Dinner at Peter Luger Steakhouse (Brooklyn, NY)

Entrance to Peter Luger At the bar of Peter Luger
Exterior of Peter Luger and at the bar

The past weekend, my family and I headed to Peter Luger Steakhouse to celebrate my dad’s birthday. This venerated steakhouse located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn (the original location) opened in 1887 (126 years and counting) that tends to garner a lot of praise from most carnivores.

The restaurant isn’t gorgeous or slick like most Manhattan restaurants are. Service from making reservations down to the serving of the food, is very mechanical. (Yes, the servers serve you a portion of whatever you have ordered once your food arrives to the table.)

Beers and bread Three slices of extra thick cut bacon
Mugs of beer and extra thick cut bacon

We started with slices of extra thick cut bacon ($4.25 each slice) that tasted like salty ham. It lacked the smokiness of bacon but at least it had some nice char and it’s tender.

The spreadPorterhouse Steak for Two A perfect medium-rare porterhouse steak
The spread; Porterhouse steak for two and a perfect medium-rare

The men wanted the dry aged porterhouse steak for two ($97.90) that was utterly sublime. The steak cuts like butter and the dry aging gave it a subtle complexity. We also had the creamed spinach ($9.95) that was incredibly hearty that tasted like a lot of butter and cream went into it.

Lamb chops, 2 double thick loin chops
Lamb chops, 2 double thick loin chops

I opted for the two double thick lamb loin chops ($46.95) just to try something beyond steak. Though the lamb was cooked to a perfect medium rare, it lacked the delicious complexity compared to the beef.

Peter Luger chocolate coins
Large gold foil wrapped chocolate coins

By the time we’ve polished off our plates, we lacked the stomach space to have dessert but we did receive palm-sized gold foil wrapped chocolate coins (it’s milk chocolate, by the way) with the check.

The steakhouse did live up to its name for having the best tasting, minimalist steak. I just wish that paying these prices would make for slightly better service.

To view more photos of this meal, please view the slideshow below (or CLICK HERE for my photo set):

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Peter Luger

178 Broadway New York, NY 11211
Telephone (718) 387-7400


I shoot, eat, and drink. My full time job is a hospital administrator. Moonlighting as a freelance photographer and food and travel writer.