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The Ginger Man

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Type: Bar, Eatery, Beer-to-go

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

(212) 532-3740 | map

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Photo of Jeffeweizen
4.72/5  rDev +10.8%
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 +9.2%
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 +2.3%
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 RichThatchr
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
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 +8.7%
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 +4.2%
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 -6.3%
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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Photo of maddogruss
4.14/5  rDev -2.8%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5

Went here with my friend recently. I really liked the atmosphere. Nice and relaxing some nice couches if you get there early enough. The theme of the restaurant, based on the literary drunk from Dunleavy's novel of the same name, makes the bar itself very inviting. Deceorated with some beer memorabilia, I would reccommend just stopping by. The overall quality of the place was fantastic, as I just described. The service was okay. Since we sat in the back area by the couches, the waitress kind of forgot about us from time to time. The beer selection was really good. They literally had hundreds of beers there with at loeast 75 taps. All of the beers were different, so no doubling up (can't get the same beer in draft and bottle form). Did not try the food, but based on what I saw on the menu, it seems like it is pretty much finger picking food. They only serve drafts in pints, and I believe I paid about $7 or $8 for a pint or an import bottle, with seemed pretty reasonable to me, especially since it was NYC. I highly reccommend this place.

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Photo of treehugger02010
4/5  rDev -6.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4

I was here recently with a budy of mine and our respective females.
Atmoshpere: Nice and friendly, not too many people were there at 9/10 at night on a Saturday. A pretty large place for a city, with nice couches to sit and wax ale with some friends.
Service: Prompt service that came right up to us when we needed somthing and when we first got there.
Selection: Pretty good selection, various an good. I would have liked a better break down of there menu though.
Food: Didn't try.
Value: I was expecting much much more expensive, but it seemed pretty reasonable to me.
Don't drink and review.

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Photo of burrholes
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Many reviewers from out-of-town rave about this place. i can speak as a local.... this is the best beer bar in Manhattan. i live within a quarter mile of the majestic Ginger Man and love it more than words. The only catch with this place is, after 8 p.m. it turns into a very different kind of bar, crowded is an understatement. In the afternoon's it is an oasis from the city, knowledgeable staff, a ginorous selection of both bottle-draft-cask beer. Samples flowing, food is o.k. but truly a place to develop one's own beer nose. Trevor is a pleasure.

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Photo of Yetiman420
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5

The weekend of July 12 – 14 2007, my wife and I visited The Ginger Man, Rebar @ The Retreat, Blind Tiger Ale House, and Hop Devil Grill (not the Belgian side). I’ve listed them in our overall ranking. We’re in our early and mid 30’s, I travel frequently and always incorporate good beer into my journey’s be it work or pleasure.

I'll start this review by saying The Ginger Man was far and away our favorite of the Manhattan beer bars. It's mid town location made it conveninet to our hotel and away from the mindless weekend massess random hopping bars (someone say hops?). I'm giving a favorable score for quality east coast beer selection and a very nice atmosphere. Tall ceilings, nice bar, communal seating, and even sofa's and couches if you're lucky enough to get one.

The only drawback was the bartended was unable to explain a couple of the beers. Good news here was he just poured a sample when I asked about the style. I had this problem in all the other bars so it might be the standard for NYC beer bartenders.

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Photo of jjboesen
4.85/5  rDev +13.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

After a pint at d.b.a. (see review), I did what I have always done when in Manhattan: I had to stop here. In fact, in the ten or so years that Ginger Man has sat near the corner of Madison and East 36th, I have never visited New York without failing to drop by - the best time to do so would be on an early weekday afternoon. But then no beer lover should take a bite from the Big Apple without drinking a pint or two (not to mention spending a sizable chunk of change) at Ginger Man, which is one best beer bars in the city if not on the East Coast.

The beer list has always been amazing! On tap are sixty draughts from around the world, many not being available in the US. Of course, cask-conditioned beer is always available. I appreciate the consistent freshness of the beers and the efficient, prompt and knowledgeable staff. The food ain't bad either.

On the hot July day of my visit the new beers were:

1. Aecht Schlenkerla Helles
2. Dinkle Aker Pils
3. Red Hook Sun Rye
4. Weyerbacher Muse
5. De Ranke Bitter

Of course, the heavier styles are rotated in the colder months. (What a place!)

It is a handsome bar as well: high ceiling, a very long wooden bar that is opposite several booths running along the wall towards the back. In the front, to the immediate right are scattered a few tables and a couple of coveted sofas. In the back off to the right is another lounge area complete with additional sofas and comfy chairs. Need I say more? To be here is to be in beervana.

Update - 3/16/09: Stopped by again! I tried their Ginger Man Ale, Brooklyn East IPA Cask and Goose Island Bourbon County Stout - to name a few. I love the Ginger Man. They now have growlers to go.

