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Peter Luger

178 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY - (718) 387-7400
Posted By Jack Ziegler on 7/25/2011 4:22:00 PM
What can I say about Peter Luger's that hasn't already been said? It's just the best damn steak you'll ever eat. It's expensive, and they don't take commercial credit cards (only their own). The waiters are known for their attitude, some of which comes from being a New Yorker, the rest is schtick. Did I mention how good the steak is?

If there are, say, four in your party, the waiter will tell you what he wants to bring: two shrimp cocktails and two tomato and onion salads. Agree with his suggestion; resistance is futile. Then the steak. Oh yes, the steak, and maybe the German fried potatoes, and some creamed spinach. It's so good, you will want to lick the plates, and you will be stuffed, but wait. The pecan pie and the strudel topped with schlag will complete the experience. Don't forget the schlag, whatever you do.

Prepare yourself for the bill: have plenty of good old greenbacks in your pocket. Don't do as I did the first time I ate at Peter Luger's. We took clients, executives from a large supermarket chain, for dinner. There were 10 of us in the party. I realized, about halfway through the meal, they wouldn't accept my Amex platinum card. They also refused to accept a check. There were four of us hosting the supermarket executives, so we peeled off, one by one, to hit ATM's throughout the area. We did all of this without letting our guests know what we were doing. It was a crazy scene, but we managed to scrape up the dollars we needed to cover the bill and the tip.

I've been back many times since, and I always remember the first time. If you love great steak, it's worth a trip from anywhere for the Peter Luger's experience.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Steak For Four
Luger's Sizzling Bacon
Schlag
Sliced Tomatoes & Onions For 2
Shrimp Cocktail
Luger's Own Sauce
Luger's Special German Fried Potatoes For 2
Apple Strudel
Creamed Spinach For 2
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A Peter Luger porterhouse arrives at the table already sliced, in a pool of sizzling-hot natural juice.  The waiter puts a couple of pieces of meat on your plate, then it's up to you to help yourself to the rest.
"A Peter Luger porterhouse arrives at the table already sliced, in a pool of sizzling-hot natural juice. The waiter puts a couple of pieces of meat on your plate, then it's up to you to help yourself to the rest."
Michael Stern





Your waiter will place two slices of steak on each diner's plate, along with a spoonful of spinach if you ordered that.  He then offers a spoonful of
"Your waiter will place two slices of steak on each diner's plate, along with a spoonful of spinach if you ordered that. He then offers a spoonful of "juice." Accept the offer. After that you're on your own."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


The bacon for this bacon cheeseburger is so hefty it comes on the plate as it would otherwise overwhelm the burger.
"The bacon for this bacon cheeseburger is so hefty it comes on the plate as it would otherwise overwhelm the burger."
Bill Homan


The superb breads in the basket are not just for show.  They are worth eating!  Yes, even with a huge steak to follow.
"The superb breads in the basket are not just for show. They are worth eating! Yes, even with a huge steak to follow."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


September, 2001:  the tomatoes are delicious!
"September, 2001: the tomatoes are delicious!"
Michael Stern


An amazing cheeseburger.
"An amazing cheeseburger."
Bill Homan


At lunch, the fantastic hash browns are not available; but these French fries are a fine alternative.
"At lunch, the fantastic hash browns are not available; but these French fries are a fine alternative."
Michael Stern


German coffee contains a good hit of Aspach, which is a German brandy.  And, of course, that great schlag tops it all off.
"German coffee contains a good hit of Aspach, which is a German brandy. And, of course, that great schlag tops it all off."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Unless you normally use things like A1 on your steak, you'll probably enjoy Luger's sauce more as a dressing for the onions and tomatoes.
"Unless you normally use things like A1 on your steak, you'll probably enjoy Luger's sauce more as a dressing for the onions and tomatoes."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


The warm pecan pie topped with crisp, toasty nuts is extraordinary paired with Luger's ultra-rich whipped cream.
"The warm pecan pie topped with crisp, toasty nuts is extraordinary paired with Luger's ultra-rich whipped cream."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


A hot fudge sundae seems impossible after a meal like this.  And maybe it is: the person who ordered this one met us for dessert!  It's really a perfect hot fudge sundae.
"A hot fudge sundae seems impossible after a meal like this. And maybe it is: the person who ordered this one met us for dessert! It's really a perfect hot fudge sundae."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


After the meal, customers are given chocolate in the form of gold-wrapped doubloons.  This may be the management's gentle reminder that unless you have a house charge account, cash is the only acceptable form of payment.
"After the meal, customers are given chocolate in the form of gold-wrapped doubloons. This may be the management's gentle reminder that unless you have a house charge account, cash is the only acceptable form of payment."
Michael Stern


Cooked to a perfect, juicy medium.
"Cooked to a perfect, juicy medium."
Bill Homan


The bacon appetizer is sold by the slice.  It is extra-thick cut and meaty, and a happy Luger tradition.
"The bacon appetizer is sold by the slice. It is extra-thick cut and meaty, and a happy Luger tradition."
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


We don't know how they do it, but Luger's whipped cream, served in great billowing bowls, is the richest, thickest whipped cream ever.  One of Peter Luger's signature items; don't miss it.
"We don't know how they do it, but Luger's whipped cream, served in great billowing bowls, is the richest, thickest whipped cream ever. One of Peter Luger's signature items; don't miss it. "
Bruce Bilmes and Susan Boyle


Flaky and not too sweet, this is a decadent end to a great meal.
"Flaky and not too sweet, this is a decadent end to a great meal."
Bill Homan


A New York institution since 1887.
"A New York institution since 1887."
Bill Homan



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