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
The experience: A steak dinner
New job? Just graduated? Have a milestone anniversary? Well, then, it’s time we go celebrate with a steak dinner at Peter Luger’s, NYC’s premier steakhouse located in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. Open since 1887 (yes, 133 years), the restaurant has been in existence longer than the bridge it sits next to, the Williamsburg Bridge, which was constructed in 1903. For New Yorkers, a meal at this restaurant has long been considered the ultimate reward to any great accomplishment. Because the grind of living here is stressful and has us tense af, so for even the smallest achievement, there’s a primitive aspect to cutting up to devour a big hunk of meat that makes the ceremony cathartic. Their meat selection process is only done by family and steaks are dry-aged on site. While Peter Luger has traditionally always had a zillion rules (aka traditions) like cash only, no POS technology, reservations by phone, adapting to COVID-19 brought upon lots of new changes in the summer. Now, payments must be by debit card, takeout/delivery is offered, and reservations are online. The experience of dining at Peter Luger might have changed this year, but the food hasn’t. Celebrate getting through 2020 so far with a big fat, juicy steak.
How to order: Reservations available on Resy for indoor and outdoor dining. Order takeout/deliver via Caviar, DoorDash.