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Burger at Peter Luger

The genius of minimalism, in a bun

New Yorkers have seen all manner of artful orchestrations of the burger. We’ve tasted them stuffed with foie gras and truffle; we’ve encountered cute miniaturized slider varieties; we’ve even seen them sitting on bizarre buns made of ramen noodles. So, a good, honest, straightforward beef patty on a bread bun is awfully refreshing, especially when it is of Peter Luger quality.


Burger at Peter Luger

Burger at Peter Luger

This Williamsburg gallery of porterhouse serves a no-nonsense burger ($11.95) that is simply state-of-art — more than a half a pound of USDA prime meat, trimmed and ground from the restaurant’s house-aged stash, so lushly soft, juicy and beefy, that covering it in cheese, bacon or even the house steak sauce seems like vandalism.

Available only during lunch, the burger is something of a secret — at one point it was an off-the-menu item available only to in-the-know patrons (read more Secrets of Peter Luger). There are other midday-only specials to explore too, such as the pot roast or prime rib. But it’s just as uncouth to stray from that burger during the lunch hour as it is to eye anything other than the porterhouse at dinner. So don’t feel guilty bypassing that steak during the day. As The New York Times’ Eric Asimov wrote, “Compared with the exalted Luger steaks, a hamburger may seem trivial. But how much is a doodle by Picasso worth?”

Peter Luger
178 Broadway, Brooklyn

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