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The Ginger Man

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

268 Ratings
Ratings: 268
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 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 DoubleSimcoe
3.98/5  rDev -6.1%

I've been to The Ginger Man many times, and I always love the place. That is, of course, because I come in off-peak hours!

I cannot even fathom visiting during those after-work times when the place is purportedly filled to the brim with so-called "young professionals" and an assortment of Bud Light-chugging dudes and dudettes. No, thanks. I'll come in the morning/afternoon, on a Sunday evening when it is manageable and leisurely.

The beer, oh the beer! 75 taps? I believe it. Always amazing. Casks. Rare offerings. Huge bottle selection (but beware: pricey as fuck!). I love the fact that it is divided in styles, and they always have a couple of each. You want a barleywine? Yes, there is one or two. Imperial Stouts? Of course. Some weird beers from Nebraska and Montana? They have them too. And so on. Also crafty Euros, Belgians, rares like Mikkeller. Yeah. My kind of bar.

Food. Don't expect much. Super pricey for standard bar food, some sandwiches, chips, pretzels. Whatever. Just an excuse.

I love the atmosphere almost as much as the beer: the cozy sofas at the end of the bar in the "lounge" section, the dim lights, the quiet music... it is almost like hanging out in the living room of your wealthy grandpa's big country house! Sweet.

Price. Way off. Sure, this is Manhattan, but still. Nothing under $6, not even the house beer or Bud Light. Most pints are $7, and the beers you want are $7-$10. Sorry, I do not have a trust fund.

Quality is good, they pour the stuff nice and use good glasses, but a lot of them are too narrow and small. I'm not a fan. And I don't like how they don't give samples and they have that annoying disclaimer saying "we don't give refunds or exchanges for beers because our managers are trained and they say they are good". Something like that. Seriously??

Service is alright at the bar, slow at the tables. And let me tell you, I had two beers, tab was $14, the girl says, "this sounds ridiculous, but the minimum is $15". Yes, it is ridiculous. Fuck You.

The Ginger Man is, to me, this special place to go once or twice a semester, but that's it. I cannot afford it, I cannot stand the peak crowds, I cannot stomach the food. It will never be a neighborhood bar.

DoubleSimcoe, Jan 04, 2011
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 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 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 Sammy
4.03/5  rDev -5%

A large place, with sofas and a huge bar. Even with loud music contained to the bar area,fortunately you can still hear yourself speak. They could use more than 2 servers as you had to wait, but David the bartender pours beautifully and is an artist to watch. This is situated close to the insane Times 50 or so taps, and even more bottles, and two on cask, and with high turnover, I am sure all is fresh. I was comfortable here. You need to order a pint of whatever, and I would have liked a couple of samples of some obscure stuff, a minor criticism.

Sammy, Apr 30, 2007
Photo of Gavage
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%

Upon entering the dark bar you see the large selection of taps just behind the bar. You feel like a kid in a candy store wondering what special drafts they have. The beer menu clearly states what is new on tap on the front page. Inside you find well over 60 drafts and 150 bottles.

The bar was fairly crowded for a late afternoon on a Friday. Some sat at the tables, but most were at the bar. A few people were sitting in the sofa room in the back. The bar is long and seats about 20 people. A collection of nice glassware adorns the top of the bar. A small open kitchen is in the back by the restrooms.

Pints are from $6 - 7.50 based on what you order. Victory, Rogue, Anchor, Stoudt's, Smuttynose, Magic Hat, Blue Point, Brooklyn, and Ommegang were some of the American offerings. Young's, Fullers, Kulmbacher, Mahrs, and Spaten Optimator were some of the international beers. Just way to many to list.

Anyone visiting NYC should make the time to visit this great bar.

Gavage, Jun 25, 2007
Photo of GJ40
4.36/5  rDev +2.8%

I stopped in while in NYC on business based on the BA reviews. The Ginger Man is a fairly large place that's narrow but quite deep. It's got a long bar with plenty of tables and some relaxing sofas and chairs. The front has large windows that let a good amount of light into the space. The wood floors and bar are attractive and authentic. Overall, it's got a very genuine and comfortable feel to it.

Like the Dallas location I've visited, this location has lots of great beer on tap. I'd say 40+. I went with a Goose Island Pepe Nero. Our waitress was nice, attentive and knowledgeable.

The Ginger Man is a great beer bar in a very accessible area of the city. It's well worth a visit.

