The Ginger Man

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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 Stopper
4/5  rDev -5.7%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I was here for the first time yesterday evening and had a few pints. I found the environment and staff to be very friendly. The tap selection was great, but disappointingly they had only about as many bottles as they had taps. The quality of all the beers I tried was fine. I'll definitely visit again if it's not too far out of my way.

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

You walk through the front door into a very large, long room with a very high ceiling tables in front and a bar that runs over half the length of the far wall. If you walk back far enough, past the jukebox, there is another small bar on the left with a few TVs and another room off to the right with chairs and couches for a more relaxed feel. Back to the main area and the bar. There are more taps that you can shake a stick at - at least 50 in total.

The bonus is not the quantity though, the beers they offer are excellent. Many of which are hard to find elsewhere. In addition, they have an enormous selection of bottles beers including a large number of belgians.

I went on a Wednesday night at 8pm and had no trouble finding a seat. Unfortunately I was flying solo because my visit was impromptu. The crowd was pleasant, but definately had the NY businessman feel. The music was a little loud for my taste, but I blocked it out as I concentrated on all the goodies to choose from. In reference to other posts, it is supposed to mellow on the weekends. The overhead lighting was brighter than the common tavern, but dimmed as the night moved on.

The service was excellent and both bartenders I spoke with were knowledgable and sociable. Also, beers were served at the appropriate temperature and in the glass befitting the style.

Overall, this place is not an Irish Pub, it has a more modern/NY feel to it. However, I would say that the atmosphere is comfortable and will definately return in the future.

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

The Gingerman is midtown's best beer bar with a great selection and a clean and comfortable (but somewhat loud) atmosphere. It's quite open and features a large front area with some nice tables, oriental rugs, and short burgundy-colored velvet curtains in the front window. Across from the bar are some really nice semi-authentic UK-type wooden booths with mirrors and wood paneling. These are a great place to enjoy some great food and a couple of pints with your friends; but the long bar is also very comfortable if you're on your own. There's a partial tin-ceiling and some antique chandaliers that add a bit of charm. The kitchen is exposed at the back before you get to the nicely adorned back rooms. It's exceptionally clean and well-run but it seems kind of bright at times; it can get noisy; and it somehow just doesn't fit in with the whole look of the place - but the food is good so it's worth it! The menu is a bit limited, but it's some of the best bar food around. A $2 soft pretzel makes a quick bar snack on the run, but the Guinness (beef) Stew is a bit heartier at $4 per cup. The Strawberry Salad ($7) goes well with a witbier, the Roasted Portobella Sandwich ($8) goes well with a brown ale, and the Fresh Mozzarella Sandwich ($8) works surprisingly well with a Munich helles or not-too-bitter pilsner. But the beer is why we're here... 64 beers on tap (2 ciders), 2 handpumps, and 120 different bottles. And as if that was not enough, there's an impressive list of single malts and "whiskey". Finally, the service is very good and the staff works at learning about beer! Wow! It's certainly worth a stop if you're passing through town as its location makes it quite accessible from all of the normal tourist destinations.

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Photo of far333
4.64/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

This is beer nirvana. When you walk in and behold the number of taps (50 I think), it will take your breath away. The bar is long, and you'll have to walk the length of it to see all that's on tap. This place has stuff that you probably won't find anywhere else in the city. The atmosphere is open, comfortable, friendly. It's a huge place with lots of tables, a separate area with cushy chairs and couches, and lots of breweriana on the walls. The bottle list is incredible, and the service is superb. The servers will give taster glasses, and recommend beers based on your tastes. It gets way crowded at happy hour, but they stay open until 4 am, so you should be able to find a less crowded time. Great place to take friends, great before or after an evening out. You have to stop by here when you're in the city, and you may not want to leave.

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Photo of ecoboy
4.15/5  rDev -2.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Thanks to davo for the recommmendation: a true home run of a beer bar tucked away between Grand Central Station and the Empire State Building for pre-Yankee game on a Saturday afternoon. They open at 12:30 and we stepped in at 12:35. I guess it's easier to appreciate a place when the crowd is thin.

Lovely wood interior with tables, booths, back room and long bar.

Other patrons sipped ice tea or sodas and got lunch from the brief-but-appropriate menu (sandwiches, salads, soups that all had some reasonable resemblance to obvious beer style match.) We'd been up since 5 a.m. so no need to fear big beer. I goaded one companion, and realized that I'd never watched someone have their first Arrogant Bastard before.

Since we needed grub to last us many innings, I went with a big bowl of lentil soup with bread and a hot pretzel. Very simple, warm and reassuring, and very right with my Hop Devil. Margaret's salad with a mustard dressing was too overly mustardy for her mouth... it killed the lighter qualities of the greens. It also kinda overpowered her Brooklyn lager which might have been paired better with a different salad. I guess I take a little off the service for no warning there.

