Peter Luger clones
I'm trying to compile a list of the Peter Luger-style steakhouses that have opened in Manhattan in the last decade or so.
I'm sure there are more. I've never been to any of these places.
Which one is your favorite?
A semi-related question: my brother and I go to PL every year. This year we might like to try a different venue for excellent dry-aged steaks (can be but doesn't have to be a Luger clone). Though I accept that we won't find *better* meat elsewhere, I might prefer a more comfortable atmosphere, better appetizers/sides and a more serious wine list.....
Forget atmosphere, stick with P Luger.
Mark Joseph is unacceptable, regardless of what anyone says.
Never been to Wolfgang's but someone who is almost as staunch a P Luger buff as myself said he was surprised on the upside. Not sure which location though that should not matter. Not sure I would be won over, myself but that is what I have to go on. He was surprised, maybe it really is close enough to warrant consideration.
Ben and Jack's gets mostly good press here but there is a negative post on this board which I can believe. People tend to favor new spots and I do not believe B&J will blow me out of the water.
Serious wine list, Sparks. It is underrated, too boring for "foodies" and whatever other reasons. Ah,no porterhouse. Not as consistent as Luger but when it is on it is really good. I would go sirloin rather than filet.
Strip House might be a consideration but I have never been.
Keen's, BLT Anything, skip them and the rest of the lesser houses.
give B&J's a try before believing the post, I did not have high expectations when I first went there, but I was very happily surprised and I've been back many times since and converted a few other people along the way. Obviously stick to the classic porterhouse and I think their "bacon" is very awesome as well
Why I like Wolfgang's Tribeca better than Luger's:
1. Location, location location (sorry for the cliche, but this is the Manhattan board, right?);
2. Atmosphere. More room, more comfortable.
3. Food. As good as Luger's, and lately, better. My last few visits to Luger's were a disappointment. The porterhouse just wasn't as good as it used to be.
I have gone to Nick & Stephs right under Madison square garden a couple o times and found the steaks and sides to be excellent