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Peter Luger - Slightly off topic


Please forgive me, I know that Peter Luger is in Brooklyn, but I will be staying in the Times Square area next week. I have a Friday night reservation at 6:00 PM for Peter Luger. How difficult will it be to catch the subway over to Brooklyn at that time of night? I will be dragging my wife and two girls (7 and 11.) How much time should I allow to get there?

Also, any suggestions for what to order - entree, sides and dessert?



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  1. Friday 6pm is rush hour. There will be many trains running.

    Go to Google Maps or Hopstop.com for point to point directions from the hotel to your destination. It will tell you what trains to take and how much time to allot.

    For recommendations on what to order, consult the Outer Boroughs board.

    1. agree that there will be plenty of trains, and that hopstop.com will have your answer.


      1. Hopstop.com is definitely the best system to use. You can type in Times Square and Peter Lugars plus the day and time of travel, and get directions.

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        1. MTA.info (the actual website of New York City's transit system) has its own trip planner, and I've found it generally more helpful and accurate than Hopstop, especially with regard to travel times.


          1. Hey Ted, everyone's recommendations on how to get there at on point.

            Peter Luger is my favorite restaurant and I am a constant regular so I will help you out with the ordering.

            For Appetizer you MUST order a few slices of bacon for the table to share. Do not order tomato and onion appetizer as much as the waiters try to promote it. Save your stomach space for the good stuff.

            Since you are going with four I would suggest getting two orders of Steak for Two (The signature porterhouse). This is the best steak on the menu. It depends on how everyone likes their steak cooked but try to just have 2 people who like it cooked the same way share one and the other pair share the other. I realize you will be with 2 younger girls and they are probably light eaters. But still get the two porterhouses- the leftovers are still amazing days later! Yes you will have leftovers.

            For sides- Order the french fries (well done, amazing and better than the german potatoes), creamed spinach, and onion rings (don't get much press but they are incredible).

            The desserts are fantastic as well. The best being the "Holy Cow" Hot fudge sundae. The pecan pie, apple strudel, and cheesecakes are great as well. And they will give you a huge bowl of schlag (their homemade heavenly whipped cream) for free after your meal regardless. But do yourself right and get some desserts!

            One last side note- the waiters are very very friendly despite what you may have heard or read. The service is NOT gruff and it is one of the largest myths around. People will definitely continue to disagree with me on that but whatever. Bottom line is they will provide you with great service and respect.

            Enjoy your dinner- you are in for a great meal and the best steak you have ever had! Send my regards to my good friends at Peter Luger. Oh and as a tip Shabo and Carl are great waiters if you can get them. Hope I have been of great assistance.

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            1. re: steakrules85

              Maybe they aren't gruff, but what would you think when the waiter tells you what you are having, including the creamed spinach. You ask what the choices are, and they say "yes or no".

              1. re: robinsilver

                Never ever happened to be me in my 10 times there.

                1. re: steakrules85

                  This has never happen to me, either.

              2. re: steakrules85


                Do you really think they need to order *two* porterhouse steaks for two? I don't think you should judge this based on *your* prodigious! ;) They are taking two daughters, 7 and 11 years old. Not likely they have huge appetites. Considering that they'll be ordering other things -- salad, sides, desserts -- unless Ted and his wife have garguantuan appetites, it's possible that one steak for two could feed all four of them.

                1. re: RGR

                  Yes I am sure they could order a steak for two and the two daughters could share a smaller steak for one (which is a sirloin). I was just saying.... you know.. if he wanted to be greedy :)

                  1. re: steakrules85

                    You know I usually agree with you and I think your menu recs are great, (I reallly like their onion rings) but I'll have to agree with RGR's sage advice. Steak for 4 is way too much for 2 adults with 2 children.As for lefftovers: As delicious as they would be these folks are staying in a hotel so I'm not so sure it would be that convenient. :-)

                2. re: steakrules85

                  Prefer Harry.
                  Tomato and onions are fine-personally can't just eat meat, meat, meat. This ain't Argentina. If you fill up on the bacon it detracts from the involuntary moan you emit when you bite into your first piece of steak.

                  1. re: addictedtolunch

                    I agree with steakrules. The tomato and onion is a ripoff. From my experience having been there at least a half-dozen times, it's a regular yellow onion and an anemic tomato sliced fairly thickly. That's it. I'd say stick to what they do well. Bacon appetizer, porterhouse steak, creamed spinach, fries and onion rings. I never have room for dessert, but the coffee comes with the big bowl of delicious schlag also, which kind of makes it a dessert.

                    I also have never had a problem with the service.

                  2. re: steakrules85

                    Steak for 3 is probably more than enough with Luger's portion sizes. Otherwise agree: Tomato and Onion may be a nice salad, but certainly nothing special. Bacon, porterhouse, and creamed spinach are special. I would get one of onion rings, fries, german potatoes. plenty of food and i like them all.

                    1. re: steakrules85

                      the bacon is a MUST. i would recommend the porterhouse for two as well...

                    2. SR85 is spot on except for 1 area IMO. I WOULD get the tomato and onion for an app as well as the bacon. Cut them all up, mix them together and pour a little Luger sauce on top. It s an amazing salad to start. Dont waste your stomach room on the french fries. You can get FF in a million places all over the world. Are they good? Sure but they wont blow you away and they take up so much room the steak could be filling. I actually make it a point to never order potatoes at a steak house. Just too filling and even the good ones are just potatoes.

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                      1. re: princeofpork

                        I love their fries.. they fry them in the beef juices used to the steak. So crispy and delicious.

                      2. Hello, kinda off topic, but does anyone know if they are open Christmas Eve. I will be visiting New York and wanted to go. I have tried to call them but no one answers.

