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The Ginger Man

4.5
66 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
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  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Good for a Date
  • Creative Cuisine

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About

The Ginger Man boasts a large hand selected assortment of wines from around the world. We also feature NY state offerings in every varietal. Keeping in trend with Organic, Sustainable, Biodymanic offerings, the Ginger Man has something for every palate and price. We offer 18 global drafts with different craft and classic stylings from New York to Belgium. All meat and seafood and purchased whole and butchered in house, with every aspect of the animal used. Local meats, poultry and cheeses are purchased on a local level as much as possible. Gluten free menu and vegetarian options are taken into serious consideration and kept specialized.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American, Wine Bar, Bistro
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm;
Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm: Friday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm: Saturday: 4:30pm - 11:00pm
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Phone number
(518) 427-5963
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Executive chef
Stephen Barrett
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Quail and Ontario Streets
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Parking details
We have two large parking lots located behind our building!
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Entertainment
Live Music every Friday Night!
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Special events & promotions
Please go to www.albanygingerman.com to view our wine and beer class schedule!
Additional
Bar/Lounge, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Entertainment, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Wine
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4.5based on all time ratings
4.4
food
4.6
service
4.4
ambience
4.1
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96% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined on September 8, 2017

Sadly this restaurant has been sold and will be closing about 9/16

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5.0Dined on September 6, 2017

Food and service were terrific. Hadn't been here in a couple of years--not sure why. But it was just as good as before, which is very good.

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4.0Dined on September 5, 2017

The Gingerman has been sold and is closing soon. It was excellent in its day and was a go to date night and after work drinks meeting place. My last meal there was not representative of the outstanding restaurant that was. There were very few people dining and the food was mediocre, but still priced as if it was the excellent fare that was once served there. Sadly, a place that has seen better days.

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5.0Dined on August 30, 2017

My husband and I chose The Ginger Man because of positive reviews and an interesting menu. We were rewarded with great food in a very comfortable setting - highly recommended!

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5.0Dined on August 24, 2017

Good overall, a little on the pricier side but pricing matches value of offerings. I went to Ginger Man after finding it on Yelp. Yelp was a bit misleading according to the photos. It seemed more casual on Yelp.

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5.0Dined on August 24, 2017

Haven't been back to the Gingerman in a long time but will definitely return again. The food selection was varied & delicious. Our waitress was charming and had great timing.
Keep up the good work.

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5.0Dined on August 16, 2017

Amazing food and atmosphere. Enjoyed every course and wine was delicious.

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2017

Dined here when our children were in town. Unique, creative menu, and generous sized portions. Great bar items. Service was superb; friendly/attentive staff.

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4.0Dined on July 29, 2017

The paella has been a favorite of mine for years. It is a bit spicier than other places I've had it, but I go for heat. The short rib burger is one of the tastiest in Albany.

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5.0Dined on July 28, 2017

Wonderful experience! I was traveling across the state and on to Boston and had chosen The Ginger Man as a good mid-way point which also promised a rewarding dining experience - I was certainly right! Staff graciously welcomed me 45 minutes late due to Thruway accident (props to Open Table for making it easy to notify the restaurant). Wonderful service, inventive cocktail, delicious food! Asparagus is a food I feel pretty neutral about; their grilled spears were so good! To top it off there was a talented acoustic duo playing in the barroom. All handled on a busy Friday evening. Can't wait for a reason to return.

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5.0Dined on July 12, 2017

We had a great birthday celebration! From cheese fondue to the wine to dinner to chocolate fondue for dessert! Can't wait to go back! Worth the 65 mile trip!

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5.0Dined on June 17, 2017

First time diner. Excellent experience. Food, service top notch.

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5.0Dined on June 12, 2017

Ginger man is always reliable for a good meal and interesting wine choice.

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4.0Dined on June 10, 2017

Nice time at the Ginger Man, attentive service, tasty food, nice bar program.

Only quibble would be with the ratios on some of the dishes. A fried calamari with kimchi and sesame sauce was delicious but had a little too much kimchi and could have benefited from a few more seafood bites.

Same with the short rib burger - it comes out as a visually impressive tower of onion straws sits on top of the burger. However the actual amount of onion straws is a bit much when actually eating the tasty burger.

Mere quibbles for an otherwise great dinner date.

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5.0Dined on June 10, 2017

I really enjoyed the ambiance and the variety of flavors offered up at Ginger Man. The wine list was good! The flavors were not eccentric yet they were sophisticated and different enough. I was dealing with a food allergy and the waitress and chef were more than gracious in accommodating my need for more information or adjusting the order.

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5.0Dined on June 9, 2017

Fantastic as always. Wish we could go more! Food is always incredible and staff is great

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5.0Dined on June 3, 2017

Great food, waitress was familiar with the dishes and spot on with description. Nice atmosphere.

