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.
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.
Best Restaurants: Established in 1887, Peter Luger embodies seriously old school dining in New York. The menu as well as the atmosphere create an experience that one can imagine enjoying in a past century. This is the antithesis of modern, prime grade steaks are served family style with gigantic side dishes and perhaps a glass of Scotch. Try the porterhouse for two or four and tomato and onion salad with house sauce for a slice of historic NYC. Peter Luger has been Zagat's best steakhouse for 28 years running and also boasts a Michelin star. The gift shop offers Luger's popular sauce and souvenirs. TRAIN: J, M, Z to Marcy Ave.
Business Dinner: Looking for an old school setting where you can devour a mammoth porterhouse and munch on fried potatoes? This two-story, time-honored steak place is perfect for you. Remember not to ask for a menu, as menus are reserved for only tourists of the most naive kind. Luger's makes it simple by serving only one cut, the porterhouse, but they do that one cut extremely well! The gift shop offers Luger's popular sauce and souvenirs. TRAIN: J, M, Z to Marcy Ave