The Ginger Man

BA SCORE
94
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325 Ratings
The Ginger ManThe Ginger Man
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(212) 532-3740 | map
gingerman-ny.com

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Score:
94
Ratings:
325
Reviews:
221
Avg:
4.24
pDev:
7.78%
 
 
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Photo of rhoadsrage
4.4/5  rDev +3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I visited this place on a late weekday afternoon. I walked passed it the first time and had to double back and check the address. The front had cafe curtains in the windows and the place looked dark. The front door had a sign that said "appropriate dress required" and I didn't have a button down shirt nor a jacket. I peaked in and saw three me in suits and ties drinking stellas and then a man at the bar with track suit pants on. I knew I would be o.

The bar is a long wood traditional bar with lots of old beer posters on the walls. They had the taps on the back wall and quite a selection. The elusive Capt. Lawrence, Ommegang Rouge, and a selection of great Belgians and American beers lit up the tap selection. They also had a good selection of glassware to serve.

I had a Reuben sandwich which came in a little basket and was tasty but nothing special. This was truly a great beer bar with just as many interesting bottles as taps.

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Photo of FLBeerGuy
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Stopped in on Friday around 5:30 and the place was already crowded, not a seat to be had. Bar on the right, picnic tables on the left as you walk in. A separate room in the back on the right with some couches. 3 beers on cask, Butternutts Extra Special Port Slap, Blue Point Sour Cherry Imperial Stout 7 Sierra Nevada Stout. 70 beers on tap & over 100 bottles, so the selection is quite good. Taps are reasonably priced as you do get 20 oz pours. Had the Blue Point Sour Cherry Imperial Stout, Stone Oaked Bastard & Ommegang Abby all on tap, which were all excellent. Finally did get a seat & had a Reuben sandwich, wife had a Portabello sandwich, both which were good & reasonably priced. Place got so crowded, you could not make your way to the bar, so it was good we had a waitress, who was very good.

Overall a solid choice in Mid town Manhattan. Recommend getting there early weekdays if you want a seat.

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Photo of iubball
4/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Visited here on a midday when in bad weather. Bar was obviously quite empty, but service was good, yet not pushy. Some might feel it was a little reserved, but I thought it was perfect.

Sat at the bar, and bartender knew most beers. Took sip of beers he didn't know, and then offered opinion (didn't offer me sip of most, which seemed weird). But, partially comped last drink, and offered good opinions on beers to choose. With regards to food, the dogs & tots are cheap, yet very good!!!

Bar was very willing to describe styles any types of beer on tap. Prices didn't seem too bad, especially considering that they were Br Pints (20 oz.). Seemed pretty much standard once you considered that. For the flight, only worth if you are doing Belgian or Belgian style.

Let me know if you have any questions...

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Photo of Voonder
4.38/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

Thanks to jwc215 for the pub crowl in NYC. This was the first pub we visited and was revisited by us two more times after.
It is really nice pretty quiet pub in Midtown of Manhattan. Pretty large dark area, tables are spread out nicely. It does have the vibe, i would come back again. Staff is extremely knowlegable, we were served by 3 different waitresses and all of them were extremely helpful and really knew their stuff. Selection is unbelievable, the have two or three cask beers every day plus about 40 taps. Really good stuff there like Southampton Double white or smuttynose pale ale. Whatever you're in the mood for. They update their beer menu daily. I think it speaks for itself.
We finally tryed the food on the third visit, it was allright but not great. Selection is pretty pour also - couple sandwiches and hotdogs. that's pretty much it. The food is probably the only weak side of this place.
I'd love to come back.

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Photo of Brianmerrilyn
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Met a fellow beer geek here the other night and was very happy to have a Sierra Nevada Porter on cask! After this review, I'll be adding to SN-Porters review, but the first cask, for what it's worth. They sell growlers and do refills and have changed up their chalk boards for Imported and regional craft brewers. Menu is updated on a regular basis. Some of the interesting brews I also had were Rouge Black Brutal and Imperial Red, Goose Island Matilda, Sixpoint Emasculator, Chelsea Obergariges Festbier, CapeAnn Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout, La Rulles Triple, Dupont Avril Biere de Table, Duvel Green(just call it Duvel Light). Several Pear Ciders (Doc's & Woodchuck) All served in appropriate glassware and very well informed. tenders of the long brown stick. 2 Boots for those inclined. I enjoyed the Allagash Four(Quad) the best!

