The Ginger Man
New York NY 10016
One of the original 1990s NYC craft beer bars and still excellent.
Directions – B / D / F / M / N / Q / R train to 34th Street-Herald Square, walk north on 6th Avenue (aka Avenue of the Americas), turn right on West 36th Street, cross 5th Avenue, continue straight for half a block on East 36th Street. Alternatively, 6 train to 33rd Street, walk north on Park Avenue, turn left on East 36th Street.
Highly praised by the legendary beer writer Michael Jackson back in the days when good beer really had to be sought out, The Ginger Man continues to offer about 65 craft beers and 150-ish craft bottles. Two casks flow from a fridge in the centre of the bar. The bar is named after a novel by J.P. Donleavy. Food here is good but limited to mainly salads and sandwiches from the small open kitchen area at the back, opposite which is a comfortable lounge area. There is a sort of sepia hued feel about the place from the brown lampshades lining the bar top. Look upwards to the blackboards behind the bar, someone with some serious artistic talent works there! The Ginger Man is part of a small chain with other branches in Connecticut and Texas. It is best to go in the afternoon or at weekends as half of the people who work in the nearby Empire State Building seem to take over the place after 5pm weekdays, and it can be impossible to even reach the bar at such a time. (11/2014)
Legendary midtown bar with c.60 drafts and c. 100 bottles. Afternoons are excellent; avoid the 6 - 10pm period weekdays as the after work crowd can pack the place out. Great views of the Empire State Building from the tables at the front window.
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