There aren't many good reasons to go to Brooklyn and, in fact, after Luger's, my list runs a little thin. But the outerborough location doesn't stop my buddies and me form kicking off the holiday season with a trip to Peter Luger.
(If you are in the New York area, let the below entice you;for the rest of you, proceed with jealousy...)
If you want to eat the best steak on Earth, you must travel to New York City. I know this statement will generate a lot of angry emails about your favorite steak house in Singapore, or Budapest, or wherever you are, but trust me, Peter Luger is better.
A few notes about Peter Luger:
- It's in Brooklyn, so it's a pain in the ass to get to.
- It's not fancy.
- It's cash only.
- It's old school, with a lot of wood and old man waiters.
- I've never seen a menu.
And yet.... every time I go, I am reminded how much better it is than any other steakhouse.
Now, I'm sure a lot of you are asking "Why? Why is this steak better than any others you may have had?" And my honest answer is: I have no idea. Maybe it the quality of the meat. Maybe it's how it's prepared. Maybe it's the handle bar mustaches on so many of the waiters. I can't be sure, and surely we'll never know.
The real question is: why can't all the copycat steakhouses in Manhattan that have been opened by ex-Luger employees duplicate the food? There must be a secret and I don't know what it is.
Five of us dined, and we enjoyed:
Steak for 5 medium rare (Porterhouse, obviously)
Tomato and Onions
And, of course, plenty of Peter Luger sauce on the side.
And don't worry: for those of you who have been asking for the Brussels Sprouts recipe, it's coming; I'll get it out to you the next few days.