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Peter Luger Steak House
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!
Posted by Hard2Please on 08/13/2007
Nothing was positive about this experience except that I got to mark it off the list. I had to make my reservation 6 weeks out. When we arrive we have to wait at the bar which was no problem. We were then seated in a small room upstairs where you could see the nails in the walls. It was as if they tried to make the restaurant unappealing. Our server was completely rude and seemed like he was disappointed to answer our questions. The appetizers were not worth the hype and the sides were bland. The steak was not cooked to our preference and the steak sauce is simply a sweet cocktail sauce. The only plus was the beer and martinis. I should've read the reviews before making the reservation. Please don't make the same mistake I did.
Posted by dvd238 on 08/06/2007
The below reviews say it all. Perhaps back in the day this place had some appeal, but no longer. It's run down and the food is unimpressive. The atmosphere is like a cafeteria. There is no need to repeat everything that the others have said, but I have cooked far superior steaks at home! Heck, I have lived in the neighborhood for years...and I am telling you to skip this place.
Posted by WestSideNewlywed on 07/28/2007
My husband and I had been looking forward to our dinner at Luger's for ages...It is, of course, an institution surrounded by much hype--being in a kind of down-and-out part of Brooklyn, refusing to accept credit cards, offering menus as if they were an insult to the good name of steak, etc. We arrived and were seated promptly, offered menus, and placed our orders. 2 Caesar salads, and, of course, steak for both of us. Our salads came out immediately--3 minutes after ordering? We then waited some time for our entrees which when they were presented to us, looked like a cross between road kill and a cheap, roadside restaurant's all-you-can-eat buffet. The steaks both featured a large bone (not "bone" as in 'chop' or as in 'tbone' or 'bone in' but "bone"as in "this used to be an animal and reminds you of 9th grade biology" bone) at the top and then thick strips of extraordinarily fatty meat adjacent to the bone. The meat was a pale brown color--think the color of ground beef--even though it was ordered medium rare and it tasted bland. I was absolutely shocked at how mediocre the food was and how stomach-churning the presentation was. The entire experience--from the decor to the food--felt uninspiring, disappointing, and unappetizing. I don't think it's even worth the trip or the money in order to "cross it off your list."
Posted by ck on 07/19/2007
I've been here at least three times in the last 6 months (not by my choice, of course) and all three times it was overpriced mediocrity at best. The apps are boring. The bacon is NOT that big of a deal. (Think of thickly sliced, undercooked ham slices at Thanksgiving.) And the steak is just OK. Yes, it's good, but that's all it is.Sure, it's an institution, it's got the history, blah blah blah. When I'm plunking down cold hard cash (which is all they take other than their Peter Luger credit card) I want a GREAT steak, with friendly service, in a great atmosphere. I had better atmosphere eating in the mess hall in day camp for crying out loud! Go try it once if you must, but make sure you come back and drop a review. The hype for this place is seriously out of control.