Legendary | Worth driving from anywhere
Review by: Jane & Michael Stern
The tables are bare oak and the knives have battered wooden handles; the waiters can be impatient; the menu is short (most customers don’t even bother to look at it); and the prices easily rise to triple digits for two normal-appetite eaters, even without drinks. Still, no honest account of New York Roadfood would be complete without saluting one of Brooklyn’s – and America’s – great meat-and-potatoes dinners.
Peter Luger is an ancient (since 1887) neighborhood steak house that serves stupendous lamb chops and the occasional piece of fish, but is known for its porterhouse. You order it by the person – steak for two, three, or four – and what you get is a gorgeous mesa of prime beef that has been well-charred on the outside, then cut into thick, rosy-centered strips on its serving plate. The waiter positions the plate at a tilt on a little dish so all the steak’s hot juices puddle up at one end (easier to spoon out that way) and can be drizzled on the steak slices or on hash brown potatoes. There are no words that adequately describe just how good this steak tastes. For us, a first bite after about a year away reminded us to be proud we are carnivores.
Side dishes are minimal but excellent: handsome, thick-sliced tomatoes and onions, hash browns or baked potatoes (at dinner), creamed spinach and thick-cut French fries (at lunch), and always fresh, crusty onion bread and caraway salt sticks for starters.
If you have any appetite remaining once the steak is polished off, have a grand finale with a piece of strudel or cheesecake, which likely will send the meal’s calorie count into quadruple digits.
Directions & Hours
|Meals Served||Lunch, Dinner|
|Credit Cards Accepted||No|