I always made at least two trips down to Brooklyn every year -- the reason is of course to release my carnivorous libido for the best steak in town, which has been Peter Luger over the years. Unfortunately I have noticed a decline in their quality in the last year or so. Last night's dinner, however, really disappointed me so much that I thought I would never write something bad for Luger, but now I think I must.
Moving on, I had a dinner reservation at 9pm at Peter Luger last night. So as usual, I took a cab ride from Midtown to the good ol' Brooklyn and stopped right in front of Peter Luger, and by this time my adreline rush was already pumping, I was back in the steak mecca of New York, the famous Peter Luger, claimed to be the best of them all. How sweet life is :)
We came in a group of 4. All guys. We were seated right away but upstairs, I normally got a table on the main dining room to the left of the bar, but I guess there is always a first time for everything. I notice the room is smaller and the distance among tables were not as spacious as downstairs but no complaints there since we weren't exactly big guys. So, we sat and without looking at the menu we ordered...
2 Steak for Two Medium Rare
2 Creamed Spinach
2 German Potatoes
a bottle of some cheap red wine
Ok, now on my review
The steak arrived as usual, in a huge plate, tilted to the right, pink on the center, cooked on the outside, and the good ol' Luger's waiter scooped up some of the grease from the meat and poured it on top the meat. Our mouth were watering at this time. Two seconds felt like two minutes. We were almost racing for the steak until we realized that waiter had to scoop some of the potatoes onto our plates, at this time, the wait was just killing us.
When I finally cut off some meat and put it my mouth. I was extremely disappointed... the meat itself was a high quality meat a trademark of Luger's over the years, but somehow the meat lacked the juiciness and the sweet natural flavor that came from dry-aging process, again a trademark of Luger's and what actually always drew me in to Peter Luger over the years.
When I went to Peter Luger late last year, the steak was ok and noticed a drop in the quality, as everyone had warned me before, but never have I experienced such a drop in meat quality such as last night. I would probably take sometimes before I visit Peter Luger again and will frequent the Strip House more often than ever.
Obviously I didn't finish my steak. My three other friends, however, finished their steak within no time, but of course, I don't frequent Luger as I do since they were visiting from San Francisco.