Real good. There’s a reason Peter Luger is such a longstanding institution. Don’t you dare fill up on bread though.
The place has a very old-school vibe, with fairly austere wooden tables, a menu that doesn’t really change, waiters in bowties and white aprons, all in a Bavarian beer hall setting. I sort of expected the place to be much rowdier, but it was relatively calm, even with the place packed to the brim. Make sure to make a reservation, or else you’ll have to wait, and you can only make reservations by phone, FYI.
The steak, obviously, is excellent. Most recently, we went for the aged porterhouse for 2, and it came out at a perfect medium rare, expertly cut, and easy for all to enjoy. The steak sauce, while tasty, is pretty much superfluous, since the flavor of the meat by itself is just so intense. The thick cut bacon is also a must-order, especially with the continuing theme of heavy meat consumption. As for the sides, they were all pretty tasty, including the creamed spinach, onion rings, and french fries (duh). It’s safe to say that there really aren’t any healthy options on this menu, except maybe the salad, and they really do a good job of making you not want the salad. Like, a reaaaallly good job. The desserts were pretty excellent too, and the cake we got came complete with a huge pile of fresh whipped cream. If that’s not gluttony, I don’t know what is.
During my last two visits, the service was decent throughout the meal, and definitely old school, if that makes any sense. They really follow a set order of instructions and “rituals”, which is pretty cool. It can definitely get pricey, so make sure you have a enough cash, or have a debit card on hand. It’s a bit ludicrous that they don’t accept credit cards, but I guess there’s no changing that.
It can be a little bit of a trek to get to if you don’t live in the area or have easy access to the J/M/Z trains, but a great place for good, shared meat. If you haven’t been, you should give it a try. Millions of other people agree too, so just give into the immense peer pressure.
Peter Luger Steak House
Brooklyn, NY 11211
Written by Eric J.