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The Ginger Man
Taps: 72 / Bottles: 160
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
11 E 36th St
phone: (212) 532-3740
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
| Reviews: 210 | Show All Ratings:
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$
My boss recommended the Ginger Man on a recent trip to New York, so I got to spend some time in this fine establishment. I was suitably impressed.
The selection and quality are fantastic. I had a cucumber saison from Cigar City and Nogne O's imperial rye porter, both of which were good choices from among their 70 or so varieties on tap.
Atmosphere was dark and homey, which of course I love. The Wednesday night that I was there, the place was packed to the gills with most patrons having standing room only. That said, my boss and I got drink service and had our glasses bussed and everything from right where we were standing; service didn't diminish simply because we were table-less. I appreciated that.
I didn't get any food on this visit, so I can't speak to that.
I will definitely be returning to the Ginger Man the next time I'm in the city. I would love to be there when it's a little bit slower so I can sit in quiet contemplation and sip some of their fantastic choices.
10-16-2012 14:59:31 |
More by flagmantho
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I don't think I'll ever go back here after visiting several times. With Rattle 'n' Hum so close by, I don't think there is any point. There are tons of taps, sure, but this place can get so ridiculously crowded. And even when it's empty, some of the clientel just seem there to be able to talk to a female who wouldn't give them the time of day in the outside world. Overall, the douche factor here is too high for me to be able to chill here. And, beer selection alone doesn't really make a place, for me. I think that about sums it up.
08-30-2012 17:36:46 |
More by RblWthACoz
vibe: 1 | quality: 3 | service: 3 | selection: 5 | food: 3 | $$$
I think largely because of the beer selection the GM is usually packed with people who have had too much to drink, not pleasant. It's gets so loud you have to scream into your companions ears so they can hear you. Awful place.
The beer quality is typical of most NYC places, ie the tap beer you're drinking likely won't taste quite like it should. Many of the bottled beers are old and so they're not so great either. The beer quality at the GM is not up to snuff.
The people working the bar and tables are friendly but due to the crowd they generally have difficulty getting their job done, which translates to problems for you.
The beer selection is huge, something like 60 to 70 taps and close to 100 bottles.
Food isn't bad, but the menu is small.
The subpar beer quality and difficult atmosphere greatly detract from the GM, to the point you'll not look forward to going back.
04-18-2012 20:33:56 |
More by knightlypint
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$
Great bar- my favorite that I visited in my week in New York. Awesome vibe- hardwood floors and bar with lots of space for NYC and a nice back lounge area with couches, etc.
All of their beers were served in the appropriate glassware- many even in their brewery's glasses. Draft lines seemed clean.
Good service- relatively easy to get the bartender's attention even on a packed Friday night. They all poured the beers well, giving each its appropriate head.
Selection was awesome- 40 draft lines all with pretty exceptionable brews. I had Pilsener Urquell, Bear Republic Mach 10, Mikkeller Beer Geek Breakfast, and Thomas Hooker Doppelbock.
I got the German beer platter which had some very good sausages. They didn't have a large selection of food which is why I gave it a lower rating- some fries would've been nice or a side salad.
Reasonably priced- MUST GO if you're in NYC.
03-14-2012 20:46:39 |
More by Hopdaemon39
vibe: 3 | quality: 3 | service: 2 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
A very short walk from the Morgan Library or a short walk from Grand Central is The Ginger Man. You may or may not know that it is part of a beer bar chain which originated in Austin, Texas.
Having visited their Austin bar/restaurant, this location falls short of the bar. Although you will find a solid selection of beer, both from the U.S. and countries such as Germany, Italy, Belgium, Norway, etc; their customer service needs better attention. Their service is ok, but sometime distracted by their smart phones. And they also make remarks to customers that are borderline rude. In closing, worth hitting up once when visiting NY and looking to hit the beer spots, but spend more time at the other options.
02-12-2012 19:01:36 |
More by mltobin
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A: One of my favorite spots to hit in NYC. Located between 5th and Madison Ave. A nice pub feel with old dark mahogany bar, chalk boards above the bar giving you brew updates. The place is pretty big, but it does get crowded.
