The Ginger Man

BA SCORE
94
outstanding

323 Ratings
The Ginger ManThe Ginger Man
PLACE INFO

Type: Bar, Eatery

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

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

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PLACE STATS
Score:
94
Ratings:
323
Reviews:
221
Avg:
4.25
pDev:
7.76%
 
 
Taps:
72
Bottles/Cans:
160
Cask:
Y
Beer-to-Go:
Y
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Photo of Lexluthor33
4.08/5  rDev -4%
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 -30.6%
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 +0.7%
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 +5.9%
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 +5.9%
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 +7.1%
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 -21.6%
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 -11.1%
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 -8.7%
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 +9.6%
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 -0.7%
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 -11.1%
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 -14.1%
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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Photo of sleazo
3.18/5  rDev -25.2%
vibe: 2 | quality: 3.5 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5

I have been to this place more than a few times over the years for two reasons. One I have had a few friends who work in midtown. Two they know I love good beer and the Gingerman has a wide selection. However given these things, I don't really like the place.

The atomosphere is decent enough aesthetically I suppose, high ceilings and a generally nice decor. However there is some sort of dull quality here. Not quite generic but sort of dull despite the decent trappings. On slow days the place is just that, but with no convivial feel. On crowded days it is hell on Earth, filled with midtown banker types who don't really seem to like beer. The types of people who will rave about mediocre beer X from country Z for the sole fact that they think others have not heard of it thereby giving it cachet.

The bartenders are quick enough but have never seemed too friendly which adds to the antiseptic like feel.

Selection wise they have a lot of beers. They even have some beers a BA may have not had and appreciate. This literally saves the place for me. Other than that they have a wide selection of mediocre beers that really won't thrill you other than by sheer volume.

On my last visit a Rogue Hazelnut was $7.50 I believe.

Don't get fooled by the sheer number of beers here, this place really is not that special.

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Photo of Popkorn615
4.6/5  rDev +8.2%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5

Holy SHIT... The Ginger Man is THE best place that I have visited in NYC (and have EVER visited. Period.) because of its selection of beers. There are over 60 beers on tap, and over 120 beers by the bottle.

After walking through two pairs of glass doors, you enter a dim-lit, upscale-looking bar, which emits a borderline-restaurant ambience because of how attractive it is on the inside. Table seating to your right, a lengthy bar a little farther forward stretching down the right side, booth seating on the left, and couches in a room in the back characterize this sizeable bar (and there's still plenty of room in between the bar and seating area should the seats run out during busy times).

The wooden floors and bar area, coupled with medieval looking chandeliers make it seem as if you're enjoying a nice drink in a tavern located on castle grounds during the Renaissance.

The food selection is okay - lunch type foods, such as sandwiches and hot dogs. Unfortunately, they do not serve wings (which was my main problem with the food). However, $2 can get you a soft, well-baked pretzel with honey mustard sauce, and $5 can get you an intricately-topped hot dog with tater tots.

But again, this place is amazing because of its vast selection of beers, especially those on tap. If you're looking to visit heaven on Earth, then head over to 11 East 36th Street in Manhattan.

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Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.5/5  rDev +5.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5

Decided to check out the Ginger Man for my birthday. I found parking pretty easily as well, otherwise there are plenty of garages around.

I walked into the place and immediately felt welcome. The ambiance is great. There was a "cathedral" like presence in the place with the high ceilings, wood floors and bar, chandaliers, etc. Got a spot right at the bar and was pleasantly surprised to see an updated beer menu, updated 2/23/08. To my surprise, they had an amazing selection. There was truly something for everyone to enjoy. Encompassed a wide array of styles, breweries, and specialties. The bartenders were pleasant and it was easy to get a beer. This place REALLY filled up quickly and soon it became difficult to move. I enjoyed a bigfoot and an anchor holiday ale although there was plenty of other greats to choose from.

Recommended and a destination spot for sure.

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Photo of fredandboboflo
4.9/5  rDev +15.3%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Was here actually a few months and I was sure I had rated it...something must have gone awry with the review button. I can't imagine a place as established as this would have changed much since then though, so I think this should be a valid review. As you can tell from my scores, I loved the place. Walk in and you're in a different world from the streets of Midtown, and such a perfect world for beer, from the beer decor to the taps in front of you, relaxed atmosphere even when more crowded, just great. They serve top notch stuff here too, obviously I'm not sure what's there right now, but there'll always be about ten world class Belgian beers on tap, and many more in bottles, and a pretty solid smattering of various American, German, and UK beers otherwise, always all the styles represented, tremendous. Obviously you cannot argue with the insane number of taps they have. Service is knowledgeable and they'll accommodate your every wish if they can, offering samples, searching for replacements in the very rare case they just ran out of the beer you requested. Food is good enough, but the selection is small and very haphazard. Perfectly reasonable value for NYC. Wonderful place, I can't wait to go back.

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Photo of Stoneman78
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Big, open beer pub with humongous ceilings. I was there on a Monday afternoon, so I can't speak much too the crowd. Nice, long bar area with plenty of seating, tables for eating, lounge area in the back. The service was excellent and everyone behind the bar was quite beer-savvy and gave great recommendations. More than 100 bottles, and ~60 taps, good craft beer from across the country, plenty of belgian and european beers. Got lunch, the turkey brie sandwich was very good, but the stew was too watery and lacking in meat. This is a very chill place in mid-town and would be very appealing to me in terms of having ample room and space to move around during peak times.

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Photo of Jeffeweizen
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

My first visit was this past summer after the debacle that was the 2007 NY Brewfest. (Needless to say, I should have just spent the $50 here!) I made another visit during Christmas week to make sure it wasn't all a glorious dream. It wasn't.

