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 Sixpoint
5/5  rDev +17.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

Wow! By far, one of the best beer bars in New York. May be even the best beer bar, all things considered. Here's why:

1) it is spacious! A lot of beer bars are crammed with low ceilings. This bar is very expansive with 20 ft ceilings with sweeping murals. It's a cathedral to beer.

2) Clean! The first thing I noticed is how impeccably clean this place is. They take immense pride in keeping this place antiseptic despite the heavy volume.

3) Friendly service! Everytime I've been here the bartenders and staff have been very cordial. Always seem to meet friendly patrons as well.

4) Selection! Very comprehensive and very organized. Never had a bad tap; everything seems clean and well-maintained.

A pretty good value, considering it's in Midtown and only blocks from Penn Station, Madison Square Garden, and close to Times Square too.

I've heard the food is good, but I have yet to try. I love this place though, and I will frequent it often.

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Photo of kenkochiss
4.94/5  rDev +16.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5

I love this place! The NY G-Man was my first. I live in Ct and just found out there's one close by in Norwalk. Great selections, the waitresses and bartenders I've dealt with ALL know their brews and love them too! I've been twice in 3 weeks and still can't get over the tap and special brew selections. Oskar Blues Ten Fidy and Pale Ale, Allagash Black and Four, Houblon Chouffe, Ommegang Abbey, Dogfish Head WWS and San Palo, The lists are freakin' endless. the tap prices are pretty good, but the bottle prices are high - but why would you drink a bottle with all those taps anyway?

Find one, visit one, be beer happy!

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

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

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

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

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

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Photo of 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 burrholes
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
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 jjboesen
4.85/5  rDev +14.1%
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 dougnboston
4.83/5  rDev +13.6%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Just in from the Ginger. Really enjoyed myself. Good crowd and nice too. Had good conversation with several and well really enjoyed myself. I think this is one of the top bars around. Proper glasses for the Belgium beers. Good, not great, but good food. The "beer companion" cheese and fruit plate is very big which has more other stuff, not so much cheese.

As a recommendation, I'd say "go", it's a very good beer bar with a strong and good selection of top quality beers. Do go.

Update: I just keep going back to this place, I love it. The selection is about the best you can get from any beer bar and it's a place that just keeps growing on me. Gotta have it gotta go.

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Photo of Bubba83
4.8/5  rDev +12.9%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4.5

I hit 6 of the best beer spots in NYC on a recent trip, and The Ginger Man was by far the best of the bunch. I went in around 4pm on a Thursday, sat down at the bar and was immediately greeted and given a menu by the friendly bartender gal.

I looked around the place for a bit and ordered a water while I perused the menu. I really like how the place looks, it creates a very nice atmosphere. It's very inviting looking, while maintaining a classy feel. The other people in the place seemed fairly middle/upper class and a decent few appreciated good beer.

I was very impressed by the selection present at the time of my visit. I ordered a 4x4oz sample rack, which is always a nice option to have if you'd like to try multiple offerings without getting wasted. Additionally, places that offer this usually rotate their selection often enough to where this isn't costing them money by allowing tickers to tick cheaply. The bartender was great about writing down the exact 4 beers I had ordered, and arranging them on the rack in the same fashion so that I easily knew what was what when it was presented to me. The bottle list was also a very nice selection, however I did not order anything from it because the taps were so good. I had Southern Tier Mokah, Flying Dog Wild Dog Coffee Stout, Southern Tier Farmer's Tan, and Clipper City Siren Noire. After those small samples, I wrapped up with a Founders Dirty Bastard.

The quality of each beer was great. The lines must have been clean because they tasted as intended. The glassware was proper, and they had tons of it so it wouldn't run out on a busy night. The beer was served at the correct temperature too.

I wish I had tried some food, but I had to run off to dinner straight afterward.

I have to give some special props to the bartender for providing me the best service I had for my entire 5 days in New York by a landslide. I didn't catch her name, but she had a few tattoos, and kind of wavy/curly brown hair. She talked beer with me, and even searched out extra information for me on a few beers because the menu didn't list some specifics I was curious about.

Price wise, this was perhaps the most reasonable of every beer bar I visited while in New York. Full pints of great beers were like $5-$7, and they had 13oz pours for their bigger beers which is still a bigger pour size than most places.

