The Ginger Man

The Ginger ManThe Ginger Man
The Ginger ManThe Ginger Man
Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

11 E 36th St
New York, New York, 10016-3318
United States

(212) 532-3740 | map

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Photo of cratez
4.66/5  rDev +9.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.75

What I had: Victory Festbier, Sierra Nevada Flipside Red IPA, and Peak Organic Fresh Cut Pilsner on tap, a few glasses of Coopers Creek Sauvignon Blanc for my partner.
What I liked: Beautiful, spacious bar with ample seating, well laid out beer menu, very impressive draught and cask list, fast service, extensive wine options, growlers to go, bartender (perhaps the owner?) was not only chatty and welcoming but also allowed us to eat take-out inside the bar since the kitchen was closed.
What I disliked: Aside from not being able to order any food, nothing.
Would I go back? Yes. The Ginger Man is a wonderfully cozy pub with excellent service and a top-notch beer menu. A mandatory stop for any beer geek visiting NYC.
Overall Rating: 94

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Photo of Lobina
4.45/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

I was fortunate enough to have my daughter pick this place for a meeting spot as she knows I like good beer and this place had it covered. informative server excellent choices with two cask offerings

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Photo of VoxRationis
4.16/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

I stopped in at the Ginger Man for lunch. We had hoped to have the Guinness Beef Stew (they were out), but settled on an Alsatian Sausage platter, which was also quite delicious. Beerwise, I was particularly interested in partaking of the cask ale (there were two). Ginger Man is large with an old fashioned varnished wood bar that is easily 50' and quite a bit of seating.

It has well over 70 functional taps offering a huge selection of high quality craft and import brews, as well as a fully stocked bar. It was relatively subdued on a Summer Tuesday at noon, but I have no doubt it gets very lively come happy hour. Would definitely go back (and maybe they'll have the stew next time).

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Photo of QuakeAttack
4.59/5  rDev +7.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

When I visit NYC (once a year), we also visit Ginger Man. Nice wood bar with a sitting room in back. Servers and bartenders are always friendly (yes, this is NY). Beer selection is great in that you can local and East Coast beers. I had Hill Farmstead and Finback. Both beers were amazing! Food is always good (Ruben). From my perspective, this is a must visit when in mid-town Manhattan.

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Photo of Jacobier10
4.24/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.75

I can't believe I'm just getting around to reviewing this place now, as I have been frequenting The Ginger Man for almost 15 years. I had my 23rd birthday party in the back room (library), been to friends' parties here, among multiple other meetups over the years.

Expect a crowd almost any time you go. The bar is long with plenty of seats, but they are almost always taken when I have been there. Plenty of other tables scattered throughout the place to sit at though. It's dimly lit inside but it makes for a nice vibe.

You'll be hard pressed to find a much better selection anywhere else. There is something here for everyone, including two offerings on cask. On my last visit, I had Fabián 13%, a dry hopped lager from a little know Czech brewery, and Singlecut Keith on cask.

Quality of all the beer is great. The bartenders aren't overly chatty but they are busy so it's understandable. I love this place and it was always have a sentimental place in my heart. If you're visiting NYC and you're in the area, this place is a must stop for at least one beer.

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Photo of PhillyBoy23
4.68/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

So many brews on tap. It's a beer lovers dream come true. Huge bottle list as well. The bartenders are pros as well. Each beer in the proper glassware.

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Photo of JamFuel
4.58/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The Ginger Man, a NYC classic.

Dimly lit, but still airy and not stuffy, with a long bar and plenty of tables all across the space. Vibe is casual and laid back, and it's been quiet both times I've been here, early afternoon both times. Apparently gets quite crowded later on and on weekends.

Beer selection is second only to very few. About 70 taps and a pretty long bottle list means you're going to have to pick and choose carefully. Not really a problem since everything is of high quality and the bartenders do a great job with recommendations if you need them. Service overall is great, especially in the off hours, when they'll gladly chat with you.

Food was very good, had the pastrami Reuben. Very tasty, but HUGE.

Overall, one of the best beer bars in New York, easily. So much to choose from and a great vibe.

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Photo of RutgersBeerGuy
4.26/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5

The Ginger Man is, without a doubt, one of the prime craft beer locations in Midtown Manhattan. My job takes into the city 10-15 days a year and The Ginger Man is almost always my watering hole of choice.

The interior is pretty the platonic ideal of the classic pub. Lots of wood and the expected pub decor. Every time that I've been there it's been packed or near packed, though I will say that I'm nearly always there around 5 PM on weekdays, so that likely accounts for some of it.

The selection is fantastic. 70ish taps, with a good variety of local, regional, and national craft, along with British, Belgian, and German highlights. Best of all, there's always two casks on handpump, which is what I tend to gravitate toward.

