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The Zagat Rated No. 1 Steakhouse in NYC for 32 Consecutive Years: What It’s Like to Dine at Peter Luger

For 32 years, Peter Luger has been voted as New York’s no. 1 steakhouse for its fine quality steak and traditional German sides. Being a 1-Michelin star restaurant, Peter Luger serves nothing but the best. All the steaks purchased are USDA Prime, which many times represent less than 2% of all meats graded and is the highest grade possible. This explains why the average price per person is approximately $88 USD [according to Zagat 2016].

For those who never visited Peter Luger, this blog post will give you an idea of the dining experience and the cost of various menu items there.

1. Ambiance: Traditional German Home

Walking into Puter Luger is like walking into a warm, welcoming home. Unlike most expensive restaurant with posh decor, this restaurant is designed as a traditional German House. There are no strict dress codes here, wear every you’d like. Though if you’re spending so much money on a dinner, you may want to look decent for a few photos.

2. Complimentary Bread Basket & Luger Sauce

After you get seated by the host, the waiter greets you and drops off a bread basket with rolls, garlic bread, bread sticks, and butter. To my surprise, these bread are served at room temperature and not warm. On the table, you also get a gravy boat of Luger sauce. This is the best time to check out the drink menu and order whatever you want to compliment your steak with. I went with a glass of Cabernet Sauvignon [$13], and my friend ordered a Glenlivet 12yr [$14/ 2 oz. pour].


3. Appetizers: Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail & Sliced Tomato and Onion 

I got the Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail and these indeed are the biggest shrimps I’ve ever consumed in my life. Like most expensive seafood, the price is not listed as seafood often has price variations daily/weekly. According to my bill, Jumbo Shrimp Cocktail 4 pc. was $18.95 USD. It may not sound like a lot, but the jumbo shrimps were so much more filling than I expected- it took me quite a few bites to finish one shrimp.


An interesting appetizer option is the slice tomato and onions [$7.95 for 1]. This appetizer is literally just two thick slices of tomato and a slice of onion (pay an additional $7 dollars for a few extra slices, haha). The vegetables are served raw with no seasoning… no nothing. Eight bucks for a piece of the tomato and onion definitely sounds outrageous, but I normally don’t eat these of these foods raw and I ate them there. They were juicy, fresh, and delicious! This is also a great way to taste the Luger sauce. But is it worth $8? I’ll let you decide.


4. Entree: Steak for Two and Broiled Maine Lobster

If you plan to order steak, it doesn’t come with sides. So unless you plan to just eat steak by itself, you should pick a few things to eat with the entree. Some popular sides are the German Potatoes [$12.95 serves two] and the Creamed Spinach [$11.95 serves two].

No point going to the best steakhouse in town without trying their steak- the waiter automatically assumes you want steak anyway… A steak for two is $103.90 and it’s worth a try considering it’s top graded beef… USDA Prime. Peter Luger only purchase meats of the finest quality and texture after all. Your waiter will serve you the steak and the sides when all the food is on the table, so just sit back and relax. My thick-cut and dry-aged medium rare steak  was well-marbled which made it extremely tender and juicy. My mouth is watering just thinking about it.



I also got a Broiled Maine Lobster for the market price of $50.95 USD. Like the steak, the lobster is lightly seasoned so guests can enjoy the fresh and original taste. The lobster head is stuffed with breading and a side of melted butter is provided for extra flavoring.


5. Dessert: Apple Strudel with “Schlag”

For dessert I ordered an Apple Strudel for the table since there were just the two of us and we were both so full. All the dessert options at Peter Luger comes with “schlag” (short for “schlagobers”) which is whipped cream in German. The Apple Strudel came semi-warm… not sure why but it would’ve tasted so much better if it came out hot. The schlag was heavenly. It was a thick, whipped cream that tasted so rich with fine flavors. I was so bloated but the schlag kept me eating; before I knew it the Apple Strudel was gone.


Our waiter, Tony, scooping “schlag” onto my Apple Strudel!

6. Overall Experience

Overall, I had a great experience at Peter Luger. My waiter Tony was beyond pleasant. He had a warm smile and a cute accent. Find him at the Peter Luger Great Neck location in New York! Our bill came out to $322.90 USD after tax and a 20% gratuity. I recommend this place to all beef lovers that want to try steak of the best quality!



Note: There are two Peter Luger in New York City, one in Great Neck, the other in Brooklyn.

Address: 178 Broadway, Brooklyn, NY 11211/ 255 Northern Blvd, Great Neck, NY 11021

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