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Peter Luger Steak House
Posted by nyc steakgirl on 01/20/2008
This is the steakhouse that has spawned many other steakhouses with a similar style/menu. So you KNOW it's gotta be good to be copied that much! I know it's in Brooklyn, but come on, we're not babies. There are such things as cabs and it's literally right over the bridge. Don't get me wrong, I ABHOR leaving Manhattan, but honestly....it's not too rough of a journey out there. You just GOTTA be a steaklover too. I'm not talking I-like-my-meat-cooked-medium kinda steaklover. I'm talkin' I-like-my-meat-STILL BREATHING steaklover. You gotta crave MEAT. You can't come for the ambience 'cuz it's just whatever. You gotta come for the MEAT. THAT's where all of your cash is goin' (btw no VISA, MC, or anything else....except the Luger CC). You're not paying for their Manhattan rent, for their restaurant design or decor....you go there and pretty much 100% of your cost IS the chunk of meat itself. It is beautifully broiled. Super juicy with a good char. The bacon is thick and delicious and amazingly not too fatty tasting considering you're getting a SLAB of bacon. The potatoes and spinach are mediocre. The tomato and onion dish is just literally, a thick slice of tomato and a thick slice of onion.....THAT'S IT. If that actually sounds tasty to you, go for it. But it's really nothing special. But again, you're not coming there for the chef's interesting flavor profiles. YOU ARE GOING FOR THE MEAT! If you are going to say you are a NYC steaklover, you just GOTTA check this place out at least once.
Posted by JY on 01/11/2008
Nevermind that the waiters are notoriously “gruff” and unfriendly. Nevermind that it’s not cheap and cash only. Nevermind that it’s tough to get a reservation and all the way in Brooklyn. I don’t even care about these things. What I care about is their food and for all of the negatives, I expected their food to blow me away. I’m willing to endure social stigma and criticism by stating plainly that I did not enjoy my food experience at PL. I would also like to preface my detailed criticism by saying that I am a carnivore. I love steak and dislike steak sauce. At PL, their steak lacked in taste. I had to douse it in their house steak sauce just to give it some sort of flavor, which if I might add, tasted like ketchup and shrimp cocktail sauce. We did the steak for two, we wanted it cooked medium and it was given to us still breathing. They give you two cuts of meat with this order and the sirloin was good. But the other cut had a strange texture and weird aftertaste. The sides were unimpressive – creamed spinach and potatoes. I’m was really disappointed. The only upside was that I was I had good company and the SCHLAG, which is the basis of any positives I give PL. Schlag is their homemade whipped cream which was fabulous!! They had a great hot fudge sundae too! So would I go back? I honestly would give it another try, yes. I keep thinking that maybe I went on an off day. If it wows me the 2nd time, I’ll gladly come back here and re-do my review.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/02/2008
If you think you've eatten a good cow, you've been mistaken. If you don't get the bacon, it'd be like going to this restaurant with a vegetarian...a sin! Better yet, take pictures of the mouth watering, addicting, steak and bacon and send it to your vegetarian "friends". The only downfall of this restaurant is that you need reservations during peak times. Peter Luger ForTheWin!
Posted by John on 12/24/2007
This is one of the great steakhouses of New York City. It's traditional, masculine, old school. New York would be so boring without places like this. Enough of these glass cookie cutter chains. This is a landmark!
Posted by Mark on 12/23/2007
I learned about Peter Luger's from a program my wife was watching on television. Did some research on the web and made reservations to dine there when we were visiting New York. The service was excellent and the food was amazing. I have had steaks at Morton's; Ruth's Chris and El Gaucho. Peter Luger's was the best hands down. You have to get the thick bacon slices to start and finish off your meal with a slice of cheese cake and whip cream. Adequate selection of red wines to complement the meal. My recommendation is the Rubicon Estates Cabernet. Very well worth my trip from Portland Oregon. Well done!
Posted by mobius0 on 12/17/2007
Best steaks in New York. Eatten there so many times. I love this place But going to this restaurant is like stepping back in time. Calling to book a reservation takes forever because their business number is a single line. You'll get a busy signal the first twenty to thirty times you try calling (never heard of multi-line reception guys?). Busy signals even on a Monday or Tuesday night. But they're also completely booked on a Monday or Tuesday night - proof they're the best steakhouse in the city. No online reservations option, and cash only.
Posted by Vino Guy on 12/08/2007
Was at Luger's last night with some friends in town -- two "newbies" who had never been, one guy who'd been a few times and me (who's been going for 15 years now). All I can say is "wow". Whenever we go, we play a game where we take a vote at the end of the meal - we go around the table and finish the sentence of "We went in talking about how good the steak would be and left talking about the ______". And usually something is so good (shrimp, hash browns, spinach, hot fudge sundae etc) that it totally blows away the steak. Last night, we went in talking about the steak and left talking about the steak. It was outrageously good. Better than in visits past...terrific char, great mineral/aged flavor -- just got better and better through the meal. Oh yeah - it was three deep at bar when we arrived and five deep when we left at 9:30pm! Great meal - a legend and institution worth every penny.