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The Ginger Man
Taps: 72 / Bottles: 160
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
11 E 36th St
phone: (212) 532-3740
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4.25 | selection: 4.75 | food: 4 | $$$
Had beers and food on a Saturday afternoon while visiting NYC for a concert.
Good atmosphere - a dark wood pub feed. Our group was able to claim one of the bench tables across from the bar when we arrived. Besides the tables and the bar, there is a room in the front, and a room in the back with upholstered chairs to sit in. Nice music, but not too loud. Easy to have conversations while you drink. It started to get a bit more crowded by the time we left at 6:30 pm.
If you can't find a top-notch beer that you like, then you've got a problem. The 70 beers on tap are arraigned on the beer list by style, along with ABV, serving size, and price. Most lower alcohol beers were served in 20 oz pint glasses, most higher alcohol beers in 12 oz snifters. Draft beers ranged from $7 to $12. Mix of American craft and Imports, and a fair number of limited release offerings. If you stuck with the lower ABV beers in 20oz glasses, the prices weren't too bad considering it's in Manhattan. The bottle list prices were pretty steep though, but there's no reason to order off of it.
Food is limited to "Gastropub" fare - we had fresh pretzels and chips, a charcuterie plate, and sandwiches, which were all very tasty.
Our server was very friendly, attentive, and made recommendations when we asked. Overall, I would definitely recommend!
11-18-2013 15:51:32 |
More by jmdrpi
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.25 | service: 3.75 | selection: 4 | food: 4.25 | $$$
Imagine a version of Rattle 'N' Hum that is a little more upscale and a little more snobby at times and you have The Ginger Man. This place has a more expansive tap list and a solid bottle list, something on their list is guaranteed to make your taste buds tingle.
I do enjoy visiting this joint only when it isn't packed and you can find a seat at one of the tables, the bar, or one of their many comfortable pieces of furniture that are littered throughout the building. This place is definitely more comfortable for that fact that you can sit on a nice piece of living room furniture.
At times, when this place is packed it can be quite annoying to find service or a spot to sit as well as the possibility of being turned off to the venue due to the type of crowd that has infiltrated this establishment.
Pick a downtime to visit this great beer spot!
10-28-2013 15:59:11 |
More by Buller38
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 3.5 | $$
I am glad I found this bar early on in my time in NYC. This has a great central location in Manhattan, very easy to get to by bike or train/bus and a short walk. They have a very solid draft list and hovers around 50 that cover local, regional, European, and regularly get special release sixtels(Bruery, Kuhnhenn, Peekskill, Allagash, Founders, Firestone Walker, etc). They also carry a small but well curated bottle list. It's large and comfortable but equally busy. Best to stop in on am afternoon. Good pizza, pretzels, and other pub fare. If you are visiting, it's a great place to stop for a pint and to get away from the crowds.
10-21-2013 14:35:11 |
More by unclejazz
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.25 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
In midtown, stopped in on a thursday afternoon. All in all pretty quite, very dark wood pub feel. At this time of day more of a restaurant than bar feel (kid friendly at this time too).
Was very happy with the selection, was able to try 3 Peekskill beers (had been looking to try these and didn't see them on tap at any other places).
Can do a tasting flight - yeah.
Friendly and somewhat more knowledgable than most table servers.
A highlight of my trip, glad i stopped in.
08-22-2013 07:08:43 |
More by drewone
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$
This is one of my favorite places to go to try new beer in NYC, for midtown the prices are about what I would expect. But what you get for the money is perfect, the bartenders are extremely knowledgable and everything is served the way it is meant to be. The real treat here is the flights that they are willing to do (as long as the bar is not slammed). You can do any four draft or cask beers for 13.50. They always have two cask ales and the list is perfectly balanced from tap to bottle to cask. All of this with a great communal atmosphere that echoes an old school pub. Service is always great but I have been there a few times when the bartender gets slammed and there can be a wait. But the focus at this place is spot on - craft beer is treated the way it should be. The passion and knowledge of the staff come through and make this a great beer destination. Not sure about the table service - I always sit at the bar to gaze at the taps.
06-23-2013 19:33:06 |
More by Trapman
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$
At one point, back about 10 years The Ginger Man was my go to place in NYC - especially after work for a couple of beers but things have since changed... Now there are a lot more craft beer places in this area of the city that also have good draft lists and the crowd after work has changed from craft beer aficionados to just an after work crowd. Actually, the last couple times I stopped in after work I saw more folks drinking wine/cocktail and Bud Lights as I saw drinking craft beers. I enjoy the fact that the music is not so loud as to discourage conversation.
The beers are well poured, served at a proper temperature, in proper glassware, and with the proper amount of head.
The servers thatI have dealt with on my visits to The Ginger Man have all been friendly, professional, and knowledgeable.
The selection at The Ginger Man is good but not exceptional - at one point they were the premiere place for craft drafts in NYC but now they have a lot more competition. There are always some beers that I have been trying to find or interested in trying but nowadays it does not blow me away.
I have personally never gotten any food here so I cannot comment.
Prices are good for Midtown NYC.
06-13-2013 16:24:39 |
More by dbrauneis
vibe: 4.25 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 2.75 | $$$
Went in off recommendations from multiple users before an event at msg.
First off the atmosphere was great, i saw just on tv and it was off. Just some background music. A great place for conversation.
The beer selection was amazing, two beers on cask, didn't try to count the rest. Selection ran the full gamut of styles. So many good beers I had a hard time deciding. Had SN Torpedo on cask and Allagash BAT.
Food was good, but there wasn't a huge menu. I think the server was having an off night, so it wasn't spectacular.
Great place in the city, will definitely return.
05-24-2013 05:07:37 |
More by tikk
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 3.5 | $$$
The beer selection is always superb with a range spanning all styles and consistently putting new beers on tap, not to mention the ridiculous list of bottles they have. Sometimes they'll have something really rare you'll probably never see again, that's always a plus. I've only ever seen people who seem to know at least a little about beer, nobody is at this bar looking to have 30 bud lights. Even when it's packed, which from my experience is everyday but Sunday, there are still waitresses that are pretty attentive at keeping a drink in your hand when wanted. The food is actually pretty good, I gave it a 3.5 due to not having a very extensive menu though. One of the only drawbacks is it can get pretty loud at times. Also it can be pricey, but it's Manhattan and craft beer, what do you expect. It also should be mentioned they have really comfortable couches in the back, sometimes it's nice to lounge out comfortably and enjoy a brew on a lazy sunday.
05-23-2013 19:09:14 |
More by vfgccp
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4.25 | $$
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.
05-08-2013 01:23:49 |
More by Lare453
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.75 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$
This place has an incredibly extensive menu. Loads of bottles and rotating monthly drafts featuring some rarities that you can't often get your hands on. Prices are reasonable for the NYC area.
I only take away some points because the place can be a zoo during happy hour and on Saturday nights during prime time.
I noticed that the best time to come is on a Sunday afternoon. There'll be plenty of room and the bartender will let you do a flight, which has no chance in happening when they're busy.
03-14-2013 13:53:28 |
More by YieldToNothing
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