The Ginger Man
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2.08/5 rDev -50.8%
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.
10-06-2006 14:22:24 | More by JulieRFoster
2.9/5 rDev -31.4%
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.
04-27-2011 15:20:23 | More by liamt07
2.95/5 rDev -30.3%
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.
08-07-2008 17:58:48 | More by edodio
3/5 rDev -29.1%
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.
02-12-2012 19:01:36 | More by mltobin
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
3.08/5 rDev -27.2%
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.
09-05-2005 20:59:40 | More by constantpain
3.18/5 rDev -24.8%
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.
03-25-2008 04:16:16 | More by sleazo
The Ginger Man in New York, NY
94 out of 100 based on 259 ratings.