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BLT Prime or Peter Luger

My mom's birthday is coming up in a few weeks. She wants to try a place she hasn't been, and her favorite food is steak. I was thinking about BLT Prime or Peter Luger, I think the consensus is Luger has better food. But an important factor for her birthday dinner is to go to a place that has a nice atmosphere and a special occasion feel. She has been to Craft, Keens, Mortons, Ruth Chris, Smith and Wollensky. I thought about Striphouse but I feel it's too noisy for her. Would love any feedback. Thanks fellow CHers, hope you all are eating well and enjoying the holidays!

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BLT Prime
111 East 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010

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  1. In case it matters to you, you should know that Luger's is CASH only. I've never been to a good steak place that wasn't at least somewhat noisy, so I'll leave recommendations to other CHers.

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    1. re: boredough

      the ones i mentioned are usually quieter. Smith and Wollensky can sometimes get noisy though. thanks for the cash tip.

      1. re: boredough

        Correction: THEY ACCEPT DEBIT CARDS.

        1. re: steakrules85

          A small step above cash, but a good point (and something I was not aware of). Thanks for pointing it out.

      2. Personally, I jumped off the Luger train a few years ago. Three straight visits with subpar steaks, plus all the other great steakhouses in New York made it a very easy decision.

        I'm a big fan of BLT Prime and it is definitely nicer inside. The steak is great and the popovers they give you are good, as well. I almost always get the Ribeye (hold the herb butter). It is always cooked well and has a nice crust, plus a nice little marrow bone to top it off. Also really like the sides (esp the jalapeno mashed potatoes). They definitely have a much bigger selection of steaks, including Kobe and american wagyu steaks. I did have a wagyu flank there once which was a special and was incredible. Haven't seen it since. I'm very intrigued by a wagyu top cap (outer part of the ribeye) steak which they offer but haven't tried it yet.

        Striphouse is also good but its been a while since I've been, so I don't recall the noise levels being problematic. Whereas BLT Prime is a big more modern feel, sort of like Craft, Striphouse is darker and a more throwback feel. The goosefat potatoes are vastly overrated but the creamed spinach is amazing.

        One more point re: Luger, what is your mom's favorite steak and how does everyone like their steak cooked? If she is a big ribeye eater or if not everyone likes their steak cooked to the same doneness, Peter Luger would not work. I'm a rare guy and the rest of my family is medium rare-medium, so since the steaks are for multiple people, it made ordering a bit tough, and the last thing you want to do at those prices is compromise.

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        BLT Prime
        111 East 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010

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        1. re: ESNY

          my dad and i eat our steaks rare and my mom eats her medium. her favorite cuts are ribeye and t bone. if we went to Peter Luger I was thinking a porterhouse for 2 rare and ribeye medium. does Peter Luger have a special occasion feel? I'm glad to hear BLT Prime has a nice modern interior like Craft but how is the noise?

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          BLT Prime
          111 East 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010

          1. re: daffyduck

            Peter Luger does not have a special occasion feel at all. At all. It's like a beer hall.

            1. re: gutsofsteel

              thanks, yeah i don't think my mom would like that. i'll probably do BLT Prime. i'll probably hit up Peter Luger another time with friends that don't care about noise level or ambience.

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              BLT Prime
              111 East 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010

              1. re: daffyduck

                Just curious, and I have to ask........Why not let your Mom decide?

                1. re: fourunder

                  she doesn't dine out that often so she doesnt know how one restaurant is, compared to another. no matter what i ask her, she will always respond you decide, even if she has a preference.

                  1. re: daffyduck

                    I'm a Lugers fan, but supposedly if you want both good steak and good atmospherics, Strip House is the place.

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

                    1. re: addictedtolunch

                      i've been to Strip house, it's my favorite steak joint. but it's too noisy in my opinion to my mom's liking.

            2. re: daffyduck

              Peter Luger is still the best steakhouse around. Everyone knows it is my favorite. Although the porterhouse is the crown jewel, their ribeye is AMAZING as well!

              If you are looking for other suggestions for places you have not been to I also love Strip House and BLT Prime. But another awesome steakhouse that does not get mention is Old Homestead. Good luck.

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              BLT Prime
              111 East 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010

              Old Homestead
              56 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

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

              1. re: steakrules85

                I've been to Old Homestead a year and a half ago. I remember it being pretty noisy and crowded actually. we were seated upstairs too.

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                Old Homestead
                56 9th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

          2. Lugers by a mile.
            But also try wolfgangs if a reservation is hard to come by.

            1. Eh, I'm a Lugar guy but reading your posts I think Mom might want something a little more elegant. I'd go with BLT Prime or Strip House.

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              BLT Prime
              111 East 22nd Street, New York, NY 10010

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

              1. We like Peter Luger and we were just there 2 weeks ago for my husband's birthday. But, it does not have a special occasion feel. It is about the food. Also, if you think your mom would have something other than the porterhouse, you should probably go elsewhere.