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Photo of Reagan1984
4.16/5  rDev -1.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

I had the opportunity to visit "The Gingerman" for the first time in years. It was as much fun as I remembered. Only problem is that the menu is so large and has such small type. Why is this an issue? Because it's so damn dark in the place. Seriously, could barely read the tap list. The list was fantastic with over 70 beers on tap. They must have had another 70+ in bottles. The service was a little abrupt but that was because it was crowded and loud. If you want to sit and chat with the bartender about the relative tastes of what they have on tap you are going to have to hit this place in the middle of the afternoon. During happy hour you had better know what you want and shout it to the bartender as she strolls by.

We did not eat so I can't comment on that. The selection of beers was nice and had a good representation of Mid-Atlantic breweries like Victory, Troeg's, Clipper City and Southern Tier (they are not Mid-Atlantic)

Troeg's Dead Reckoning Porter was fantastic. They had about 18-20 Belgians on tap.

Pints were $6.50-$9.00 Probably average for NYC.

I think I'd like to hit this place earlier in the evening so I could relax, sit by the window and read the menu in the sun light...

Definitely stop here when in NYC

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Photo of bonbini26
4.35/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

Over 40 Taps and close to 100 bottles and a cask line. They usually always have the newest stuff from capt. lawrence, rogue, stone, dogfish, Belgians(larger tap selection than most beer bars), victory, brooklyn, sixpoint, and chelsea to name a few along with many other breweries in the area The menu is pretty small, mostly just small bites and lunch items, wouldnt recommend coming here for dinner. Bartenders are friendly and knowledgable about most of the beers and will always pour you a taste of something before you commit. Close enough to Penn Station if you are in the area or have time to kill before a train. Crowd is usually pretty good here, gets crowded on weekend nights

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Photo of chuckd123
3.35/5  rDev -21%
vibe: 3 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5

Maybe it's just me, but every time I go to a place with so many taps (If memory serves, this one has 60 or so), I'm disappointed. As someone else has already mentioned, this place has a sort of chain restaurant/bar feel to it -- the location in midtown should have had me prepared for it, but overall was not a great experience. For what it's worth, the food was terrible, but then again I was there for the beer.

Huge tap selection, but I was wondering how fresh any of them were. That's my biggest issue with the huge selection -- how often do they turn the kegs over?

Could be that we were there on an off night, but service was particularly slow, and general beer knowledge level of the bartender was pretty poor.

We had a couple of beers and grabbed a cab to the Blind Tiger -- a much better place to drink beer.

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Photo of NolanGTI
3.96/5  rDev -6.6%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

This place has a bit oif a chain restaurant feel to it that is tempered by a cool back bar and lounge style rooms. Large bar and tons of bar tables in the front 2/3 of the place. I ding them a bit because it is freaking loud as shit in this joint. Like REAL loud.

LOTS and LOTS of beer on tap. Also lots of patrons not there for the beer. Many Guinness and Hoegaarden along with more than a few Bud Light were poured in my hour or so there. The location is prime, so this place seems to draw geek and non-geek in equal numbers.

Staff clearly isn't there for the beer. They are nice to look at, but described my cask LeFreak to a patron next to me as 'warm, flat and Brittish tasting'. Um, really? A shame to have such a selection on hand and offer no education about the product to the consumer.

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Photo of biegaman
4.34/5  rDev +2.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5

August 2008

The Ginger Man, with its wonderfully convenient location in central Manhattan and extensive selection of more than 70 taps, is one of the many must-see beer bars in New York City.

After an afternoon of last minute sightseeing and shopping, we walked our way over to the Ginger Man just before both the thundering rain clouds and Friday afterwork business crowd would hit. We found ourselves comfortably nestled into a table, admiring the long polished bar across from us, and the stream of never-ending tap handles that adorn it.

The Ginger Man was full of people, mostly a professional business crowd who, finally unburdened from their desk and duties, were absolved by the social atmosphere and copious selection of drinks at their disposal. To spite being busy, the place itself is quite large, more than large enough to capacitate this Friday afternoon rush, and our service was really excellent nevertheless.

Its decor is slick and stylish, conjuring a combination of images. One the one hand, I couldn't shake the visions of a sort of high class speakeasy, ramp with cigar smoking, fedora wearing, zootsuit men. On the other, it had a comfortable feel to it as a kind of authentic Irish local.

