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Mar 6, 2006 04:19 PM

Peter Luger Offshoots?

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Coming into NYC at the last minute for a business trip and (unsurprisingly) can't get a res at Peter Luger except at an insanely early or late time. Is it true that a couple of Peter Luger alumnae started their own steakhouses? If so, could you tell me their names, and if they're worth trying?

Thanks in advance.

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  1. Wolfgang's and Ben & Jack's Steakhouse. Not sure if there are others.

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    1. re: Lucia

      I can't remember the name - Mark Joseph's or somethng - but I think the steakhouse in the South Seaport area around the corner from the Seaport Inn has some connection to Luger's ......

      1. re: caviardreams

        MarkJoseph is the one in the seaport. It's pretty good though out of the way unless you plan to be downtown.

        1. re: Leo

          This is the only time to go to Carmine's, for a good steak and ceasar salad. The porterhouse is excellent.

        2. re: caviardreams

          Mark Joseph is way better than Wolfgang's. I can't say for any others but I've been to both of these, and it's not more out of the way than anywhere else. It just depends on where you are. And either way, you can get a cab anywhere.

      2. Try Wolfgang's near Empire State Bldg. Great porterhouse.

        1. You can also try Uncle Jack's on 9th Ave. or in Bayside. Its the original replica.

          1. Wolfgangs is the only offshoot really worth trying. IMO if you want the best tasting steak (maybe not best atmosphere) in Manhattan, try Sparks (although they don't have porterhouse). For the best porterhouse in the city try either wolfgang's or the highly underrated Rothmann;s.

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            1. re: Fred

              I disagree. The other Luger's offshoot is Ben & Jacks, and I think the meat there is better than it is at Wolfgang's.

            2. The best Luger's offshoot is Ben and Jack's Steakhouse on 44th. street between 2nd and 3rd. While the decor is a bit gaudy, the food is fantastic. I've had porterhouses there that are just as good as many of the steaks I've had at it's parent establishment, and better than the steaks I've had at the parent establishment on my most recent trans-bridge excursions. Take it from a native of Manhattan who has been going to the parent establishment since he was a young kid: it is not what it once was.
              Also, be sure to avioid Wolfgang's at all costs. The room (namely the ceiling) is beautiful, but the steaks are vastly inferior to those at Ben and Jack's, and unless you relish the prospect of greasing the mait're d, be prepared to wait well past the time of your reservation (i.e. an hour) before being seated at Wolfgang's.
              If you're looking for a Luger's-style porterhouse, Ben and Jack's is the place for you to go.