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Peter Lugers........Great Neck vs Brooklyn?

Clemenza Apr 14, 2005 10:05 PM

Would appreciate any input from Hounds...How does the Great Neck location stack up compared to original?


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    Captain Apr 15, 2005 12:31 AM

    Been ages since I went to Great Neck, but it just does not have the same atmosphere. Call me wierd, but I like that beer hall stuff and the bit of rowdiness that you get in Brooklyn.

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      doc Apr 15, 2005 05:14 PM

      i like the brooklyn one better as well, but, i could do less with all the suits, and ties, brokers, young loud boys, who just came into a few bucks, its way old that act

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      carfreeinla Apr 15, 2005 07:10 AM

      No question: Brooklyn. Atmosphere aside, I find the steaks far superior in BKLYN.

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        Steve R. Apr 15, 2005 09:19 AM

        Erica and others are absolutely correct that it's the same meat. Bought the same, aged the same, everything the same. I am 1000% sure of that. Now, here's the thing.... you and I and many others that I know all swear that it tastes better in Bklyn. I think it's the overall gestalt of the place but it may well be the aged ovens, the specific grill chefs or a # of other variables. But, as Marty Markowitz (our borough President) says "it's better in Bklyn".

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        Erica Marcus Apr 15, 2005 07:20 AM

        I've given this a fair amount of thought over the years and here's what I've come up with:

        The atmosphere in Brooklyn is singular, and if that's important to you, go to Brooklyn.

        The food, however, is interchangeable in both places. I say interchangeable and not identical because the truth is that the steaks in any great steak house are going to vary a fair amount from time to time. My experience is that when people have a steak at the Brooklyn Luger's that is only good and not great, they say, "Luger's has really gone downhill." When people have a steak at the Great Neck Luger's that is only good and not great, they say, "The Great Neck Luger's isn't as good as the Brooklyn one."

        I have it on pretty good authority that the steaks are from the exact same source and the grills are the same.

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          Wendee Apr 15, 2005 08:17 AM

          The food tastes the same...As has been said, it's about atmosphere....Great Neck has a slower pace; waiters seem to have the time for traditional niceties...Also, there are often children there...(Breeding grounds of Long Island and all) so, if you don't want to hear children whining, go to Brooklyn or as late as possible in Great Neck...

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            Annie M Apr 15, 2005 07:01 PM

            Actually, I was there for lunch with two grandkids
            (well-behaved, of course ;-)
            and the child-friendly/accommodating atmosphere was a real plus for us.

            Although, for authentic Peter Luger's atmosphere, Brooklyn's the place to go.

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              boredinwestbury Apr 18, 2005 09:39 AM

              Does the Great Neck one have the same lunch burger special as the one in brklyn??

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                stuartlafonda Apr 18, 2005 01:33 PM


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            Spock's Brain Apr 16, 2005 05:36 PM

            Can you get the Bacon in Great Neck?

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              Mickey C Apr 17, 2005 01:41 AM

              I once knew a nice Jewish girl from Williamsburg who worked for PL, even though she herself only ate kosher and wouldn't actually eat PL's food. Anyhow, she said that while there was only one set of buyers buying food from one set of sources for both restaurants, the very best steaks were kept in Bklyn, because the clientele was more discerning there. Mind you, this was at least 15 years ago, but that's what she said.

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