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JD5761 Nov 20, 2011 06:18 PM

Does this sound typical or is the reservationist giving me 'out of towner' reservation times??

Today I made a reservation for "Monday", December 19th requesting 7:30 for a table for 2 and my options were 4:45 or 8:45. Is this typical at Peter Luger's even when booking a month in advance for a Monday night?? I'm just curious because I never expected limited booking times when calling this far in advance for a Monday. Thanks Chowhounds!!

  1. Motosport Nov 21, 2011 08:27 AM

    Don't forget that Dec 19th is holiday season with many dinner parties going on the restaurant will be quite busy.

    I would arrive earlier and take a chance on getting a table. Then again I am more adventurous than most.

    Keep in mind that it's CASH only unless you have a Peter Luger credit card.

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      stuartlafonda Nov 21, 2011 10:46 AM

      Great Neck branch takes debit cards, I have not tried that in Brooklyn so if anyone knows more about that.............

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        donkeyhodey Nov 21, 2011 02:09 PM

        4:45 or 8:45 are the typical times they give for reservations. Brooklyn takes debit cards too.

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          JD5761 Nov 21, 2011 02:47 PM

          Thank you - it is nice to know what is typical versus thinking that because they see an out of state number on their call display, that I would receive a reservation time earlier or later than what I would like.

          I had read about the cash only policy on their website - so I've made a note to myself. Cash only is a policy that is not at all strange in Europe but definitely is so in North America. We're looking forward to this dinner so I 'hope' it's as good as everyone says.

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      fooder Nov 20, 2011 06:42 PM

      Chances are this will be moved to the outer boroughs board. Peter Luger is not in Manhattan.

      In general for NYC, one month in advance is nothing. Many places in NYC open their reservation books one month in advance and are booked up immediately for the newly opened day.
      Furthermore, December is a tough time to make reservations in NYC, given tourist season and celebration season.
      For Luger, they also save tables for regulars or walk-ins who "tip", so they don't need to fully book their prime time slots.

      In general, although I haven't been there in a couple of years, I used to book 2+ months in advance.

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        JD5761 Nov 20, 2011 06:56 PM

        Ooops, I'm so used to asking or replying on the Manhattan boards that I posted without thinking. Thank you for the reply. With so many different reservation policies with restaurants in NYC, I'm surprised Peter Luger allows a reservation to be made 2 + months in advance. A lesson learned.

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