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decline in peter luger quality?

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decline in peter luger quality?

surly | Apr 4, 2006 11:37 AM

so i went to peter luger yesterday for lunch with a group. we ordered one porterhouse for 2 (medium rare), 2 burgers (medium rare), and 3 slices of bacon.

everything was awesome except for the steak. now, don't get me wrong, the steak was still good, but not as mind-blowingly amazing as it had always been up until about 2004 or so.

i go to luger about 2-3 times a year, every year, and i've noticed that my steaks there haven't reached this "amazing" level for the past 4-5 visits (meaning the last 2 years or so).

my question: is this a trend that you guys have noticed as well? maybe i've had incredibly bad luck and have been going on off-nights (or off-days, as was the case yesterday), but i just don't feel that the steaks have been up to their lofty standards over the past couple of years.

what's more, i've noticed that i've been able to snag reservations much more easily over the past year or so. pre-2004, i'd always have to call 2 months in advance, minimum, for a weekend dinner reservation. now, it seems like i can call a month in advance or less for that same dinner reservation. is this indicative of a general decline in the restaurant's reputation of late? i find it hard to believe, given that this place has been tops in nyc for so long, but you never know.

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