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Peter Luger Steak House
Posted by Zeb on 05/07/2008
I don't think it's fair to say "I've had better steak elsewhere", because I think everyone has their own taste. For my taste, however, it was alright, but not amazing. I think the fact that I went in thinking it was supposed to be the best steak of my life hurt the experience. Peter Luger is a legendary steakhouse, and it's always hard to live up to hype. 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. I understand that the place is busy, but I had a reservation. In my humble opinion, waiting a couple months for your reservation date entitles you to sit down and enjoy your meal. Our waiter seemed to think otherwise, however. He constantly harassed us about how soon we'd be finished, and the look of pain on his face whenever we asked a simple question was really quite insulting. I could not have felt less welcome. The German potatoes were really tasty, but not enough to make up for the service.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/11/2008
Booked two months in advance. Peter Luger’s was very busy when got in, but our table was ready in minutes. We sat down, ordered some oversized martinis and looked around. In general locals were dressed in jeans and shirts and we visitors a bit more upscale. We sampled freshly baked breads, skipped appetizers and ordered steak for four, German fried potatoes and creamed spinach. We loved the fact that menu was short and simple. Everyone goes there for the steak, so they concentrate on the one thing they know the best and if one wants extensive menu this maybe isn’t the right place. Soon enough a huge plate of meat arrived. It was as tasty and tender as we had hoped for. I was dinig with a steakhouse manager from Europe and in his opinion was that it was one of the best steaks he has ever tasted. At the time when we ordered desserts it felt like a good idea, but the big heavy portions were too much after all the meat, even though they were delicious. We wanted to have espresso, they had only normal coffee, but it was good. I have read several reviews how the waiters are rude and service is not good, but in our opinion the no nonsense service was excellent.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/10/2008
I had the porterhouse. I don't know why Peter Luger feels it necessary to slice the steak before it's served. I want the whole beast - bone, fat and all. I like cutting into meat myself. From what I've read and seen, the buyers take great care in selecting and aging their cuts. So why do they drown them in butter? I mean, I love butter hell, just about anything becomes good if you put enough butter on it. But I'd love to taste this much-touted meat as the Good Lord intended it: as is, without a puddle of butter. The bacon, though, was perfect. Service? About what you'd expect: straightforward. If you think Peter Luger is the best steakhouse in the world, go for it. That'll keep you away from the dozens around the country I've been to that are much, much better.
Posted by Greenpoint Girlfriend on 03/27/2008
that this place has the same rating as outback is just ridiculous. i cannot think of any reason people defame this place other than to seem cool by showing distaste for a legendary steakhouse. the steak is great. the patrons are gruff. this is type of place where people can be people and it's always been that way.
Posted by TheLizard on 03/22/2008
Okay, I've always heard the myth the legend, so I wanted to go as a casual fan of steakhouses. Well, I know three or four that have better steaks. Also, it's a bare bones place, nothing fancy and good for people looking for that, but for the price, I think it's time to update. Also, the clientele (not most), but they are on the loud bad manner side. We noticed two parties where one of the guys from each party, just cursed and cursed religiously. Not once did the staff politely ask them to speak more quietly. I mean, there is family and kids that dine there, and for that price, I guess they should not be there or I guess that's part of the 'charm'. The german potatoes were excellent, the 'famous' sauce tastes like shrimp cocktail. The waiter was superb older gentleman. The steak for two was just above average. Beer was nice and cold and served quickly. Tomato and Onion is 10 dollars, not worth it, though the tomato was tasty. I would try the bacon for a better value or have the mixed salad, from what I saw at other tables.
Posted by Ana on 03/15/2008
The stake for two was ok, but never ever for this price!! The waiter was very self confident (should not act as "I am always right") and the decor looked like any other middle-ranged restaurant. Go only if you don't care about the prices.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/12/2008
Excellent service, and the steak is awesome. I'll be back. The "cash only" thing is a bummer.