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The Ginger Man
Taps: 72 / Bottles: 160
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: Y
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
11 E 36th St
phone: (212) 532-3740
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vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
Cellarman hit it on the nose when he said this place had 2 distinct personalities. Starting with weekdays, during which this place is most unpleasant and maddening, packed with pretentious cigar chomping suits, that are drinking Scotch and should go somewhere else anyway so I can just enjoy my beer (please). I've actually stood on a long line outside, waitin' for you to leave so I can get in. It's just criminal. And the cigar smoke (they sell cigars there and encourage you to smoke them there) seriously impedes upon one's ability to taste your beer... and then they're weekends, when Yupfest '03 is out of session and you can actually enjoy this place...
66 beers on tap and a pair of hand drawns plus an impressive selection of bottled beers. A very nice tap collection here. Victory Strom King Stout, Weyerbacher Quad, a pair of Lindeman's (sure, you always see the Framboise but you never see the Peche on tap) and on and on.
A real comfortable bar (except the afforementioned weekday thing) with high ceilings and and dark wood throughout. Nice vintage beer posters and a room off the back with some comfy couches and chairs. Great damn jukebox, too.
I am counting the days on my fingers and toes 'til they put the "NYC smoking in bars" ban in effect and hopefully, the weekdays will become more like the weekends there.
03-09-2003 16:33:44 |
More by slander
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4 | $$$$
Mid town location, attracts a large following amoung the after work set. Alot better since smoking got nixed. The amount of Cigars here used to be a real drag. Can get packed on a buisy evening. Large front windows, high cieling, nice collection of beer stuff around the place. Selection is allways impressive. Tons of taps, tons of bottles, allways new and changing stuff. Usually 2 on cask. This place moves a LOT of beer so freshness, usually wont be a concern. They pay attention to quality, use the correct glasswhare and in general run a classy operation. Full menu of above average pub grub and typical, semi upscale food and snacks. A must hit for locals and beer travellers
02-24-2004 03:33:23 |
More by Billolick
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4.5
After David Copperfields, we recruited the services of several NYC Taxis (what is the collective noun - a 'Cab' of Taxis?). Tall, large windows topped by a black & gold signed frontage announced the fact that we had arrived at the 2nd of the days stops, The Ginger Man.
It looked upmarket from the outside, but inside it reminded me of several turn of the century bars that I visited in Brussels. A high class interior mixed with even higher ceilings which allowed the conversation of the day to rise quicker than the amassed body heat of the imbibing incumbents.
The Bar is to your right as you enter, a fancy affair that has a clean sweeping open top bar with stools. Has a clear serving area thanks to the fact that the 60+ Taps are set against the mirrored back wall. Lots of wood, glass & metal lend the air of a Metropolitan Parisian Café to this part of Manhattan.
Then as I wandered to the bar, I stumbled on fellow BA mrjimcat, who was enjoying a quiet drink, well until I interrupted him at least. He allowed me to sample & share some of his Baladin Nora, & later the Baladin Super, both exceptionally good Italian beers which were new to me. Later we hit the draft beers, a Fullers London Porter was ordered as I recall.
A stroll around, & a walk to the back of the Ginger Man saw the interior transform from that of a classy establishment to a Hotel Lobby. Soft carpets, paneled walls, some tables set amidst armchairs & sofas in an L-shaped room that adjoined the main area. More BAs materialized, including one of my Beer Review heros, NeroFiddled - Sir Jim was quietly enjoying a beer & a chat before I rudely interrupted. I apologized with a Smuttynose Porter that seemed to go down well.
The interior is bright at times & could never be classed as relaxing, but it is nevertheless comfortable. The beer range of 60+ taps & ~100 bottles had something for everyone. The beers were great, but my most abiding memory of The Ginger Man was the time when I went to the bar to order the Smuttynose Porters. I stood, listened & observed a bar full of BA's, many of whom were meeting for the first time. There was no reserved behavior at all, but moreover a chitter-chatter akin to that of an old school reunion which reverberated throughout. BeerAdvocacy filled The Ginger Man between 3pm and 5:30pm that day for sure. Quite Superb.
Well Worth a Visit, if not just for the chance to try the Baladin beers. Thanks mrjimcat the beers are on me next time!
Last Visit: 14th Nov. 03.
