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Peter Luger as a vegetarian?

msan Feb 12, 2011 08:32 AM


Friends have made reservation for group at Peter Luger. I want to go (to hang out w/friends), but just checked out the menu, they really don't have much of a menu. Just steak and sides. I'm okay w/eating salad, but am I better off skipping this?

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    reatard Feb 12, 2011 08:40 AM

    You've seen the menu, isn't this a decision only you can make? Are you okay having a just a salad and possibly some potatoes and dessert? How much do you want to hang out with your friends? It certainly won't be a memorable meal for you.

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    1. re: reatard
      msan Feb 12, 2011 08:48 AM

      Sometimes restaurants are acccomodating and will have unlisted stuff. Does PL or is it just what is on the menu.

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        reatard Feb 12, 2011 08:58 AM

        What you see is what you get at Luger. It's an old school steakhouse. They will accommodate you with bread, salad, creamed spinach and potatoes.

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          michele cindy Feb 12, 2011 12:20 PM

          creamed spinach is often made with chicken stock. just in case ask before ordering it...

    2. Bob Martinez Feb 12, 2011 08:52 AM

      Do them a favor and stay home. You sitting there picking at a salad while they tuck into big steaks will just cast a pall over the evening.

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        rose water Feb 14, 2011 02:16 PM

        and the salad isn't even a salad, if i remember correctly--it's some slices of tomato and onion. and if the sides are chicken brothy spinach and meaty potatoes, you might be better off skipping. you'd do much better just about anywhere, including meat-intensive diner across the street.

      2. invinotheresverde Feb 12, 2011 12:39 PM

        Call and ask if there's anything off-menu they can do for you.

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          Wilfrid Feb 14, 2011 02:08 PM

          It's really not that kind of place.

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            Bob Martinez Feb 14, 2011 06:02 PM

            I take it you're referring to the vegetarian tasting menu.

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              invinotheresverde Feb 14, 2011 06:08 PM

              Obvs. ;)

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            s.piller Feb 12, 2011 01:39 PM

            Peter Luger's is not a place for a vegetarian. Join them at a more veggie friendly restaurant in the future.

            1. princeofpork Feb 12, 2011 02:03 PM

              Skip it unless you are cool spliting the bill and ending up paying $100 for a salad.

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                pace Feb 12, 2011 06:20 PM

                I'm in your veggie boat. Nothing to eat there, but happily went to be with friends. All comes down to your choice.

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                  kayemtee Feb 12, 2011 06:26 PM

                  Unless you eat fish, I would pass.

                  1. DarthEater Feb 12, 2011 06:32 PM

                    I also want to point out that there is an overwhelming aroma of beef throughout the restaurant. Those that doesn't eat red meat might not find it pleasant. It's your call.

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                      jbara79 Feb 12, 2011 07:08 PM

                      Your not serious are you? Peter Luger is known to be the meat lovers paradise. Even the potatoes are cooked in fat. i would stay home and not suffer or make the waiters at Lugers laugh when you order a salad.

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                        Olive123 Feb 14, 2011 01:08 PM

                        I'm a vegetarian, but I LOVE steakhouse sides. Unfortunately, the potatoes at Luger's are cooked in some kind of meaty fat (maybe bacon drippings?) and I think the creamed spinach may not be veggie (you can call and ask). If they are set on steak, maybe your friends will be willing to go to a veggie-friendlier steakhouse?

                        1. ipsedixit Feb 14, 2011 02:59 PM

                          I would happily go to Peter Luger's and not eat a bite of steak if you allowed me to just eat as much of their bacon as I could.

                          But if I was not going to have any type of meat? Then, no, I don't think Luger's will do you justice.

                          1. goodhealthgourmet Feb 14, 2011 03:08 PM

                            i have to confess, when i saw the title of your post i thought it was going to be about a strange, random story claiming that Peter Luger had been a vegetarian at some point :)

                            as most of the others have indicated, Luger may very well be the worst possible choice for a vegetarian - your only options will be broccoli, mixed green salad, sliced tomato & onion, fries, baked potato, and onion rings. sure, you *could* cobble together something resembling a meal out of those, but IMHO it's just not worth it.

                            Peter Luger Steak House
                            178 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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                            1. re: goodhealthgourmet
                              stuartlafonda Feb 14, 2011 05:38 PM

                              ...... the fries are done in beef tallow. The Holy Cow sundae works for you though. I'm with the others, skip it, and Peter Luger is one of my favorite restaurants.

                              Peter Luger Steak House
                              178 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

                            2. princeofpork Feb 15, 2011 04:27 AM

                              If you really want to go here is my suggestion; get the tomato and onion salad and 2 shrimp cocktials. Cut it all up into small pieces, smother in the PL Steak Sauce and enjoy. Now if you dont eat shrimp...............

