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Posted by Michigan Carnivore on 10/25/2007
I was very exited to go here after reading all the praise this place gets. However, I just don't see it. The steak for 4 people is 2 porterhouse steaks. The price was $161.00 just for the steak. That's over $80.00 per steak. Also had Caesar salad, shrimp cocktail, French fries and spinach. We ordered 2 beers and 2 diet cokes and had the Mud sundae for dessert. First, the steak was good but not special in any way. If the cut of meat and aging process which is supposed to make this place so special really was, then I sure could not tell. The meat was not tough but all of the "melt in your mouth like butter" claims just were not true. People, you are ordering a hunk of meat. Any other steak house with prime cuts and aging are just as good. Actually, because the steak was so bland, there just was no seasoning to the meat, other steak houses are just as good if not better and you don't have to pay a ridiculous price for it either. The salad was a joke. The dressing tasted like any bottled dressing you get at the market. The shrimp was good and I did like the spinach. The dessert was good but again, nothing special. The bottom line for me was that I went to this place because I wanted the best steak and I realized any aged steak is good enough. You don't have to pay an outrageous price for dinner just on the basis of their reputation. Our total bill for 4 people was $300.00 including tip but without wine. That was for a dinner of 2 porterhouse steaks. Very unseasoned, I just don't understand why this place gets such good reviews. Maybe because they only accept cash.
Posted by Steak Lover on 10/14/2007
I went this afternoon and they have not lost their touch. The only reservation we could get was early around 5pm-it was not crowded by Luger standards and that was probably why the waiter was "Un Luger Like"-not pushy when my friends who hadn't been want to look at the menu. The steak still melts in your mouth. No need for the sauce, the gravy is sooo tasty. My first time, i tried the cream spinach i didn't like it-but i just wasn't used to the texture since i was raised on regular steamed spinach that isnt' wipped or anything. I hadn't tried it several times going back, but when my friend suggested it, i loved it after trying it a second time. We also had the German fried potatoes-which were good, but basically like home fries-i'd rather them w/eggs. The only time i we didn't need a menu was for desert-the signature Holy Cow Sundae-not to be missed and such a great way to finish off an amazing meal. For all steak lovers Luger's is an experience not to be missed-and to be honest, it's no more expensive than any pompus midtown, expense account place Sparks. Don't miss out!!
Posted by Steakedy Steak Steak on 09/19/2007
The best steak I've ever had. Ordered MR it comes out closer to rare which is perfect for this Porterhouse. Bacon beforehand is a must.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/14/2007
Despite having read reviews about the terrible waiter service, it was quite good. The host/hostess staff needs some personality training though. They ignore you when you come in, and treat you as a minor nuisance at best. Make sure they give you a reservation! When I called for a reservation, I was told I didn't need one. The hostess just rolled her eyes when I informed her I did not have one. That's of course only after she ignored me for a while. The steak was quite good. They were out of strudel - but I guess that's what I get for not having a reservation!
Posted by Gaou on 08/29/2007
...three years to get there. Never the right timing. Needless to say I was excited. And boy was I in for a disapointment! I just don't understand how high it is rated in guides. I'm not hinting that there is some sort of bribery going on, but I just cannot understand. Anyway, bland if not ugly decor. Waiter were decently nice. Shrimp cocktails were plain bad: disgusting sauce, and no preparation; best was to season them with salt, pepper and lemon. And finally, the porterhouse had nothing special on him. It was decently cooked and savorious, but really not worth the trip to Brooklyn, and certainly not worth the 90dollar per person fare. Sadly, it doesn't live it up to the hype, and is obviously grossly overpriced.
Posted by Chris on 08/24/2007
As a self-proclaimed hater of all things pretentious, Peter Luger is the type of place designed for me. Three friends and I went there for one of our birthdays. We had an 8:45 reservation on a Friday night. We arrived right around 8:30-8:40 and were told it would be a few moments, would we like to have a drink at the bar. By the time we got our drinks, our table was ready. So when I'm eating a steak, I don't want a dainty little table cloth, and the air of arrogance that accompanies fine dining. I want food, I want it bloody, and I want it good. Decor takes a back seat. Our waiter was great. I've seen a lot of reviews that slam this place for their service, but this is Peter Luger, they make the best steak, and they know it. None of had ever been there, but we knew how we were supposed to order... Tomato and Onion, and bacon please. One slice for everyone.. Steak for four, creamed spinach and home fries, and we'll decide on a wine when the food comes. Round 1- Tomato and Onion and Bacon. Ok it's a big tomato, nothing to rant and rave about, it was nicely ripe, a little bland on the tomato flavor. However, take a slice of tomato, a little piece of the bacon, but it inside the onion roll, and dip it in the sauce, and WOW!!! These things were meant for each other. AMAZING!!! The bacon alone was just perfect, I hear that's hoe real "rashers" in Ireland are. Luck bastards.. Round 2- Steak, Cream Spinach and Home fries. Our waiter brought everything by, and you all know how that goes. We asked about the Shiraz, he said its fantastic, and they haven't had it for a while, and it just came back. We'll take it.. He was smiling all the way... The steak was just amazing. The outside was seared perfectly, the inside perfectly medium rare. I will admit, the strip side of the Porterhouse wasn't life changing. It was good, don't get me wrong. The fillet though, I put apiece of the fillet in my mouth and almost fell out of the chair. AMAZING!
Posted by ok on 08/16/2007
Sub par would be a generous statement. You gotta be crazy to go to this place. I do not understant the hype. Absolutely no value, steaks were just ok at best, I found them to be bland. What is so special about a sliced onion and tomato? You call that cooking? The Lugers sauce is just over sweetened coctail sauce. The shrimp coctial was good but very $$ 22 per order, no prices on the menu.they say sesonal prices ...Common I have been paying the same prices for shrimp for quite some time now.. If I was not with an important business client I would have returned those german potatoes faster than you could say the name Lugers, they were ugh! Creamed spinach......on a scale of 1-5, i would give them a 2.5. Save your money and choose a place that actually cooks with some culinary skill, whcih this place displays NONE!