I arrived on a Friday afternoon at ~3:30, which is probably a good time to arrive to ensure a spot at the bar (though there are also many tables and a cozy back room adorned with couches). It's unfortunate that dozens of patrons take up space here by drinking Michelob Ultra, but such is life. At least it's usually an attractive youngish crowd.

They have an astonishing number of beers on tap (45+) all lined up along a sheet of copper behind the dark wood bar, and an impressive slate of bottles to choose from. They also have two rotating cask selections. For my latest visit I had an Affligem Nöel, Rochefort 8, Stone Smoked Porter, and a cask Blue Point Oatmeal Stout, which was delicious.

The food menu is minimal but tasty (the soft pretzel, Guinness beef stew, and turkey & brie sandwich were all very good). The staff seems a bit aloof and not overly friendly (it is a NYC bar, after all) but overall they were helpful and knowledgeable, providing the appropriate glassware when necessary.

Overall, Ginger Man is an oasis in midtown Manhattan and a must visit destination for the beer lover.

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Photo of Hoppington
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Hands down my favorite beer bar in NYC. I love this place and the people that work there are great, friendly, salt of the earth types. The bartenders have extensive knowledge in the beers that they serve and have steered me to some exceptional offerings I would not have found without them.

Here are the stats: About 70 tap handles grace the polished copper-lined wall. Another 100+ bottles to choose from if that doesn't do the trick, plus some fine cask offerings as well.

About $6-7 for a 20 ounce draft for most beers, which is a bargain in midtown. Tip the staff generously - they deserve it and they take pride in what they do.

I cringe when I see tourists and oblivious locals walk in and order a Bud Light...I mean why?!! Whyyy!!!! (As in *why* do they even have this on tap at The Ginger Man?! Oh that's right, it sells....)

A warm, friendly beer drinking paradise. I am always excited to see what is new on tap. I cannot recommend this place enough. Consider this place the "Grand Central" of beer venues when beer hunting in NYC.

If The Ginger Man has an "achilles heel" it's the food. They probably have the weakest menu offerings of the major beer venues in Manhattan. Still, the food isn't bad - just basic sandwiches and snacks and grub. I just don't understand how they can serve a kickass Banger's and Mash on St. Patty's day and go back to basics for the rest of the year...

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Photo of Gmann
4.36/5  rDev +2.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

Saw an ad in the Ale Street News for this bar so decided to give it a shot during my weekend in NYC. Nice location on 36th street in mid town Manhattan with a just out of work crowd. The bar has a nice elegant feel with tall ceilings and wood finish all around the bar. The bar runs for almost the full distant of the establishment and has tables in the front and side of the bar plus a cozy little nook in the back. During my visit on a Friday, all of the tables were full and all of the spots at the bar were taken. Within my first round spaces at the bar opened up and I was good to go. After about 11:00 the place had a nice comfortable feel. The Ginger Man offers a good selection of Belgian, English, German, and US brews. Some notables are Affligem, Chimay, De Dolle, Rochefort, Sam Smiths, Schneider, Allagash, DogfishHead, GreatDivide and so on. The glassware was appropriate and the staff friendly and knowledgable enough. During my stay I had the cask Allagash Curieux, Chimay White, Kiuchi Hefe, and Great Divide Old Yeti. Very enjoyable time and a great bar to go to.

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Photo of bonbright7
4.33/5  rDev +1.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Upon walking into The Gingerman last night, I was immediately impressed with the place's scene of cathedral ceilings, the dark wood paneling, and the abundant deep leather couches. The apparent tap selections caught me by surprise and the cask options were good too. I settled down with a friend for a couple of easy rounds off the menu of taps, which is must to review because the tap selection runs the length of the bar. Well, a couple rounds went longer to four and generous cheese plate too as we were enjoying the place very much. When we finished, I noted the crowd was mostly late 20's to late-30's.

I hope to return to this venerable oasis another time in the future.

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Photo of KATE12
4.63/5  rDev +8.9%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

I love The Gingerman. It is one of my all time favorite places to go in NYC. The atmosphere is great. If you're lucky you can snag a table and a couch or comfy arm chair in the back room. It's nice back there because it's cozy and you have waitress service. The beer list is awesome and ever changing. I have tried some of my now favorite beers there. The service is usually pretty good as well. The staff is knows enough about what's on tap that you don't feel bad asking them questions. And if they don't know the answer they will try and find someone who does. The food is good, we usually stick to the basics. The huge basket of potato chips for $2.00 is a pretty good deal though! I would highley recommend going to The Gingerman if you're ever in NYC!

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

Stopped in here for a few drinks on my trip to NYC. Good location and easy to find. We went in just ahead of the after business crowd, so it wasn't so crowded when we got there but it was packed by the time we left. I like the dark wood look of the place.

Lot's of beers to choose from. Certainly enough to keep me happy for a long time. Not sure what else you could ask for in a beer bar.

Service was good. We sat at the bar, so that probably helped. Hard for others not at the bar to get the attention of the bartender. Not a problem for me.

We didn't eat any food since this was our before dinner drink stop.

Overall, a very nice place to stop into if you are in the neighborhood. A little noisy and crowded at peak hours, but such is life.

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Photo of TurdFurgison
3.99/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

I stopped here after a Yankees game. It was very easy to find, approximately 7 blocks from Grand Central Terminal. This was a beautiful bar, decked out in a fashion resembling a study, den, or library. Nicely paneled walls and ceilings, lots of old beer bottles in cases, and tons of taps. The beer list was extensive and covered most styles, as can be confirmed on the website. I chose Boon #52, it was very good. The service was a OK but not overly friendly and the prices are a tad high (par for Manhattan), but the atmosphere and selection make this a worthy stop.

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