In a punch that will surely appeal to many quarantined restaurants in Brooklyn, Queens and soon in Manhattan, the iconic steakhouse delivers its famous porter steak and accepts credit card payments to get started.
The restaurant’s unwavering allegiance to its cash-only payment policy (or to a special Peter Luger credit card; inserting an eye roller) annoyed many diners (including this one) who didn’t used to carry hundreds of dollars in cash needed to cover a steak dinner at the establishment.
But times, they are a “currency”.
The most popular dish at Pete Luger Steakhouse is steak for two. It is now available for delivery.
Closed since mid-March, when the pandemic bastion seized the city and effectively closed it, the once-bustling Brooklyn hotspot is set to increase the sizzle. And they are ready to do so even if it means modernizing payment practices and changing some other strict and fast rules.
The possibility of having the burger for dinner is a move away from tradition, as it is an item historically only available on the Luger lunch menu.
Unable to sit in the bar at noon in anticipation of the juicy delight simply topped with thickly sliced white onions – and American cheese if desired – now customers can satisfy their urge to hamburger at home, either at 13 hours. or 7 p.m.
A taste test
With hamburger delivery to New York being a dime a dozen at this point, I opted for “Steak for Two”, medium-rare, of course.
This is the dish the restaurant does best, and if they could do it through delivery, boy, would that be a game-changer for dinner in the coronavirus era.
Unfortunately, Peter Luger’s “Holy Cow” special hot fudge sundae is not available for delivery or take out.
Dinner arrived 56 minutes after ordering (about 30 minutes faster than expected), and in no time my kitchen in Brooklyn was filled with an inviting smell of grilled meat.
It quickly filled with my isolation buddies: my husband, Steve, and our dog, Odie.
But smell is one thing; taste is another. And the latter would be the real test.
With the protein, we ordered an iceberg wedge with tomatoes and bacon, natch, creamed spinach and fries.
Not only was the order precise, it was also great. A 12.6-ounce bottle of the signature steak sauce arrived with the meal, as did nearly a dozen half-dollar gold-coated chocolate pieces.
The steak, although not really sizzling, was quite hot and was swimming in a buttery pool – a Luger signature that translates almost as well to go.
Hard words last fall
Among other very critical things, Wells said that management “seems to be doing everything it can to make things inconvenient”, and that “the waiters, who used to be charmingly brusque, now give the strong impression that these endless requests for food and drink are all that stands between them and a hard won nap. ”
For diners who agree with Wells on the service reviews, at least now that’s a moot point at the moment.
Orders for DIY steak or the cooked variety can be placed via Caviar or by calling the restaurant directly. Pickup is also available daily from 11:45 am to 8:45 pm. “Based on limited availability. “
“I would say it is damn good,” said Steve, his praise growing stronger with each alternate bite of net and tape. The thing with Steve? He rarely gets it wrong.