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Peter Luger's in Brooklyn - $$ & dress

Pate' Sep 26, 2005 07:09 PM

I've made reservations at Luger's in Brooklyn for dinner with my husband on a trip to NYC in October. I don't think we'll get our Luger's credit card before we leave so I'm wondering what would be a ballpark dollar figure for 2 with drinks and what is the dress code (if any).

Many thanks for your thoughts in advance.

  1. d
    Dag Sep 26, 2005 07:12 PM

    Dress code is whatever you want. $$ can vary -- but if you get the steak for 2, a side or two and a couple of beers... probably around $40/person, max?

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    1. re: Dag
      Jason Sep 26, 2005 07:24 PM

      LOVE Lugar's. You probably won't eat red meat for weeks after your dinner 'cause you know it won't measure up.

      The two-person Porterhouse, drinks and sides (a la carte) and tip will be getting in the $100-150 range. Cash only, I believe, and there's not much in terms of ATMs in the area.

      1. re: Jason
        fedex guy Sep 26, 2005 08:04 PM

        $40 per person max?..that 1st estimate is way off--i went last wk-steak for 2 is $75-had bacon strips-$2.50 each ,4 of those-,caesar salad,5 glasses of zinfandel,order of shrimp coctail(4 pcs),2 steak for 2,2 deserts,2 absolute and cranberry,2 sides of homefries and 2 creamed spin-bill was $325 -left $380-for 4 people -----we ate a lot- and paid lot-but worth it....enjoy....

        1. re: fedex guy
          meatme Sep 26, 2005 11:00 PM

          Fedex guy knows whereof he speaks. To be safe, bring along $100 per person, in cash, more if you're very big eaters or drinkers. Don't forget taxi money home.

          There's no real dress code, but neither do slobs get bonus points. And don't believe the ridiculous stories about 'gruff' waiters-they're all good guys and highly professional.

    2. f
      FLEUR Sep 27, 2005 01:28 AM

      You are in for a wonderful NY experience and the best steaks in the country.
      There is free valet parking , but no ATM locally, so bring cash.
      $75-$100 per person with tax and tip sounds correct.
      We usually have one drink each, a few slices of bacon,the tomato salad or Caesar salad for two, the steak for two and two sides and share a dessert.
      The portions are generous, amd the food is excellent.
      I would advise dress as you would to go out for dinner in a family restaurant.
      For women, a skirt or trousers and a sweater or jacket, for men chinos and a shirt , jacket optional. As everywhere else, you are judged on your appearance, and slobs get no points here or anywhere else.
      This is not a fancy,dress up, suit and tie kind of place, but jeans, sweats,sneakers, etc get comments in the kitchen.

      The waiters are very nice, helpful and very professional.
      Have a wonderful time and please report back.

      1. s
        stuartlafonda Sep 27, 2005 09:55 AM

        I usually end up under $100 unless I go with big drinkers. As for the dress code, I'm surprised by some of the comments. I usually go in jeans and sneakers, and have never been treated differently then when I go in a suit. In fact,it is another element of what makes Lugers special. You are there for the great food,nobody cares how you are dressed,least of all the kitchen staff. Relax and enjoy

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          George Lynch Sep 27, 2005 10:47 AM

          I've been going to Peter Luger's for years, both for lunch and for dinner, and I carry their credit card. I was surprised by some of the comments I read here, mainly the one that suggests that $40/PP is adequate.

          Steaks run in the $37.50 - $40 PP range, and they are served a la carte, meaning that everything else you order will incur a charge. While the extras are not inexpensive I don't think they're exorbitant either. But they do add up, sometimes considerably, depending on what you order and what you drink.

          I think that the $100/PP suggestions are much closer to the mark, considering that you do have to leave a tip. To be sure, I would take $150/PP along. After all, it's one night out and if you don't spend the money you'll take it home. And that's a lot better than coming up a little short when the bill is presented.

