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Taps: 52 / Bottles: 80
Cask: Y / Beer-to-Go: N
$$$ - a bit pricey
[ Bar, Eatery ]
99 Washington St
phone: (203) 354-0163
(Place added by: cjpala on 05-17-2007)
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| Reviews: 24
vibe: 2 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1 | selection: 3.5 | food: 2 | $$$$
This place epitomizes everything I despise about the current day craft beer bar: service with an attitude, exorbitant prices, overpriced food, and douche-y patrons.
Visited for the 2nd time last week after a disappointing visit a few years ago.
Yep, indifferent hipsters are still employed here since my last visit. I wasn't in the mood for anything tick-tastic or boozy since I had a long drive ahead of me and ordered a Brooklyn Lager. You would've thought I ordered a Hamm's Light with the reaction of my server. Service was f'ing slow and terrible...like what I'd expect at Boston beer palaces. Servers were much more interested in striking up conversations with each other or regulars rather than asking if I was satisfied.
For a weekday early evening, the music was too loud. I like me some indie-rock, but the music was just obnoxious.
Against my better senses, I ordered the cheese plate....what a joke. Measley portions of underwhelming cheeses and standard crackers. Awful.
To top things off, I witnessed a manager berate a customer for trying to return a beer they weren't satisfied with. I wasn't privy to the details, but I just noticed the cavalier attitude of this guy lecturing a paying customer. Having worked in the service industry for several years, I thought the actions of the G'man employee to be reprehensible.
I will never return here.
05-15-2011 03:43:10 |
More by SunDevilBeer
vibe: 4 | quality: 2.5 | service: 1.5 | selection: 4 | food: 2.5 | $$$$
We visited this place after spending some time at Black Bear Saloon across the street.
Walking in there is lots of local breweriana in some shelves in the foyer/lobby. Everything is constructed of wood and the bar is too the left with about 20-25 stools and ample standing room as well. There are approx 40 tap lines evidenced by the tap handles scattered on a wall behind the bar. Ther bottle list is impressive with about 55-70 choices, including some cantillon, DFH, Allagash, Thomas Hooker, and Smuttynose, amongst several others. Prices were a little high for the bottles and started at $6 for drafts, except for $5 coors lite.
There are several table chair set ups throughout the open room and dim light fixtures hang from the ceiling. I suspect these are brighter during the day. To the right is a small patio with about 15 table chair setups and also a second bar.
The food is mostly pub grub and is a little pricey $15 for a burger and fries. I had a pulled pork BBQ sandwich and it tasted okay but was not very hot when it arrived. It also took over 30 minutes to get the food to our table, methinks it was waiting and got a little cool before arrival. Our server never asked for a second round of drinks until they were taking away our plates, and my glass had been empty. We didnt get a second round and we simply left the place feelinga little disappointed.
They also gave us a pencil to sign the tab, while probably not trying to rip us off, seemed a little irresponsible.
I do have to give them props for the waterless urinals. I like to see wise environmental decisions.
Overall this bar is an example of how selection alone cannot make a great beer bar. 100+ beers to chose from and if the service is weak folks that care wont stick around.
06-10-2007 16:42:47 |
More by sulldaddy
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 3 | selection: 4 | food: 3 | $$$
The Gingerman in NYC is an awesome place to drink beer. I often go for lunch, to have a sandwich and a pint, and I've never been disappointed.
The latest Gingerman in SoNo is good... but it's not the one in NYC. The service is a bit lacking, but they're still a bit new, maybe that will improve. It already has some, when I first got there, I asked for a dunkel and got a witbier, and then they didn't know how to pronounce Weihenstephaner, nor what it was.
The beer selection is just great, in a town that caters far more to upscale wines and mixed drinks. South Norwalk desperately needed a real beer bar, and that is certainly what we got. I do like the place overall :)
It probably doesn't help that I can walk home from The Gingerman in 10 minutes though...
08-20-2007 17:02:54 |
More by michael573114
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 3 | food: 3.5 | $$$
A - Lovely atmosphere, my wife and I frequent this joint in the early evening/afternoons. The hours we session the Gingerman really help...if you go during normal bar hours it can be a bit well like a bar.
Q - I don't know what quality means???
Service - Great, the bar tenders are freindly, helpful, and resonably knowledgable. Really friendly is all I look for what more can you ask for?
Selection - Honestly the selection is just ok. If you are a beer dude/lady you will usually find yourself choosing between 2 or 3 good beers at G-man. I just find for a bar with 52 taps there is a whole lot of not so interesting offerings that aren't great. But in there defense G-man does get some fantastic NEBCO and Allagash as well as Dogfish rarities.
Food - Its ok. Don't usually eat here as I'm a bit of a food snob. I must say though out of all the food the Turkey Burger is tops. Always juicy. Also my wife and I are sluts for the house made potato chips, yeah get those!
02-19-2012 04:30:14 |
More by pmlondrigan
vibe: 4 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$$
This is a really good bar, pretty good selection, better that most around. I have never been to the Ginger Man in New York, but I heard its just as good. The atmosphere is good, and you really feel accepted and welcomed. This is a great place to chill out, with the buddies, and is a nice general bar in all. But, because of it's good selection, this bar makes it as a staple in CT beer connoisseurs. In addition, the food is really good as well, and pairs well with most beers served.