GJ40, Apr 29, 2010
Photo of TurdFurgison
3.99/5  rDev -5.9%

I stopped here after a Yankees game. It was very easy to find, approximately 7 blocks from Grand Central Terminal. This was a beautiful bar, decked out in a fashion resembling a study, den, or library. Nicely paneled walls and ceilings, lots of old beer bottles in cases, and tons of taps. The beer list was extensive and covered most styles, as can be confirmed on the website. I chose Boon #52, it was very good. The service was a OK but not overly friendly and the prices are a tad high (par for Manhattan), but the atmosphere and selection make this a worthy stop.

TurdFurgison, Aug 17, 2007
Photo of sholland119
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%

A fine beer bar in Manhattan.

Atmosphere is good with a large bar, plenty of standing room, tables with long benches and a back room with plush chairs in which I would instantly pass out if I ever sat in one. The place has a few more after work yuppie types than I like but I am sure that is due to location.

Quality and selection are insane. 70 taps, or maybe 70,000 taps, almost all high quality craft and very diverse by style and geography. Bottle list is a bit more local but equally stupendous. If you can't find 12 things to drink here, you are far more worldly and jaded than I.

Service is prompt and moderately well informed.

My only complaint is that the kitchen closes unreasonably early for a NYC bar. Don't know if I am missing anything or not but I can spend a couple hours here (kitchen closed when we arrive), take a cab across town and get takeout delivered an hour later.

Don't go hungry, but go!

HV

sholland119, Feb 02, 2009
Photo of morebeergood
3.94/5  rDev -7.1%

This was stop number four and the final stop of my Wednesday NYC pub crawl. Got here around 1:00am, and there were only about three people at the bar. I found this place to be one of the more spacious bars I have been in the city, wide and very high ceilings. We sat down at the bar and were given the beer list. Quite impressive. Selection ran the gamut, so it was hard to choose. I went with The Bruery Rugbrød served in a snifter. Nice. The tap handles are all grouped behind the bar on the wall in one spot, and it's cool looking. When we finished our beers, we were not offered another but instead given the check, as we could tell it was almost closing time at 2:00 am. I'd definitely like to come back here sometime to get more of a feel for this place and enjoy more of their great beer selection.

morebeergood, Jul 16, 2010
Photo of Yetiman420
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%

The weekend of July 12 – 14 2007, my wife and I visited The Ginger Man, Rebar @ The Retreat, Blind Tiger Ale House, and Hop Devil Grill (not the Belgian side). I’ve listed them in our overall ranking. We’re in our early and mid 30’s, I travel frequently and always incorporate good beer into my journey’s be it work or pleasure.

I'll start this review by saying The Ginger Man was far and away our favorite of the Manhattan beer bars. It's mid town location made it conveninet to our hotel and away from the mindless weekend massess random hopping bars (someone say hops?). I'm giving a favorable score for quality east coast beer selection and a very nice atmosphere. Tall ceilings, nice bar, communal seating, and even sofa's and couches if you're lucky enough to get one.

The only drawback was the bartended was unable to explain a couple of the beers. Good news here was he just poured a sample when I asked about the style. I had this problem in all the other bars so it might be the standard for NYC beer bartenders.

Yetiman420, Jul 17, 2007
Photo of Rifugium
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%

Located at 36th and 5th. This is a place for beer drinkers. Over 60 beers on tap, and a different bottle for every day of the year, more or less. Unfortunately, not much of a food menu, and I've yet to sample it, but again, you go here to drink...good...beer. I've only been here a few times, but it's always a pleasant visit, even if the clientele is a bit on the preppy / hipster side. But my first impression was: this is where beer enthusiasts go to drink in Manhattan, and I was exposed to some of my first craft and foreign beers here many moons ago. Staff is busy, but as attentive as possible.

I also visited the Ginger Man in Dallas, which was notably and obviously more laid back.

Rifugium, Apr 29, 2011
Photo of yemenmocha
4.03/5  rDev -5%

Slightly more upscale craft beer bar than some of the other locations, especially in this area. Customers were dressed in smart casual clothing. This place had a very "adult" feel, and not the sort of place where 21 yr old kids go for their drunkfest on a Friday night.

Good variety of craft beer, both domestic and imported. Two cask ales were offered and one engine beer (Mahrs).