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Photo of kegerator
4.78/5  rDev +12.5%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

Great place overall.
The atmosphere was quaint and cosy with beautiful wood everywhere, the bar was long and i saw about 50 taps behind it which put a smile on my face. I had three brews all on tap and the cheese plate was outstanding. I went at about 1pm on saturday afternoon so there was not a lot of people in there at all. The service was very good, but there was only about 5 people in the place, Liek i said before the selection was outstanding, everyting from locals, micros around the country to belgians and german brews. I was so unsure as to what I should try. I had Storm King Stout, Arrogant Bastard and La Fin Du Monde. I was with my wife and sis-in-law and both of them were very impressed. The seating was extremely comfortable, we were lucky enough to get there and several couches were available. I could have sat there the rest of the day, but we were only thee for a weekend and we had other things planned. I will definitely go back

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Photo of Gajo74
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

This place is awesome! A beautiful midtown pub with a classic looking wood bar decor and cool retro pictures. The real deal for NY ambience and not a cheesy tourist trap unlike some of its midtown neighbors.
The selection is overwhelmingly huge! There is a printed menu, updated daily, as well as a chalk board that lists beers from all styles imaginable. I had a Belgian style Tripel and an IPA, both excellent. They also have food. One of my companions was having a hot dog with sauerkraut. Later, we ordered a hot pretzel that was to die for!
This is a big and crowded bar. Normally I shy away from these types of places, but the crowd was mature, (no frat boys or meat heads), the noise level was reasonable and luckily I was able to get a seat. I have to hand it to the barmaids! As I said, the place was packed and they were slammed with orders. Yet they were able to stay attentive and I had no trouble getting my orders.

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Photo of excalibur
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%

I must concur, the Ginger Man is definitely worth your time and enjoyment. We visited twice and got a seat at the bar both times. It wasn't very crowded but we were there in the early afternoon, once being on a Saturday. I thought the interior was cozy and comfortable, especially the bar area, in spite of the fairly large seating area. The bartenders were very knowledgeable and friendly. They were attentive to all the patrons and yet were also able to converse with us. An interesting and extensive beer list, plus a wide variety of Bourbons, Scotches, etc. We has a delicious soup and the pretzel with beer cheese which was great. This pub is a treasure and a great place to warm up on a cold day.

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Photo of newyawker
4.75/5  rDev +11.8%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

The Ginger Man is located right in midtown, so it gets very, very crowded right afte work. This can really take away from the atmosphere, so it pays to go either late night or on weekends to really soak the place in. It has a very long bar with 65 taps and a couple of cask-conditioned hand pulls. Considering the number of taps, the selection could probably be a little better, but nevertheless it is outstanding. Bud and Bud Light are the best sellers according to the bartender, so you get an idea of the crowd. Lots of yuppies. The menu is very limited, but if you are hungry an expensive sandwich is pretty good. There are also a couple of salads and appetizers of mediocre quality. The best part is a lounge area in the back with comfortable chairs and coffee (beer) tables. The place is clean, the bathrooms well kept, and the service is decent. I would definitely make this a stop for anyone coming to the city.

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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 dnrobert24
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 4 | quality: 5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.5

I was looking for a place with a great beer selection near my hotel in NYC and boy did the Ginger Man deliver. A gazillion beers on tap and two cask ales. One cask ale was Kuhnhenn Double Rice IIPA, which I ordered, the other was Jolly Pumpkin's Oro de Calabaza, which I wished I'd had the time to also order.
Their pretzels were all we ate. We only planned on eating two, but they were so good we ordered the third so as to have sampled all three--original, cinnamon, and Parmesan garlic. Crispy outside, chewy inside, and piping hot. Meanwhile, the beer was served the appropriate temps in generous glassware (some specialty beer joints jilt you by using tiny glasses--while the high gravity beers were served in stemmed glasses, they were of appropriate size).
Service was friendly and seemed knowledgeable of beer (e.g., warned my wife that dogfish head Festina Peche was a tad sour).
This was a real respite from the pounding heat of summer. My only negative was that there was a bit of an odd smell in the restaurant.
***Written from my notes from summer of 2010.***

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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 benz08
4.72/5  rDev +11.1%
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4

My friend and I wandered into The Ginger Man recently when we came into the city and while waiting for friends to decide what they wanted to do, we decided for them and picked Ginger Man because we found a parking spot there before Rattle N' Hum. Not our second choice. Call it 1 and 1A in no particular order.

The selection was expansive, but being a Saturday night I assume it was dumbed down to appeal to a more broad crowd, as seems to be the unofficial, unspoken custom of better beer bars. Nonetheless I found some excellent beers on tap with some fairly easy to find but tasty imports also there and some really nice local seasonal beers from Captain Lawrence, Chelsea, etc. I had Cigar City Maduro Oatmeal Brown, Two Brothers Domaine DuPage, and Bronx Pale Ale(all purely based on lack of availability in NJ) and my friend had some local pumpkin ales that he really enjoyed.

The atmosphere was pretty cool when we got there around 8pm, definitely crowded but not too bad. By the time we left around 11:30 it was much more crowded to the point that you couldn't really move too much but still somehow the size of the place contained the crowd well. We were lucky enough to sit up at the bar after our first beer and the crowd has no care for personal space while going for a beer but there were a fair amount of cute girls violating my space so I wasn't going to complain. Also it looked they have a loungey back room with rugs and couches and chairs that I'd assume is a cool place to host a group gathering or just get together with a few friends. The place doesn't have any TV's so don't go there looking to watch a game. The music was a nice mix though so I didn't even mind missing some good college football.