I highly recommend this location for visit, a great place.
03-07-2010 19:19:33 |
More by StevenBilodeau
vibe: 3.5 | quality: 3.5 | service: 4.5 | selection: 4 | $$
Visited on 7/6/08 for a few pints since I was in the area and heard a few good things about the place.
Atmosphere wise, they could stand to turn the lights up juuust a touch. I am all for mood lighting, but I literally had to take the candle on the bar up to my bottle of Fluxus to read it.
It was a Sunday and not real busy when I arrived around 7, besides me there was maybe 3 others at the bar itself and not too many diners.
Their on draft selection was fairly decent for a CT beer bar. Even the standard breweries on tap tended to be represented by more obscure selections, my favorite option being DFH's Raison d'Etre. Oh yeah, captain lawrence! I had my first try of St. Vincents Dubbel which was tasty, and in a 20 oz imperial pint as all their beers are poured, except where noted. This was shortly followed by a Celebrator, first time on tap for me. the bottle selection was long, many of the bigger Allagash's were there and even some Italian's I wanted to try, but my liver said nay.
I only had soft pretzels from the bar menu so I don't have comments on their food, pretzels are pretzels.
The service was actually really awesome. Being it was not too busy I assume there was more time for careful attention, but both the bartender and wandering waitstaff where very courteous and socialable.
I would definitely visit again should I be in the area.
Yay for their beer selection, boo to having preselected flights, I want to make my own decisions damnit!
07-07-2008 15:34:13 |
More by naproxen
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4 | $$$
Another incarnation of the Gingerman, this time in upscale south Norwalk, down by the Maritime center. As soon as you enter you are reminded of the NYC location, the wood, lighting, beer paraphernalia in glass cases, and the familiar looking bar and tap area. This location also has a nice looking out door eating and imbibing area. As you enter the bar is along the left side with the outdoor area to the right. Long bar, plenty of tables to enjoy the varied and good beer accompaniment type food. Cant complain about 60 tap lines and an impressive bottle list. Ah, sure I can, doesnt look many much out the ordinary and usual suspects both on tap and bottles. Not many/any chances being taken here. Howabout Captain Lawrence, Defiant? I dont know something beyond, Harpoon, Chimay, Victory, etc etc etc. Dont get me wrong PLENTY of quality suds to be had, but this is no Barcade, Blind Tiger or Spuytn D, or even My Place, beer list wise. What can I say I'm just a spoiled tri-state beer snob...Prices also kinda steep, cheapest pint was $6 .
05-20-2007 12:38:51 |
More by Billolick
vibe: 4 | quality: 4.5 | service: 3.5 | selection: 4 | food: 4 | $$
When it comes down to it, I love the Ginger Man, and I celebrate it coming to South Norwalk. Without it we would truly be lacking a "beer joint" and this is as nice a gastropub as you'll get in a town like this.
You'll always be able to find a table, but its never empty - plus the porch is the best seat in Norwalk - my fiance and I will go there all fall long. Even in the busy times, the crowd is good, not too old or too young.
Service is good, but not great. They need a lesson from other great gastropubs and get waiters that love and know beer. That said, its still above average, and this cant be the easiest place to wait tables.
Selection is the best you'll get around here, but it honestly hasnt gotten stagnant recently. Perhaps resting on laurels? I used to come here to try something new, but now I grab a few St. Bernardus and enjoy a good meal.
The food fits the beer very well - truly better than you'd expect, and its only gotten better. Cheese plate is well done, though stagnant. Beer dinners sound great, but are poorly marketed. I love the clams and the marinated steak sandwich. Specials are always worth checking out. Burgers are tremendous!
Altogether this place is perfect for a really good meal at a decent price, particularly for SoNo. Check it out if you havent.
12-18-2009 02:38:39 |
More by Jesstyr
vibe: 4.5 | quality: 4.5 | service: 4 | selection: 3.5 | food: 4 | $$$
Visited the SoNo GM for the first time for lunch on 8/15/11. Not surprisingly it was practically empty on a rainy Monday.
Impressions: The SoNo GM is a clean, inviting establishment, with neutral to friendly staff. The food menu features some creative menu items, but could stand a few more pub standards, served in pretty large portions. Prices at what you’d expect this close to NYC. Everyone in our group seemed pretty happy with their meals. Good selection of beer, with heavy emphasis on pale ales, IPAs, Belgains, & wheats. They only offer two preselected flights of four beers & for me it’s a major shortcoming not to be able to build my own flight to sample the beers I want which resulted in my scoring the selection getting a 3.5.
C’mon Ginger Man, give the people control of their own flights!
08-16-2011 22:02:17 |
More by BrewIAm
vibe: 4 | quality: 4 | service: 4 | selection: 4.25 | food: 4.25 | $$$
Nice to have a bar close to home that is dedicated to supporting the craft beer culture. With a ever changing tap list and bottle selection this is the best place to go for brews in Norwalk.
Their special events are always great as well and the staff is pretty knowledgeable.
05-19-2013 17:33:06 |
More by Mersh
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