The Ginger Man


221 Reviews
The Ginger ManThe Ginger Man

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

(212) 532-3740 | map

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Photo of KHarz
3.68/5  rDev -13.4%
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 +5.9%
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 -4.9%
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 -4.7%
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 +0.7%
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 +7.1%
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 -1.4%
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 -1.4%
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 +3.5%
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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Photo of Lare453
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

A nice and big, fair amount of seating, nice inside.

Q the beer is great and the food is a small selection, but there was a good selection of charcuterie and cheese.

S all the employees are awesome! Super knowledgable

S 70 beers on tap, prob 200+ bottles, multiple casks, this place is tits.

F small selection but everything is good. Sandwiches, snacks, cheese and charcuterie.

Everything is reasonably priced.

I love this place and it is a g to every time I'm in the city.

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Photo of YieldToNothing
4.58/5  rDev +7.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5

This place has an incredibly extensive menu. Loads of bottles and rotating monthly drafts featuring some rarities that you can't often get your hands on. Prices are reasonable for the NYC area.

I only take away some points because the place can be a zoo during happy hour and on Saturday nights during prime time.

I noticed that the best time to come is on a Sunday afternoon. There'll be plenty of room and the bartender will let you do a flight, which has no chance in happening when they're busy.

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Photo of flagmantho
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

My boss recommended the Ginger Man on a recent trip to New York, so I got to spend some time in this fine establishment. I was suitably impressed.

The selection and quality are fantastic. I had a cucumber saison from Cigar City and Nogne O's imperial rye porter, both of which were good choices from among their 70 or so varieties on tap.

Atmosphere was dark and homey, which of course I love. The Wednesday night that I was there, the place was packed to the gills with most patrons having standing room only. That said, my boss and I got drink service and had our glasses bussed and everything from right where we were standing; service didn't diminish simply because we were table-less. I appreciated that.

I didn't get any food on this visit, so I can't speak to that.

I will definitely be returning to the Ginger Man the next time I'm in the city. I would love to be there when it's a little bit slower so I can sit in quiet contemplation and sip some of their fantastic choices.

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Photo of RblWthACoz
4.24/5  rDev -0.2%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

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.

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Photo of knightlypint
3.3/5  rDev -22.4%
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.

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Photo of Hopdaemon39
4.45/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Great bar- my favorite that I visited in my week in New York. Awesome vibe- hardwood floors and bar with lots of space for NYC and a nice back lounge area with couches, etc.

All of their beers were served in the appropriate glassware- many even in their brewery's glasses. Draft lines seemed clean.

Good service- relatively easy to get the bartender's attention even on a packed Friday night. They all poured the beers well, giving each its appropriate head.

Selection was awesome- 40 draft lines all with pretty exceptionable brews. I had Pilsener Urquell, Bear Republic Mach 10, Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast, and Thomas Hooker Doppelbock.

I got the German beer platter which had some very good sausages. They didn't have a large selection of food which is why I gave it a lower rating- some fries would've been nice or a side salad.

Reasonably priced- MUST GO if you're in NYC.

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Photo of mltobin
3/5  rDev -29.4%
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.

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Photo of IronCitySteve
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

A: One of my favorite spots to hit in NYC. Located between 5th and Madison Ave. A nice pub feel with old dark mahogany bar, chalk boards above the bar giving you brew updates. The place is pretty big, but it does get crowded.

Q: Never had any problems with freshness of brews. Taps turnover quickly, but the taps are clean and the brews taste fresh.

Ser: Never had any problem with the services. Bartenders and wait staff are courteous, quick, fairly knowledgable about the brews and always pleasant.

Sel: For quantity and quality, they really are by far the best in Midtown and one of the best in all Manhattan. They have 70+ taps, over 150 bottles and 2 casks. Good amounts of local brews on tap as well as many domestic craft brews and European brews.

O: Definitely a must stop when in Manhattan. Great selection across numerous and numerous styles. There is a beer style for everybody. Pretty low-key, but it can get crowded.

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Photo of StJamesGate
4.3/5  rDev +1.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

An open yet cozy room with distressed wood, vintage lamps, period posters and a library/lounge down the back with overstuffed chairs and couches. They seem to be going for a turn of the century bar/English pub thing, without it being gimmicky.

The selection is crazy and very even across styles, if not, as another reviewer said, particularly heavy on locals/NY beers. But that might be a strength: most NYC bars are so local-proud, it's a bit of a relief to not see another Sixpoint/Chelsea/Capt Lawrence-fest.

Service was sharp - our waitress was training another, so maybe we got the best of the bunch. Club sandwich and Greek salad were flavorful if small, though the pretzel is a bit of a rip. Mostly full but mellow at lunchtime on a Thursday.

Other reviews knock this place as crowded and expensive. It's midtown Manhattan, what do you expect!? Don't believe the tourists and haters; skip the beer snobs at Rattle and Hum and line up here.

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Photo of DrinkSlurm
3.38/5  rDev -20.5%
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 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.

