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Peter Luger

178 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY - (718) 387-7400
Posted By Bill Homan on 9/14/2011 3:45:00 PM
I had always known Peter Luger's as one of the premier steakhouses in NYC but after countless friends had repeatedly told me how great their burger was I just had to find out for myself. I've eaten quite a few burgers in my day and more often than not they don't measure up to the hype. This one exceeded any expectations that I could possibly have had.

I have since eaten one three more times but on my first visit I ordered a bacon cheeseburger, cooked medium. When the waiter set the plate in front of me I had a good feeling. To start, there was a little plastic cow stuck in the top of the bun that said "medium." Not many places do that anymore. Also, the bun looked as though it had just been freshly cut. I began to cut it in half so I could take a shot of the cross section and, upon doing so, a tiny river of pink juices flowed from the meat, a harbinger of good things to come.

When I took my first bite it was as though every burger I had eaten up to that point was in black and white and this was my first taste of Technicolor! Among people who love food, there is always debate about what makes a "perfect burger," and many I have spoken to usually frown upon toppings and condiments, saying that they mask the flavor of the beef. I've always thought it was a matter of personal taste... until this day.

My first thought was, "Wow! So THIS is what beef is supposed to taste like!" The burger is juicy, with a very rich, beefy flavor. My love for this cheeseburger increased exponentially with each bite and, believe me, I took it slow so that I could draw out my joy for as long as possible. Never have the flavors and textures of the bun and the cheese worked so well to provide such terrific support without getting in the way.

The American cheese was a creamy counterpoint that cut through the richness of the meat and the bun held up nicely right to the last bite. But what about the bacon, you say? Well, much like that rack of ribs on Fred Flintstone's car, this bacon was too unwieldy to fit on the burger without throwing off the balance. It was served on the plate and really is an entity unto itself. A fork and knife affair, thick, slightly charred and packed with a powerful flavor, this piece of porcine perfection is meant to be savored a small bite at a time.

I may have not travelled extensively and I certainly have not yet been to many of the great burger meccas across the U.S.A., but I can safely say that the burger at Peter Luger belongs up there among the best.

NOTE: Peter Luger only takes cash and the burger is only served during lunch (12:00pm to 3:00pm Monday to Saturday and 12:45pm to 3:00pm on Sunday). Reservations are recommended.

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4 - Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
Overall: One of the Best - Worth a Trip
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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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