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                              1. re: princeofpork
                                Steve R Feb 15, 2011 05:53 AM

                                You mean the steak sauce is not made of steak?! Next you'll tell me that duck sauce isnt made of duck.

                                At any rate, as someone who's been there and done that with a vegetarian friend or two over the years, I'd recommend staying away because of all the reasons already given. However, if you define your vegetarianism to include fish/shellfish, then believe it or not, folks have given thumbs up on the lobster and the fish there. Not as a destination place of course but as a decent option when going with meat eaters. If you cant eat anything other then the veggies and desserts, you're out of luck, as I'm pretty sure that you wont get a guarantee on anything being meat free due to the stock used. Actually, I think they clean the tables with a meat based liquid cleaner :-)

                                1. re: Steve R
                                  rose water Feb 15, 2011 06:49 AM

                                  thanks for making me laugh, Steve.

                                  if you are going to stick to dessert, then the one advantage you'll have over your friends is that you'll actually have room left for the mounds and mounds of thick whipped cream

                              2. thew Feb 15, 2011 07:05 AM

                                i would not count on anything on the menu being untouched by meat. the potatoes cooked in fat, stock in the spinach, etetc

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                                1. re: thew
                                  johnindabronx Feb 16, 2011 02:53 PM

                                  The home fries ARE cooked in beef tallow.

                                2. Sluggo1407 Feb 17, 2011 09:00 AM

                                  I went with a group which included a vegetarian (not known to me at the time). She ordered the broiled salmon and the tomato/onion salad. So, if you eat fish, you might be OK.

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                                  1. re: Sluggo1407
                                    NicoleFriedman Mar 3, 2011 09:38 AM

                                    If she ate fish she is not a vegetarian:}

                                  2. michele cindy Feb 21, 2011 04:46 AM

                                    msan so - what happened? Did you go?

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                                      phantomdoc Feb 23, 2011 02:19 PM

                                      I ended a 15 year stretch as a vegetarian at Peter Luger's on a Mothers Day celebration in the late 1990's. If that doesn't tempt someone, then nothing will. It is arguably the finest steak to be had. I ordered salmon and tomato onion salad that day. I caved when seeing everyone enjoying that juicy steak.

                                      Peter Luger Steak House
                                      178 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

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                                        bklynsausage Feb 23, 2011 04:09 PM

                                        Dont bother the entire place is the mecca of meat. And I am not sure if I would tell those old crusty waiters that you do not eat meat... scary...

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                                          msan Feb 24, 2011 05:16 AM

                                          I went. I ate salad and a hot fudge sundae. I ate a couple of fries and then remembered about the tallow. I think that just breathing Peter Lugar air probably counts as eating meat. I had fun w/my friends. I enjoyed the retro room, I found the waiters to not be as gruff as reported, I was awed by how expensive it was (my friends treated me, since my bit was ridiculous compared to their bit). The experience brought me back to the NY or the cranky, opinionated cab drivers of the '70s. I'm glad I went, I'll never go again.

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                                          1. re: msan
                                            michele cindy Feb 24, 2011 06:40 AM

                                            So glad it worked out. And super glad you wrote back to tell us all about it!

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                                              bklynsausage Feb 24, 2011 11:38 AM

                                              I am glad to hear you had the experience.. It is a very old school Brooklyn experience. I love the fact that you would go to the mecca of meat being a vegitarian. Thats cool. The vegans I know would never be so open.. They might even protest or adopt a cow or something..


                                            2. EricMM Feb 24, 2011 08:13 AM

                                              Funny....when I think of all the opportunities that I could have had to go to Peter Luger's. When I was a kid, my parents used to go there frequently. But as a kid, I didn't like meat all that much, and I particularly disliked steak, so I never went with them. In fact, I didn't learn to enjoy steak until about 15 years ago. Now I love it.....and I've only been to Peter Luger's once....but boy, was that steak good! The rest of the meal, meh.

                                              Peter Luger Steak House
                                              178 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211

                                              1. 2slices Feb 25, 2011 08:47 AM

                                                there is absolutely nothing for you to eat. I'd bet the cheesecake is made with real lard and I wouldnt be surprised if the creamed spinach had some kind of meat greaser in it too. It is very good tho.

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                                                  NicoleFriedman Mar 3, 2011 09:34 AM

                                                  It may be too late to do it for this meal, but in the future I suggest calling the restaurant and letting them know your situation. They just may have a vegetarian special planned, or can suggest something not on the menu. Many restaurants do this if you give them enough notice.

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