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The Ginger Man

Not Rated.
The Ginger ManThe Ginger Man
BA SCORE
95
world-class

273 Ratings
Ratings: 273
Reviews: 217
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 JulieRFoster
2.08/5  rDev -50.9%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5

This is a great bar if you're a wall street asshole. Excuse my language, but the bar was mostly populated by yuppies in button-downs sipping on gin and tonics. The establishment's decor kind of lends itself to this clientele - the back room looks like a cigar lounge in a country club, replete with coffee tables and leather wing-backed chairs. Although the set-up of the back room is very nice, as it provides a welcomed respite from the chatty cathy 20-somethings and their brainless cocktails. The tunes in this area were also marginally better, but it still reminded me of a lawyer's office rather than a convivial beer bar.

There is an extremely long bar, which allows for seating and the semblance that you will be served. Of course they only have two bar tenders, so you have to wait your damn turn and then wait some more.
The bartenders were pleasant enough, but not particularly knowledgeable. I'm sorry, but when I go to a specialist beer bar, I expect that the server will be able to tell me the style of a beer they have on tap.

I went to this bar because I was told of all the wonderful taps they have. Well, they have a lot of taps, but nothing special to be found. I have had almost every single beer on their list, and none of them were particularly good. They have a decent selection in bottles, but they're VERY expensive. As it was, you're paying $7-8 a pint for the beers on tap. Yes, it's Manhattan, but there are certainly beer bars that have retained their souls.
So if you have no soul and work on Wall street, you'll probably like this place. If you love beer, you won't.

Photo of liamt07
2.9/5  rDev -31.6%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Popped by The Ginger Man on the second night of our stay in Manhattan. A Wednesday night and the place was rammed, whole lot of 20-something singles and looked like a few of the 'pick-up' joints I've come across here in Toronto. Massive tap list (70+!!) and some casks. Bottle list adds about 100+ more to that, so the selection is there and representative of most of the United States and the better part of the beer world in most respects. Fantastic. Ambiance was a different story. Loud, drunk and obnoxious young crowd screaming and shouting obscenities at each other around us. Maybe not representative of the place on a regular basis, but was not the best thing to have going on around you when you're on vacation with your mom. Service was just as bad, server visited us twice over the course of an hour and half, first to get our drink/meal orders and then to give us our check. Impossible to flag this lady down for anything, certainly subpar and not worthy of a moderate tip. Stayed for a pint and a quick pint, as I had trouble putting up with this any longer. Dim lighting didn't help either. Food was okay, but nothing to write home about. Overall, something I could revisit midday when certainly less busy just for the selection, if anything. Great beer, marred by poor service and a less than desirable evening crowd.

Photo of edodio
2.95/5  rDev -30.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Went recently with my brother and we were really disappointed with the quality of the beer on tap. We ordered a couple of belgians (forgot which) and found both to be almost undrinkable. One tasted severely watered-down, while the other tasted funky (dirty tap?). We drank those with some food, which made them bearable. Then we ordered an Aventinus Eisbock, expecting a bottle, but instead got a glass. We asked the bartender and she confirmed that the tap was indeed the Eisbock version and not the regular Aventinus. However, a sip confirmed that it tasted nothing like the intended beer. We asked to get a bottle of the same beer and compared them side-by-side and the difference was beyond clear. When it was time for the bill, the bartender had realized we weren't excited about the tap version and took it off the tab.

Overall, we had a dismal experience with the beers on tap, which is probably due to the fact that they have so many choices that the turn-over is too slow and the beers go bad. The bottle was obviously good, but that's usually not why I go to a reputable beer bar. I don't think we'll be back again, unless we really have a hankering for a bottle of somethings.

Photo of JKIPA05
3/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of mltobin
3/5  rDev -29.2%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3

A very short walk from the Morgan Library or a short walk from Grand Central is The Ginger Man. You may or may not know that it is part of a beer bar chain which originated in Austin, Texas.