11-23-2003 05:51:08 |
More by TheLongBeachBum
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4.5 | food: 4.5
The Gingerman is midtown's best beer bar with a great selection and a clean and comfortable (but somewhat loud) atmosphere. It's quite open and features a large front area with some nice tables, oriental rugs, and short burgundy-colored velvet curtains in the front window. Across from the bar are some really nice semi-authentic UK-type wooden booths with mirrors and wood paneling. These are a great place to enjoy some great food and a couple of pints with your friends; but the long bar is also very comfortable if you're on your own. There's a partial tin-ceiling and some antique chandaliers that add a bit of charm. The kitchen is exposed at the back before you get to the nicely adorned back rooms. It's exceptionally clean and well-run but it seems kind of bright at times; it can get noisy; and it somehow just doesn't fit in with the whole look of the place - but the food is good so it's worth it! The menu is a bit limited, but it's some of the best bar food around. A $2 soft pretzel makes a quick bar snack on the run, but the Guinness (beef) Stew is a bit heartier at $4 per cup. The Strawberry Salad ($7) goes well with a witbier, the Roasted Portobella Sandwich ($8) goes well with a brown ale, and the Fresh Mozzarella Sandwich ($8) works surprisingly well with a Munich helles or not-too-bitter pilsner. But the beer is why we're here... 64 beers on tap (2 ciders), 2 handpumps, and 120 different bottles. And as if that was not enough, there's an impressive list of single malts and "whiskey". Finally, the service is very good and the staff works at learning about beer! Wow! It's certainly worth a stop if you're passing through town as its location makes it quite accessible from all of the normal tourist destinations.
09-26-2003 03:13:11 |
More by NeroFiddled
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.
04-30-2007 03:18:16 |
More by northyorksammy
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 5 | food: 2 | $$$$
I've been to The Ginger Man many times, and I always love the place. That is, of course, because I come in off-peak hours!
I cannot even fathom visiting during those after-work times when the place is purportedly filled to the brim with so-called "young professionals" and an assortment of Bud Light-chugging dudes and dudettes. No, thanks. I'll come in the morning/afternoon, on a Sunday evening when it is manageable and leisurely.
The beer, oh the beer! 75 taps? I believe it. Always amazing. Casks. Rare offerings. Huge bottle selection (but beware: pricey as fuck!). I love the fact that it is divided in styles, and they always have a couple of each. You want a barleywine? Yes, there is one or two. Imperial Stouts? Of course. Some weird beers from Nebraska and Montana? They have them too. And so on. Also crafty Euros, Belgians, rares like Mikkeller. Yeah. My kind of bar.
Food. Don't expect much. Super pricey for standard bar food, some sandwiches, chips, pretzels. Whatever. Just an excuse.
I love the atmosphere almost as much as the beer: the cozy sofas at the end of the bar in the "lounge" section, the dim lights, the quiet music... it is almost like hanging out in the living room of your wealthy grandpa's big country house! Sweet.
Price. Way off. Sure, this is Manhattan, but still. Nothing under $6, not even the house beer or Bud Light. Most pints are $7, and the beers you want are $7-$10. Sorry, I do not have a trust fund.
Quality is good, they pour the stuff nice and use good glasses, but a lot of them are too narrow and small. I'm not a fan. And I don't like how they don't give samples and they have that annoying disclaimer saying "we don't give refunds or exchanges for beers because our managers are trained and they say they are good". Something like that. Seriously??
Service is alright at the bar, slow at the tables. And let me tell you, I had two beers, tab was $14, the girl says, "this sounds ridiculous, but the minimum is $15". Yes, it is ridiculous. Fuck You.
The Ginger Man is, to me, this special place to go once or twice a semester, but that's it. I cannot afford it, I cannot stand the peak crowds, I cannot stomach the food. It will never be a neighborhood bar.
01-04-2011 06:42:18 |
More by DoubleSimcoe
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.
06-25-2007 00:18:13 |
More by Gavage
vibe: 5 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4.5 | $$$
I stopped here after a Yankees game. It was very easy to find, approximately 7 blocks from Grand Central Terminal. This was a beautiful bar, decked out in a fashion resembling a study, den, or library. Nicely paneled walls and ceilings, lots of old beer bottles in cases, and tons of taps. The beer list was extensive and covered most styles, as can be confirmed on the website. I chose Boon #52, it was very good. The service was a OK but not overly friendly and the prices are a tad high (par for Manhattan), but the atmosphere and selection make this a worthy stop.
08-17-2007 06:37:11 |
More by TurdFurgison
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 4 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4.5 | $$
This was stop number four and the final stop of my Wednesday NYC pub crawl. Got here around 1:00am, and there were only about three people at the bar. I found this place to be one of the more spacious bars I have been in the city, wide and very high ceilings. We sat down at the bar and were given the beer list. Quite impressive. Selection ran the gamut, so it was hard to choose. I went with The Bruery Rugbrød served in a snifter. Nice. The tap handles are all grouped behind the bar on the wall in one spot, and it's cool looking. When we finished our beers, we were not offered another but instead given the check, as we could tell it was almost closing time at 2:00 am. I'd definitely like to come back here sometime to get more of a feel for this place and enjoy more of their great beer selection.
07-16-2010 18:33:57 |
More by morebeergood
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). Ive listed them in our overall ranking. Were in our early and mid 30s, I travel frequently and always incorporate good beer into my journeys 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.
07-16-2007 23:55:37 |
More by Yetiman420
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