Its long polished bar, its quaint second bar near the kitchen, the wooden booths, dim lamps, hanging chandeliers, and small back corner lounge put the bar on a higher scale of class than some of NYC's other beer bars you should be sure to visit. It's a much different vibe than the others, but an ambiance I also liked.

Fortunately, it was not as expensive as it looked it might be. Prices ranged in relation to the quality and rarity of what you ordered, however all were reasonable in my opinion. Growler fills were around $30, which although steep offers selection. I had no problem paying the nine or so dollars for a chalice of something rarely found outside Belgium. For my second drink I enjoyed a deliciously fresh, locally made pint for a couple dollars less than that.

Either way you cut it, you won't be paying too much more here than you might other places in the city. And where you do, it is surely worth it. Their tap selection alone consisted of over 70 beers, a handful of ciders, and two cask conditioned ales. Their bottle selection offers another 150 or so choices. The selection offered is probably the most diverse I've found in any bar, with their concentration of American beers spread from all across the country, as well as French, Belgian, German, Irish, and British taps with another handful of countries included in their bottle selection.

We weren't able to stay for any food, but it did look good. I glanced at the menu to find a choice of appetizers, finger foods, salads, and sandwiches. This also included a Guinness Stew and selection of 'Beer Platters' that seemed well worth trying.

The draft selection had me in awe; you will not find only one beer you want to drink, you will find many - too many for one trip in fact. I liked the ambiance, our service was great, and even where there is no shortage of good stops for beer, the Ginger Man definitely makes the list of places in NYC that I plan to revisit.

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Photo of DefenCorps
4.44/5  rDev +4.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Swung by here this past weekend. Excellent place - for a change, it didn't feel like I had every beer they had/ had a bottle at home. Some fantastic stuff was available, the Ommegang Rouge being the highlight. Two casks of which one was blown. At 70 taps, though, they had almost as much as one could want - maybe more sours? The had the Rouge and two (three if you could the Lindemans) fruit lambics on tap. Prices were decent, especially for NYC - imperial pints for 6$ does sound reasonable to me but the Belgians are a tad pricey.

Food? was there late on a Saturday so they didn't have anything really, as the kitchen was closed.

Definitely a spot i'll hit again.

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Photo of dsa7783
4.13/5  rDev -2.6%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

With over 70+ draught selections and tons of great bottled beers, the Ginger Man still retains its reputation as of one NYC's finer bars to cop rare and exclusive brews... Great selection of micros, macros, Belgians, and Germans plus all the regular seasonals...
Great waitress, who was pretty friendly, knew a lot about beer, and offered samples of draught selections...
Had a traditional NYC hot, soft-baked pretzel with different mustard selections...
Good stuff...
Many options although the food menu can definitely use a little sprucing up...

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Photo of Lexluthor33
4.08/5  rDev -3.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Friday after work. 5pm and it the bar was full. The front part was almost full. The place was not crowded,but it had a nice crowd.
Chose to sit in the back room,it was dimly lit and there was Stickley furniture all over the place. Leather sofas,wooden cocktail tables and carpeting.
The place was very woody. I could barely see the menu,but one could see enough to make out the selections. What a selection! Hard to find stuff and common brews also. The mood was calm and easy going. The staff was fast,but the young lady who tended to us was new so her beer knowledge was limited.
Not a problem as I just ordered selections I had heard about.
The food was good and the Chicago style hot dogs were served with tatter tots. I enjoyed my time there and I look forward to visiting again.

Notes: As I left the place got really crowded. I had a great time and this place exceeded my expectations.

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Photo of edodio
2.95/5  rDev -30.4%
vibe: 3 | quality: 2 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3

Went recently with my brother and we were really disappointed with the quality of the beer on tap. We ordered a couple of belgians (forgot which) and found both to be almost undrinkable. One tasted severely watered-down, while the other tasted funky (dirty tap?). We drank those with some food, which made them bearable. Then we ordered an Aventinus Eisbock, expecting a bottle, but instead got a glass. We asked the bartender and she confirmed that the tap was indeed the Eisbock version and not the regular Aventinus. However, a sip confirmed that it tasted nothing like the intended beer. We asked to get a bottle of the same beer and compared them side-by-side and the difference was beyond clear. When it was time for the bill, the bartender had realized we weren't excited about the tap version and took it off the tab.

Overall, we had a dismal experience with the beers on tap, which is probably due to the fact that they have so many choices that the turn-over is too slow and the beers go bad. The bottle was obviously good, but that's usually not why I go to a reputable beer bar. I don't think we'll be back again, unless we really have a hankering for a bottle of somethings.

