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Peter Luger Reservation

ronnie1404 Jan 23, 2013 10:43 AM

Im coming to New York in April and would like to know when should I or even when can i make a reservation for Saturday 13th April 7.00pm

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  1. hambone RE: ronnie1404 Jan 23, 2013 10:48 AM

    Call now. They fill up. (I don't know if there is a minimum waiting period but if there is calendar that info to be safe.)

    Not a spelling Nazi but it matters here: LugEr

    Try the bacon.

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      kathryn RE: ronnie1404 Jan 23, 2013 11:29 AM

      Last time I went, they told me to call on 10/16 (a Tuesday) to reserve for 12/2 (a Sunday).

      Your best bet is to try to reach someone there (be prepared to redial many times), they will tell you exactly what date to call. I've definitely called and been told I was too early.

      My guess is that they take them on the 1st and 16th for 2 months out, and open up half a month at a time. Can anyone here confirm?

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        valerie RE: kathryn Jan 23, 2013 02:34 PM

        I don't know their exact policy, but I too, was going in early December (on the 1st), and when I called in early October, they told me to call back around the 16th or 17th of October...can't remember the exact date, but I figured they just started taking reservations 6 weeks out.

        Call and ask when to call back.

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        richg35 RE: ronnie1404 Jan 24, 2013 09:00 AM

        I made a Saturday reservation in December for Great Neck only a week ahead of time.

        Probably different for the Brooklyn location.

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          Miss Needle RE: richg35 Jan 25, 2013 09:08 AM

          It's very different. I've known people to do dinner walk-ins for the Great Neck one. That would not happen in Brooklyn.

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            lenorel57 RE: Miss Needle Jan 30, 2013 01:21 PM

            But the steaks are the same. Great Neck has a bigger selection. People say Brooklyn is better. but it's not true. Maybe it's the atmosphere.

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              Miss Needle RE: lenorel57 Jan 30, 2013 02:03 PM

              I was talking about the reservation process. Have no clue how you came to the conclusion that I felt Brooklyn's Luger is better.

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                lenorel57 RE: Miss Needle Jan 31, 2013 08:47 AM

                I didn't. I was just stating a fact

        2. Cheese Boy RE: ronnie1404 Jan 25, 2013 09:34 PM

          The first week of March would be safe ... (NOT later than that).
          You don't lose anything by calling now, especially since you're booking a Saturday date.

          1. ipsedixit RE: ronnie1404 Jan 25, 2013 09:41 PM

            If you are an Amex member, use their concierge to make the reservation for you. Hassle free and never fails.

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              Peter RE: ipsedixit Jan 27, 2013 03:42 AM

              Which is ironic since Peter Luger doesn't take Amex...

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                hambone RE: Peter Jan 27, 2013 09:29 AM

                Only their own card, right?

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                  kathryn RE: hambone Jan 27, 2013 09:50 AM

                  The Peter Luger credit card, debit cards, check with ID, cash.

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                  ipsedixit RE: Peter Jan 27, 2013 11:14 AM

                  You'd be surprised what the Amex concierge can do.

                  I've actually had them book orders and charge them on a MC.

              2. didactic katydid RE: ronnie1404 Jan 30, 2013 02:31 PM

                you'll have to compete with the parents on "Girls".

                1. BrookBoy RE: ronnie1404 Feb 9, 2013 02:26 PM

                  You might want to consider going for a late lunch instead of dinner. If your schedule is flexible enough to allow for a 3:00 PM or 4:00 PM lunch/dinner, you shouldn't have any trouble at all making a reservation. In fact, you probably can just walk in and still get a table without a wait or with a very short wait. Just something to consider...

                  But if you need/want prime time on a Saturday night, you need to start calling as far out as you can, at least three or four weeks ahead. Best to call around 11 AM, give or take half an hour. They actually seem to answer the phone around that time.

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                    foodwhisperer RE: ronnie1404 Feb 13, 2013 09:53 PM

                    Even if you get a reservation, they will keep you waiting a long time. The way around that, reservation or no reservation, give the Maitre D' about $15-20 per person and you won't wait at all if you have a reservation. If you don't have a reservation you will be seated within 20 minutes. It's like Joe's Stone Crab in Miami, same deal.

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                      rothsteg RE: ronnie1404 Feb 14, 2013 11:38 AM

                      I've been going to Luger's for decades a couple of times a year, often at peak times, and have never been kept waiting (once everyone in the party arrives) more than 10 or 15 minutes and have never greased a palm or heard that any of my friends found it necessary.

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                        foodwhisperer RE: rothsteg Feb 14, 2013 09:11 PM

                        I only speak from my own experiences there. Usually it's the weekends when there is a major wait, even with reservations.

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