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Posted by chefsdaughter on 08/20/2008
i wanted to go here for the longest time. finally, when i did go, i was left very disappointed. i have a hard time enjoying a meal when the service is awful. i went to the manager to complain about our waiter in hopes of a new one. but was dismissed. even the manager wouldn't listen to me and made a shoo / get away hand motion to me. i was very ready to leave but stayed since we did make the schlep out there. but it's hard to digest anything when you get treated so poorly. but i will say the porterhouse was good. the only other thing i liked was the real whipped cream they brought out with our desserts. i'd rather go to del frisco's, bobby van's, mortons... anywhere but here for a good steak. if you are looking for a good quality steak and service, i'm sorry but you won't find it at peter luger.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/19/2008
I have been fortunate to eat in some of the best restaurants in NYC and although Lugers was a fine steak there are other fine steaks out there where you can actually get a reservation. I actually get a pain in my stomach when I am asked to make reservations here because they are so unaccommodating. They act like they are paying me to eat in their restaurant. I made a reservation for 4 people and asked if I could make it 5 and they had me call back 4 times, keeping me on hold for 10 minutes at a time only to tell me to call 2 hours before my boss and his family were about to arrive hoping to bring their mother along. Imagine telling him "Sorry your Mom will have to stay home because the restaurant can't pull up an extra chair for a dinner that will definitely cost over $600 paid in cash because they don't except credit". Unbelievable. Imagine if you were visiting here for just a week and were hoping to try this restaurant? Good luck! You need to call at least a month in advance or you will be told we have a 5:00 p.m. seating and a 9:00 p.m. nothing in between.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/03/2008
Service was good. we were seated almost immediately when we arrived. Server was polite. Ordered Steak for 3, bacon, creamed spinach, German potatoes - Bacon: thick and juicy, definitely the highlight of the meal. - Steak: better than your average steak, but not worth the hype or the price. The "special luger sauce" was basically a mix of A1 shrimp cocktail sauce. At $130, the steak is nothing special.. We'd been better off getting 40 slices of bacon. - creamed spinach: nothing special - German potatoes: the most overpriced items on the menu.. basically paying 10.95 for hash browns. - Go back? NO .. if i lived nearby maybe, but Manhattan has steak houses with better quality. - Misc: cash-only policy is just silly. Need to get some bigger mugs for beer ( a little 8 oz glass just won't do).
Posted by Reesey Cup on 07/24/2008
After reading some of the previous reviews, I was a little skeptical about coming here. However, I wanted to treat my hubby to a good steak for his birthday. It turns out this place has not only superb food but also some pretty good service. I made reservations about 3 weeks in advance for lunch and was pleased that when we arrived we were seated immediately. Our server was terrific and recommended the steak for two and creamed spinach. Those were some great choices. The steak for two was cooked to perfection and the sauce (oh that sauce!) was too good for words. The spinach was also great-creamy and juicy enough. We didn't get to have dessert because we were full from our entree. I only had about 4 thick pieces of steak (which by the way was a combination of filet mignon and NY strip). Since the pieces are so thick and healthy, 4 pieces is about one decent-sized steak. My husband wasn't even able to finish so of course we took the rest home. The only bad thing that occurred while we were there was my husband's plate had a hair on it (before the food was served). He simply asked the waiter to replace it, which the waiter kindly did and apologized. Usually if something like this happens I would've opted to leave but the waiter seemed deeply apologetic and sincere. Overall, I would certainly come here again. If I could afford it, like a previous review stated, I would come every weekend too. I've lived in Brooklyn for many years and can finally say that I've been to Brooklyn's finest steak restaurant!
Posted by old greenpoint gal on 07/22/2008
As a child I went often to Peter Lugers. Aunt Helen and Uncle Bill went there every week, and any time we had a family get-together we went there. My nephew Brian was weaned on their steak...lol. Anyway, I went there with two of my daughters and their husband/boyfriend, and my husband. The food was just as I remembered. The whole place brought back such wonderful memories. It is still a very expensive place to eat, but worth every penny as far as I'm concerned. I wish I could go there every week, too. If you've never been there you don't know what you're missing. It is an experience. The whole thing: the food, the atmosphere, the waiters (and I found them quite nice and entertaining). Oh, and by the way, have the cheesecake!!
Posted by Anonymous on 07/15/2008
The food is good, the trip is well worth. Except, getting a reservation can be compared to getting an organ transplant. My gift certificate that was given last year is still pending because I cant get a reservation. Come on put some aside for gift certificates.
Posted by JR on 06/29/2008
Luger's is still the best hands down. The steak is absurdly delicious...I have brought and initiated dozens of people from the USA and all over the world to Luger's and every single one has just fallen in love with the steak and the atmosphere. Maybe those of you who are complaining don't know the secrets of Luger's. If you are six people, you do not order steak for six. You order steak for two, 3 times. That gives you their best cut, the porterhouse. When you order more than for two, they mix and match from the other cuts, so you are not getting the best meat. As for the ambience, well if you want a nice quiet meal, go so place else. Luger's is a rowdy, loud and fun, German Beer Hall, and presumes to be nothing else and you should only go with people you know love the place, love having some drinks and stuffing themselves full of steak and sides. Yes, the waiters can be rude...but not all are, and if you go regularly and know exactly what you want and don't need menus, they appreciate it even more. All of them have a good sense of humor except if you cannot make up your mind. The place is busy, and if you are coming to waver for 5 minutes over getting a house salad or some string breans, Luger's is not for you. Here is advice for anyone going to Luger's Order steak for two. Order creamed spinach, order tomato and onion (eaten with their steak sauce of course) and order a strip of bacon each and hash brown potatoes. For dessert, get the pecan pie or apple strudel with schlag. You will not regret it. If you want to be the "ladies who lunch" Luger's is not for you. Every time i leave i ask for a bag of bones, and they give me two giant bags of steak bones, which keeps my golden retriever in ecstasy for weeks. The place is fantastic. Every time i have brought a new recruit to Luger's every single one has said, "when i come back to NYC i am coming right back here on the first night" most of even asked to go back again during their stay, with several even asking to go back the next day for dinner, and one even asked to come back for lunch. So for all you whiners...if you don't like Luger's, please do stay away...it will make it less crowded and easier to get reservations for those of us who love it. I have been going for 30 years and will be going for hopefully another 50+