11 E 36th St, New York, NY | Directions 1001640.749345 -73.982722
Mon-Thu, 11:30am-2am; Fri-Sat, 11:30am-4am; Sun, 12:30pm-2am
Neighborhoods: Midtown South Central, Midtown
All The Draft Beer You Can Handle – This is a great place for drinks, specially if you're into draft beers. They have beers from around the world. They group them by type of beer on the menu so its easy to figure out what you would might like. The selection is constantly changing.
Unfriendly Management and Staff – I had an extremely disappointing experience at the GingerMan on 10/6/2010. One of our selections had a pungent taste as if the meat was spoiled. The manager arrived at our table as if frustrated, left to consult the kitchen staff, and returned to inform that we could eat the food or get something else, but there were no refunds. It was very disconcerting to know that he would prefer that we risk food poisoning to consume a meal which it seemed clear was unfit to eat rather than replace it or remove it from the bill. While ordering, our server chided that "we went through this already" when questioned about a menu item. This restaurant was a huge disappointment to me and my friends and the manager's handling of the possible spoiled meat report along with the server's unfriendly attitude represents one of the poorest customer service experiences I have ever encountered.
Great Selection of Beer – The Ginger Man is like an oasis in the dead zone of night life. There isn't much around here but Ktown 5 blocks away.
It serves the purpose of providing a chill, spacious, beer-flowing bar in the area nonetheless.
I really like the chill atmosphere and their sliders are amazing! the meat is juicy, tender and flavorful. Definitely have to order those!
Beer Great Manager Awful – The beer is fabulous and the selection very good, but The Blind Tiger is a far superior pub---the food is 100% better, the staff are more friendly and efficient, and the Management knows how to treat regular customers. Melody at The Ginbgerman is a dweeb- a self involved pretentious brainless dweeb who fails to see the connection between her wages and her customer service. I will never visit the pub again as a result. She's an idiot.
Great beer but waaaay overpriced. – Geez, I really love the Gingerman. The beer selection is out of this world and we always find a neat, rare, or superpowered beer that makes me snobby when when I go to other bars and they have nothing interesting to offer. You wont find the typical watered down stuff here: this bar is for the real beer drinker. The staff is happy to suggest just what we are looking for if you give them a little nudge in the right direction. We want to frequent this place more often but unfortunately it is not for the average consumer any longer. $72 for 3 rounds for 3 people? This place has gotten way too pricey. So special occasions only it is. The Gingerman used to be an institution of sorts: it was unique, raw, exciting and a place to send people to and to write about. Now it comes with a consumer beware sticker: tiny glasses for $10. So you will get a sip or two of just what you are relishing and looking for, and then you will have to go search for a grocery store or that carries it.
WONDERFUL BAR FOR LARGE GROUPS (with Great service) – I haven't been to Ginger Man in many years. But, by fluke, have been invited to group gatherings there twice in the past month. I have to say the service was great. You know when you're part of a large group and the waitress or bartender gets all cranky with everyone? NOT HERE. I was thoroughly impressed with both Nikki the bartender (total sweetheart) and Teresa (bubbly and fun). Not only were they sincerely nice and helpful but went out of their way to make sure I had a full glass most of the night. I know it's difficult to accommodate a large group of people (who eventually drink too much) but the staff was wonderful at Ginger Man. The next time I have a large get-together, I'm going to consider having it there. (by the way: food looked good...but I didn't eat anything there)
It Won't Pill Your Sweater – Rarely do I review anything.
I just happened to fall into this place last night while trying to find something decent in the 30's. (yeah, I know)
Somehow tonight in a gross coincidence, Ginger Man popped up on a related search or "best of" something while on this site.
The clientele was old boring professionals, and the occasional recent-grad yucking it up with his identical Steve Madden / Banana Republic clad friends.
There's something to be said about a crowd whose members become visibly upset when you've nudged them on your way to the bar -- or through to the 1.5 square feet of space not occupied by these squares.
Friends, you are in a bar -- (or in this case, some kind of weird idea of what a bar should be, constructed to satisfy the needs of these lonesome old midtowners) -- if you want to pretend to be in a bar, pretend that an occasional bumping-into is OK.
I guess if you're cool with the business-professional scene and made-to-seem-luxurious leather seating, go for it. And if you hate being brushed by other patrons, don't worry - I'm not going back - your cashmere/synthetic blend won't pill on my account.
Comfort environment with a large selection of belgium brews – My wife and I had been to ginger man with guys and gals for quite a few times. The reason it kept us there are,
1. Not so noisy - one of the few bars in the City that we could talk without shouting.
2. Comfortable sofa and chairs inside.
3. A large selection of Belgium brews, with great taste.
4. Best cheese I ever had.
Recommend - Kwak, Chimay, cheese plate.
Great Beer-Bar with nice atmosphere – If your looking for a GREAT place in mid-town to try some new draft beers with an awesome selection then the Gingerman is your place. My friends and I (Brotherhood) had MANY a great night there, and it was also (before the ban) a great cigar bar. Regardless, nice couches in the back to relax and the I encourage you to try the pretzel with honey or the choices of soup. Also, close to GCS being that it is on 36th street. I enjoy European beers after grwing up drinking buds and coor's lights and this place satifies. Try it out, and always had a GREAT happy hour crowd.
Nice beer selection, friendly, expensive & over-crowded – Maybe it's the floor staff from Macy's. Maybe local bankers working late. Whatever it is, this place is packed from 8-Midnight, then it suddenly thins out like a 30 year old's hair. Yeah, there are lots of suits, but also business casual, and some jeans and t-shirts. It looks like the LATE after-work crowd, getting in that last pint before hitting the trains for Long Island or New Jersey. The beer selection is good, especially the taps. Prices are not cheap. A glass of domestic craft beer can be $7.50. The best food values are the sandwiches at around $8. Everything else is high for what you get (half a dozen ship for $12???) The crowd and staff are friendly. The music is a bit loud, but not a complete conversation stopper.
--Drink Club NYC is a roving group of NYC drinkers
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