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
gingerman-ny.com

Notes:
PLACE STATS
Average:
4.26
Reviews:
226
Ratings:
335
pDev:
9.39%
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Reviews by Quaffer:
Photo of Quaffer
3.83/5  rDev -10.1%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

After numerous trips to New York, I finally made it to the Ginger Man last month. It was within easy walking distance of my hotel, so I was there more than once.

The selection of beer at the Ginger Man was great. No special gems or strange vintages tucked away, but still a wonderful array of terrific beers. Tons of stuff to choose from.

Service was pretty good, with the best being the time that the place was practically empty on a Wednesday night at 1:00 a.m.

The only thing that I really did not like about the GM was the atmosphere. I when I say that I didn't like it , I mean that I REALLY did not like it. The thing I love about most good beer bars in New York is the old, dark, comfortable feel that comes with them. They are just warm, cozy, and quietly pleasant. The Ginger Man is none of these things. The place is very modern and loud, and the majority of the patrons seem like they are there because they think it is cool to be there. I'm not judging the people that were there, mind you, but I prefer to not hang out in a place full of people in ties walking around drinking Heineken and laughing and talking louder than is necessary. They amount of constant cell phone usage in this place made me fear for my health. The word "corporate" definitely comes to mind. On top of this, the music was way too loud.

A great beer selection for sure, but there are many other places in the NYC area that I would rather drink.

-- EDIT --

The following was pointed out to me in a beermail:

"Heineken is not and has never been offered at the Ginger Man...

The ONLY main stream beers offered are Bud and Bud Light drafts and Michelob Ultra bottles. That is it..."

Ah, yes. A lovely selection of A-B products is much better than Heineken. Thanks for pointing that out.

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More User Reviews:
Photo of Lobina
4.45/5  rDev +4.5%
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 Beer21
4.79/5  rDev +12.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

Photo of VoxRationis
4.16/5  rDev -2.3%
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 +7.7%
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 CreightonSM
4.15/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Photo of Jacobier10
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
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 jcoleMA66
4.43/5  rDev +4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 3.75

Photo of mattmarka1
4.5/5  rDev +5.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Photo of Drinkalot
4.7/5  rDev +10.3%
vibe: 3.75 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Photo of CervezaNY
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.5

Photo of Brob245
4.49/5  rDev +5.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5

Photo of Nrod
3.96/5  rDev -7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 3.75

Photo of Mikexw
4.32/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.5

Photo of NonicPanic
4.21/5  rDev -1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 5

Photo of SebastianMandeville
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4.25 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

Photo of PhillyBoy23
4.68/5  rDev +9.9%
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 T-34-85
4.24/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of 22Blue
4.18/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of Brian29
4.48/5  rDev +5.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4.25

Photo of Zekenyce
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4

Photo of Spreetaper
4.07/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25

Photo of dbthom123
3.93/5  rDev -7.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4

Photo of DrStiffington
3.9/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Photo of JamesLeung
4.76/5  rDev +11.7%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5 | food: 4.75

The Ginger Man in New York, NY
Place rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 335 ratings