Over 130 years later, Peter Luger Steakhouse still blows the mind

September 6, 2018 By Sara Bosworth Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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Peter Luger Steakhouse has been a Brooklyn institution since its opening in 1887. So when Bill Addison, national food critic went in search of restaurants that were “essential to the fiber of the country’s dining culture,” it was a given that he’d end up at the Williamsburg chophouse.

He was not disappointed. Addison of Eater described the famous dry-aged porterhouse for two as “a monolith to carnivorism,” with a “timeless wallop” of blue cheese and a “perfect foil” in the shape of creamed spinach. For an appetizer, he ordered — in true Peter Luger fashion — the burger. A standard restaurant may consider a burger a main course, but here, Addison writes, it “should never be substituted for a steak but is in every way a welcome bonus. The customers (a thorough mix of locals and visitors) seem to understand this.”

The extent of the meal (split, thankfully, between two) also included a shrimp cocktail and a tomato salad.  

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“Is Peter Luger essential?” Addison asks himself in his article. “Absolutely.”

The rest of the world would seem to agree: earlier this summer, Peter Luger announced its upcoming expansion to Tokyo.

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