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I'm eating at Peter Luger Steakhouse for the first time tomorrow and would like some recommendations on which appetizers and vegetables there are the best. The ones that sound most interesting to me are the tomatoes and onions, the bacon, the salad, the creamed spinach, and the German fried potatoes. So in other words, almost everything. Sometimes I don't like spinach dishes, especially when the spinach is too mushy and the flavor is too strong, but sometimes I love it and in this case it sounds interesting. Any advice would be welcomed. Also if anyone can recommend a dessert, that would be great. The hot fudge sundae sounds pretty good. Thank you very much.

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  1. Peter Luger is famed for it's fantastic steak and notorious for their horrible sides. If I were you, here's what I would get:
    Steak
    Bacon (I believe there's a salad that comes with the bacon)
    German Fried Potatoes (They're nothing spectacular, but they're a nice enough accompaniment)
    Beer or Wine

    That's it. Seriously.
    The creamed spinach is awful--bland, mushy, just bad. The tomatoes and onions salad was really unpleasant.
    The desserts are ok. Nothing too inspired.
    The steak, on the other hand, is spectacular.

    Enjoy!

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    1. re: empecot

      the bacon is an absolute must -- it's thick, smoky, absolutely redefines bacon-tude!

      i'd agree with the spinach nix handed down above, but i've liked the tomato/onion salad more often than not (though since this isn't prime tomato season, maybe this is a "not" time).

      oh, and despite long-remembered relatives' warnings to "not fill up on bread," you MUST down a couple of their rolls. mmmmmmmmmm rolls!

      1. re: empecot

        I don't know about that empecot, I think that the german fried potatoes are pretty spectacular.

      2. bring cash, no credit cards taken (except theirs of course)

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        1. re: duck833

          I only went there once, but I wasn't impressed by any food other than the steak, which was spectacular. I didn't like the tomato-onion salad at all (hated the dressing) and while my family loved the potatoes, I didn't think they were all that impressive. The wines didn't impress me either...(didn't have the bacon though...many in my family won't eat pork). Its just the steak, and the steak is great. (Although I keep hearing about lousy waiters, I found the service excellent.)

        2. you *NEED* to get the bacon (1 slice per person at least, don't do yourself the disservice of sharing). tbh i never quite understood why people were so crazy about the tomatos/onions, i'd skip that personally. the german potatos are amazing and i always get the creamed spinach but it definitely has a 'spinich' flavor so you might not like that.

          for dessert you need to get the Shlag. it doesnt matter what with. i usually get the fresh fruit (or strawberries) and make sure the waiter knows "lay on the shlag!!" (and put a dollop in your coffee btw its amazing.)

          1. I was just there this weekend. Only my second time. I would agree the sides are unremarkeable and really serve the purpose of adding something other than meat to your meal I can't really add too much to what other's said. But...something that did make my first taste of meat a let down was 2 things. First the steak came out very quickly from the broiler and really needed to sit a minute or two to relax. In hindsight, I would not eat it immediately. Also, and what I really did not appreciate was the addition of the melted fat/butter by the waiter to my meat. If you don't want the fat spooned on your meat, be sure to stop the waiter before he spoons it out. Or better yet, tell them you are happy to serve yourself and let the meat sit there for a bit ;)

            1. Bacon is a MUST. My reco: Ask the waiter to make you a chopped salad of lettuce, tomato and onion. Get a slice of bacon on the side, and slice it up for your portion of the salad. Use Luger house sauce for the dressing.

              Sides: Creamed spinach is top notch (I have to disagree with the general consensus of responses here, it's always a must-order when i go). It's very rich, and the taste doesn't really resemble spinach (in a good way). German fries are really great too, I always make it a point to order both.

              Desserts are nothing to write home about, but still good. Key lime pie comes fresh from Steve's in Red Hook. Cheesecake is nice too, as are the strawberries and hot fudge sundae. Just make sure you get schlag (heavy, homemade whipped cream... you'll feel your arteries clogging with every spoonful).

              Enjoy!

              1. Thanks for all the suggestions! I feel so torn, I want to try everything just so I can comment on all of it. I'll be sure to report on it tomorrow.

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                1. re: bodoben

                  steak and bacon. nothing more. crappy wine and beer, so go with a martini.

                2. For some reason I had been craving a hearts of lettuce salad with bleu cheese with extra bleu cheese crumbles, so I started out with that. It was wonderful but kind of filled me up. The bacon was great too, and I enjoyed the steak as well. I also really liked the German potatoes. The spinach didn't gross me out, but I didn't feel like eating a lot of it... then again I wasn't too hungry after the salad. I loved the schlag on the hot fudge sundae.

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                  1. re: bodoben

                    If you loved the bacon, try a bacon cheeseburger with a side of fries and an ice cold Beck's. It is one of my all time favorite burger meals. I didn't know that the key lime pie was from Steve's but if that is accurate it is a must order for any key lime pie fan. I always go for the sundae and strudel but it sounds like it is time for a change.

                  2. The perfect meal at PL is as follows:
                    -a few onion rolls
                    -bacon
                    -salad with the third best item at PL... The garlic French dressing. Not too many people I go with know about it, but after I get them to taste they are hooked. It is amazing. Make a sandwich with the onion roll, bacon, salad and garlic french
                    -steak
                    -the German potatoes are good, not great, but get them
                    -anything with schlag for desert

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                    1. re: houston

                      I'm going again in three weeks, I'll be sure to try the garlic French dressing.

                    2. If you like PL's bacon, go to West Nassau Meat Market (aka Kishka) on Manhattan Ave in Greenpoint. It's a Polish deli specializing in sausages and meats. The sell slab bacon (which is what PL's bacon is), and you can cut it to your desired thickness at home and fry it in a pan. My ex-wife is Polish. She used to make that bacon as a main-course, with fried onions and potaties to go with it.

                      1. Here is my perfect meal at Peter Luger

                        Onion Roll
                        BACON is a must
                        Steak for two- Deep red medium rare with a nice crust on the outside and yes pour some butter on it!
                        Sides- I can't believe nobody mentioned the french fries! They are amazing. They come piping hot and properly well done and salted to perfection. The creamed spinach is a classic and totally delicious, best in any steakhouse. And finally a recently added item the onion rings are great. They are more like onion strings as they are thin, not too much batter but perfectly crunchy and you get a nice bite of onion every time. GREAT!

                        Dessert- Probably the best dessert in the world in my opinion is their Holy Cow Hot fudge sundae with schlag, walnuts, half chocolate chocolate chip ice cream and half vanilla or coffee or macadmia nut brittle if they have it.

                        YES I AM A PETER LUGER FANATIC and I AM GOING SATURDAY!!!! Can't Wait all..... ahh.

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                        1. re: steakrules85

                          We went last night and their shrimp cocktail was huge.

                          1. re: MShapiro

                            i went on memorial day with my family (5 total) and started w/ a chopped salad (lettuce tomato and onion) w/ sliced bacon (it's like blt w/o the bread) and a large order of shrimp cocktail (very nice shrimp)

                            for the meal we had a steak for 3 medium rare, large fries and a creamed spinach (i wanted german fries but everyone else was in a fry mood, wasn't gonna argue). my girlfriend had the sole (she's a vegetarian) and a baked potato, both were really great. sole was breaded and broiled - not at all greasy, and light yet flavorful. her baked potato was soft as butter and the size of a football.

                            a few of us split a vanilla holy cow for dessert. it was more than enough food for everyone (one guest had to leave mid-meal), and i was able to take home leftovers of the steak, fries and spinach. i will never, ever ever ever understand how anyone could have anything remotely bad about this place.