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Photo of rbowser
4.28/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

I have been to the Ginger Man about 10 times overall and also stopped by last week.

As people have noted, this is a large room, with dark decor, a long bar that runs most of the length of the room, with a space up front with comfy chairs near some large windows, and another separate room in the back with similar comfortable furniture. In general, a pleasant and upscale space.

The beer selection is phenomenal. They now have about 75 taps and about 200 beers in the bottle. They have a nice selection of Belgians, US micros, and some English/Germans beers across most of the world's major beer styles. To give you a sense of the draft range, they had West Coast heavyweights such as Elysian Jasmine IPA, Bear Republic IPA, Rogue Chocolate Stout on the cask, as well as Belgians like LA Chouffe, Saison dupont foret, and Kawk and East Cost micros such as Ommegang Chocolate Stout, Smuttynose IPA, and Dogfish 60 minute as well as plenty of others. They do seem to have little from the midwest which has a number of super beers but distribution is likely the issue.

Service is usual very good, but the place is often crowded, still I have never waited long for a beer. The food is much better then most beer bars.

This is a great place with one drawback, it is in almost in Midtown, so it tends to attract a pretty big and sometimes not that exciting after work crowd that might just order a Bud light (yes, they have that as well). They are there for the crowded vibe and rare big bar space, nit for the beer which can be slightly discouraging. I would suggest going during the day when it is quite or later at night to really have a pleasant visit.

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Photo of hwwty4
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

This was another bar I was able to knock of the list while on my trip to New York. My wife and I were just kicking around Manhattan trying to find some big building when low and behold a sign catches my eye. The Ginger Man. I mumbled something under my breath and my wife turned a asked me what I said. I said this couldn't be the same as the Ginger Man in Texas but lets go have a looksee and make sure. Well we walked in and the tap selection caught my eye and at once we had to sit down. We took a seat at the bar, which is done in a nice English Pub motif, with no TV's or loud music. Everything is dim but cozy, and inviting. The bartendress came over promptly and took our order. I had a WinterCoat Cockney on cask and my wife had a Original Sin Hard Cider. Cask beer and 68 taps (they actually installed 2 more to bring it up to 70 while we were there). That's pretty amazing. While KC has beer bars that have about the same amount of handles, I was shocked at how my beers I had never tried. One of the best tap selections I have ever seen. The service was great due to the fact that we were 2 of 3 people at the bar. The prices I thought were more then fair which I was really surprised about. This will definitely be my go to bar next time I'm in New York.

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Photo of smellody
4.5/5  rDev +6.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

I have had a few friends visit the Ginger Man in the last two months. The atmosphere is quite nice, dark wood, no TVs or loud music. Community atmosphere with big tables and booths and a living room set up in the back. Their draft selection was suburb and having two beers on cask is always a treat too. Service was pleasant and fast while also being knowledgeable. I'd like to have seen a larger bottle selection or rarer beers, but that might be too picky. This is a great bar, with great selection for both the beginning beer drinker and the experienced beer advocate.

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Photo of BlueHammer
4.55/5  rDev +7.3%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I have to say, I will make this a regular spot each time I am in New York! This place was easy to get to from Grand Central Terminal after a brief walk. It is also near the Empire State Building. It's unassuming... you could easily walk right by it (which we did the first time!). It has that feel of being one of those hip NYC places and yet it wasn't TOO trendy or upscale. It is a must-see destination for beer lovers. My friend and I sat in the front where it is bright with a view of the street. When I walked toward the back to use the bathrooms I went past tables for eating and then a room nestled in the back, dim, filled with comfortable looking couches. The place was fairly empty when we arrived at around 3:30 pm but we stayed until almost 6:30 and the place really filled up when the work day ended and the dinner hour began. Many patrons just stood around the bar just drinking and chatting. The food is very expensive. Good, but you don't get much for the price. Likewise, the beer is also on the high side but don't let the price deter you. We spent about $86 (inlcuding tip) on around 7 beers, a sandwich, a salad, and chips. It was worth it for the selection of on-tap and bottled beer. The waitress was friendly, knowledgable and even shared a sip of our beer! I will definitely be back next time I am in NYC!

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Photo of beernut
3.33/5  rDev -21.5%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

Went to this place last October '07 before going to Brewtopia at Pier 92 with my brother. Was amazed at the selection of beer that they have. This place was jam packed! No seats available, but it is a bar in NYC, what does one expect? The place is pretty expensive, but again, it is the city. Food was so-so, my brother told me not to get the hot-dog, he had once before and said it was terrible.

