This New York institution (opened in 1887) is specifically known for its old-school, impeccable waitstaff and its sizzling, perfectly cooked, buttery porterhouse. The wine list sticks to a strict but to-the-point number of options that pair perfectly with the dishes, and the lunchtime hamburger -- a mix of ground chuck and trimmings from the aged steaks -- is simply something you can't get anywhere else.
Open since 1887 (yes, 135 years), Peter Luger has been in existence longer than the Williamsburg Bridge it sits next. For New Yorkers, a meal at this restaurant has long been considered the ultimate reward to any great accomplishment and this classic steakhouse remains a favorite. And while they don't accept credit cards (although props to the recent allowance of debit cards) and the check can definitely be pricey, it’s still one of the most legendary local spots to grab a steak, burger, and stiff martini. Must-trys include the Steak for Two, Luger-Burger, and Ice Cream Sundae.