I just dragged home the large remains of my first-ever meal at Peter Lugers. Despite the harsh lighting I felt quite comfortable there. I don't frequent steak houses as I'm not much of a "meat for meat's sake" diner but this was a much more laid back family affair than I'd imagined.
Everything was as good as you'd expect it to be. Even the bread basket appeared to be assembled with great care.
The Shrimp cocktail contained four large shrimp that were served at a proper temperature(not too cold). The DIY cocktail sauce plate was a nice touch. Tomato and onion salad was a good way to use up some of the "famous" steak sauce(a bit too sweet for me). Tomatoes were large slices more noticeable for their circumference than their taste profile. Onions were very sweet.
A thick slice of Canadian bacon arrived smoking and covered in grill marks. Incredible smokey flavor but you've got to love pork fat to appreciate this one. It wasn't the usual bologna lookalike I usually buy as Canadian bacon either but a long slab of the back bacon variety.
The sides of fried German potatoes were hard to stop eating but would have been even better with more fried onions in them. Creamed spinach was light on the cream flavor but sleep inducingly rich anyways. Seems like baby food for adults to me though.
It's difficult to judge a steak as the cities best. I simply don't eat enough of them. This was a fine steak for sure but not any different in flavor to me than one I'd had at Baldoria last year. It had less charred, grill flavor which I guess is intentional to focus on the high quality beef but it's that charred taste I usually crave. I will say the texture was incrediblly tender.
We saved room for a hefty wedge of cheesecake for dessert. The sturdy graham cracker base was the only thing heavy about this. It was suprisingly light and lemony. It reminded me in flavor of some of my favorite Italian cheesecakes but was NY style overall. The accompanying schlag was overkill for sure.
It was great to be able to finally get there after all these years and the people watching there is unbeatable. A lot of serious eaters were in attendance.