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other Peter Luger entrées

Yes, I know, it would be perverse, contrarian and somewhat pointless to go all the way to Peter Luger and not order steak. But to help satisfy my nagging curiosity, has anyone ever ordered anything from their little-used menus besides porterhouse?

I know they offer lamb chops, etc.

I'm going there tonight and might be in the mood to commit sacrilege (I've done their porterhouse many times in the past and will likely do so in the future).

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  1. As a kid my grandfather always ordered the lamb chops. He seemed to really enjoy them over the steak. I would go with that over say, the salmon.

    Last time I was there someone at the next table ordered salmon and I spent the entire meal resisting the urge to scream "Why?"

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    1. re: CornflakeGirl

      you never know. my dad was raised a devout hindu and steak kind of freaks him out, so when we railroaded him into going to luger's once, he ordered the salmon. I have to say, though, the waitstaff weren't so nice about it. If you want to avoid their scorn, stick to red meat.

      as to the burger, which someone mentions further down the thread, i find it variable. went once and it was ho hum, went another time and it was the most amazing burger i had ever had. don't know how one would figure out which day is which, tho.

      1. re: CornflakeGirl

        My idea of hell is a lifetime of PL dinners, surrounded by the steaks and you can only order the salmon.

      2. I've been there several times with friends who went for the experience and ordered other things. Not one of them had more than an okay meal but all of them provided the rest of us, the other patrons and the staff with entertainment value. Get the steak again. Or see if they'll make you a burger.

        1. The only time I went, I went specifically for the highly touted burger (part of my own personal search for the holy grail). Thought the 100-yr-old server I had was surly and thought the burger was over-hyped. Liked the space a lot and did taste the creamed spinach which reminded me of what my grandma used to make me eat.

          1. I think Frank Bruni wrote a pretty devestating story a year or 2 ago about the mediocrity of their inexplicably lauded burger... I've never tried it myself, but it's more of a lunch thing, anyway.

            1. The lamb chops are delicious. I was forced to forgo the porterhouse, on a recent visit, when my companions informed me of their preference for well-cooked beef. I went for the lamb (rare)....beautiful char.... Two thick chops -- too much for me that night. The second made an amazing sandwich the next day (sliced...on a baguette...with a scallion & cilantro mayo....mmm).