Classic NYC steakhouse is now delivering; how does the meat hold up?

(CNN) — Peter Luger Steak House, one of New York City’s most classic restaurants, is full of surprises.

In a one-two punch sure to please many a quarantined diner in Brooklyn, Queens and soon Manhattan, the iconic steakhouse is delivering its famous porterhouse steak and accepting credit card payments for it to boot.

The restaurant’s steadfast allegiance to its cash-only policy (or special Peter Luger credit card; insert eye roll) has annoyed many diners (including this one) who aren’t in the habit of carrying around hundreds of dollars of cash required to cover a steak dinner at the establishment.

But the times, they are a’changin’.

The most popular dish at Pete Luger Steakhouse is the steak for two. It is now available for delivery.

The most popular dish at Pete Luger Steakhouse is the steak for two. It is now available for delivery.

Bryce Urbany

Closed since mid-March when the pandemic’s stronghold grasped the city and effectively shut it down, the once-bustling Brooklyn hotspot is ready to turn up the sizzle again. And they are prepared to do it even if it means modernizing payment practices and modifying some other hard and fast rules.

The ability to have the burger for dinner is a move breaking with tradition, since it’s an item historically only available on the Luger lunch menu.

Unable to belly up to the bar at noon in anticipation of the juicy delight topped simply with thickly sliced white onion — and American cheese if one wishes — now patrons can satisfy their burger craving at home, whether at 1 p.m. or 7 p.m.

A taste test

Burger delivery in NYC being a dime a dozen at this point, I opted for the “Steak for Two,” medium-rare, of course.

It’s the dish the restaurant does best, and if they could execute it via delivery, boy, was this going to be a game-changer for the dining out during the coronavirus era.

Peter Luger's special "Holy Cow" Hot Fudge Sundae is, sadly, not available for delivery or takeout.

Peter Luger’s special “Holy Cow” Hot Fudge Sundae is, sadly, not available for delivery or takeout.

Bryce Urbany

Dinner arrived 56 minutes after ordering (about 30 minutes faster than I expected it to), and in no time at all, my Brooklyn kitchen was filled with the inviting smell of seared meat.

It quickly became filled with my isolation pals, too: my husband, Steve, and our dog, Odie.

But smell is one thing; taste is another. And the latter would be the true test.

Along with the protein, we ordered an iceberg wedge with tomatoes and bacon, natch, creamed spinach and French fries.

Not only was the order accurate, but it was also extra. A 12.6-ounce bottle of the signature steak sauce arrived with the meal as did nearly a dozen gold-wrapped chocolate coins, about the size of a half dollar.

The steak, while not exactly sizzling, was hot enough and swimming in a pool of butter — a Luger signature that translates almost nearly as well to go.

Harsh words last fall

Among other sharply critical things, Wells said that the management “seems to go out of its way to make things inconvenient,” and that “the servers, who once were charmingly brusque, now give the strong impression that these endless demands for food and drink are all that’s standing between them and a hard-earned nap.”

For diners who agree with Wells on the service critiques, at least now that’s a moot point for now.

Orders for DIY steak or the cooked variety can be placed through Caviar or by calling the restaurant directly. Pickup is also available daily from 11:45 a.m. to 8:45 p.m. “based on limited availability.”

“I’d say it’s pretty damn good,” Steve said, his praise growing stronger with each alternating bite of filet and strip. The thing about Steve? He is rarely ever wrong.

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