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Photo of harveystarr
3.53/5  rDev -16.9%
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.

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Photo of tobelerone
4.13/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I am not going to list the many beers you can find here because they are well detailed on the website. Needless to say the list of both draughts and bottles is extensive and impressive. Go here and you WILL find something to love, for sure.

I have heard often about the huge crowds this place draws but I've always come during off hours and avoided the madness as a result. Come in the afternoon or early evening on the weekend and you will do just fine. I first came with a group of 10 on a saturday evening around 7pm and we had plenty of space and even some couches and tables in the front which are set up in a comfy lounge kind of arrangement. IIRC the food was quite tasty. Short rib sliders were delicious. Prices are average, I'd say, for Manhattan, which is to say high for almost anywhere else.

This is a can't miss spot for beer fanatics. If you like to do your drinking in peace, come early and avoid late Friday and Saturday nights and the weekday, after work rush.

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Photo of benz08
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

My friend and I wandered into The Ginger Man recently when we came into the city and while waiting for friends to decide what they wanted to do, we decided for them and picked Ginger Man because we found a parking spot there before Rattle N' Hum. Not our second choice. Call it 1 and 1A in no particular order.

The selection was expansive, but being a Saturday night I assume it was dumbed down to appeal to a more broad crowd, as seems to be the unofficial, unspoken custom of better beer bars. Nonetheless I found some excellent beers on tap with some fairly easy to find but tasty imports also there and some really nice local seasonal beers from Captain Lawrence, Chelsea, etc. I had Cigar City Maduro Oatmeal Brown, Two Brothers Domaine DuPage, and Bronx Pale Ale(all purely based on lack of availability in NJ) and my friend had some local pumpkin ales that he really enjoyed.

The atmosphere was pretty cool when we got there around 8pm, definitely crowded but not too bad. By the time we left around 11:30 it was much more crowded to the point that you couldn't really move too much but still somehow the size of the place contained the crowd well. We were lucky enough to sit up at the bar after our first beer and the crowd has no care for personal space while going for a beer but there were a fair amount of cute girls violating my space so I wasn't going to complain. Also it looked they have a loungey back room with rugs and couches and chairs that I'd assume is a cool place to host a group gathering or just get together with a few friends. The place doesn't have any TV's so don't go there looking to watch a game. The music was a nice mix though so I didn't even mind missing some good college football.

Most beers were $7 or $7.50 but all that I ordered were served in 20oz imperial pint glasses so there was some relative value there, though what real value is there in craft beer.

I also noticed a complete lack of hipsters and that made me happy.

I'd absolutely recommend Ginger Man to anyone looking for a cool place to drink craft beer in NYC. Parking was easy and free and the subway was only a few blocks away at Penn station so in better weather its not a bad walk either.

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Photo of wcintula
4.44/5  rDev +4.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Nice dimly lit, high ceiling large, open bar. Big tables on the left, bar on the right. Lots of room in this place is a good thing, because at about 3:00PM, it's crowded. I stood next to my wife's seat at the bar and we were served within 5 minutes, not bad as there is an extensive beer list to review before ordering.

The value is what you make of it, ordering by the glass can get expensive, but flights of anything (4 versions of Black Hole!) are only $13. Beer-to-go subject to 15% discount, I hate being subject to discounts!!! Great deal for smack dab in the middle of midtown.

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Photo of ferrari29
4.06/5  rDev -4.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

Big selection of beers, enormous amount of taps available with an exotic blend of imports and domestics. This place reeks of after-work crowd, especially on Thursday and Friday. Get there early and make sure you grab a seat. Cask ales, becoming ever so popular, are available here as well. Cask ales are constantly revolving and availability is limited to what they can grab from local breweries. The ambiance is cozy and warm; stems from a lightly dimmed lights. Be sure to go as far back as possible in the bar. There is a great room with cozy couches and comfortable chairs also. Even though I didn't try the food this time around, I've had it before and remembered it being quite good for bar food. A great gem in the middle of a vibrant city. Bar has a nice English pub feel and covered in nicely chiseled oak and pine. Cool bar taps line the bar wall.

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Photo of Avagadro
4.14/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

A: this place is cozy, with a traditional English pub feel, complete with patterned rugs, mahogany bars, and comfy armchairs. I'm happy with how much space this place has, especially given its location.

Q: Proper glassware used.

Serv: served quickly, and with a smile. I don't have any notes on their knowledge of the product, because we don't typically have too hard of a time finding something tasty.

Sel: 70+ taps, 2 casks, 170+ bottles with some very nice vintage and specialty word, as well as wine, sake, cider, and whiskey.

V: I paid $7 for my celebrate, my girlfriend's kölsch was $6, so its a couple of bucks more than in the Midwest, but this is nyc. You should expect to pay a bit more. All in all, this is an incredible place to stop in midtown. They will definitely have something that piques your interest, regardless of your tastes.

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The Ginger Man in New York, NY
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