I've never actually eaten there, so I can't account for the food, but it looks to be solid, British-inspired pub grub.

Beyond the beer, there's an excellent selection of whiskey.

The service can be a little dicey, especially when it's at its peak business. Not unfriendly, just inattentive. Prices are high, but not exceptionally so for New York.

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Photo of SteveB24
4/5  rDev -6.3%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.75

Great place, Vibe is relaxed but still classy, service is decent, although the bartenders are much friendlier then the waitresses, very good selection.

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Photo of ArkyVaughan
4.06/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

First time at the Ginger Man on November 14. Very nice space with high ceilings and plenty of seating. Huge tap list, although the offerings were not mind-blowing. Food was solid. My only complaint is that they need more servers - the table service was painfully slow.

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Photo of ShanePB
4.41/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.25

Since discovering this place in 2013, every time I am in New York City I stop in. Great atmosphere and layout of the place. Beer list is impressive and prices are reasonable for the city. The food is good; also $3 for a soft pretzel of the size and quality is a very good value if you're looking for something inexpensive to munch on. Absolutely worth your time to stop in.

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Photo of excalibur
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

I must concur, the Ginger Man is definitely worth your time and enjoyment. We visited twice and got a seat at the bar both times. It wasn't very crowded but we were there in the early afternoon, once being on a Saturday. I thought the interior was cozy and comfortable, especially the bar area, in spite of the fairly large seating area. The bartenders were very knowledgeable and friendly. They were attentive to all the patrons and yet were also able to converse with us. An interesting and extensive beer list, plus a wide variety of Bourbons, Scotches, etc. We has a delicious soup and the pretzel with beer cheese which was great. This pub is a treasure and a great place to warm up on a cold day.

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Photo of Gajo74
4.75/5  rDev +11.2%

This place is awesome! A beautiful midtown pub with a classic looking wood bar decor and cool retro pictures. The real deal for NY ambience and not a cheesy tourist trap unlike some of its midtown neighbors.
The selection is overwhelmingly huge! There is a printed menu, updated daily, as well as a chalk board that lists beers from all styles imaginable. I had a Belgian style Tripel and an IPA, both excellent. They also have food. One of my companions was having a hot dog with sauerkraut. Later, we ordered a hot pretzel that was to die for!
This is a big and crowded bar. Normally I shy away from these types of places, but the crowd was mature, (no frat boys or meat heads), the noise level was reasonable and luckily I was able to get a seat. I have to hand it to the barmaids! As I said, the place was packed and they were slammed with orders. Yet they were able to stay attentive and I had no trouble getting my orders.

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Photo of ArmOnFire
4.44/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Had some time to kill waiting for my train from Penn Station, so I picked this place over the other pubs on the same street based on their advertisement for Sierra Nevada Beer Camp. Silly but I guess advertisement works.

Atmosphere - Nice and comfortable, booths, tables, or bar. I chose table by an outlet to recharge phone.

Quality - Club sandwich was tasty, perfect to compliment my flight of four beers

Service - Waitress was knowledgable and friendly.

Beer selection was great, had beers not available in NH.

Overall I would recommend and go back if in the area again.

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Photo of orangesol
4.15/5  rDev -2.8%

Stopped in here right after Rattle since it was so close by. Atmosphere was hopping. As we entered we were greeted with a mass of people four deep at the bar. I almost turned around and walked back out but I saw a small space at the end of bar to stand in so we went for it. Quality seemed pretty high. Selection was killer, I was finally able to try my first Peekskill beer so that was a big plus. Prices were high but thats the norm in this city. Service was slow but with that many people I could understand a bit. After trying to get a second beer for almost ten minutes we were over it and decided to bag it and head somewhere else. Overall I would like to return in the future and give it another go, hopefully with a lot less people around.

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Photo of KornWallace
4.31/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5 | food: 3.75

I've been to the Ginger Man a handful of times and the reason I love coming back is there huge and constantly rotating craft beer list. Their beer bible is a pleasure to go through and they have enough taps that it would be difficult to get through them all in a single weekend. It's the place I take out of town friends to when they want to go to a craft bar in the city. With that being said it's a well known place and it gets crowded. It can often take a while to get a table especially on the weekends. As expected the service slows but the waitresses always seem to be upbeat and friendly. The food isn't anything to write home about but it is capable of contending the occasional beer munchies.

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Photo of KHarz
3.68/5  rDev -13.8%
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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Photo of jmdrpi
4.5/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4

Had beers and food on a Saturday afternoon while visiting NYC for a concert.

Good atmosphere - a dark wood pub feed. Our group was able to claim one of the bench tables across from the bar when we arrived. Besides the tables and the bar, there is a room in the front, and a room in the back with upholstered chairs to sit in. Nice music, but not too loud. Easy to have conversations while you drink. It started to get a bit more crowded by the time we left at 6:30 pm.

