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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.
Posted by extribecaresident on 07/07/2007
Had lunch here. My review is as follows: Food, had the porterhouse, was average, no better than Wolfgangs. I agree with the other poster, our steak came medium rare and was medium to well done when finished! Could not have the german potatoes as was lunchtime, had fries which were greasy, creamed spinach was average at best. Service: Average, and cocky as if they were doing you a favor. Ambience: Looks like the inside of a german bierhall, drab, with a few decorative steins on ledges. Agressive AC. Overall: Good steak but not the benchmark that it is hyped up to be, ambeince less than flattering.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/07/2007
If you want to be coddled and reassured of your place in society as you chow down on the best second rate food in the universe. If you want the real deal, at a real joint, come out to Brooklyn cause Luger's is the place. The steak almost had me in tears: I cut the strip portion with a fork. There's no better creamed spinach, no better bacon, no better sauce, and no better tomato and onions... trust me. The potatoes are better at the Old Homestead, but not much. Service was prompt and on the ball without being overbearing. If you’re looking for fifi chic curtains and sultry hostesses, this ain’t the place. If you’re looking for the best steak dinner in the 5 boroughs, welcome home.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/22/2007
the steak is great, but you have to try the bacon. It's the best thing I put in my mouth in the last 10 years.