Service could've been better, but they did their best (it was a Friday nite in the city). I am looking forward to going back this summer and tasting as many beers as I possibly can.

Went back in summer of '09. Place was dead (it was a Tuesday nite), bar had enough people but the the rest was basically empty, so it was perfect. The bartenders (all female) snobbish and bitchy. As if they were being bothered. Ordered 2 beers, price was about $16.45. She gave me my change, I left it in front of me, 5 minutes passes she comes by and takes my money as if I was tipping her. I said excuse me, I'm not leaving and please but that back, her reply was, "thats my tip." I laugh so hard. I told her , I'll decide on what you get and please put it back, she did (with attitude) and she ignored me for the rest of the night. She got nadda and neither did anyone else. Will never go back there, shame, they have good beer.

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Photo of akorsak
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

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.

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Photo of mikron1234
3.88/5  rDev -8.5%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Too many yuppies. Yes, of all the beer bars I have been to, and I have been to alot, I have NEVER seen this many yuppies in a beer bar. And alot of them drinking macrobrew.

Great beer selection though. Was able to get an Anchor Liberty here, one of the few places you will find it in NYC. Selection is strong on European and western US Breweries, with some nice eastern breweries.

Food is some of the best pub grub I've had.

Downside: like everything else in NY, very $$$. Hard to get service. and way too many yuppies

I will continue to seek this place out everytime I visit NY, but will not go here when work lets out. Will vist for lunch instead.

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Photo of brewjones
4.66/5  rDev +9.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

So, stopped by the Gingerman on my trip to NYC. It was a Friday night and was a bit crowded but not overwhelming. You could still get a beer fairly easily and the service was great. They were really nice and helpful and were willing to give tasters of things you have never had.

I had a couple staples and then tried a few East Coast brews that I can't get in this part of the country (CO). I would say this is a great place to visit and relax if you find it on a night that isn't so crowded. There is an entire room of couches and lounge chairs to kick back on. Check it out if you are in the area.

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Photo of DaggerEyes
4.22/5  rDev -0.5%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

I got out of a job early the other day and had an hour and a half to kill before meeting someone on 40th street...having no clue what to do I seredipidisly walked by the Gingerman, which I had always wanted to visit. What better an opportunity?

When faced with their huge tap list I was some what flabbergasted, but the lovely bartender was great, offering suggestion and tastes of beers I inquired about. Super helpful.

I love the dark wood paneling, long bar with small lamps, framed posters. It's classy but not overly so, it still manages to feel very casual and relaxed.

I got a warm pretzel with mustard, and was tempted to order even more off their menu of bar snacks, all of which looked great.

If you are ever in the area stop by for sure.

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Photo of Flyer
3.78/5  rDev -10.8%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I hadn't been here in a few years, because I thought the place was over-rated, in terms of selection and in terms of beer culture. I went back for 3 reasons: (1) The Gingerman in Austin is awesome (though I know it's no longer the same ownership (2) the website promised three Hair of the Dogs and three Weyerbachers -- reason enough to go anywhere, and (3) with the demise of the Collins Bar, I needed a place in mid-town.

Argh! Still the same extensive-but-somehow lacking beer list -- no Hair of the Dog, no Weyerbcaher -- @#!! bait and switch! The place is kind of "refined pub" as far as atmosphere, but it also seems to be a yuppie-magnet -- craft beer wannabees. And the DFH 120 is $20 -- even Copperfield's only wanted $15. Pretense masquerading as beer culture.

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Photo of Nickls
3.65/5  rDev -13.9%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5

First off, I have to agree with some of the other mentions of the atmosphere of the Gingerman...which can be a bit stuffy. Having worked not too far from there, I had the opportunity to visit plenty of times. On any given Thursday or Friday evening, the place is packed with suits and their drinking buddies. I even had the unfortunate opportunity overhearing a conversation about how great Stella was...in a place with a great selection.

Anyway, if you can get past the crowd and the "classic/elegant" interior, there is a good selection to be had for Midtown Manhattan. At times, they do have a pretty good local and regional representation of breweries, which is always nice to find. However, the service can be a bit shaky at times if it is packed, even when you have a table.

I would recommend going on a Saturday evening, when most of the suits clear out when it's not prime work week. It can be pleasant enough then that your significant other won't mind joining you there for a good beer.

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