Took five terrific people (hubby, mom, teenage daughter, sis & boyfriend)to Luger's this past Saturday to celebrate mom & daughter's birthdays. None of us had been before, but reading about it on this board piqued my curiosity intensely.
Service-We sat upstairs which is great for a party- more private. Our server, Damien, was courteous & had a nice sense of humor. He offered us menus & had no problem when mom ordered her steak medium. (At this point in life you just let mom do what she wants.) He didn't rush us & at dessert brought a bowl of schlag with a candle in it & sang happy birthday. I tipped him well.
App's-We had Lamb Chops & Bacon Strips. Chops were juicy & flavorful. I cut the bacon into pieces and passed them around, they had a nice smoky flavor but you could almost feel those arteries hardening. Onion rolls were good and the beer on tap was nice & cold.
Main Course-We ordered 3 porterhouses for 2 (hey we like leftovers!)each cooked differently,& cheeseburger(for the teen). The burger & fries were cold, probably done first and sat waiting. Teen didnt care, ate the burger, skipped the fries.
2 of the 3 steaks were excellent! Sizzling hot, nicely charred on the outside and juicy. These were a delicious, almost orgasmic delight for me. Loved 'em! Unfortunately, one steak (ordered rare) arrived gray and cold. Damien noticed it wasn't sizzling and volunteered to take it back and put it under the broiler for a few seconds. It returned hotter, but for some reason wasn't on par flavorwise with the other two. It was a perfectly decent steak, just clearly inferior to the others.
Sides-German Potatoes went well with the steak but nothing to shout yippy kai ay about. Creamed Spinach was Smmmmoooooooth!
Desserts-Hot Fudge Sundae (more chocolatey than fudgy) & Choc. Mousse Pie (menu says it's cake, it isn't) were good. Key Lime Pie was fresh, rich and had great tart lime flavor. Apple Strudel was hot, crispy and melted in your mouth.
Caveat--About the schlag. It tasted & reacted like 'cool whip.' It didn't taste like real whipped cream and it didn't melt on hot strudel.
Although not everything was perfect, and some things could be better, the truth is we had an incredibly good and FUN time here! I have never had a steak that matched Luger's porterhouse. New Yorkers---You are lucky to have this in your backyard.