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Peter Luger clones

Yaqo Homo May 23, 2008 03:31 AM

I'm trying to compile a list of the Peter Luger-style steakhouses that have opened in Manhattan in the last decade or so.

Mark Joseph

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.....

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    Sugar May 23, 2008 05:57 AM

    I liked Ben & Jack's.

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      Lau May 23, 2008 09:23 AM

      agree on Ben & Jack's, I'm actually a huge fan of that place. I'm waiting to get struck down on this comment...I think it tastes exactly the same as Luger's, but its in the city and the service is better (mainly alot nicer)

      1. re: Lau
        tpigeon May 23, 2008 10:41 AM

        Well here is strike 1 :). I was underwhelmed by B&J. It looked like PL but sure didn't taste like it...

        1. re: tpigeon
          ESNY May 23, 2008 11:22 AM

          Take your sentence but replace B&J with Wolfgang's and your experience mimics all of mine.

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      ESNY May 23, 2008 08:54 AM

      Two other clones are Ben & Jacks and Benjamin's. Out of all of them, I think Ben and Jacks is the best of the clones. I've never been satisfied at the steaks I've received at Wolfgangs.

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      1. re: ESNY
        bronwen May 23, 2008 10:40 AM

        I really do like Mark Joseph's a lot and I am a big PL fan.

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        foodonlygood May 24, 2008 09:15 PM

        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.


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        1. re: foodonlygood
          Lau May 24, 2008 09:44 PM

          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

          1. re: Lau
            fsd1116 May 25, 2008 08:24 PM

            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.

            1. re: fsd1116
              Ora May 26, 2008 07:43 PM

              I agree with fsd 100%.

          2. re: foodonlygood
            snaporaz May 26, 2008 03:25 PM

            Why do you find Marc Joseph's unacceptable? Just curious.

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            howster May 26, 2008 12:17 AM

            I have gone to Nick & Stephs right under Madison square garden a couple o times and found the steaks and sides to be excellent

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              bobbyh May 26, 2008 03:11 PM

              Wolfgang's was a big disappointment recently. Medium rare came out well done, appetizer delivered after steak, bill was wrong and so forth. Can't imagine they could do this often and not get a bad rep.

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              1. re: bobbyh
                fsd1116 May 26, 2008 07:19 PM

                Which one did you go to?

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                dick980 May 26, 2008 08:06 PM

                Does anyone have an opinion on Old Homestead or Primehouse? The former seems to get consistently good reviews, and the latter's pretty new, though I don't know how they fare compared to PL's...

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