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Photo of mtnbiknma
4.33/5  rDev +1.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Had the opportunity to stop by this fine beer bar when visiting my brother in NYC recently. I was honestly nervous about the potential tab when i saw what neighborhood it was it in. Fortunately, i was pleasantly surprised to see that pints of many of their 66 taps (that day anyway) started at 6 bucks.
i arrived at 2 in the afternoon or so and was immediately impressed with the surroundings. The afternoon light coming in through the giant front windows lit the dark interior just enough to highlight the some of the nice features of the place. There are pub-style tables throughout the main bar area and a great bar that features mission-style lamps, which i imagine gives the place the feel of a nice library or parlor at night. The couch laden lounge area in the back also looked very appealing despite being empty at the time.
I was thrilled to find 66 taps, and even if some were more "common" craft brews, there were still some very pleasant surprises. The highlight of the stop was the Ithaca Double IPA on cask. That beer was so well balanced with nice hope aroma, smooth but malty mid taste, and a bitter-sweet finish that i could have blown off family plans and finished the cask myself. Sadly, the next person who ordered one only got a half glass, so i did truly get that last pint, just not at the time i had hoped to get it. Like most Double IPA's, the ABV was high, so i switched to the Blue Point Lager, which was perfect for the 80 degree day. Already, i was starting to feel the alcohol, so i went searching for a session beer to tide me over until my brother came along. The bartender walked me through such a large slew of samples that i cannot now recall what i drank as my third full pint. I just knew that as much as i wanted to try it, the Imperial Stout they had on cask would not have helped me interact with my brother's in laws too well.
The service was pretty darn good, i've had worse service at other highly touted beer bars in my neck of the woods. However, the server did provide a disclaimer that indicated that once the 5 O'Clock rush came in i shouldn't expect the same level of care, which i appreciated. I also took note that the bartender gave the guys next to me giant binder filled with beeradvocate ratings for ALL the beers they served. This is quite a public service to those who are less initiated to what's good.
The food was very reasonable for midtown Manhattan and they provided decent pairing suggestions in the menu. Speaking of the menu, it was small, yet filled with just enough items to fill you up and keep the emphasis on the beers. I had the roast beef sandwich with gorgonzola, which was priced at a very affordable (for NYC) 8 bucks. My brother had the pretzel which was also great and priced right.
All in all, this is one of my favorite east coast beer bars at this point in my personal beer research. Well worth a visit, just be sure to order the cask beer before someone else finishes the batch!

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Photo of Soracloud
4.6/5  rDev +8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

Heard a lot about this place from friends. As a B-Day gift from the wife, we made a day trip up to The Glorious Gingerman.

The inside was large and open (looked smaller from the outside but its deceiving) Dark wood trims, large heavy tables with chairs and booths. Some couches were available also to kick back and relax in. The bar seated I would say about 25 people comfortably. Seems on a busy night you'd be standing.

The back of the bar had two separate walls of taps. Just about 65 in total with an even larger bottle selection. They also had two hand pumps. The beer menu seems to be ever changing as new and seasonal beers are released. On Cask was Great Divide Yeti Oaked Russian Imperial Stout and a Double IPA I believe from a NY Brewery (I forget the name) I was also happy to see DFH Worldwide stout available! Bottle/Draft prices seemed OK, averaging around $4.50 for a draft and $5 for a bottle. 22 and 16oz bottles were obviously more expensive but not outrageous.

Every beer the wife and I ordered was placed in the proper vessel and the young lady tending bar seemed to up to speed on her beers.

The food was great! Not an extensive menu but enough to fill you up right. The Guinness Stew is an absolute must.

I will be back many times, heck I'll sleep on the street if need be! If you are in the area definitely check this place out!

Only bad thing was I noticed their website was not updated that often. Hopefully that will change.

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Photo of Gavage
4.44/5  rDev +4.2%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

Upon entering the dark bar you see the large selection of taps just behind the bar. You feel like a kid in a candy store wondering what special drafts they have. The beer menu clearly states what is new on tap on the front page. Inside you find well over 60 drafts and 150 bottles.

The bar was fairly crowded for a late afternoon on a Friday. Some sat at the tables, but most were at the bar. A few people were sitting in the sofa room in the back. The bar is long and seats about 20 people. A collection of nice glassware adorns the top of the bar. A small open kitchen is in the back by the restrooms.

Pints are from $6 - 7.50 based on what you order. Victory, Rogue, Anchor, Stoudt's, Smuttynose, Magic Hat, Blue Point, Brooklyn, and Ommegang were some of the American offerings. Young's, Fullers, Kulmbacher, Mahrs, and Spaten Optimator were some of the international beers. Just way to many to list.

