Bars: The Ginger Man

May 2nd, 2007
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I can’t stand The Ginger Man. It’s always packed with the worst sorts corporate tools. The service is awful, largely because even the waitresses can’t get from one end of the room to another without bumping into 100 people. But I keep going back there.
Here’s the thing, It’s not a bad place. The space is beautiful, it’s got 20 foot ceilings, huge windows which light up the place and a beautiful dark wood bar that goes on for days. There are comfortable couches and lazy boys in the backroom lounge. The little food I’ve had there has been pretty good. I’m fond of the giant pretzel served warm with a honey mustard dip.
Most importantly, it’s got a ridiculous beer selection. It’s got 66 draughts, 2 hand drawn casks and 130 bottled beers.
That’s why I keep going back. That and the fact that I work 2 blocks away. It’s location is also key to the crowd it attracts: It’s stationed right between Penn Station and Grand Central, which makes it perfect staggering distance for all the suburbanites who need to catch their trains home.
The crowd is absolutely awful.
One day, I hope to figure out when the perfect time is to go to Ginger Man when it’s empty and I can enjoy the selection and a snack while actually being able to hear my companions. One day…
The Ginger Man
11 East 36th Street
btwn Fifth Ave. and Madison Ave.
New York City
212.532.3740

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