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Brooklyn's Best Restaurants: Is it touristy? Yes. Old school? Absolutely. But sometimes, things are popular for a reason. For over 125 years, Peter Luger has been serving up mammoth porterhouses and fried German potatoes on a nondescript corner in Williamsburg. The two-story structure has seen a lot of changes outside its doors -- remember when Williamsburg was better known for vaguely sinister empty lots than pricey high-rise apartments? -- but, inside, the song remains the same. The hyper-masculine interiors and no-nonsense wait staff give the place and old-fashioned vibe, and the epic steaks keep customers coming back for more. Luger's has since opened a second location in Great Neck, Long Island, but come to the Brooklyn original for the full, meaty Monty.

Steakhouses: Ah, Peter Luger. While there's debate over whether or not this Brooklyn staple is actually the best steak in New York, there's no denying that it deserves a place in the top 10. Luger's -- established in 1887 -- is old-school: they don't accept major credit cards, only cash, or their special Peter Luger's Card, which you'll have to apply for in advance. The servers here -- typically all gents -- wear white aprons and move with precision. But that's not what's put them on Zagat's best steakhouse list for 30 years running. No, the star of the show here is the steak, broiled to perfection and served for two, three, or four. If you know what's good for you, you won't skip the sides either -- especially not the bacon.

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Local Expert Andrea Duchon Says:

Steakhouses: "Peter Luger Steakhouse is great for large parties, and the entire space can be rented out for an evening of gluttony."

Best for Steakhouses Because: Peter Luger is a New York staple in the steak world.

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