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Posted by Jennifer on 10/13/2010
I wouldn't normally go out of my way to post a review for a place I didn't even eat at, but this establishment really called for the effort. My husband and I were going out to celebrate the news that I am pregnant. Whenever we celebrate out, we go to a steakhouse and we've dropped a lot of money at many of the steakhouses in the city so we decided to finally get over to Peter Luger's and give them a try for this occasion. When we entered, we had to kind of figure out that the bulletproof-glass cubicle in the foyer was actually the payment area and the Maitre'D stand because the gentlemen leaning up against it there just stared blankly at us, as if it is a test to determine your worthiness of eating in their establishment, depending upon whether or not you realize you have to make your way to them in order to receive a greeting. Well, we made our way over, were gracious and polite, "Hello! How are you?" etc...Not so much as a response, the grey-haired man (the one that looks like Denis Farina- you know who you are) widened his eyes, jerked forward his head and threw open his arms shrugging-ly in an "And, what?" kind of expression to us. So we asked for a table for two for dinner which elicited a verbal response this time, "Well, do you have a reservation?!" he aggressively snapped back. We didn't because the majority of the steakhouses we've gone to, we never needed one and they're just as busy. So we said, "No" and he replied, "Well, I don't know what you expect, there won't be anything for 2 hours" which we would have waited no problem if we weren't so rudely received, but we decided to go with old faithful (and apparently their rival) Benjamin's Steakhouse instead, making sure to let this nice man know that's where we'd be going, to which he actually huffed at us, made his little "I'm so Brooklyn" arm gesture and facial expression (man, I'm a native New Yorker too, I take just as little crap from people, but courtesy doesn't prompt rudeness except in jerks) and said "Well, have a good night" in a sarcastic tone of voice. I didn't understand what was so off-putting to him about our entrance in the place, I guess we didn't have the appearance of money written in our young faces or casual attire, but we definitely spent our dollars where they were appreciated at Benjamin's, where we had a fantastic celebratory meal. Just throwing this out there.
Posted by anonymous on 10/09/2010
I've been to most great steak houses in NYC and Long Island and I can honestly say this is the worst steak I've had at a place with a good reputation. It just seems like it wasn't aged at all, was quite tasteless. Also be aware (and that part I am fine with) is that there is essentially nothing else on the menu other than the one kind of steak that they serve, and some side-dishes. The atmosphere is quite original, but certainly not cozy or upscale. Service is VERY rushed; the waiter came up to us several times to ask if we were done. Wine list is very limited, drinks are bad. The verdict: maybe go once to say that you've been to Peter Luger and perhaps you will like it better than I did! My recommendation for the best steak: Rothman's on Long Island.
Posted by Hannah on 09/29/2010
But everything else kind of stinks. This is a very New York establishment - they've built their reputation on one singluar, specific thing: steak. And it is delicious, and cooked perfectly! However, the service is really not good - they rush you through your meal, and our waiter insisted on telling us what to order (not that there are many choices) rather than asking us. The wine list is crap, and the bottles are horribly overpriced. The veggies that we ordered with the food were good. Not great, but good. The desserts were just bad. In a way, I love that places like this exist. They are what make New York... New York. Go for the experience and the chance to say, "I ate at Peter Luger's!" But don't go hoping to spend the best $100 of your life.
Posted by joesyr4381 on 09/01/2010
First of all...not only is this the best steak you will ever eat, THIS IS THE BEST FOOD YOU WILL EVER EAT. The bacon is taking a bite of god's butt. The tomato and onion with lugers sauce will satisfy your wife. And the steak (get it cooked rare as it will cook on the plate) Is absolutely unreal. As for people complaining about the waiters being "indifferent" and "not caring about you" this is modeled after a german beer hall and that is the whole idea. All in all, if you are looking for a great atmosphere and have a big appetite for the best meal of your life GO HERE!!
Posted by Anonymous on 08/09/2010
Just simply the best.
Posted by Ken G on 07/24/2010
The historic Peter Luger's that any New Yorker with an interest in restaurants has heard of is like any self-important place that believes they are doing you a favor allowing you to eat there. The ledger is packed with clients coming in the evening. But it's a loud, raucous place where waiters treat you with indifference. The bread is cold, the sides are fair, the steak is good, but not the best I've had especially for the price. A much better experience can be had at Knickerbockers, or Old Homestead, or even chains like Mortons or Smith and Wollensky where the food selection is broader with higher quality from salad to sides. The service was abysmal. Unless you are loud, drunk, and oblivious to arrogance, it's better to go elsewhere for your steak.
Posted by Bill Hohenstein on 07/08/2010
I've been traveling a lot lately and eating at some rather top rated steak houses across the USA. Through out my career I've wanted to try Peter Luger but never had the business reason to spend the cash....Well an old client and friend of mine gave me and my boss the reason to try the Great Neck venue. All I can say is WOW! Great value when compared to the other high end steak houses, service and the food was to die for PERIOD. Think I'm going back soon with the same friend sans the boss this time.