Anyone visiting NYC should make the time to visit this great bar.

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Photo of Freshie
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4

Prime Mid-town location. Two streets away from the Empire State Building.

Welcoming atmosphere, but still rather vibrant. Lots of young people on a Saturday night. Long bar on right. Seating around the walls. Taps on the walls behind bar. Beer decor, but not too cheesy. Done well. Lounge area in the back. Get there if you can. That space is available for private parties.

Selection is diverse and well-rounded, though no great finds for the most part. Still, you can get a Belgian white, or an Imperial IPA, or a Pilsner, etc etc. I saw Stone IPA, and Arrogant Bastard, also Brooklyn Lager, Great Divide, Boulder, Stella, Pilsner Urquell, and many more on Tap. Also, dozens more in bottles. Beer menu divided into styles, like at other beer bars.

Food was good. Appetizers include a nice Italian cured meat platter with cheese, flat bread, and pickled veggies. Entrees are limited to pub grub, like hot dogs, burgers and sandwiches, but they are down o so right. I recommend the Ginger Man Hot Dog.

Service is somewhat sassy, but attentive. They are just really busy and have no time for any indecisiveness. We got our waitress to try some odd beers, that we had ordered, because she seemed curious.

Wines and mixed drinks available for significant others or friends who might not be enthusiastic as your self when it comes to beer.

I got there around 10pm on a Saturday, manged to snag a lounge spot. When I got up around midnight to relieve myself, I was astounded to see the place packed to the brim. Young, lively crowd. Great place to chill with friends and toast to some tasty brews. I shall return whenever possible.

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Photo of Sammy
4.03/5  rDev -5.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

A large place, with sofas and a huge bar. Even with loud music contained to the bar area,fortunately you can still hear yourself speak. They could use more than 2 servers as you had to wait, but David the bartender pours beautifully and is an artist to watch. This is situated close to the insane Times 50 or so taps, and even more bottles, and two on cask, and with high turnover, I am sure all is fresh. I was comfortable here. You need to order a pint of whatever, and I would have liked a couple of samples of some obscure stuff, a minor criticism.

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Photo of jwc215
4.22/5  rDev -0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3.5

Visited here for lunch. Fairly well-lit and very clean. Long bar on right with small tables in front and on left. Around 60 beers on tap, 2 casks, and 120 bottles. Impressive selection focused mainly on imports with a fair amount of American crafts. Most were six bucks per draft. The bottles were overpriced. The beer was fresh - Had Belhaven's Bitter and Twisted on cask, followed by a Ct. Lawrence Pale on-tap. My two friends and I were happy with the beers we ordered. The bartender couldn't tell us anything about the other beer that was on cask, but did offer us a free sample. The menu was laid out in a very organized way - by styles and countries. It recommended that you ask the trained managers about the selections, showing that they take pride in their beer. The food menu was limited to a few sandwiches. I ordered the roast beef with horseradish sauce. It was pretty large, but a bit skimpy on the sauce. My two friends said that their sandwiches were okay - nothing special. Bottom line is that this place is well worth a visit to. The selection, both on-tap and in bottles is impressive. Located not far from Penn Station, so easy to get to if taking the train.

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Photo of ggaughan
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5

I visited the Ginder Man on a recent work trip to NYC. It was a Friday afternoon about 4pm so I beat the happy hour rush which did kick in after I was there for an hour.

The atmosphere is pretty cool. The bar is fairly dark inside and the bar itself is fairly large and the overall size of the entire restaurant is pretty big. Actually feels a bit cavernous at times but still have a good vibe to it.

The selection is pretty darn good. They have I think 66 taps running plus 1 or 2 hand pumps. The draft selection when I was there was pretty wide reaching including locals like Sixpoint, Brooklyn and Southampton from NY. They had Victory and Sly Fox from my backyard of PA and they also have German's and Belgians and great taps from other parts of the U.S. Very good selection. There were so many options on tap that I didn't even get a chance to crack into their extensive bottle selection. Although some of the bottles on the list were a bit pricey, some would be worth it and the drafts were all about $6 for a 20 oz pint which is not that bad.

The Ginger Man is definitely worth a trip to if you are visiting or working in NYC. Even if you have to cab or subway to get there, do it. Also a plus that it is non smoking like all NYC bars. Great to actually taste the beer and not some guys cigarette like you get here in PA.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.4/5  rDev +3.3%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4

A few months after a great gonzo beer tour in Belgium, walking into NYC's Ginger Man was like revisiting those great Belgian pubs that I already miss very much. A rustic, comfy wood decor and a darker atmosphere greets the thirsty traveler (or local), with about a zillion taps and even more bottled beers to offer. Most of them are from Belgium and the US, but lots of other countries are represented. Some of the taps on the wall aren't actually available, and many that were, were not on the menu. A little confusing, but why bitch?, the selection is incredible. The only beer I had there that I didn't like was Rock Art Ridge Runner barley wine, which sucked. That's not Ginger Man's fault, I just thought Id mention it since I didn't take any notes for review purposes. But man, what a selection.

