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The Ginger Man
Taps: 72 / Bottles: 160
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
11 E 36th St
phone: (212) 532-3740
(Place added by: BeerAdvocate)
Ratings & Reviews
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vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 4 | $$
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.
11-15-2011 02:36:55 |
More by benz08
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 5 | $$$
Nice dimly lit, high ceiling large, open bar. Big tables on the left, bar on the right. Lots of room in this place is a good thing, because at about 3:00PM, it's crowded. I stood next to my wife's seat at the bar and we were served within 5 minutes, not bad as there is an extensive beer list to review before ordering.
The value is what you make of it, ordering by the glass can get expensive, but flights of anything (4 versions of Black Hole!) are only $13. Beer-to-go subject to 15% discount, I hate being subject to discounts!!! Great deal for smack dab in the middle of midtown.
11-06-2011 15:03:25 |
More by wcintula
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
Big selection of beers, enormous amount of taps available with an exotic blend of imports and domestics. This place reeks of after-work crowd, especially on Thursday and Friday. Get there early and make sure you grab a seat. Cask ales, becoming ever so popular, are available here as well. Cask ales are constantly revolving and availability is limited to what they can grab from local breweries. The ambiance is cozy and warm; stems from a lightly dimmed lights. Be sure to go as far back as possible in the bar. There is a great room with cozy couches and comfortable chairs also. Even though I didn't try the food this time around, I've had it before and remembered it being quite good for bar food. A great gem in the middle of a vibrant city. Bar has a nice English pub feel and covered in nicely chiseled oak and pine. Cool bar taps line the bar wall.
11-05-2011 23:22:18 |
More by ferrari29
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
A: this place is cozy, with a traditional English pub feel, complete with patterned rugs, mahogany bars, and comfy armchairs. I'm happy with how much space this place has, especially given its location.
Q: Proper glassware used.
Serv: served quickly, and with a smile. I don't have any notes on their knowledge of the product, because we don't typically have too hard of a time finding something tasty.
Sel: 70+ taps, 2 casks, 170+ bottles with some very nice vintage and specialty word, as well as wine, sake, cider, and whiskey.
V: I paid $7 for my celebrate, my girlfriend's kölsch was $6, so its a couple of bucks more than in the Midwest, but this is nyc. You should expect to pay a bit more. All in all, this is an incredible place to stop in midtown. They will definitely have something that piques your interest, regardless of your tastes.
10-27-2011 21:17:15 |
More by Avagadro
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 2.5 | $$
Visited on day two of our June 2011 Northeast pubcrawl. I've been to The Ginger Man many times here in Ft Worth so I looked forward to seeing the New York version. Got a little lost on the way here, but my buddy had the genius idea of asking a beer truck driver for directions which got us right there. Overall I liked this better than the Texas Ginger Men with it's downtown feel (the one in Ft Worth looks like a converted single family dwelling). Great tap selection, fine service and comfortable vibe. Food was not that good - had the reuben and was very dissapointed that I wasted one of my two NYC meals. Still, focus is on the beer where it should be and this Ginger Man definitely delivered the goods.
07-30-2011 23:55:31 |
More by coldriver
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
I've gone to this place twice in the last few months and I really enjoyed it both times. The vibe is really great, with a friendly crowd. The bar area is big and open and there is a comfortable back area with couches and loungers. The staff is always really nice and provide great service. The selection is quite good. They have a pretty wide bottle selection of Belgians and U.S. microbrews. There is definitely something for every taste here, which is nice. The prices are okay, with a lot of options for about 7 to 9 bucks.
If you haven't been here before, you should give it a try because it is a really cool place to have a drink or two.
07-22-2011 17:10:47 |
More by 3HovsepiansBrews
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 5 | $$$
I visited this fine establishment after work today. I had heard about this bar in the past, and I was excited to see the bar of many taps.
The service was great after getting in. Three separate staff members asked if I needed anything while waitin for family to arrive. After taking our seats, the waitress was really nice to both of us. My guest didn't order a beer, but they still did very well by him.
I started with the Avery 18th anniversary on tap, and followed up with the Rosee and Hibiscuss. That, a martini, and a whiskey ran $45 with a good tip. Pretty pricey, but you probably have to pay to support this level of service and selection.
Oh yeah, the selection. There were 60 taps and many more bottles. They also had a good selection of whiskeys. The hardest part was choosing.
The interior was cozy. It was almost like an Irish pub.
I had a good time overall, and I will save up for my next visit.
07-19-2011 03:08:50 |
More by ummswimmin
vibe: 5 | quality: 5 | service: 5 | selection: 5 | food: 4 | $$$$
The Ginger Man is the best craft beer bar in Manhattan. We tried each of the "Big 3" on a recent trip, the others being Rattle N' Hum and Blind Tiger.
We picked a busy Friday night in Greenwich Village to visit Blind Tiger, so it was packed, loud, and difficult to get to the bar. Rattle runs a close second but is dingier and more rustic than Ginger Man.
So we went to the Ginger Man three different times and were pleased each time. The leather chairs and rich mahogony gave it an elegance that their beer selections deserve. The house club sandwich was also delicious. You can't get a beer for less than $7, but this is just what you come to expect in NYC.
If you're in Midtown East, definitely go here. If it's too busy, Rattle is just three blocks away and ususally stays less busy late at night.
07-15-2011 23:08:39 |
More by Scottybo
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | $$
Of all the bars in Manhattan that rated high, I'd probably rank this at the top. We stopped in on a Sunday afternoon, and from the reviews and what we heard from others regarding how busy it gets, this was one of the best times to be there as there was hardly anyone there.
I'd guess around 60 drafts and 150 bottles to choose from. You can also get the bottles to go, though I didn't see how much they would cost. The drafts were fairly well chosen, as there was a nice variety of different styles and breweries. And what seems to be the standard among the beer bars in NYC, 2 casks going.
If you're going to be in Manhattan, you can't beat an afternoon at both Ginger Man and Rattle N Hum (just 3 blocks away). 2 of the best NYC has to offer.
07-12-2011 23:26:13 |
More by redbird
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
This was one of the last stops on my birthday beer bar crawl through New York City. We got there around 6PM and stayed for a few hours.
The first thing you notice is how big this place is. A rather large bar stretches pretty far back, the front is fairly open with tables and couches. The ceilings are very high, which lends a good, open feel to the place. The beerania is really cool as well.
The selection is pretty good. I went with a Stone Ruination IPA and a Pretty Things Jack D'Or, both on tap.
The bartender was friendly, enthusiastic about beer and knowledgeable.
The food was good but a problem was that there are no fries. At a bar, I need french fries. Sorry, Gingerman. Nonetheless, the hot dog I had was really good and came out incredibly quick. My girlfriend had a delicious pretzel as well. Good food but the menu could use some more bar staples.
The Ginger Man was my favorite stop of the day and I can't wait to go back. Its proximity to Penn Station is definitely a plus. Cheers!
06-19-2011 20:23:35 |
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