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5.0Dined on June 1, 2017

The food was good but the staff was GREAT! I haven't had service that memorable for a really long time.

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4.0Dined on May 27, 2017

Food was very good. Waitress was appropriately attentive without being intrusive and very knowledgeable as to menu and wine. Only complaint was how long it took to receive entrees - close to 45 minutes on what seemed a relatively slow night. When dishes arrive, quality was excellent. Will definitely return

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5.0Dined on May 19, 2017

Response on our entering was prompt, our reservation honored our requests, and everyone was relaxed and very friendly. The menu had many attractive choices and the food was delicious. An acoustic guitar player/singer was delightful.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2017

Oysters were disappointing and the halibut was small and over cooked

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1.0Dined on May 5, 2017

I have been to this restaurant many times with good experiences. This past experience was awful. Over an hour to get an appetizer, 2 hours to get our meals, and 2 of the 4 meals were overcooked and extremely disappointing. Not sure if I will go back after this last experience.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2017

relaxing evening with friends, good food and music!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2017

The food and the service was amazing. We will be back. Thank you.

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5.0Dined on April 29, 2017

Don't know why I don't remember to eat here more often. The menu is exciting - the food was great. Love the atmosphere too... Excellent service.

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4.0Dined on April 28, 2017

Really enjoyed the food, drinks, music and atmosphere. Kind of slow service-wise but it was quite busy (a good thing) and our server was very nice. Would definitely go back and do recommend going.

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5.0Dined on April 22, 2017

It was our first time to The Ginger Man and we thoroughly enjoyed the hospitable environment, the friendly and attentive wait staff and of course the food. It was a two hour drive but well worth it!

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5.0Dined on April 21, 2017

We love it here! Amazing food and great staff. We try to go once a month but it's never enough. He chef is a genius.

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4.0Dined on April 19, 2017

Attentive service, good food, quiet enough for conversation, and an overall pleasant experience.

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4.0Dined on March 25, 2017

Had a 7:30 reservation there was a high top table open we're told we had a 10 min wait...after waiting 10 or 15 min we're offered the high top...my companion had the pork chop special which was outstanding...I order the swordfish special which wasn't every good---small piece of fish--dry--- not a good meal for the price...I have been a patron over years always had great food. Will be back

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5.0Dined on March 18, 2017

My son & I came for an early Saturday dinner, in honor of my birthday. The food was excellent & beautifully presented. The ambiance was comfortable & our waitress was friendly & attentive. We had a wonderful time!

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5.0Dined on March 7, 2017

Great all-around gem. You have to try their Lobster Mac & Cheese!

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2017

Five of the six of us enjoyed our meals very much - the sixth felt his Osso Bucco had been sitting around a while and was barely warm. Other than that, we were treated very nicely and enjoyed that we were able to talk to each other and be heard!

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4.0Dined on March 6, 2017

A great first visit to the Ginger Man-

The server was friendly and knowledgeable.
The food was creative-- and unexpectedly inventive for this area.
One small criticism-- the vast majority of the items were either creamy or cheesy. Many diners, including two in my party , have lactose issues.

A bit more variety would be most welcome!

Overall, a great evening

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5.0Dined on March 1, 2017

Never disappointed. Great cocktails, wine list and beer selection. Started with oysters topped with tobiko ,delish .I had the short ribs and pappardelle, a great winter dish, rich and filling , took a good portion home.The rest of our party was very happy with their selections from stuffed mushrooms and beet salad to the snapper special. Excellent service, thank you Victoria.

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5.0Dined on February 25, 2017

The Ginger Man always delivers, it is one of my 3 favorite spots in Albany. The beer tasting flights gave a great range of flavors. The main menu always has unique offerings, including the piled high onion ring pork sandwich. A great environment for adults to hang out, have conversation, and enjoy great food and drink.

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5.0Dined on February 21, 2017

A friend and I had a wine and appetizer evening...our server was excellent and allowed us to visit as long as we wanted...she was also extremely knowledgeable re the menu as I need to be gluten free and was very gracious in providing me with alternatives...an excellent experience!!!

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5.0Dined on February 17, 2017

I just don't go to this restaurant enough! The food is ALWAYS amazing! Cooked to perfection! I love how they combine tastes and everything melts in your mouth!
The service is really pleasant and attentive but not too much - just right!

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3.0Dined on February 2, 2017

Service was good, atmosphere was really nice. The appetizers (crab cakes, croquettes) were decent (not great) but the main dishes were universally bland and unremarkable. We got the short rib pasta, lobster mac, osso buco, and strip steak. Desserts were also just OK, nothing amazing. I was pretty disappointed considering the reputation and price associated with this place.

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5.0Dined on January 26, 2017

Outstanding food and service. Great wine list and beer selection. From the oysters to the creative salads to the mouth watering Osso Buco to a nice Port afterwards, all top notch. Special thanks to our server Victoria , the bartender Alan and the manager Julie.

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