Peter Luger, is one of the best steak restaurants that often ranks the first in New York. It would be a mistake not to eat meat at a restaurant that has been in business since 1880s.
First of all, I was lucky that I had a Bosnian waiter who answered a lot of my questions. One of those questions was the use of MSG, also known as the Chinese salt. He told me that it is illegal to use this salt in American steakhouses and it is absolutely not permitted. I hope Turkey starts taking a similar action against using this chemical with meats.
The meat they use at Peter Luger comes from the Luger Farm in the Midwest and each product goes through Mrs. Luger first. Apparently, she doesn’t allow any kind of meat to enter the kitchen before she examines it.
Before the meal, they bring you butter and a big hot bread to appease your hunger. The smell of the meat that is served to the adjacent tables is absolutely enchanting.
The difference between the meat that comes from the Luger Farm and the others is that the animals of the Luger Farm are given a different type of corn. They say that it creates a better quality of meat but I once saw in a documentary that this might actually cause some problems for the animals. Another difference is that the meat is matured in dry-age style. Wet-age is not used at Luger. I liked the meat but it’s a bit too assertive to call it “the best”.
I liked their burgers better than the meat dishes. The meat is taken from the chest area, cooked rare, and the burger is not filled with unnecessary ingredients such as tomatoes and lettuce. If the bread was better, I would definitely call it first class. I had other burgers in New York but this one is definitely in top three. But since their wines are mediocre, it would be a better choice to have beer instead.
We paid $70 for two people. It might look a bit expensive at first glance but compared to the prices of other restaurants in America, this is actually quite normal.
In short, this place was good but not “legendary”.
Address: Peter Luger, Inc. 178 Broadway Brooklyn, New York, 11211