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Peter Luger Steak House
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.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/12/2006
If you want to be coddled and reassured of your place in society, this is not the joint for you, for it is in fact, price not withstanding, a joint. But, if you want the best meal a steakhouse in NYC has to offer, welcome home. To our surprise, we were seated right away and our waiter, while gruff, was nice enough and very attentive. They turned tables over quickly, but if you wanted to lounge around, you were more than welcome. Got the regular: tomato & onions w/ Lugers Sauce, and the bacon to start, Steak for 3 with German Potatoes n' creamed spinach as sides. All were beyond world class. The steak's only comparable competition was del Frisco's. For dessert, the Sundae was great. I preferred the ambiance here to any other steakhouse I've been to: Everything’s a throwback, from the wooden tables to the steins and photos on the wall, and it felt more homey than any other steakhouse I’ve been to. Luger's is the best, and a superior alternative to the Manhattan aristocracy of Steakhouses.
Posted by nycjadie on 06/05/2006
This is still THE best steakhouse in the world. Although the atmosphere is so-so, it is not frat boy central as one other reviewer wrote. I don't think the frat boys could afford this meal anyway. And if a cab driver doesn't know where Peter Luger's is, he's a rarity. If there's one place in Brooklyn that cab drivers know, it's Peter Luger's. Still the best Porterhouse I've ever had. They do cook a bit rare on the medium, but I trust the experienced chefs in the kitchen. They know what they're doing. I've had the fish here. A friend of mine doesn't eat meat. It was not very good. The other side options are wonderful, however, and I highly recommend the German potatoes and creamed spinach. I don't know how they get tomatoes like that this time of year but the tomatoes and onion cut beefsteak thick with Luger's sauce is sublime. One of my favorite restaurants in the world. I've been there a dozen or so times. It always gets better. P.S. - if it's a hot day get a draft beer. They have a chilled cellar and the beer is oh so perfectly cold.