Having visited their Austin bar/restaurant, this location falls short of the bar. Although you will find a solid selection of beer, both from the U.S. and countries such as Germany, Italy, Belgium, Norway, etc; their customer service needs better attention. Their service is ok, but sometime distracted by their smart phones. And they also make remarks to customers that are borderline rude. In closing, worth hitting up once when visiting NY and looking to hit the beer spots, but spend more time at the other options.

Photo of DGSchmitt
3/5  rDev -29.2%

Photo of kennyo
3.05/5  rDev -28.1%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 2.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5

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

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 sleazo
3.18/5  rDev -25%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

I have been to this place more than a few times over the years for two reasons. One I have had a few friends who work in midtown. Two they know I love good beer and the Gingerman has a wide selection. However given these things, I don't really like the place.

The atomosphere is decent enough aesthetically I suppose, high ceilings and a generally nice decor. However there is some sort of dull quality here. Not quite generic but sort of dull despite the decent trappings. On slow days the place is just that, but with no convivial feel. On crowded days it is hell on Earth, filled with midtown banker types who don't really seem to like beer. The types of people who will rave about mediocre beer X from country Z for the sole fact that they think others have not heard of it thereby giving it cachet.

The bartenders are quick enough but have never seemed too friendly which adds to the antiseptic like feel.

Selection wise they have a lot of beers. They even have some beers a BA may have not had and appreciate. This literally saves the place for me. Other than that they have a wide selection of mediocre beers that really won't thrill you other than by sheer volume.

On my last visit a Rogue Hazelnut was $7.50 I believe.

Don't get fooled by the sheer number of beers here, this place really is not that special.

Photo of rollom
3.25/5  rDev -23.3%

Photo of knightlypint
3.3/5  rDev -22.2%
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3

I think largely because of the beer selection the GM is usually packed with people who have had too much to drink, not pleasant. It's gets so loud you have to scream into your companions ears so they can hear you. Awful place.

The beer quality is typical of most NYC places, ie the tap beer you're drinking likely won't taste quite like it should. Many of the bottled beers are old and so they're not so great either. The beer quality at the GM is not up to snuff.

The people working the bar and tables are friendly but due to the crowd they generally have difficulty getting their job done, which translates to problems for you.

The beer selection is huge, something like 60 to 70 taps and close to 100 bottles.

Food isn't bad, but the menu is small.

The subpar beer quality and difficult atmosphere greatly detract from the GM, to the point you'll not look forward to going back.

Photo of beernut
3.33/5  rDev -21.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Went to this place last October '07 before going to Brewtopia at Pier 92 with my brother. Was amazed at the selection of beer that they have. This place was jam packed! No seats available, but it is a bar in NYC, what does one expect? The place is pretty expensive, but again, it is the city. Food was so-so, my brother told me not to get the hot-dog, he had once before and said it was terrible.

Service could've been better, but they did their best (it was a Friday nite in the city). I am looking forward to going back this summer and tasting as many beers as I possibly can.

Went back in summer of '09. Place was dead (it was a Tuesday nite), bar had enough people but the the rest was basically empty, so it was perfect. The bartenders (all female) snobbish and bitchy. As if they were being bothered. Ordered 2 beers, price was about $16.45. She gave me my change, I left it in front of me, 5 minutes passes she comes by and takes my money as if I was tipping her. I said excuse me, I'm not leaving and please but that back, her reply was, "thats my tip." I laugh so hard. I told her , I'll decide on what you get and please put it back, she did (with attitude) and she ignored me for the rest of the night. She got nadda and neither did anyone else. Will never go back there, shame, they have good beer.

Photo of brdc
3.35/5  rDev -21%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

This place comes with a big reputation in NYC. it has a "few" problems, though.
First, you should only go on weekends, and early - weekdays it is just too crowded.
The service is OK, most of the waiters do know their beers, and they have an impressive on tap list, but you sometimes ask about a few they do not know enough about. Food is really unimpressive, and the price tab is very high, even for NYC standards.
Go early on a weekend, if you found on their website something you want to try on tap. Otherwise, despite the impressive selection, it is not exactly a fun place.

