Restaurant: Peter Luger

I heard about Peter Luger from the Food Network and the Travel Channel. Supposedly, it is one of the best steakhouse in the world. It was featured in Food Network’s “Top 5 Restaurants” (Season 1, Episode 4) and many other shows. It’s a classic New York / Brooklyn institution. There was so many write ups and reviews, it caught my curiosity.

I happened to be in New York City for 4th of July with my partner and two friends from Los Angeles. I figured we would have dinner then walk down to the river and watch the fireworks; so, I made reservations for four at 6:45 pm and I made the reservations weeks in advance.

Peter Luger is located Brooklyn’s Williamsburg neighborhood. Its near the Williamsburg Bridge (between Manhattan and Queensboro bridge). Coming from the city, I took M, J, or Z train the Marcy Ave stop. It is the first stop after crossing the Williamsburg Bridge. Get off the Marcy Ave stop, then head a few blocks down the Broadway. There is a huge Peter Luger billboard on a building pointing to the left; you can’t miss it. The address for Peter Luger is 178 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211. From Rockefeller station, on a Saturday schedule, it only took less than 30 minutes using the subway.

We arrived 30 minutes before our reservations. We didn’t wait long at the bar. Minutes later, we were seated. As we entered the restaurant, I smelled the fragrant scent of meat broiling.

We ordered the steak for four and several side items. I recommend medium rare, but that is also my preference. It was served family style in a hot sizzling plate filled with butter and the steak was already sliced. To accompany the steak, we also order two baked potatoes, fries, broccoli and cream of spinach. I didn’t eat the potatoes, but the broccoli was steamed to perfection. The cream of spinach was lacking some cream. However, that was forgiven because the steak was wonderful and it ruined Ruth Chris, STK, and The Palm for me. In fact, it was one of the best steaks I ever had. Each bite was sublime.

I did cheat, and had a piece of bread. I mean, look at the bounty full of breads they serve before the meal; its beautiful. How could you not?

When the steak arrive, whatever you do, do not use the steak sauce. Steaks like this does not need teak sauce. In fact, their steak sauce taste like cocktail sauce mixed with with a light BBQ sauce. Don’t do it! It is frowned upon. If the server bring it to your table, send the steak sauce back! It will ruin your steak!

We wished we had more room, but we couldn’t finish it. We didn’t even order desert. No worries, they gave us a handful of chocolate gold coins with the check. A meal for four cost $405.00 which includes the tip; however, they do not accept credit card nor do they split check. They only accept debit cards or cash.

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