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Peter Luger Steak House
Posted by BrooklynDiner on 08/31/2006
Here's the low down: As a completely objective lover of food and atmosphere, there is absolutely nothing I would change about Peter Luger’s. Despite our anticipation of waiting an hour or more past reservation for a table, we were seated only 15 minutes after our 7:45 reservation. In the meantime we did our best to stay out of the busy servers’ way (quite a feat considering the place was packed to the gills). No problem, there, though- the bar is prime and I had the best martini of my life ($11) while we were waiting. The table where we were seated was quite cozy for 6 people and the overall atmosphere is reminiscent of an old, worn, and well loved bierhaus. Yes, it’s loud and crowded, but the sound of many people enjoying their food and their company adds to the charm of the place. It was a refreshing change from the stuffy propriety of most upscale Manhattan steakhouses, clearly appreciated by the elderly man at the table next to ours as he eagerly gnawed at what remained of his steak bones. Needless to say I was ready to order and see what all the fuss was about. Our server was very amiable and willing to help us make the right choices for our party of 6. We ordered the “basics”: Tomatoes and Onion ($5.95), Creamed Spinach ($5.95), German Potatoes ($5.95), Steak for Two ($77.95), and of course the bread was complimentary and Peter Luger Sauce delicious. Really, the only high prices on this menu are for the top grade meat. Their wine list is very reasonable and fairly extensive and we got a lovely bottle of Oregon Cabernet ($65). The steak is really where it’s at, however. I have never eaten such tender, juicy, buttery, meat. Truly the Luger dry aging secret is worth keeping because I will absolutely return and eat exactly the same meal again, despite the price (which is hefty for anyone’s pocket). In comparison, their lunch menu is very reasonably priced and I look forward to trying their burger (8.95 w/fries) which is made from the cuttings.
Posted by Mike D on 08/12/2006
My wife and I are ritualistic steak eaters. We've been to Ben&Jacks. BLT steak, Wolfgang's, Rockmans, Blair Perones, etc: but had not yet been to Luger's which as we were told, was the king of them all. We had been looking forward to our dinner there for quite some time but ended up very dissapointed. Being frequent nyc restaurant diners, we are used to service that is aloof but attentive, so do not take my comment as naive, the waitstaff/management was downright subpar. After getting our bacon, (which was very good) we got our steak for two. The steak was not very good, not to say it wasn't prepared well. When you pay $80 for a steak, the last thing you expect is to cut into your first piece and have it taste like that.
Posted by Hungry Gourmande on 07/11/2006
Peter Luger's Steak House is the model. They offer the BEST porterhouse around.- always buttery, smooth, juicy, tender, complex and extremely satisfying. Some say it's the long aging process, some say it's the centuries old oven, some say it's the pound of butter they rub on the steak. Whatever the case, this is heaven. Luger's also offers an excellent menu to accompany your porterhouse (although I've never actually seen the menu). For those with the appetite and cash, I suggest: the canadian bacon, shrimp cocktail, tomato and onion, creamed spinach , home fried potatoes, and apple strudel (comes with their homemade whipped cream "shlaq"). A respectable alternative for dessert would be the pecan pie, or less respectably, the holy cow sundae (just a big, simple vanilla sundae, hot fudge, etc.). If you want to skip something, the shrimp cocktail would be it....everything else is almost a must. Now, the accompaniments are excellent, but not on par with the steak. The tomato and onion is probably the most misunderstood dish here. The only prep on the two ingredients is cleaning and slicing. Those ordering it after hearing rave reviews but not understanding what they are actually going to get...may be...confused. Also,the tomatoes although never mealy, are not sweet and flavorful. These are not meant to be eaten alone!. The Peter Luger sauce is what provides the flavor for this dish - heap it on. In fact, this is all I use the sauce for, though you may wish to use it for the home fries (which may be overly crisp, but need to be burnt a little f or the right flavor). And yes, they do serve the porterhouse a shade rarer than ordered. This is done so that at MOST the pieces are cooked to medium done. The steak is served on very hot plates so that you can cook the rarer cuts to your preference on the rim. Please DO NOT ask for anything past medium, I doubt they'd serve it,. Still you don't want to risk wasting a perfectly good steak, now do you?
Posted by Anonymous on 07/06/2006
Peter Luger's is not a place to MEET PEOPLE. it is a place to EAT MEAT. no, there's no bar scene. no, there's no romantic lighting. no, there's no friendly service. there is, however, STEAK. the best, juciest, butter slathered, chargrilled, dry aged tender meat around. there is also home cured canadian bacon (good for appetizer or dessert), which literally melts in your mouth and makes you wonder why you eat bacon anywhere else. there is the creamed spinach, which is a perfect balance of silky cream and the acid tang of the spinach. there is the schlag, somehow both fluffy and dense, piled by the shovelful onto your dessert. order the german potatoes and the french fried ones--they're what the luger's steak sauce is for. and yes, you are supposed to marvel over the size of the tomatoes.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/05/2006
I had read the reveiws and I knew what to expect so I did not think I would be so disappointed. I love steak and I thought the quality of the meat would be so good it would make up for everything else. It doesn't. The steak is very good and so was the bacon and spinach but the german potatoes were burnt, the tomato and onion salad was bland and the steak sauce was nothing special. Add to this that we were seated upstairs and there was no atmosphere and to be honest the place just looked scruffy and worn. Would it kill them to give the place a lick of paint? Do they think it adds to the charm? The prices are on a par with other steak places and they only take cash, you'd think they could invest some of that money on improving the customer experience...
Posted by foodiegirl on 06/29/2006
The steak was great, very flavorful, but what is all the fuss about the tomato and onion appetizer? Folks, it's 4 wedge slices of raw beefsteak tomato with 3 slices of raw onion served dry on a dish! Was I supposed to be impressed by the size of the tomatoes? And yes, we put the Luger's special sauce on them, a tasty sauce but nothing more than a glorifed cocktail sauce (cocktail sauce mixed with barbecue sauce and perhaps some Worcestershire) but I still don't understand why people are falling off their seats over this. I grew up eating garden beefsteaks (from my dad's, sweet as sugar, juicy and huge) and let me tell you Luger's tomatoes were nothing special. And the German potatoes were just home fries. The creamed spinach was the best, though. And the steak delicious. Zero ambiance though, much too brightly lit. Friendly but not prompt service. Will not be beating a path back. FOR THE GIRLS: lot's of testosterone, tables full of attractive men. The bar scene was nil, I think because it's just too bright and there are no seats. Unfortunate since it would be a great place to meet someone otherwise.
Posted by Rob on 06/26/2006
Ok, let me start off by saying you DON'T go to Peter Luger's for a BURGER! There are plenty of places in this fine city that specialize in great burgers. You go to Luger's for the porterhouse. Like another reviewer just stated, ask for a medium steak and it will tend to be a bit too rare for most people,so order one level more than you normally would. But trust me, you'll be glad you came. It's not one of those stuffy places... it tends to be a bit on the loud side, but if you can look past that you'll be fine. There usually is a long wait, so get your reservations well in advance. I wouldn't call this place the best in NYC, but it's up there in my top 5.