Brooklyn, NY 11211
Why did we dine here? – Best Steak in the US? Peter Luger is a legendary steakhouse. Our last visit was about 25 years ago, time to dine again. Since 1887 this institution has been packing in meat lovers from all over the world. Most of the folks in the dining room were clearly tourists like us. Remember, its cash only, no credit cards.
You can make reservations up to a month in advance for this classic old wood paneled restaurant.
Insider Tip – Make reservations ahead. Order a steak for fewer people than your party. Try the burger at lunch. Prime Rib Friday Lunch only.
Cuisine – Steakhouse
Location – Brooklyn, New York
Opened – 1887
Service – Peter Luger had less gruffy service than we remembered. The waiters are all of the older set, but lets crusty and more friendly than before. Clearly you will not get Eleven Madison Park service, but things flowed just ok.
Verdict – Peter Luger serves up a mean steak. Every meat lover should make the pilgrimage at least once. The restaurant is timeless and feels like you have warped into the past when you open the door. The only thing that has changed is the price.
We walked across the Brooklyn Bridge back into Manhattan after dinner. A great way to burn off calories.
Was it the best steak we’ve ever had? Definitely a great piece of meat. Dangerous question when asking a foodie. This A5 Wagyu beef at Don’s in Tokyo remains our #1 steak.
Is this restaurant worth a 5 minute drive? Yes. 30 minute? Yes. 1 Hour? Yes.
Peter Luger Signature Dishes – Steak!
Peter Luger’s Menu has Steak for two, Steak for three, Steak for Four – You got it? Do not order the Filet of Sole!
Come for lunch, if you are on a budget. Their burger is supposed to be pretty good.
Peter Luger Food Picks:
Rolls are old school, and include 2 kinds, (sourdough, poppy seed)
Sliced Tomatoes & Onions with Luger’s Own sauce for 2 ($14.95) are HUGE beefsteak ones. They use very fresh, ripe tomatoes. Peter Luger’s housemade steak sauce, a sweet concoction, is on the side for smothering them. A crude, not refined salad, but something you need to balance the calories to come.
Steak for two ($103.90) – USDA Prime beef Porterhouse, family selected, Dry aged 21-28 days in their aging box. We got this even though we had 4 people. (They do charge you extra to do this) Enough meat for all of us. We saw a family of 4 trying to finish a Steak for 4, not a good idea.
Medium = Medium rare elsewhere, reddish, pink center. The juicy, heavily charred meat comes up sizzling hot, precut on a large platter. Thick, buttery tender pieces. You can taste the aging and we loved the crisp edge. Be sure to use your hands to eat the bone. No need for steak sauce.
At $25 a person, for 4 prime steak filled bodies, this is a steal.
Creamed Spinach for 2 ($11.95) was excellent and a must get. Not really bit and not too rich.
Fresh Broccoli for 2 ($9.95) was steamed and HUGE. Slightly undercooked.
Baked Oversized Potato with sour cream ($6.95) was pretty standard issue, but super sized.
Peter Luger Chocolate Coins are a parting touch.
OK: (Order if you like this dish)
Luger’s Sizzling Bacon, Extra Thick by the Slice ($5.95) is ham like. An interesting dish to order and share. Very fatty in the middle.
Pans: (We would not reorder these dishes)
Do you agree with our review? Have you found other similar restaurants that are better?