178 Broadway (South Williamsburg)
b/t Driggs Ave & 6th St
Brooklyn, New York 11211
Our Rating: ★★★★★ Exquisite
Cards: Cash Only
Hours: Mon-Wed 11:45 am – 9:45 pm; Thu 11:45 am – 10:00 pm; Fri & Sat 11:45 am – 10:45 pm; Sun 12:45 pm – 9:45 pm
Booze: Full Bar
Subway: J,M,Z to Marcy Ave., L to Bedford
NY Mag says:
The room isn’t handsome, street-slick, or even particularly welcoming. It recalls the kind of establishment that sports a banner running from beam to beam every year proclaiming !oktoberfest! The patrons may have come here straight from their booths at the Javits Center. The staff goes about its nonstop business with cordial if mechanical efficiency, serving onion-and-tomato salads, creamed spinach, and pasty fried potatoes. So why is it always more crowded than Toys ‘R’ Us on the weekend before Christmas? Because there are few gastronomic sensations that confirm the good life better than a hunk of a spectacular steak. And Peter Luger can broil and deliver one magnificently aged and marbleized two-finger-thick porterhouse after another with the unfailing certainty of Dustin Hoffman adenoidally reciting baseball scores. So don’t even ask for a menu. Get big. Eat beef. Recommended Dishes: Steak for two, $77; steak for three, $115.50; steak for four, $154; creamed spinach, $7.50; sizzling canadian bacon, $2.50/slice.
Expect no frills at this working man’s steakhouse, a local landmark since 1887. Diners don’t even get menus unless they ask; waiters are tersely matter-of-fact. The dining rooms, with their exposed beams and worn wooden furniture, are far brighter than they ought to be. But don’t complain too loudly: Luger’s fiercely loyal regulars will defend the place as passionately as they would their own mothers. Everyone orders the hand-picked, dry-aged porterhouse steaks and the butter-sluiced slabs arrive on lava-hot platters. German fried potatoes and creamed spinach are fine sides; starters include a salad of thick-cut tomatoes and onions, and crispy double-thick bacon. Desserts–chocolate mousse pie, New York cheesecake–are satisfying in an old-fashioned way and come with a giant bowl of whipped cream to pile on top.