Most beers were $7 or $7.50 but all that I ordered were served in 20oz imperial pint glasses so there was some relative value there, though what real value is there in craft beer.

I also noticed a complete lack of hipsters and that made me happy.

I'd absolutely recommend Ginger Man to anyone looking for a cool place to drink craft beer in NYC. Parking was easy and free and the subway was only a few blocks away at Penn station so in better weather its not a bad walk either.

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Photo of PhillyBoy23
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.75 | selection: 5

So many brews on tap. It's a beer lovers dream come true. Huge bottle list as well. The bartenders are pros as well. Each beer in the proper glassware.

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Photo of Lare453
4.68/5  rDev +10.1%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25

A nice and big, fair amount of seating, nice inside.

Q the beer is great and the food is a small selection, but there was a good selection of charcuterie and cheese.

S all the employees are awesome! Super knowledgable

S 70 beers on tap, prob 200+ bottles, multiple casks, this place is tits.

F small selection but everything is good. Sandwiches, snacks, cheese and charcuterie.

Everything is reasonably priced.

I love this place and it is a g to every time I'm in the city.

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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 86sportster883
4.66/5  rDev +9.6%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5

I was in NYC for the weekend with the wife and kids and after a long day at the AMNH, they were fast asleep and I was at the Ginger Man. The place was packed when I walked in around 9:30 and after a couple of hours I found myself seated at the bar enjoying, yet another, excellent pint. I was surprised to find that by midnight the crowd had thinned significantly from earlier in the evening. At first I found myself getting irritated by how f'ing long it took to get a beer. But the longer I stayed, the better that got.

Now I admit that I was not typical of rest of the bar's clientele on this loud, boisterous Saturday night, but that didn't matter much. My 1st beer was a Brooklyn local: the Sixpoint Brownstone. This beer is so good I toyed with the idea of only drinking the Brownstone for the rest of the night. But, you don't go to the Ginger Man to drink only one beer, and Bear Republic's Hot Rod Rye was enough to convince me to keep moving on. The Rye is followed by Elysian's Pale (most excellent) and then a taste of Left Hand's 400. I was disappointed with the 400 and went with Harpoon's Big Bohemian pils instead. Next came a pint of Rouge's Double Dead Guy which seemed like a good idea when I ordered it, but I knew right there that it was the beginning of the end. I'm not quite sure what happened after that. The wife says I got back around 5am, so there might have been more.

Bottom Line when visiting NYC;
1. Go to the Ginger Man,
2. Drink many good beers,
3. Have a plan to get home safe, and
4. When you sober up, go back to step one.

This place is really way cooler than its counterpart in Austin, Tx. I think if I were 20 yrs. younger I'd only leave this place to work and sleep.

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

My favorite beer bar in the city and honestly, what impresses me the most about The Ginger Man in NYC is how often they update their website. Because of that, you know exactly what you're going there for and what they'll have.

The atmosphere is great and its like they've set up the place so that people can go visit different environments. There's a bar for the socialite, individual and group tables for those with an agenda, and a couch area in that back where one can just sit back and relax.

Favorite food there has got to be the Ginger Man hot dog. The perfect size snack to enjoy with your brew.

Definitely worth stopping by when in NYC.

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Photo of cougrclaw
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4

Me and a buddy found the GingerMan on a fluke while looking cruising the streets of NYC. We ended up staying six hours. The establishment and atmosphere are top notch. The selection is incredible both bottled and draft. We both started with a draft ourselves but then decided to split bottles. We grabbed the last two JW Lees Harvest 98s and had a DFH World Wide Stout to hilight our stay there. We ran up a big bill but enjoyed everything, including the two apps. Service was exceptional and knowledgable. I will be back the next time I'm in the city.

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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 Paulydeets
4.65/5  rDev +9.4%
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 3

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

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

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

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Photo of DaveFL1976
4.64/5  rDev +9.2%
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5

On our first trip to NYC, had the forethought to put my hotel within a 10 minute walk of what must be the best beer bar in Manhattan.

We stayed in the Affinia Shelbourne in Murray Hill. It's a quiet neighborhood with easy access to all that is Manhattan. But once you're done with your city tours, Broadway shows and Chinatown dinners, the Ginger Man makes for a happy ending for any beer geek.

The draught beer list is immense, some 70 brews deep and you can order extreme beers by the glass. I ordered a 4oz sample of Xyauyu, and it was served professionally and with knowledge.

Service is some of the best out there; David served our needs more than once with both professionalism and fun.
Ginger Man NYC gets my vote for the best beer bar in the City.

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