What I Ordered
Review By: Stefanie Parks –
My aunt and uncle took Dave and me to Peter Luger for my birthday (well, it was really for my uncle’s birthday, but we ended up going the day before mine). We had been there once before when I took Dave for his birthday. It’s not only Dave’s favorite steak in the city, it’s also his favorite restaurant. It’s number two for me, after St. Anselm, which I love because it’s just such a different and interesting spin on your typical steakhouse meal.
If you we’re to think of how to describe a “man’s steakhouse,” Peter Luger would be it. It’s very much your “typical steakhouse,” but in our opinion, they do it the best.
We got seated immediately and ordered drinks for the table (dirty martini for me, my favorite). As soon as those came out, we put in an order of Sliced Tomato and Onion with Luger’s own sauce, Luger’s Sizzling Bacon, and a Wedge Salad to start. I don’t like raw onions, so I stayed away from those, but the tomatoes were fresh, juicy, delicious, and humongous. The bacon and the salad were equally as huge and equally as delicious. I’ve never had bacon like what they serve at Peter Luger. It has the great taste of bacon, but instead of the thin, crispy strips I’m used to, this bacon is thick, juicy, and… wow. My only complaint about our appetizer course (and really it’s not even a complaint) is that I don’t love the Luger’s sauce as much as everyone else seems to. I mean it’s good, but it just tastes like cocktail sauce to me. I don’t see what’s so great or special about it. But, either way, I love cocktail sauce and it still is good, so like I said, not really a complaint…
After our appetizers, we took a few minutes to digest and enjoy more of our drinks. We went for round two and then were ready to order our main course. We got the Steak for Three (there were four of us eating it, but we know from experience that the portions are so big we couldn’t possibly eat a whole steak for four), Creamed Spinach, and Luger’s Special German Fried Potatoes. A very typical steakhouse meal, but it is really the best of everything. Not only was the steak cooked perfectly, I also love the way they present it already cut up and ready for you to eat. The spinach is as good as any I’ve had, and the potatoes? They’re the best. Perfectly cooked, they are soft and crispy at the same time.
You always hear people say “I could go for a good steak.” It’s one of those foods that people just love and they’ll pay top dollar for it. Many (including Dave) even say that it’s what they would have as their last meal. Don’t get me wrong, I love a good steak as much as the next guy, but not really like that. I mean, it’s definitely not the last piece of food I’d want to put in my mouth…like, ever. Well, unless it’s a Peter Luger’s steak. Yes, it is that good. And if this is the steak that you’re eating for the last meal of your life, then yes, I get it and I’ll take two!
We were all pretty much ready to burst after we finished our meal, but since we were celebrating two birthdays, we of course, had to have dessert. Our waiter walked out singing “Happy Birthday” with the Luger’s Special “Holy Cow” Hot Fudge Sundae, and there really is no better way to describe it than “Holy Cow.” I can’t remember the last time I had an ice cream sundae, but I’m glad I got to get back in the game with this one.
It was our second amazing meal at Peter Luger’s. So good in fact, that I think I need to go back to St. Anselm immediately, because I’m starting to question their number one ranking on my list. I mean can anything really be better than Peter Luger’s?? I’ll keep you posted!