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Aug 13, 2009 11:05 AM

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 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 will have your answer.


      1. 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. (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.

            10 Replies
            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...