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Wolfgang's Review

Evan | Mar 19, 2004 10:06 AM

I finally made it to Wolfgang's last night. I was very excited to eat there, being a huge steak fan, and an even bigger Peter Luger's fan. Unfortunately this place isn't not going to be a Manhattan Lugers.
The menu and prices are pretty much the same as Luger's. We started off a lumb crab meat cocktail ($16), served in a piece of lettuce on ice. There was a good amount of crab, maybe a cup. Unfortunately the Wolfgang's sauce is a little too sweet, but after adding some of the horseradish they give you on the side, it served as a good cocktail sauce. We also had a few pieces of bacon at $2.50 each. Very similar to Peter Luger's, almost half an inch thick and smoky, but slightly undercooked. Good, but not great.
Next was the porterhouse for two ($75), which arrived exactly as you would expect at Lugers, sizzling on a hot plate already sliced. An overturned saucer is placed under one end of the plate to collect all the drippings. Unfortunately, this is where the similarities to Lugers ended. The steak, while cooked properly, betweeen rare and medium rare, and very tender and moist, had almost no taste. There was a nice crust on the steak, but it was nearly devoid of salt. I couldn't believe how tasteless the steak was. Even the sirloin side of the porterhouse tasted like nothing, not even the slightest beefiness. I don't know if there was a problem with the dry aging, or they just didn't salt the steak before cooking it. The german potatoes and creamed spinach (both around $10) were both very good
The wine list was small and reasonably priced, with a concentration on American wines.

I will not be going back, here are a lot of better steakhouses in Manhattan and of course, Luger's in Brooklyn.

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