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Peter Luger Steak House
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.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/17/2008
Time after time, Peter Luger delivers a wonderful porterhouse.
Posted by Chris Gannon on 05/09/2008
I have eaten here 5 times, a few at the Long Island location, and almost cried the steak was so good. I really almost teared after the first bite. I have a few notches on my belt in terms of the steakhouse bigboys and Luger's is just in another class. So take it from me- I love steak/meat and have been to the best and Peter Luger's is the Wayne Gretzky of steakhouses, period.
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.