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Peter Luger Steak House
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+
Posted by Craig on 06/29/2008
Went to Luger's with friends last night for the usual meal- tomato/onion, bacon, steak, spinach, potatoes. Ordered the steak rare-medium, which came out pink and silky, but not cold/purple. It was very good, but FAR from the best out there these days. I enjoyed my grass-fed ribeye (and everything else) at Craftsteak so much more. We had a ceasar salad, which had a punchy garlic flavor that we loved. A shrimp cocktail came with large, plump, juicy shrimp. The bacon was outstanding, as usual. The spinach and potatoes were typical, but very good. A friend brought some wine as a gift to me, but the restaurant would not do corkage. We had beer instead! The bill for three people (one did not have steak, just a salad and shrimp cocktail) came to $86 pp with tax and tip. Overall I think Luger's is a very specific experience that is worth the money every now and then. The place has kind of a homey feel to it, which is nice. Other's definitely offer better steak, sides, wines, desserts, service, etc- but they tend to be fancier, and often more expensive too. I think the title of best steakhouse in NY (if not the world) is kind of a joke at this point. Tourists be warned, Luger's is very good, and worthy experience, but far from the best around.
Posted by Steak Lover on 06/28/2008
I've been going to Luger's for the past 10 years. Every visit is more disappointing. Steaks and bacon were overcooked (which is a sin for a top scale steakhouse). We ordered a steak for 4 and there was only 1 little piece of filet on the bone. The rest was just sirloin. The shrimp lacked any moisture. Tomatos and onions are just average. The meal was average to good but certainly nothing to remember. The creamed spinach is still the best I've had. But Luger's isn't in the top tier of NYC steakhouses anymore. I write this review regrettingly, as I used to love this place. Leave Luger's to the tourists.
Posted by DBA on 06/09/2008
The sides are great and the crowd is filled with various celebrations which makes it fun, but this steak is not that great. They slice it for you and by the time your done dividing as they suggest (for 2, for 3..etc...) you don't get that much for your money. The steak is drowned in butter so if that is not your thing avoid altogether. Cash only still. Rude waiters, but that is part of the draw.
Posted by RWmanhattan on 05/28/2008
Peter Luger's was an excellent experience! I have read about the 'rude' service, but our server was very good and always there at the right time. The hostess was pleasant, too. The steak was excellent as were the potatoes and the bacon! The only thing I would do different the next time is order the steak rare instead of medium rare because it cooks while it sits on that VERY hot plate. I would recommend this place to everyone!
Posted by jrod on 05/27/2008
Went here for the first time this past Sunday night for my 24th birthday. We made reservations two months ago and this night was filled with much anticipation. I went with a party of 7. 4 out of the 7 had been and had been hyping it up for weeks. Actually, I take that back...Years! I was preparing all day for the meal of my life. I barely ate all day in anticipation of stuffing myself with the finest tasting meat in the world. For a party of 7, we ordered steak for 6 (3 women with small appetities). Here's how I can sum up the steak. Severely overrated. I have been to many of the top steakhouses in the city, and in my opinion, Peter Luger's is clearly not the best. The steak was good, not great. There was not nearly enough seasoning (and the steak needed more flavor). The sides were good (especially the German Potatoes), the atmosphere was fun, and the dessert was all pretty good. Gotta love the schlag. All in all, it is a very festive/fun place to celebrate a birthday and it will be a meal I will remember for a long time...but it will not be because of how great the food was. Maybe we just hit it on bad night, because my father agreed that he had a much better meal for Luger's last year when he went. But maybe not. I think everyone is brainwashed into thinking that Peter Luger's is amazing and therefore overlooks that the food really is just above average for a top priced steakhouse. I think you could find at least 5-10 better steakhouses in the city (Del Frisco's and Benjamin's being up there).
Posted by yellow tail on 05/27/2008
The steak was okay, but it wasn't so hot. I am pretty sure that the steak were already cooked 10 minutes ago. Specially the breads were not good. I've never had such old and hard bread at a restaurant. I totally agree with somebody wrote that " The steak would have impressed me a lot more if I could have eaten it in a relaxed atmosphere, but instead I felt like I was being rushed to leave from the moment I sat down." My waiter wasn't nice, he was just always busy and tired. My family and I were very disappointed.