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Staying in Manhattan is Peter Luger worth the trip [moved from Manhattan]

msal3 Aug 21, 2008 11:55 PM

Staying in Manhattan is it worth the trip to Peter Luger or recommendation on steakhouse closer.


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  1. NYChristopher RE: msal3 Aug 22, 2008 12:35 AM

    Not sure where you are staying in The City, but the distance to Luger's from the Marcy Avenue J,M,Z stop is three blocks away, and from the Bedford Avenue L about half a mile. Really, it's not a big effort to try to get to.

    While I haven't been myself (hard for me to believe), it has more to do with the fact that I'm not a big steakhouse person. I will say this though: I've never heard friends have anything but praise for the place and it is Olde New York in a city that has rapidly lost much of what used to make it unique. I would go.

    1. masha bousha RE: msal3 Aug 22, 2008 04:01 AM

      FYI, I believe they only take cash and Peter Luger credit cards...but no other plastic.

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        phantomdoc RE: msal3 Aug 22, 2008 05:08 AM

        At least once in your life, if nothing else you will have had the best. Is it worth it? I think so. Are there great steakhouses other than Peter Luger? Yes but they are not PL. It wins the Zagat survey every year. It is the legendary temple of porterhouse. Best in NYC usually wins best in USA. While not actually in Manhattan, it could not be closer. It is in the first mile of Brooklyn, over the Williamsburg bridge. First subway stop out of Manhattan. First right turn over the bridge. Treat yourself, bring cash, a big appetite and all the friends you can afford. Enjoy

        P.S. Get the bacon, either to crumple on the tomato and onions, or eat plain. The sauce is for the salad, do not put it on the steak.

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          meb903 RE: msal3 Aug 22, 2008 06:44 AM


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            rothsteg RE: msal3 Aug 22, 2008 08:42 AM

            This Manhattan living Brooklyn native is a true believer and thinks Luger's is definitely worth the trip. In addition to finding it the highest quality and most consistent of the New York steakhouses I've been to, for a visitor to the city, it also offers a unique atmosphere that's worth experiencing.

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              JFores RE: msal3 Aug 22, 2008 09:10 AM

              Yes it's worth the trip and seeing as the trip is absolutely jack (if you have an M train nearby it's nothing. Literally one or two stops. 5-10. Walking the Williamsburg Bridge doesn't even take long at all) there's really no excuse.

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                duck833 RE: msal3 Aug 22, 2008 09:22 AM

                I flew from Oregon to New York last year for a two day conference in financial district. The evening at Peter Luger was worth the cab ride and the price. Just do it, life is short.
                I now have their steak sauce shipped to me once in awhile, have two bottles left in the fridge. (Maybe bbqed rib-eyes this weekend)

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                  JFores RE: duck833 Aug 22, 2008 09:23 AM

                  People actually take cabs?

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                    Miss Needle RE: JFores Aug 22, 2008 10:07 AM

                    Based on the number of cabs that I see on the streets, I would say yes. For an out-of-town visitor, navigating around a new city can be intimidating, especially leaving Manhattan to an outer borough where there's no numerical street names.

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                  Rav3n RE: msal3 Aug 22, 2008 10:02 AM

                  I've never been there. I heard there's a month-long waiting list.. is that true?

                  If you don't get in, there's Houstons on Park Ave South/27th. It's very good.
                  And another steak place across the street on 26th recently opened up and it's pretty popular too. I forget the name tho.

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                    NYChristopher RE: Rav3n Aug 29, 2008 03:07 AM

                    Primehouse is the place you're thinking of.

                    On a tangent, what is it that people like about Houston's? I rather agree with something I saw online elsewhere:

                    "National chain disguised as a moody, modern Park Ave steakhouse."

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                    Geo8rge RE: msal3 Aug 22, 2008 10:45 AM

                    Where are you? PL is probably closer than many other places. You can bike over the bridge too. PL is certainly worth it, the raging debate is whether or not PL is better than the others, and is PL the best steak on the planet earth. I say no to both. PL is not really a NY steakhouse in the sense that the clientel is not mostly rich business types with expense accounts. PL is not a rip off in any way, you will get your money's worth there.

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                      johnindabronx RE: msal3 Aug 29, 2008 06:43 PM

                      Peter Luger has a portehouse like no other in thew world. If you love steak it is a must go. It its the best and wins accolades every year for a reason. You can often get in or short notice if you are willing to sit down a 3:30-4PM or at 9:30-10PM. Other times absolutely require a months notice and some negotiating skills for a better time. It is worth the effort in spades...do Peter Luger's once in your life if not more often.

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                        1. Peter RE: msal3 Aug 29, 2008 09:00 PM

                          Peter Luger is a great experience and amazing food.

                          If you've never been to NYC I don't know that it's worth the trip -- there are so many amazing places to eat in Manhattan.

                          But if you've been to the city a few times -- if you're looking for something a little different, then by all means go to Peter Luger. You'll love it.


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