Service was very attentive and polite. Food was ok but pricey. Cheese plate did not have all of the indicated items from the menu, but was still decent. Pretzels did not seem homemade.

yemenmocha, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of akorsak
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%

A Tuesday night visit in mid-May.

Atmosphere: The bar is huge and loud as shit. Don't even try to carry a conversation without yelling. The bar is itself is nicely laid out with a long string of tap handles.

Quality: I sat at the bar and the bartender was around regularly. No complaints overall except fot the atmosphere.

Service: As I said, the bartender visited often and was reasonably friendly (as much as can be expected in such a crowded environment).

Selection: The selection cannot disappoint. Over the course of two hours, I had a Keegan Hurricane Kitty (decent), a bourbon aged Chelsea barleywine (excellent) and Avery's Collaboration (good). And that only scratches the surface of what is available. Great tap and bottle list here.

Food: Food was decent pub grub. The pretzel I ordered was good, the Ginger Man hot dog was not so good.

This is NYC, so expect higher prices.

akorsak, May 22, 2008
Photo of francisweizen
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

Another kick ass NYC beer bar, suprise suprise! but seriously....The ginger man is an awesome little spot for a night of drinking great brews. The atmosphere is eclectic and strange, reminding me of certain spots in Brussels and Montreal. There is a l-o-n-g wooden bar, and several tables and booths all over the place with an interesting room filled with comfy coaches, and things towards the back of this establishment. The quality of the beers is outstanding, as is the selection of 60+ (!) tap beers! On my last visit I had a blue point pale ale on cask and a magic hat participation on tap. The service was fast and friendly, and when I accidentally knocked over my glass of magic hat, another one appeared free of charge, nice. I'm not sure what sort of food they do here, so I have no comments to add on that. Anyway, this is definately an excellent spot to hit in NYC, and I will definately be drinking here again in the future!

francisweizen, Nov 01, 2004
Photo of RblWthACoz
4.24/5  rDev 0%

I don't think I'll ever go back here after visiting several times. With Rattle 'n' Hum so close by, I don't think there is any point. There are tons of taps, sure, but this place can get so ridiculously crowded. And even when it's empty, some of the clientel just seem there to be able to talk to a female who wouldn't give them the time of day in the outside world. Overall, the douche factor here is too high for me to be able to chill here. And, beer selection alone doesn't really make a place, for me. I think that about sums it up.

RblWthACoz, Aug 30, 2012
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 BillRoth
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%

BillRoth, Nov 11, 2013
Photo of rousee
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%

The Ginger Man is a big place that is pretty clean inside (no soap in the bathroom though) with really high ceilings and nice soft lighting. Beer selection is excellent with more emphasis on the draught selections than the bottles. They have a cool lounge area in the back with leather couches and such but on a Saturday afternoon, the place was pretty empty so we sat at the bar.

I had 1 from 6 Points in Brooklyn--the Sweet Action and an ESB from Stoudt's in PA. Both were quite good and plenty fresh. I had a roast beef sandwich that was absolutely excellent and my buddy had some lentil soup that he said was quite good too.

The bartender was nice and she gave me a couple samples but she seemed almost a little too shy and reserved to be a bartender. She also disappeared for a while when we were looking for a refill. The place is in midtown Manhattan--it ain't supposed to be cheap but given their size and large overhead --the beers were priced very fairly. The food was a little pricier but if its good, I could care less about paying a couple extra bucks for good quality food. I liked this place quite a bit and would definitely go back. It is also only a short walk from where I typically stay when in Manhattan.

rousee, May 02, 2005
Photo of dbrauneis
4.19/5  rDev -1.2%

At one point, back about 10 years The Ginger Man was my go to place in NYC - especially after work for a couple of beers but things have since changed... Now there are a lot more craft beer places in this area of the city that also have good draft lists and the crowd after work has changed from craft beer aficionados to just an after work crowd. Actually, the last couple times I stopped in after work I saw more folks drinking wine/cocktail and Bud Lights as I saw drinking craft beers. I enjoy the fact that the music is not so loud as to discourage conversation.

The beers are well poured, served at a proper temperature, in proper glassware, and with the proper amount of head.

The servers thatI have dealt with on my visits to The Ginger Man have all been friendly, professional, and knowledgeable.

The selection at The Ginger Man is good but not exceptional - at one point they were the premiere place for craft drafts in NYC but now they have a lot more competition. There are always some beers that I have been trying to find or interested in trying but nowadays it does not blow me away.

