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The Ginger Man - NYC
World Class based on 236 ratings
Type: Bar

11 E 36th St
New York, New York United States 10016 [ print map ]
212 532 3740 | facebook | twitter | food menu | beer menu

Hours: Mon - Thu 11:30 AM - 2:00 AM; Fri 11:30 AM - 4:00 AM; Sat 12:30 PM - 4:00 AM; Sun 12:30 PM - 2:00 AM

Mayor: jredmond (16) | Taps: 70 | Bottles: 100+

The Ginger Man - NYC

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Stone Spotlight Series: Drew & Steveís Imperial Mutt Brown Ale 95, Brooklyn Sorachi Ace 97, Beanery Costa Rica Coffee IPA 60, Kentucky Bourbon Barrel Ale 51, Mystic New Day Rising , Other Half Golden Spelt , Uerige Doppel Sticke 98, Other Half / Bunker Boogie Board Stuntz 95, Parallel 49 Tricycle Radler 41, Sixpoint Growler , Duvel 98, Verhaeghe Duchesse De Bourgogne 97, Ballast Point Grapefruit Sculpin 99, Big Alice Single Hop Blended Sour (Ahtanum) , Other Half Hup! Hup! Hup! 94, Ballast Point Victory at Sea 100, Transmitter NY3 New York Funk , Rushing Duck Baby Elephant 86, BFM La Torpille 69, New Holland Mad Hatter Ale 88
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236 reviews for The Ginger Man - NYC
 Ambiance  81%
 Service  77%
 Selection  87%
 Food  66%
 Value  71%
 Overall  82%
 Rating  96%
Rating Distribution

  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 12/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 17/20
t0rin0  (1508) Do Not Resuscitate, California | September 4, 2013| Updated September 7, 2013
The first time I visited (February 2009) this was the last stop of the evening and we were pretty wiped out. The bartender was really nice and after talking for a while (and a few pints) he asked if weíre into lambic. This was while I was active on BA and he was as well. The big surge in popularity in the style happened on that site about that time so this guy was excited to share something with me, which I was grateful for. He said that only about 10 cases were made and so it was extremely rare. I was surprised to see that it was a Hanssens beer. I guess only a few cases made it to the US on the first round but as weíve all learned they make a lot of beer when they make something. It was pretty good. I just feel bad that I canít remember the guyís name anymore.

The second time I visited was just a quick stop to try some IPAs that were on tap. Service was again good but I didnt stay as long. I didnt eat either time and the prices were reasonable. Very cool place over all and I would definitely go back if in NYC again.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 16/20
nate2g  (1041) Boomtown!, Australia | April 21, 2015
Sweet bar with an impressive tap line-up, on my recent visit anyway. A great spot to find NY breweries and a good selection too. Of course, thereís also breweries from further afield and Ginger Man seems to get the balance right. The bartender was extremely knowledgeable and we had a great chat during my time there. A comfortable setting and warrants a few beers here.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 14/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 8/10   OVERALL 18/20
Theydon_Bois  (854) Tourist Town (West), England | September 1, 2012
First bar I drank in on my first visit to NYC in í05 and have been back a dozen or more times since, most recently inlate May í12. Average sized bar that gets crowded after office hours but you can usually pick up a bar stool or table before 4.30/5 and after 8/9. 70 or so taps and a solid bottle list. Pints are Imperial UK 20oz pours (unless otherwise stated) so bear this in mind if you think things are a little pricier compared to other establsishments! Service has always been decent and the serving waitresses always tend to know there beers (Iíve seen them tasting new beers when coming on shift) and if they donít they wonít blag and will ask for you! Food menu tends to be more pub style, sandwiches/salads etc. I love the Ginger Man hot dog - a good beer soaker for around $5! Great place and always a great atmosphere in the evening.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 6/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 17/20
Ferris  (849) Burnaby, British Columbia | February 13, 2015
Stunning old school speakeasy vibe with a lounge area and a huge bar. Tons of taps and a few casks, one of the better lists in the city. Service was nice but not particularly helpful. Seems to be the norm for NYC. Prices were high but also the norm for the area. A great place to visit in. Manhattan.
Beershine  (822) The Sunshine State, Florida | May 27, 2015
Of all the beer joints in Manhattan, this is probably my favorite. I thought the tap list was very thoughtful, and when I was there, included about 5 different Berliners, which is extraordinary. There is decent representation of NY breweries on the menu. Generally, this is a "something for everyone" type of place, you can bring your besties or your parents or just yourself, and all will be well in your world. Itís a classic old bar, too, spacious, has been around a while and smart enough to distinguish itself from the competition in the area by offering good beer. Opens early in the day too, which is nice.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 18/20
Dogbrick  (797) Columbus, Ohio | March 18, 2014
Ginger Man NYC is located on E 36th Street between 5th and Madison. The exterior was covered with scaffolding that had a sign hanging from it.