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                        1. re: Aseret

                          They are open all year round I am pretty sure. Just call they will pick up the phone.

                        2. Just one point that nobody has mentioned. PL does not take Credit Cards (except for their own), so be sure you have plenty of cash (at least $300 for the four of you).

                          1. Take a cab.

                            The Tomato Salad is a great starter, as is the Bacon. One slice per person or 3 for you and your wife and two youngsters.

                            Steak for 2 or three would be enough for two adults and two children. Spinach and Potatoes to share.

                            Don't miss the great desserts.

                            Bpn Appetit!

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                            1. re: Fleur

                              Thanks - do you have an idea of how long it would take to get the restaurant from Times Square at rush hour?

                              1. re: Tedshell

                                About 45 minutes, according to the MTA web site. For precise timings and directions, go to http://tripplanner.mta.info/start.aspx and enter "Times Square" as the from address and "178 Broadway" in Brooklyn as the to address.

                                1. re: Tedshell

                                  At that hour a cab will cost you quite a bit. Public transpo is the most efficient way to travel but with a young family in tow, and not being in the greatest of areas, you might want to take a car home.If you do decide to take private transpo, by all means, arrange to have a car service drop off/pickup. Safer and more reliable

                                  1. re: Tay

                                    Fifteen to twenty years ago the Leger's are wasn't great. Now the OP will have to dodge hipsters and trustifarians. It's perfectly safe there.

                                    1. re: Bob Martinez

                                      "It's perfectly safe there."

                                      We'll have to agree to disagree on this point. :-)

                                  2. re: Tedshell

                                    Subway for four people will cost $9. Taxi might run $25. I would not feel comfortable carrying all that cash on the Subway. or walking around Williamsburg. Subway at that hour is extremely crowded and uncomfortable. Traveling by hot crowded Subway with children is not such a great way to start a wonderful evening.

                                    PL will call a Car Service for your return.

                                    1. re: Fleur

                                      There is NOTHING dangerous about the subways during rush hour.

                                      1. re: KTinNYC

                                        Subway during rush hour might not be dangerous, but it sure is hot and uncomfortable, especially for a family of four with two young girls.

                                        Even air conditioned, subway cars packed with people like sardines in a tin, make for a hot, uncomfortable, very long trip.More than likely stabnding the whole way. If you are a tourist, you have better ways to pass your time.

                                        1. re: Fleur

                                          Fleur, I take the subway to work every day at rush hours. The trains are air conditioned. All of them.

                                          To the OP - Here are the subway directions from Hopstop.com. Total travel time is 41 minutes including 5 minutes walking. If you leave at 4:45 from the Times Square Station you may even get seats.


                                          As other people have recommended, I would take a car service back, not so much for safety reasons as for convenience. Traffic by that time will be relatively light.

                                          PS - The Hopstop directions say to use the N train. The Q train runs along the same track and it's a bit less crowded. (Skip the R - it's a local train that runs slowly. The N and Q are express trains.)

                                          1. re: Fleur

                                            The platforms are hot and some trains are crowded but never as much in the evening as in the morning. The OP can take any of the yellow trains, local trains aren't crowded, to the J which I've never taken during rush hour but I would bet isn't crowded either.

                                            Sitting in traffic isn't a great way to pass one's time either.

                                            1. re: Fleur

                                              no, it isnt. the trains are airconditioned and in good condition. the hood is safe, and unless your paying catch with your money on the train you'll have no problems.

                                              even in new yorks most crime ridden days you would not have had a problem here. now, there is close to a zero change of trouble, hassle, heat, or fear.

                                    2. Last trip to PL's we took a cab. The guy at the door got us another one for the return trip, no problemo.

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                                      1. re: duck833

                                        Yes they are very accomodating at getting you a cab back.

                                      2. Take the subway! In the afternoon between 4:30 - 5:30 the taxi cabs in NYC have their shift change. It can be VERY difficult to get a cab at these times. If you do, you will be stuck in traffic all the way to the restaurant.

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                                        1. re: ammel_99

                                          Thanks for all the information! It looks like my best bet will be to take the subway to PL's and a cab back. I'll report back next week on the trip.

                                          1. re: Tedshell

                                            Have an excellent adventure! :-)

                                            1. re: Tedshell

                                              AHHHHH Enjoy and please do report back. I hope all goes terrific.

                                          2. Before I get to my review, I would like to thank everyone for all your help! We decided to use the subway both to and from the restaurant. It was fast and nicely air conditioned. We didn't encounter any problems what so ever.

                                            Let me sum up the meal by saying that the food was incredible. Maybe we were just lucky, but I can't believe that there are threads on this forum that call PL nothing but hype.

                                            We arrived at PL right on time and had to wait about 10 minutes for our table. I ordered a Brooklyn Lager and my wife ordered the house beer. I thought that the PL brand was slightly more flavorful. In any case, it was a good start to the evening (my birthday dinner). We were given a bread basket with nice assortment of crusty bread. We were slightly under whelmed with our bacon appetizer. It was more like a small piece of dry ham than a bacon strip. The Porterhouse for three came a perfectly done medium rare. It was the finest piece of beef our family has ever eaten. My wife had to warn me about making obscene noises as I savored every bite. The creamed spinach was every bit as good as the steak. Our other sides (french fries and broccoli) were also great. We shared a piece of cheesecake, sundae and the fraiche for dessert. The sundae was fantastic, the cheescake very good and the fraiche was just overkill.

                                            All in all, it ranks with the best meals I've ever eaten. Also, our waiter was patient and polite.

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                                            1. re: Tedshell

                                              I'm glad you took our advice and you enjoyed Peter Luger. Since it is also my favorite restaurant, it pleases me to know you also had a wonderful meal!