Peter Luger Steak House
This Brooklyn institution has been the subject of glowing reviews and no-holds-barred takedowns through the 135 years it has been open, but it undeniably remains a NYC classic. And while Peter Luger can be inconsistent, doesn’t take credit cards (we know, they started taking debit cards but it’s not the same thing), and can seem overpriced, it’s still one of the most legendary dining experiences and steakhouses in NYC—and its Steak for Two, Luger-Burger, and Ice Cream Sundae are still must-eats.
As one of NYC’s most iconic steakhouses, Peter Luger––in operation since 1887––serves beef in myriad cuts with a no-nonsense attitude. Claiming what looks like an austere German beer hall with wood paneling and simple wood tables, this perpetually packed American joint lures in NYC’s power players for dry aged steaks, alongside wedge salads and jumbo shrimp cocktails. Note, it’s cash only here.
How to book: Call 718-387-7400
Peter Luger might be one of NYC’s top destinations for a great steak, but their Luger-Burger is worthy of a visit on its own. Coming in at over half a pound of medium-rare USDA Prime dry-aged beef on a fluffy sesame bun with raw onion, add cheese and also go for the famous thick-cut bacon (which comes on the side since it’s too large to balance on the patty). Purists will insist you skip the cheese, but it really doesn't obscure the flavor of the meat, which is perfectly tender and just the right color of pink on the inside.
How to order: Call 718-387-7400