If you can't find a top-notch beer that you like, then you've got a problem. The 70 beers on tap are arraigned on the beer list by style, along with ABV, serving size, and price. Most lower alcohol beers were served in 20 oz pint glasses, most higher alcohol beers in 12 oz snifters. Draft beers ranged from $7 to $12. Mix of American craft and Imports, and a fair number of limited release offerings. If you stuck with the lower ABV beers in 20oz glasses, the prices weren't too bad considering it's in Manhattan. The bottle list prices were pretty steep though, but there's no reason to order off of it.

Food is limited to "Gastropub" fare - we had fresh pretzels and chips, a charcuterie plate, and sandwiches, which were all very tasty.

Our server was very friendly, attentive, and made recommendations when we asked. Overall, I would definitely recommend!

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Photo of Buller38
4.04/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25

Imagine a version of Rattle 'N' Hum that is a little more upscale and a little more snobby at times and you have The Ginger Man. This place has a more expansive tap list and a solid bottle list, something on their list is guaranteed to make your taste buds tingle.

I do enjoy visiting this joint only when it isn't packed and you can find a seat at one of the tables, the bar, or one of their many comfortable pieces of furniture that are littered throughout the building. This place is definitely more comfortable for that fact that you can sit on a nice piece of living room furniture.

At times, when this place is packed it can be quite annoying to find service or a spot to sit as well as the possibility of being turned off to the venue due to the type of crowd that has infiltrated this establishment.

Pick a downtime to visit this great beer spot!

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Photo of unclejazz
4.05/5  rDev -5.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

I am glad I found this bar early on in my time in NYC. This has a great central location in Manhattan, very easy to get to by bike or train/bus and a short walk. They have a very solid draft list and hovers around 50 that cover local, regional, European, and regularly get special release sixtels(Bruery, Kuhnhenn, Peekskill, Allagash, Founders, Firestone Walker, etc). They also carry a small but well curated bottle list. It's large and comfortable but equally busy. Best to stop in on am afternoon. Good pizza, pretzels, and other pub fare. If you are visiting, it's a great place to stop for a pint and to get away from the crowds.


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Photo of drewone
4.28/5  rDev +0.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

In midtown, stopped in on a thursday afternoon. All in all pretty quite, very dark wood pub feel. At this time of day more of a restaurant than bar feel (kid friendly at this time too).

Was very happy with the selection, was able to try 3 Peekskill beers (had been looking to try these and didn't see them on tap at any other places).

Can do a tasting flight - yeah.

Friendly and somewhat more knowledgable than most table servers.

A highlight of my trip, glad i stopped in.

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Photo of Trapman
4.55/5  rDev +6.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3

This is one of my favorite places to go to try new beer in NYC, for midtown the prices are about what I would expect. But what you get for the money is perfect, the bartenders are extremely knowledgable and everything is served the way it is meant to be. The real treat here is the flights that they are willing to do (as long as the bar is not slammed). You can do any four draft or cask beers for 13.50. They always have two cask ales and the list is perfectly balanced from tap to bottle to cask. All of this with a great communal atmosphere that echoes an old school pub. Service is always great but I have been there a few times when the bartender gets slammed and there can be a wait. But the focus at this place is spot on - craft beer is treated the way it should be. The passion and knowledge of the staff come through and make this a great beer destination. Not sure about the table service - I always sit at the bar to gaze at the taps.

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Photo of dbrauneis
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

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.

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Photo of tikk
4.19/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 2.75

Went in off recommendations from multiple users before an event at msg.

First off the atmosphere was great, i saw just on tv and it was off. Just some background music. A great place for conversation.

The beer selection was amazing, two beers on cask, didn't try to count the rest. Selection ran the full gamut of styles. So many good beers I had a hard time deciding. Had SN Torpedo on cask and Allagash BAT.

Food was good, but there wasn't a huge menu. I think the server was having an off night, so it wasn't spectacular.

Great place in the city, will definitely return.

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Photo of vfgccp
4.4/5  rDev +3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

The beer selection is always superb with a range spanning all styles and consistently putting new beers on tap, not to mention the ridiculous list of bottles they have. Sometimes they'll have something really rare you'll probably never see again, that's always a plus. I've only ever seen people who seem to know at least a little about beer, nobody is at this bar looking to have 30 bud lights. Even when it's packed, which from my experience is everyday but Sunday, there are still waitresses that are pretty attentive at keeping a drink in your hand when wanted. The food is actually pretty good, I gave it a 3.5 due to not having a very extensive menu though. One of the only drawbacks is it can get pretty loud at times. Also it can be pricey, but it's Manhattan and craft beer, what do you expect. It also should be mentioned they have really comfortable couches in the back, sometimes it's nice to lounge out comfortably and enjoy a brew on a lazy sunday.

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