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Posted by Johnny d on 11/29/2008
I've wanted to go to Luger's for 10 years and just never made it whenever I visit NYC, as I'm always spending the day at McSorley's Old Ale House! Anywho, it being my birthday we decided to go before McSorley's. I read some of the posts here and had second thoughts, but I figured Luger's could be like McSorley's, some like I, find it an amazing place full of history and character and staffed by wonderful people serving good ale. Other people find it dirty, dusty and nasty with rude servers and bad ale. I applied for the Luger credit card which didn't arrive in time but here is how my visit went. We arrived for an 11:45am reservation at 11:30. It was cold outside and the door was locked. The staff let us in early to stay warm. The atmosphere was quaint, and had an old world feel which we like. We were seated exactly at 11:45. Our waiter was friendly, funny and helpful. We ordered drinks followed by the Steak and Tomato appetizer with 2 slices of bacon. Combine the 3 on one of their rolls with some Luger sauce and that is worth the visit itself. We ordered the Porterhouse for 2 with the German potatoes. The steak came out perfectly cooked and sliced. The potatoes were great. The filet side of the cut was awe inspiring! The sirloin side was a bit of a bummer for prime but delicious anyway. We ate about half of the steak and took the rest away. German Coffee was wonderful. $162 later before tip and I'll sum it up, It was worth the money and I will visit again, though only for a special occasion. Have I had better steaks? Sure- but the whole experience made it an event I'll want to repeat. Give it a try, hopefully you won't be disappointed!
Posted by bklynKK on 10/16/2008
I don't understand all the negative reviews. Seems like most of them are posted by people that don't live in Brooklyn. Please, do us a favor & stay in Manhattan since there are so many better steakhouses there. Thanks!
Posted by Broadway Fan on 10/13/2008
I had not been to Peter Luger's for decades and after checking out the menupages.com last week I was a bit aprehensive, sure that I was going to be disappointed, especially with the service. For the past couple of years I and a few friends have been eating at steakhouses in and around NYC so we have a few top name places to compare Luger's with. I checked in on time for my reservation and told them that my guest would be late and they said to let them know when my guest arrived. There was no problem when he arrived a half-hour late and they sat us right down. What I can say about the service is that the waiters were prompt, professional and courteous. The portehouse for two was as ordered, a perfect medium rare. The sides - creamed spinach and fries, the deserts- apple strudel and cheese cake were all up there with the best. I'm also glad to see that they have their own secure parking lot. I don't understand all the complaints. The place was packed and everyone at tables in my vicinity seemed to be enjoying themselves. I will recommend Peter Luger's to anyone and it didn't appear to me, as some have called it "a man's steakhouse" there were several women only tables in my line of sight many couples.
Posted by J B on 10/07/2008
If you are looking for ambiance and first class service then go uptown. This is Brooklyn. If you want a superb steak then this is the place. Lugers's is an old world style steakhouse with a steak that will melt in you mouth. I have eaten at numerous steakhouse in NYC and LI and this place has a truly extraordinary steak. Although the menu is limited it does satisfy ones carnivorous cravings. The steak is served somewhat more rare than ordered since it continues cooking on the plate. As for those who complain about the service all I can say is that our waiter was very friendly and attentive to our needs. Close to trains, BQE. and bridges not to mention free parking so try it for yourself.
Posted by disappointed on 09/20/2008
The steak was not cooked to order initially, surprisingly tough, and drenched in butter - to the degree that any robust meat flavor is drowned. The service was bland and unhelpful, trying to sell us on unwanted items multiple times. The only redeeming items were the slabs of canadian style bacon and the fries. You're better off buying and cooking your own (properly the first time) than paying $85 for this truly butchered porterhouse.
Posted by mike on 09/03/2008
Didn't live up to the hype. Simply put, the steak was not very flavorful. I've had better tasting steak at a dozen other places The ones we had here were ordinary. (German potatoes, aka hash browns, were actually exceptional.) Definitely not worth the schlep to Brooklyn, not to mention carrying hundreds of dollars in cash.
Posted by Kose on 08/23/2008
There is simply no better steak in New Yorkdare I say the world. The steak is so extraordinary any other consideration is secondary. However, the bacon strips are other-worldly too. The atmosphere and service are what they should be: classic steakhouse style. Any complaints about either suggests that the person misunderstood this type of restaurant. Of course, it's expensive, but the price is irrelevant once you've committed to eating at a first-rate steakhouse. To top it off, the make a great gin martini. Luger's is everything it is billed to be and more.