The Ginger Man


220 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 flagmantho
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
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%
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 -22.2%
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 +5%
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 -29.2%
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 +1.4%
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 +1.4%
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 -20.3%
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 -16.7%
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 -2.6%
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 +11.3%
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 +4.7%
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 -4.2%
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 -2.4%
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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Photo of coldriver
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

Visited on day two of our June 2011 Northeast pubcrawl. I've been to The Ginger Man many times here in Ft Worth so I looked forward to seeing the New York version. Got a little lost on the way here, but my buddy had the genius idea of asking a beer truck driver for directions which got us right there. Overall I liked this better than the Texas Ginger Men with it's downtown feel (the one in Ft Worth looks like a converted single family dwelling). Great tap selection, fine service and comfortable vibe. Food was not that good - had the reuben and was very dissapointed that I wasted one of my two NYC meals. Still, focus is on the beer where it should be and this Ginger Man definitely delivered the goods.

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Photo of 3HovsepiansBrews
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I've gone to this place twice in the last few months and I really enjoyed it both times. The vibe is really great, with a friendly crowd. The bar area is big and open and there is a comfortable back area with couches and loungers. The staff is always really nice and provide great service. The selection is quite good. They have a pretty wide bottle selection of Belgians and U.S. microbrews. There is definitely something for every taste here, which is nice. The prices are okay, with a lot of options for about 7 to 9 bucks.

If you haven't been here before, you should give it a try because it is a really cool place to have a drink or two.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.58/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

I visited this fine establishment after work today. I had heard about this bar in the past, and I was excited to see the bar of many taps.

The service was great after getting in. Three separate staff members asked if I needed anything while waitin for family to arrive. After taking our seats, the waitress was really nice to both of us. My guest didn't order a beer, but they still did very well by him.

I started with the Avery 18th anniversary on tap, and followed up with the Rosee and Hibiscuss. That, a martini, and a whiskey ran $45 with a good tip. Pretty pricey, but you probably have to pay to support this level of service and selection.

Oh yeah, the selection. There were 60 taps and many more bottles. They also had a good selection of whiskeys. The hardest part was choosing.

The interior was cozy. It was almost like an Irish pub.

I had a good time overall, and I will save up for my next visit.

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Photo of Scottybo
4.9/5  rDev +15.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

The Ginger Man is the best craft beer bar in Manhattan. We tried each of the "Big 3" on a recent trip, the others being Rattle N' Hum and Blind Tiger.

We picked a busy Friday night in Greenwich Village to visit Blind Tiger, so it was packed, loud, and difficult to get to the bar. Rattle runs a close second but is dingier and more rustic than Ginger Man.

So we went to the Ginger Man three different times and were pleased each time. The leather chairs and rich mahogony gave it an elegance that their beer selections deserve. The house club sandwich was also delicious. You can't get a beer for less than $7, but this is just what you come to expect in NYC.

If you're in Midtown East, definitely go here. If it's too busy, Rattle is just three blocks away and ususally stays less busy late at night.

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Photo of redbird
4.3/5  rDev +1.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Of all the bars in Manhattan that rated high, I'd probably rank this at the top. We stopped in on a Sunday afternoon, and from the reviews and what we heard from others regarding how busy it gets, this was one of the best times to be there as there was hardly anyone there.

I'd guess around 60 drafts and 150 bottles to choose from. You can also get the bottles to go, though I didn't see how much they would cost. The drafts were fairly well chosen, as there was a nice variety of different styles and breweries. And what seems to be the standard among the beer bars in NYC, 2 casks going.

If you're going to be in Manhattan, you can't beat an afternoon at both Ginger Man and Rattle N Hum (just 3 blocks away). 2 of the best NYC has to offer.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
4.2/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

This was one of the last stops on my birthday beer bar crawl through New York City. We got there around 6PM and stayed for a few hours.

The first thing you notice is how big this place is. A rather large bar stretches pretty far back, the front is fairly open with tables and couches. The ceilings are very high, which lends a good, open feel to the place. The beerania is really cool as well.

The selection is pretty good. I went with a Stone Ruination IPA and a Pretty Things Jack D'Or, both on tap.

The bartender was friendly, enthusiastic about beer and knowledgeable.

The food was good but a problem was that there are no fries. At a bar, I need french fries. Sorry, Gingerman. Nonetheless, the hot dog I had was really good and came out incredibly quick. My girlfriend had a delicious pretzel as well. Good food but the menu could use some more bar staples.

The Ginger Man was my favorite stop of the day and I can't wait to go back. Its proximity to Penn Station is definitely a plus. Cheers!

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Photo of Paulydeets
4.65/5  rDev +9.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Nice place in NYC with about 70 beers on tap. The staff is very knowledgable and seem to be able to answer any questions you may have about the available beers on tap. They will let you try anything before you commit to buying anything which is nice because they definately are not the cheapest. They have a special flight where you can try 4/5 different 4 ounce pours which was somewhere around 15 bucks, which is the best deal in the house, but not available after 7pm on fridays and saturdays. I always try to go in the back room where they have some sofas and a nice chill atmosphere.

The beer selection is always good here as they constantly have a bunch of hard to find beers on draft. They had Allagash Curieux, which is one of my favorites, along with a crapload of great bottles.

Food is very minimal, they have some pretzels you can get, a few different hot dogs, and a nice cheese plate. All in all, a great place to stop in for a few beers when your in the area.

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Photo of infi
4.33/5  rDev +2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

First of all, this place was bigger than I thought it was gonna be. Thought it was gonna be like a dive bar, but it was so much more. Decent amount of tabled seating on the left side upon entering with the bar on the right. Towards the back was another bar with some high chairs and a lounge with sofas, probably for reservations. Dim lighting, which was preferable for me. Arrived around 9pm, in which the bar wasn't too populated or loud, but once 11pm hit, that's when everyone started pouring in. Overall, the bar had a great atmosphere that we all loved.

Quality of the beers were great, with their innumerable amount of taps and listed bottles. I ordered a couple Duvel Greens and a bottle of GI Big John for our table's consumption. Everything tasted amazing. The earlier you arrive, the more attentive the service will be to you. We just ordered some kettle chips, $2.50 for a basket. Not bad. Selection is unreal – definitely choices you won't be disappointed in. Their menu is printed daily, so their selection is probably rotating constantly.

Hands down, one of the best bars to drink at in NYC. So glad I finally was able to do so. Remember to arrive early to avoid the congestion and be able to sit down and have a couple. Great experience.

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Photo of cosmo4u
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Amazingly for a city like New York large-scale quality places like the Ginger Man are far and few between. There seems to be no shortage of indistinguishable tiny bars. To be sure plenty of bars with a few cool features too but still plenty of forgettable ones.

What makes Ginger Man memorable is obviously it's beer selection. It is also extremely large inside and has a nice back room with Winston Churchillesque arm chairs and vintage beer paraphernalia. The bar is also in the bar scant area of Murray Hill.

The beer selection is indeed fine but craft beers and rare exports, aka the entire point of drinking here, can quickly start to run you some serious dollars. But its NYC so you have to expect that.

From my experience going earlier will help alleviate some of the crowd cramps but even early you'll probably be standing.

They have added beer to go since I was there last. Nice growlers from them or bring your own. You even get a little discount.

Overall a must visit place if youre ever in nyc

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Photo of Rifugium
4.21/5  rDev -0.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

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 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.

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Photo of liamt07
2.9/5  rDev -31.6%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 3 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

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.

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4.24 out of 5 based on 319 ratings.
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