The beer menu is far more extensive than the food menu and the joint's all-over dedication to a love of beer is a joy for any BA. The fact that if you use the word "try" when ordering will get you a sample without a word is a plus. Allowed me to try the Gruet special that resulted in an interesting no-hop sip that I didn't need to order a whole pint of.

Service was fine until it came time to pay the check, which for some reason took a long time. Like that even matters in a place with all these lovely choices.

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Photo of slander
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Cellarman hit it on the nose when he said this place had 2 distinct personalities. Starting with weekdays, during which this place is most unpleasant and maddening, packed with pretentious cigar chomping suits, that are drinking Scotch and should go somewhere else anyway so I can just enjoy my beer (please). I've actually stood on a long line outside, waitin' for you to leave so I can get in. It's just criminal. And the cigar smoke (they sell cigars there and encourage you to smoke them there) seriously impedes upon one's ability to taste your beer... and then they're weekends, when Yupfest '03 is out of session and you can actually enjoy this place...
66 beers on tap and a pair of hand drawns plus an impressive selection of bottled beers. A very nice tap collection here. Victory Strom King Stout, Weyerbacher Quad, a pair of Lindeman's (sure, you always see the Framboise but you never see the Peche on tap) and on and on.
A real comfortable bar (except the afforementioned weekday thing) with high ceilings and and dark wood throughout. Nice vintage beer posters and a room off the back with some comfy couches and chairs. Great damn jukebox, too.
I am counting the days on my fingers and toes 'til they put the "NYC smoking in bars" ban in effect and hopefully, the weekdays will become more like the weekends there.

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Photo of Mick
4.14/5  rDev -2.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

A great place if you are in Midtown. Excellent selection. Not as fresh as dba or Blind Tiger Ale House, etc. but still worth the visit. One advantage is that it is very roomy by Manhattan standards. You don't have to butt elbows to get around. The clientele is younger; median age 25. The Ginger Man definitely does not have the character of the Lower East Side or Village. If you don't have any nice clothes to wear you might want to go some place else.

Pricier than the LES and Village but still worth a trip.

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

I was in NY last December and a friend took me to The Ginger Man. I was very impressed to say the least. We have some great beer bars in Boston but nothing like this. First of all the selection is perfect. I don't know exactly how many taps they had but it had to be more than 50. It was classy, warm and inviting. Perfect stop for after dinner beers. This is the kind of place I will keep going back to.

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

I, too, enjoy my regular visit to this classic beer bar. I've lolligagged with notables and not-so-nobles in the back lounge, enjoying both the noisy ambience of the post 4:30 PM weekday as well as the afternoon solitude that makes those overstuffed chairs most attractive.

A big plus is the cigar-friendly atmosphere--at least that was the case during my last visit. Don't know how much longer that will last, given the rumblings from Gracie Mansion, so big-butters should enjoy it while you can.

I did, however, receive a rather disturbing and negative report regarding beer freshness at the G-man from a visiting head brewer of a very famous British Brewery, which shall remain nameless.

During an interview about his beer, I asked if he had visited the G-man. He allowed that he had, but was severely disappointed in the freshness level of the beer he called for.
He had a similar reaction to another choice, implying that either the lines hadn't been properly maintained, or the beer had been allowed to go bad in storage. It was a concern he had for his own beer during shipping from across the pond. He said he could guarantee its freshness at his end, but his distributors--and his barmen--needed to be just as conscientious at theirs. Point well taken.

Of course, his palate may have been a tad more sensitive than the average G-man patron, but it was worth noting.

Since I never had this experience, I was astounded by his assertion; but neither was this chap the type to foment trouble where none should be. He was being extremely candid and forthright.

Here's hoping the G-man and other places that purport to be beer bars are heeding the warning above.

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Photo of Longstaff
4.06/5  rDev -4.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

This is one of the coolest bars that I have been to in NYC, lounge areas with couches and chairs, and a really wide selection of beers - at least 50 taps and good selection of bottled Belgian ales - make this place great. I was there on a Saturday night and the place was crowded but not packed so I was able to make my way to the bar without much hassle. I did not smell many cigars being smoked, but almost 75% of the patrons were smoking cigarettes. The smoke wasn't as bad as some places, but it did annoy me after a while. Most Belgian bottles were $7-8 with Rochefort and Westvleteren being $15. I did not think that the $8 Belgians were overpriced since it is NYC where you can pay up to $6 for a pint of macroswill. I definitely will be going back to this place.

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