Bachelor party dinner - Peter Luger or Plataforma?
About a dozen guys are heading out for my bachelor party dinner - some of whom live in NYC now, some who used to, some who never have. The plan was to catch a game at one of the new parks (will be Citi Field, Yanks out of town), go do some old favorite dive bars (is Holiday still in business since the old man died?), and get some good meat.
Originally, I had focused the whole weekend around a trip to Peter Luger for its legendary status. As someone who grew up on LI and left around college time, I've heard great things over the years, but never been.
One of my friends who's a seasoned NY veteran (former i-banker, so he's been to all the hotspots) suggested we do churrascaria instead of Luger. At first I was resistant, but then after giving it some thought, realized that it's probably easier with a big group to do the Brazilian BBQ thing. And after reading some reviews, it seems that Plataforma can certainly compete, quality-wise.
So what do you think? For this group of guys, will we have a better overall experience at Luger or Plataforma? (Or a different churrascaria?) Location gives the advantage to Plataforma, as our preferred bars (and hotel) are all in Manhattan. But will I really be missing out if I skip on Peter Luger?
If it was a question of food, there is no choice: Peter Luger's. However, I would not recommend you do Luger's for a bachelor party. The place is too cramped for a sizeable group and it's out in Williamsburg, which makes for difficult transportation. Churascaria Plataforma might actually be a lot of fun. I think atmosphere is more important than the food at a bachelor party anyway (yes, I am sure to get yelled at for that comment, but it's true!) I have planned several NYC bachelor parties in the past, so I would tell you to stick to Manhattan for dinner. Plataforma would be fine, but it's not great quality meat. Think about these:
For the steak:
1. Wolfgangs - almost as good as Lugers, but also almost as cramped and uncomfortable. But, it is in Manhattan
2. Ben & Jacks - another Luger's clone, very comfortable for a big group, but sleepy place at times
3. Del Frisco - always upbeat, good steaks
4. Spark's - NY classic, good food, old school NY atmosphere
Not quite as good steak, but good enough and better scenes
5. Kobe Club - food just so-so, but more sceney and upbeat for a bachelor party
6. Strip House
8. BLT Prime
Or you could ditch the steakhouse idea and go for something like Buddakan which has good (not amazing, but good) food and an excellent scene.
For a big group of guys I would say Luger's hands down. Between the rustic feel, adventure to Brooklyn, and the portion size, I'd say that you will be thrilled with Luger's. This is "the man" joint and it will be a fabulous experience for all of you.
Enjoy your meal and head back to Manhattan for the party because we all know it will still be going on! :)
Plataforma would be the solid choice. Luger's has an aura about it, but if your friend is an i-banker, he probably knows the difference between an aura and actual quality. Plus going to Plataforma would make bar-hopping a lot easier. The TriBeCa location is close to some great places, but if you want to do Holiday, Hell's Kitchen is the obvious choices.
Had my bachelor party at the Plataforma in Tribeca. (Been to both locations, this one was closer to the bars we wanted to hit later).
Definitely did not regret our decision. Most in my party had been to Lugers a few times, but never to Plataforma. Maybe that had something to do with it.
I would have said Luger, but I actually had my bachelor party in NYC last weekend. We ended up at Maloney & Porcelli for the wine dinner. The steaks were great, obviously not as good as Luger's, but still fantastic.
For $75, you get unlimited pours of 4 selected wines, plus any appetizer, any entree/steak and dessert. Not crap wines either... we were all impressed.
For 14 guys, mostly drunk, they didn't rush us out, they kept pouring wine after we were finished eating and were awesome all night long. Even with a bachelor party that loud, they didn't include a mandatory gratuity. I seriously couldn't believe how accomodating they were all night.
Hope this helps!