Sometimes iconic experiences don’t live up to the hype but Peter Luger absolutely did. I loved it.
The restaurant is from another time. It was established in 1887 but is aging quite well.
There are gleaming brass light fixtures throughout, wood paneling and in a little booth, a purple haired cashier (I’m pretty sure her hair isn’t purple out of trendiness). The servers, all men from what I can tell, are no-nonsense. Not brusque, but efficient.
And then there’s the food. I dined at Peter Luger with a business partner for lunch so our meal was slightly less indulgent than it might have been if we went for dinner. This means we didn’t have the bacon appetizer – sadness!
We had steak for two even though my dining companion T isn’t a big meat eater. Our waiter Manny steered me away from steak for one because the cut of beef, a Porterhouse, is superior in steak for two. T also ordered a sole entrée from the daily specials menu. You can indeed eat at Peter Luger even if you don’t eat meat.
It’s quite the destination for international tourists (not in a bad way).
If you go, keep in mind that Peter Luger is cash only (unless you have a Peter Luger credit card, and I don’t know anyone who does) and meals are not inexpensive.
I will definitely go back – whenever I can get a reservation that is.
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