeroFiddled
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

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.

NeroFiddled, Sep 26, 2003
Photo of far333
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%

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.

far333, Sep 05, 2003
Photo of ecoboy
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%

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.

ecoboy, Jul 21, 2003
Photo of slander
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%

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.

slander, Mar 09, 2003
Photo of Mick
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%

A great place if you are in Midtown. Excellent selection. Not as fresh as dba or Blind Tiger Ale House, etc. but still worth the visit. One advantage is that it is very roomy by Manhattan standards. You don't have to butt elbows to get around. The clientele is younger; median age 25. The Ginger Man definitely does not have the character of the Lower East Side or Village. If you don't have any nice clothes to wear you might want to go some place else.

Pricier than the LES and Village but still worth a trip.

Mick, Nov 05, 2002
Photo of CharlesRiver
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%

I was in NY last December and a friend took me to The Ginger Man. I was very impressed to say the least. We have some great beer bars in Boston but nothing like this. First of all the selection is perfect. I don't know exactly how many taps they had but it had to be more than 50. It was classy, warm and inviting. Perfect stop for after dinner beers. This is the kind of place I will keep going back to.

CharlesRiver, Nov 02, 2002
Photo of pubscout
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%

I, too, enjoy my regular visit to this classic beer bar. I've lolligagged with notables and not-so-nobles in the back lounge, enjoying both the noisy ambience of the post 4:30 PM weekday as well as the afternoon solitude that makes those overstuffed chairs most attractive.

A big plus is the cigar-friendly atmosphere--at least that was the case during my last visit. Don't know how much longer that will last, given the rumblings from Gracie Mansion, so big-butters should enjoy it while you can.

I did, however, receive a rather disturbing and negative report regarding beer freshness at the G-man from a visiting head brewer of a very famous British Brewery, which shall remain nameless.

During an interview about his beer, I asked if he had visited the G-man. He allowed that he had, but was severely disappointed in the freshness level of the beer he called for.
He had a similar reaction to another choice, implying that either the lines hadn't been properly maintained, or the beer had been allowed to go bad in storage. It was a concern he had for his own beer during shipping from across the pond. He said he could guarantee its freshness at his end, but his distributors--and his barmen--needed to be just as conscientious at theirs. Point well taken.

Of course, his palate may have been a tad more sensitive than the average G-man patron, but it was worth noting.

Since I never had this experience, I was astounded by his assertion; but neither was this chap the type to foment trouble where none should be. He was being extremely candid and forthright.

Here's hoping the G-man and other places that purport to be beer bars are heeding the warning above.

pubscout, Oct 22, 2002
Photo of Longstaff
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%

This is one of the coolest bars that I have been to in NYC, lounge areas with couches and chairs, and a really wide selection of beers - at least 50 taps and good selection of bottled Belgian ales - make this place great. I was there on a Saturday night and the place was crowded but not packed so I was able to make my way to the bar without much hassle. I did not smell many cigars being smoked, but almost 75% of the patrons were smoking cigarettes. The smoke wasn't as bad as some places, but it did annoy me after a while. Most Belgian bottles were $7-8 with Rochefort and Westvleteren being $15. I did not think that the $8 Belgians were overpriced since it is NYC where you can pay up to $6 for a pint of macroswill. I definitely will be going back to this place.

Longstaff, Oct 21, 2002
The Ginger Man in New York, NY
94 out of 100 based on 263 ratings.