The interior is dimly lit with wooden floors and a wooden bar. Shaded lamps along the bar and chandeliers. Beige walls with a few large beer-related posters. Behind the bar the tap handles are visible, and there are a couple chalkboards listing the beers. One of them had a hand-drawn polar bear on my visit too.

The draught selections numbers 70, with local and regional selections from Captain Lawrence (a namesake Ginger Man beer), Peekskill, Grimm, Wandering Star, Empire and Barrier. Other domestic craft breweries like Great Divide, Maine Beer and Perennial. Flights of four are available. The bottled selection consists of over 100, with breweries from the USA and all over the world, including Ballast Point, Alesmith, Maine Beer, Bruery and Orval. Some vintage bottles too.

Service on a somewhat busy weeknight at the bar was good. The bartender (who I assume is a Cicerone) was knowledgeable about the beers he was serving and made recommendations for the surrounding area.

My colleague and I did not have any food on our visit.

Overall I give the nod to Rattle N Hum as far as favorite bar in downtown NYC, and favor the Houston location but I would still definitely make it a point to stop here on future visits.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 8/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD N/A   VALUE 5/10   OVERALL 17/20
DiarmaidBHK  (752) Lewisburg, Pennsylvania | June 23, 2012
Another NY landmark institution type place. Walking into the place I said to myself. "if my grandmother ran a craft beer bar it would like kind of like this." between the high ceilings and the massive wooden bar they had a. Number of wingback chairs and a room in the back looked a bit like rural Irish pub. They had over 60 taps including a number of seasonal and unusual beers. The prices were NY quality but all in all this is a pretty awesome place.
  AMBIANCE 4/5   SERVICE 7/10   SELECTION 15/15   FOOD 7/10   VALUE 6/10   OVERALL 19/20
Leighton  (727) London, England | April 11, 2010
Certainly one of the top beer bars in the greater NYC area. Selection is unparalleled - 56 (?) tap lines and numerous bottles as well. Prices are a little steep on some items, but for the most part par for the course.
Rastacouere  (664) Montreal, Quebec | September 9, 2005| Updated April 21, 2010
Large selection though mostly stuff everyone with 1000+ ratings will have had or not be very interested in, particularly in the bottles, I assume the lines will see the casual odd gun pop up. Very spacey, dim-lighted bar. Moderately expensive prices, but the service is of immense quality, sharply good-looking smiling staff. Friendly atmosphere, relaxing, not noisy. Good spot. / Iíve changed my mind about the Gingerman since. The last few times Iíve been in NYC, they always had the best selection in the city and frankly, the selection was sometimes breath-taking. I desired way more than I could drink. Iím bumping my score from 76 to 88. Also, while a bit upscale, once you manage to get a seat, it is enormously comfortable.
  AMBIANCE 5/5   SERVICE 10/10   SELECTION 13/15   FOOD 8/10   VALUE 7/10   OVERALL 15/20
GT2  (661) San Diego County , California | January 30, 2012
Impressive tap list with a decent number of casks and even a gravity pull. Decent bottle selection. Well laid out menu is strictly organized by lager or ale and even divided into more specific styles. British pub tavern feel. Very homely. Much more subtle than rattle n hum in terms of craft beer. If you were here just for fun, you may not realize this is a 4-star craft beer bar. Tap beers were all off for some reason the day I was there- lots of paper character. Not sure if there was a tap line problem or if the Kuhnhenn kegs came from the distributer late and were already old or expired. Or the keg rotation here could be very slow and these gained some oxidation and stale character. Staff was very friendly and hospitable. Calm place at 4-5 pm. Gets pretty crowded but never the insanity of Rattle N Hum. Love the atmosphere. More formal feel than most beer bars. Good selection of local stuff like Six Point, Capt Lawrence, Chelsea. Good variety incl Founders Double Trouble all the way to Evil Twin. Food looked good. Similar to Rattle N Hum- bistro sandwiches, sliders, homemade crisps. Best deal is probably 2.50-3 bucks for homemade chips with dipping sauce. Sliders looked delicious. Full meal sandwiches were available so not just bar food here.

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