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Jun 11, 2010 02:39 PM

Help!!! Great Porterhouse not Peter Lugers

Hi Hounders, I'm hoping you can help me out. I wanted to take my husband to Peter Lugers for his birthday on June 20 - aka Father's Day - and not surprisingly the restaurant is booked.

He wants a good porterhouse. Any alternatives? We've been to Keenes, Club A, and Porter House so I'm looking for a new one.


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  1. I haven't personally had it but have heard good things about the porterhouse at rothmans

    1. Ben and Jacks is the best of the Luger clones. I think Wolfgangs is the worst... their steak looks the part but is tasteless.

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      1. re: ESNY

        I 2nd Ben N Jacks...have been there numerous times to both 5th ave and 44th st locations and have NEVER had a bad meal! The porterhouse is as good if not better than PL.

        1. re: RayP

          Is one of the Ben & Jacks locations better than the other? The Murray Hill location is more convenient for me but if the 44th Street is the flagship and has better quality that I would be willing to travel further...

          Ben & Jack's
          219 East 44th Street, New York, NY 10017

          1. re: karinabean

            Can't help you with that question, I've only been to the one on 44th.

        2. re: ESNY

          I had one of the worst meals of last year at Ben & Jack's. Avoid.

          Ben & Jack's
          219 East 44th Street, New York, NY 10017

        3. Wolfgang's just received a review that I trust enough to never even bother trying it.
          Ben and Jack's disappointed me quite a bit, sad to say.
          People seem to gulp it down however mediocre, I guess. Steakhouses are proliferating.
          Mark Joseph's is not good either.
          No more porterhouse joints come to mind.
          Honestly, is it not a better choice to have superior beef of a different cut than inferior beef of the cut of your choice?
          Also, most people would be hard pressed to know the difference between certain cuts in a blind test.

          1. The NYT's Sam Sifton recently reviewed Strip House and liked it a lot (two stars):


            His reviews can be all over the map, so maybe others have ideas.

            Alternatively, maybe a return to Keens is in order?

            Strip House
            13 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

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            1. re: thousandrobots

              I thought the meat at Strip House did not quite measure up to Keen's, though it was still quite good. The apps and sides were excellent, better than Keen's IMO.

              Strip House
              13 E 12th St, New York, NY 10003

            2. What did you think of Porterhouse. going in s few weeks

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              1. re: princeofpork

                I thought Porterhouse was quite good. It has more of the steakhouse chain atmosphere like the Palm but the food, including sides, was prepared very well and the service was very attentive. It was an older crowd than I've found at other steakhouses in the City and we went at 8:45 on a Friday night.

                1. re: karinabean

                  I am taking my dad there for his 70th B-Day. Should be perfect. More non-steak options than any other place I looked at. Maybe thats why the older crowd.

                  1. re: princeofpork

                    Went to Porterhouse a few weeks ago. The sides were all very good, especially the mushrooms and mac and cheese. Loved the bone marrow app (hard not to though). The porterhouse itself was fine. It was cooked perfectly, with a nice sear, but didn't have that funky aged taste I love. I split a porterhouse for two at Keens on Sunday. It was amazing, and one of the best steaks I've ever had.