I have personally never gotten any food here so I cannot comment.

Prices are good for Midtown NYC.

dbrauneis, Jun 13, 2013
Photo of papat444
4.53/5  rDev +6.8%

Visited Oct. 10.

After a big day of walking around NYC shopping, it felt good being able to have a beer and relax. First thing i noticed is that the place is dimly lit but not uncomfortably so. Gives an ambiance of soothing relaxation. There were no tables available but after about 5 minutes, a table opened up right by the street so we rushed to get it.

The menu is so vast and expansive that it's hard to name everything. Good NY representation with some West Coast brews and a lot of imports that were not TOO expensive given we're in New York. They had 2 cask brews but they didn't really catch my eye. I had an Elysian Avatar Jasmine and my wife a Stone Old Guardian. I ordered some Ginger Man and Chicago style hot dogs which were not bad.

I had time to look around as we waited for our food (which was fairly quick actually) and the atmosphere was quite vibrant The place was packed but the noise was just right and never cumbersome. Lots of room between tables also so we weren't squeezed in by people. There's also lots of couches in the front and at the back. The decor was quite striking with the wood paneling (which reminded me of a library) and high ceilings. Lots of breweriana strewn around.

In all, we were very comfortable in this laid back atmosphere. The beer selection is astounding and every beer lover passing through has to check this place out at least once. Strongly recommended.

papat444, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of Hibernator
3.91/5  rDev -7.8%

During a weekend excursion to NYC, a couple of friends and I finally stopped by The Ginger Man. This place has been on my radar for some time now and I had the opportunity to see what it's all about. After hailing a cab and getting out of the East Village on an unseasonably warm November day we were determined to enter this midtown beer bar.

Once you arrive at The Ginger Man you are greeted by a large open room with huge ceilings. A very lengthy wooden bar covers the right and tables to the left. I noticed only one TV that was propped above the bar that had a football game on. A massive amount of taps decorate the back wall of the bar. Our bartender greeted us and then gave us their beer list. The beer selection here is just about as extensive as they get. Expect around 50 taps with an impressive bottle selection to match. Great representation from breweries all over. I noticed one cask selection that was the Blue Point Hoptical Illusion. I had the Anderson Valley Hop Ottin', Rodenbach and Anchor Old Foghorn. Beers come in either 13 oz or 20 oz glasses. There is some beautiful glassware on display on top of the bar.

The bar was relatively empty when we arrived but as the afternoon went on, this place started to fill up. From what my friend has told me, this place can get crowded at nighttime and on the weekends.

Unfortunately during our visit, The Ginger Man was ridiculously warm. It was clearly visible that we were not the only customers uncomfortable by the excessive heat. The bartender was responsive and let us know that they were having problems with the heat and trying to fix it. This oversight was obviously unintentional, but I would be lying if I said it didn't detract from our experience here. We were sweating in our T-shirts as we were trying to enjoy a few afternoon pints. Our bartender was cool throughout our visit. She was responsive, knowledgeable and honest.

This is a solid beer bar, no question about it. The selection available will impress you, but I left this place feeling that it's slightly overrated. The beers I had were decent in terms of freshness and I think this is one of those places that suffers from the quantity vs. quality idea. I also don't particularly care much for this area of Manhattan either and maybe that has taken away from my overall impression. The vibe was a tad sterile and lacking. I like a bar with a little less pretension and more comfort. Prices are a little on the high side too. Certainly recommended if in the direct area or seeking a specific beer, but there may be much better beer bar options in NYC.

Hibernator, Nov 08, 2005
Photo of david18
3.73/5  rDev -12%

Been her a couple of times and they always have a great selection of draft beers including some hard to find and new beers. Also have some specially made selections for the bar itself.

Had the mojo risin from boulder which I was never able to find anywhere else. Also have a lot of local beers, which are always fresh and well taken care of. Numerous beers from Brooklyn are always on the list.

Not my favorite neighborhood, it's in the middle of the east side of manhattan, but would recommend this place nonetheless.

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I went here again recently and was equally impressed. Selection is great. I went from Rattle and Hum directly to here and the two places are quite similar in terms of layout, selection and emphasis on beer. Ginger man is a little more upscale. Both are amazing.

david18, Jul 14, 2009
Photo of ejimhof
4/5  rDev -5.7%

ejimhof, Oct 10, 2013
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The Ginger Man in New York, NY
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