Service was excellent, friendly and knowledgeable, and there's even a cool back room with a couch for a relaxed, super-comfortable session. Also in the back are glass-enclosed cabinets holding beer paraphernalia/memorabilia from around the world. Just about paradise. This is just around the corner from a friend I'm visiting...it'll be a wonder if we make it out of this two-block area in my weeklong stay in NYC. Highly recommended stop whenever you're in the city. But, like most great bars, stay away on Friday and Saturday nights if you don't like crowds, cuz it gets crazy in there...

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Photo of jim102864
4.3/5  rDev +0.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 2.5

The Ginger Man is a must visit anytime I'm in Manhattan. Large selection of quality draft micros and more importanly, several Belgians. Pricey but worth it. Belgians are served in proper glassware. I never really noticed the clientele until I visited last night (a Friday) - mostly 20 somethings. And the place was five deep at the bar. Regardless, it's all about the beer and the Ginger Man delivers. Plan to eat elsewhere, as their food menu is limited to a few sandwiches and soups, neither of which are anything to write home about.

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Photo of brdc
3.35/5  rDev -21.4%
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2

This place comes with a big reputation in NYC. it has a "few" problems, though.
First, you should only go on weekends, and early - weekdays it is just too crowded.
The service is OK, most of the waiters do know their beers, and they have an impressive on tap list, but you sometimes ask about a few they do not know enough about. Food is really unimpressive, and the price tab is very high, even for NYC standards.
Go early on a weekend, if you found on their website something you want to try on tap. Otherwise, despite the impressive selection, it is not exactly a fun place.

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Photo of JulieRFoster
2.08/5  rDev -51.2%
vibe: 1.5 | quality: 2 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5

This is a great bar if you're a wall street asshole. Excuse my language, but the bar was mostly populated by yuppies in button-downs sipping on gin and tonics. The establishment's decor kind of lends itself to this clientele - the back room looks like a cigar lounge in a country club, replete with coffee tables and leather wing-backed chairs. Although the set-up of the back room is very nice, as it provides a welcomed respite from the chatty cathy 20-somethings and their brainless cocktails. The tunes in this area were also marginally better, but it still reminded me of a lawyer's office rather than a convivial beer bar.

There is an extremely long bar, which allows for seating and the semblance that you will be served. Of course they only have two bar tenders, so you have to wait your damn turn and then wait some more.
The bartenders were pleasant enough, but not particularly knowledgeable. I'm sorry, but when I go to a specialist beer bar, I expect that the server will be able to tell me the style of a beer they have on tap.

I went to this bar because I was told of all the wonderful taps they have. Well, they have a lot of taps, but nothing special to be found. I have had almost every single beer on their list, and none of them were particularly good. They have a decent selection in bottles, but they're VERY expensive. As it was, you're paying $7-8 a pint for the beers on tap. Yes, it's Manhattan, but there are certainly beer bars that have retained their souls.
So if you have no soul and work on Wall street, you'll probably like this place. If you love beer, you won't.

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Photo of Loki
4.05/5  rDev -4.9%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 3

If only this place was popular....I went there twice during the week after work only to find it too crowded to enjoy having a beer by myself. Wall-to-wall people, standing room only, 20's and 30's Manhattan working crowd after work. I liked the vibe, but not go and enjoy a beer by myself.

Third time was the charm...met some friends that had just come up at the bar at about 2:30 on a Friday. Perfect timing. Some people about, but seats and tables open. People continually rolled in until it actually started to get crowded.

Great beer list, a little lacking in the IPA and DIPA category, but nice variety. Friendly service, but not the quickest.

Food leaves a lot to be desired, their menu is basic at best, but what they do is good. Just don't go if you're really hungry or want a wide variety.

All and all a great bar, just a popular one after work during the week.

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Photo of hedonistjive
4.09/5  rDev -4%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5

I deliberately sought this place out after seeing its on-tap beer selection posted online - various Colorado microbreweries completely unknown in California (where I'm from); Dogfish Head stuff; various Belgians etc. I loved the place. Dimly lit in the best way, with great overstuffed couches and chairs, and a decided lack of people to ruin the beer-tasting mood. Oh, there were folks there, but they seemed intent on ordering bizarre beers as I was, and enjoying them to the hilt. Only drawback were the prices ($6 and up for almost everything), but then, that's New York City.

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Place rating: 4.26 out of 5 with 325 ratings
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