Photo of chuckd123
3.35/5  rDev -21%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

Maybe it's just me, but every time I go to a place with so many taps (If memory serves, this one has 60 or so), I'm disappointed. As someone else has already mentioned, this place has a sort of chain restaurant/bar feel to it -- the location in midtown should have had me prepared for it, but overall was not a great experience. For what it's worth, the food was terrible, but then again I was there for the beer.

Huge tap selection, but I was wondering how fresh any of them were. That's my biggest issue with the huge selection -- how often do they turn the kegs over?

Could be that we were there on an off night, but service was particularly slow, and general beer knowledge level of the bartender was pretty poor.

We had a couple of beers and grabbed a cab to the Blind Tiger -- a much better place to drink beer.

Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.38/5  rDev -20.3%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5

So I have ben to the Gengerman in Greenwich, CT and SONO and decided to try this place out a few weekends ago...
boy what a difference!!! This place was full of city yuppies looking to do something crazy and get a Hoegaarden. We could barely get into the bar because of the bouncer?? I have a bigger beard than Al Borlin...and im 30yrs old.
Anyway, I guess he is just doing his job, but nice first impression...it just seems like less of a beer bar if they need a bouncer to keep the rif raf out...
We got out beers and went off to the side of the bar, where we were yelled at by the waitress for standing to close to her station, eventhough there was a large group of other people who were actually closer, but they were 10people and we were 2...
I couldnt stand the vibe at all...bunch of a-holes. We finished our $10 beers and left.
They did have a nice selection though. If you are in the area of this place...just walk by and go to Rattle n Hum instead.

Photo of claspada
3.45/5  rDev -18.6%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 5

Bar tenders are typical for NYC, very hit or miss depending on the day. Food looked average and over priced, although I did not sample but the menu is quite limited, but my eye test is usually pretty accurate on food. Beer selection is great but not as good as Blind Tiger or Rattle N Hum. The atmosphere is the main drag if you ask me. There's never a table or a bar stool during happy hour times because of all the wanna-be beer people or businessmen taking up all the booths/space. More of a yuppie handout for people who want to order Blue Moon as a craft beer. Head down the road to Rattle N Hum if you are a real beer guy who wants great beer and a much more chill vibe/atmosphere.

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 acurtis
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of sdaly3
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of Chris_Coughlin
3.5/5  rDev -17.5%

Photo of Augustiner719
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4

Stopped in here for a beer the other night. Really nice looking bar area with at least 40 taps on the walls ranging from classic german lagers to high end american craft brews. they also had a nice bottle list. I came saturday night around 11pm and was really disspointed however at the vibe. The place was filled to capacity and i was bumped into uncountable times because of it. I was also rushed while making my selection at the bar as it was tough to get a hold of the bar tender. There were some great beers there, but atmosphere sucked becuase it was so crowded. Totally unable to have a conversation without screaming in your friends face. Beer was served for the most part in appropriate glassware and the pours were nice. A little pricy at $7 a pint for dales pale ale, but the beer was fresh and tasty. there was a room for private parties you could rent out which was filled when we got there. tables were very low and off to the side of the restaurant opposite the bar. Overall it was an ok place for me. i really would like to try it again when its not so crowded. Definately a great place to grab some quality beers though, but be warned about saturday night crowds.

Photo of harveystarr
3.53/5  rDev -16.7%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2

First off, the atmosphere was excellent and almost trumps anything else I may have to say. The selection, while varied, lacked alot of local brews and was Euro-dominant. I had a hard time coming up with a flight of locals, or even Northeastern brews.
Service was lacking, as we were barely noticed, and our server was disinterested and seemed like she wanted to leave quickly.
It was 1100 and there was no food available. Well, except for a pretzel. In the City that Never Sleeps, that was a huge dissapointment.