Q: Never had any problems with freshness of brews. Taps turnover quickly, but the taps are clean and the brews taste fresh.
Ser: Never had any problem with the services. Bartenders and wait staff are courteous, quick, fairly knowledgable about the brews and always pleasant.
Sel: For quantity and quality, they really are by far the best in Midtown and one of the best in all Manhattan. They have 70+ taps, over 150 bottles and 2 casks. Good amounts of local brews on tap as well as many domestic craft brews and European brews.
O: Definitely a must stop when in Manhattan. Great selection across numerous and numerous styles. There is a beer style for everybody. Pretty low-key, but it can get crowded.
01-25-2012 01:02:20 |
More by IronCitySteve
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
An open yet cozy room with distressed wood, vintage lamps, period posters and a library/lounge down the back with overstuffed chairs and couches. They seem to be going for a turn of the century bar/English pub thing, without it being gimmicky.
The selection is crazy and very even across styles, if not, as another reviewer said, particularly heavy on locals/NY beers. But that might be a strength: most NYC bars are so local-proud, it's a bit of a relief to not see another Sixpoint/Chelsea/Capt Lawrence-fest.
Service was sharp - our waitress was training another, so maybe we got the best of the bunch. Club sandwich and Greek salad were flavorful if small, though the pretzel is a bit of a rip. Mostly full but mellow at lunchtime on a Thursday.
Other reviews knock this place as crowded and expensive. It's midtown Manhattan, what do you expect!? Don't believe the tourists and haters; skip the beer snobs at Rattle and Hum and line up here.
01-05-2012 15:13:56 |
More by StJamesGate
vibe: 2.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 2.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
So I have ben to the Gengerman in Greenwich, CT and SONO and decided to try this place out a few weekends ago...
boy what a difference!!! This place was full of city yuppies looking to do something crazy and get a Hoegaarden. We could barely get into the bar because of the bouncer?? I have a bigger beard than Al Borlin...and im 30yrs old.
Anyway, I guess he is just doing his job, but nice first impression...it just seems like less of a beer bar if they need a bouncer to keep the rif raf out...
We got out beers and went off to the side of the bar, where we were yelled at by the waitress for standing to close to her station, eventhough there was a large group of other people who were actually closer, but they were 10people and we were 2...
I couldnt stand the vibe at all...bunch of a-holes. We finished our $10 beers and left.
They did have a nice selection though. If you are in the area of this place...just walk by and go to Rattle n Hum instead.
12-28-2011 14:16:37 |
More by DrinkSlurm
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2 | $$
First off, the atmosphere was excellent and almost trumps anything else I may have to say. The selection, while varied, lacked alot of local brews and was Euro-dominant. I had a hard time coming up with a flight of locals, or even Northeastern brews.
Service was lacking, as we were barely noticed, and our server was disinterested and seemed like she wanted to leave quickly.
It was 1100 and there was no food available. Well, except for a pretzel. In the City that Never Sleeps, that was a huge dissapointment.
Overall, as mentioned, the atmosphere was great and would be the primary reason I'd return. Maybe they'd get it all right the next time.
12-16-2011 16:37:40 |
More by harveystarr
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$
I am not going to list the many beers you can find here because they are well detailed on the website. Needless to say the list of both draughts and bottles is extensive and impressive. Go here and you WILL find something to love, for sure.
I have heard often about the huge crowds this place draws but I've always come during off hours and avoided the madness as a result. Come in the afternoon or early evening on the weekend and you will do just fine. I first came with a group of 10 on a saturday evening around 7pm and we had plenty of space and even some couches and tables in the front which are set up in a comfy lounge kind of arrangement. IIRC the food was quite tasty. Short rib sliders were delicious. Prices are average, I'd say, for Manhattan, which is to say high for almost anywhere else.
This is a can't miss spot for beer fanatics. If you like to do your drinking in peace, come early and avoid late Friday and Saturday nights and the weekday, after work rush.
11-18-2011 14:31:12 |
More by tobelerone
The Ginger Man in New York, NY
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