Figured I'd give them another chance. I did, but this is it. Not that anything was horrible, just not great, and definitely not worth the cost.
A bit of background: I'm female, of a certain age, and I go there alone because hubby travels. And I have never been to Luger's. So:
First of all: As soon as the waiter came over, he folded the wine list and put it a-l-m-o-s-t out of reach on a far corner of the table. I had to half-stand up to get it back, saying "please don't, I need that."
He told me what today's soup was, and one fish special. (On the way in, I saw more listed on a chalkboard outside.) And he went away.
I had to flag him down to order a cocktail. Their idea of "extra onions" in a Gibson is 3. Not quite what I meant. But it was a good (Absolut), and large, drink.
The "Caesar" salad is a soup plate of very nice romaine with a creamy, innocuous "Caesar" dressing with a lot of finely grated Parmesan and a lot of slightly garlicky croutons. Very nice for a diner, maybe, but not worth $11.50.
The sirloin was fine. Not awful, not great, just fine. A bit thin in flavor, and I'm not crazy about that pool of grease (butter?). But it was okay. Nice crust, definitely rare as requested. Unseasoned, though.
There was something a little strange about the mashed potatoes -- as if they mixed real potatoes with re-hydrated. Not BAD, just strange. All the tables around me that got hash-brown potatoes seemed to enjoy them, but they sure looked burnt to me.
They list very few half-bottles of wine, and they were out of the only Pinot Noir. I got a merlot -- not my fave with steak (or anything else, for that matter). Again, it was just ok.
Espresso was good.
So I've been back, and don't ever have to go again. Maybe I'd love the place if I could order the porterhouse, but I doubt it. I just don't see what the big deal is. Except for the price: before tax and tip my meal cost $95! For that I could eat more than 20 times at NY Noodletown, and enjoy it a lot more.
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