          Regarding the dress code (there is no formal code), I've been there with blue jeans and sneakers, and I've been there in a suit and I haven't noticed any attitude or differences in service. I'd suggest you wear what makes you comfortable when you dine out.

          As others have mentioned, the waitstaff has somehow acquired an unfair reputation for gruffness and incivility, when actually the opposite is true. You just have to recognize the Brooklyn slant.

          The Brooklyn Peter Luger's (link below to their website) is an old-time hustling, bustling, sometimes raucous place that happens to serve up the best steaks in the world, which is why they're booked solid every night and even most afternoons.

          The only caveat I'd offer is this: don't overdo the appetizers and the sides, as I've done so many times. Leave room for that fabulous steak. Oh yeah, be sure to order the steak for two (as opposed to two individual steaks). By and large, regular Peter Luger customers agree that the steak for two is the best cut they offer.

          Bon appetit...

          Link: http://www.peterluger.com/ourproducts...

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            Pate' Sep 27, 2005 12:14 PM

            Thanks everybody for your kind replies. I can hardly wait as I'm sure that this will be a stand-out meal and experience. I have one last question. Should we take public transportation there or is a taxi preferable? Any idea how much a taxi ride from midtown would be?

            Counting down the days...

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            1. re: Pate'
              arielbl Sep 27, 2005 01:19 PM

              Its very easy to reach by subway - Take the J, M, or Z train to Marcy ave, and then walk towards the waterfront - there's a HUGE sign painted on the side of a building (eg, Peter Luger this way!) and it really can't be missed. Only a 5 minute walk. I'd save the cab for the ride home when you're stuffed and sleepy! If there aren't many cabs around, if you ask, they probably have the number of a car service and will call one for you.

              1. re: Pate'
                George Lynch Sep 28, 2005 08:44 AM

                You can take either a cab or the subway to Luger's. A previous poster gave the subway directions. If you take a cab you can tell the driver to take the Williamsburg bridge to Brooklyn and to stay in the far right lane when exiting the bridge. Once off the bridge make a U-turn and Luger's is about 4 or 5 blocks down the road. Hard to miss. In fact you can see it from the bridge.

                At the end of your meal you can tell your waiter you want a car service and they'll call one for you. My wife and I have done it many times. I think the car services they use jack up the prices a little (you being a captive audience for them), but all in all not too much, and it's a pure pleasure just sinking into the back seat and being driven home.


              2. f
                FLEUR Oct 6, 2005 04:21 AM

                We had dinner at PETER LUGER last night.
                They gave me a menu to take home.
                The prices are :
                * Tomato appetizer for 2 $10.95
                * Caesar Salad $ 8.95
                * Mixed Green Salad $6.95
                * Sizzling bacon $2.50 per slice
                * Steak for 2 $ 75.90
                * Steak for 4 $151.70
                * German Fried Potatoes for 2 $ 9.95
                * Creamed Spinach for 2 $6.95
                Desserts were delicious, Pecan Pie and Apple Strudel "mitt Schlag" Prices not marked on menu.

                This can give you an idea of what a dinner for 2 would be.

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                1. re: FLEUR
                  ppropp Dec 11, 2011 04:31 PM

                  My son and I just had a fantastic Lunch at Luger's. Everything was great.
                  We had two slices of the bacon, Steak for two, and the Chopped Salad (which also had the bacon on it). Everything was delicious. The service was great.

                  We got out of there for $145 including tip. Well worth it for the best steak on the planet.

                  Peter Luger Steak House
                  178 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

                  1. re: ppropp
                    AubWah Dec 11, 2011 05:06 PM

                    any drinks?

                    1. re: AubWah
                      ppropp Dec 11, 2011 05:32 PM

                      No drinks. Just a wholesome Father Son steakfest :-)

                2. Motosport Dec 12, 2011 03:00 PM

                  I have read on CH that they now take debit cards. Call to confirm.

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