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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.

                1. This is like an LSAT essay question! I flunked the LSAT.

                  Uh...stay away from Luger's if nice atmosphere and special occasion feel are important. Otherwise, go. That's all I'm gonna say about that.

                  1. Throwing my two bits in to this question. Just took my mom to BLT prime for her birthday and the food and service was fabulous. I've been to Peter Lugar in the past and I have to say the atmospher and steaks at BLT were better. I have always been a Luger fan and was not expecting the steak to be as good, but we didn't haev the time to travel to brooklyn, I was surprised that I actually liked BLT betetr. We had the rib eye and one had the roast chicken. All cooked exactly as requested, Had the special gingerling potatoes with curry - to die for. If it is on the menu you shoudl defintely have it. Mac and cheese and roasted brussel sprouts were good to. Molten chocolate cake was devine. Chicken was also amazing. Juciest I have ever had with a crispy skin topping. Loved the little bone marrow with the steak.

                    1. 2-3 weeks ago i asked my mom if she had a preference. as i thought she said you choose. I decided to call Peter Luger and if they had a table for three today (my mom's birthday) I would just take it. If not, I'll go to BLT Prime. They did happen to have a table so I went to Peter Luger. My mom liked it a lot because it was just 3 stops away from her job and she loved her steak.
                      This is how I felt about everything.
                      Very good: Ribeye Steak (medium well, that's how my mom likes it), Schlag, Holy Cow Sundae, and Bacon (my favorite item of the night)
                      Good: Porterhouse for 2 (very rare), fries, apple strudel
                      Everything was good to very good, but I did not find anything amazing. I actually think the porterhouse for two is better at Keens. I've also liked the steak more Striphouse, Knickerbocker Grill, and Smith and Wollensky. I felt the char of my porterhouse for 2 was not good and it was a little underseasoned. It was still a good piece of meat, but I wouldn't go out of my way to it if I was in the city. I finished off my mom's ribeye because she couldn't finish it and I actually enjoyed it more than the porterhouse for two. I don't see it recommended here much but the ribeye steak is a very good piece of meat (that's what she said).

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