Overall, as mentioned, the atmosphere was great and would be the primary reason I'd return. Maybe they'd get it all right the next time.

Photo of BarbieMitchelson
3.58/5  rDev -15.6%
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I've found this place to be a bit pricey. They have a great beer selection and I've always enjoyed my beers here, but I've found that it's not worth the price most of the time considering I don't enjoy the atmosphere very much.

I had a Troegs Java Head Stout here and of course, it was fantastic. The bartender was pleasant and kept to herself most of the time. I enjoyed the short talk though.

Overall, I'm not that impressed. Value isn't too great.

Hopefully you will have something better to say about it.

Photo of Nickls
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

First off, I have to agree with some of the other mentions of the atmosphere of the Gingerman...which can be a bit stuffy. Having worked not too far from there, I had the opportunity to visit plenty of times. On any given Thursday or Friday evening, the place is packed with suits and their drinking buddies. I even had the unfortunate opportunity overhearing a conversation about how great Stella was...in a place with a great selection.

Anyway, if you can get past the crowd and the "classic/elegant" interior, there is a good selection to be had for Midtown Manhattan. At times, they do have a pretty good local and regional representation of breweries, which is always nice to find. However, the service can be a bit shaky at times if it is packed, even when you have a table.

I would recommend going on a Saturday evening, when most of the suits clear out when it's not prime work week. It can be pleasant enough then that your significant other won't mind joining you there for a good beer.

Photo of KHarz
3.68/5  rDev -13.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 2 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

Visited after my girlfriend and I realized we would rather grab a beer and a bite to eat instead of enduring a commute from hell (we work in the area). The place was packed for a Wednesday night. The atmosphere seemed pretty pleasant once I looked past how crowded it was; wood paneling and pretty nice decor. The selection of draught beers was simply enormous. I ordered a Victory Dirtwolf and a Firestone Double Barrel from a more than friendly bartender. After a few moments, half of a table opened up and we seated ourselves.

Probably a full ten minutes later the waitress came by to ask if we wanted anything. We ordered a pastrami reuben sandwich to split. After a few moments I ran out of the Dirtwolf (simply amazing stuff) and decided it would be much quicker to order at the bar than to wait for the waitress to come by again (which it was). I came back to the table with my Habenero Sculpin and waited another ten minutes before the waitress made another pass at our area.
To clarify, I was in no way annoyed that the waitress was taking so long, I would rather be proactive about grabbing my drink from the bar than sit and fume over "slow service." The place was completely packed, so I was sympathetic to her slow rounds. However, I did not appreciate the way I was treated when she rudely and abruptly asked me if I had ordered the drink from the bar myself and proceeded to explain "the system" of ordering solely from her as if I were a child.

We finished the sandwich -- which was pretty good, but probably not $13 good -- and asked for a check when the waitress came by. Unfortunately I spent all of my cash at the bar, otherwise I would have avoided what came next. When I told the waitress I could only pay with a credit card, she again proceeded to give me attitude regarding a $15 minimum despite my being absurdly close to the "limit". While I didn't mention to her that this "limit" was arbitrary, and that it was contractually illegal (most credit card companies require businesses to honor credit like they would cash... i.e. no minimums) I did note that I had just purchased 3 beers in addition to a meal and that I was in no way inclined to buy anything else. She continued to press me and I flat out told her that I wasn't going to buy anything. She finally said she would "talk to her manager" and left. Although I'm sure she made a big show of being accommodating, I gave her a larger than normal tip for her "courtesy" and all the "trouble" she went through.

Long story short, next time I will stick to sitting at the bar if possible. I'll completely avoid the food/seating area if it means not having to feel like justifying my actions every time the waitress comes by.

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The Ginger Man in New York, NY
95 out of 100 based on 273 ratings.