Any restaurant that has survived more than a century has a lot of tales to tell, and at the circa 1887 Peter Luger, history seeps from the walls, beer steins and antique wooden tabletops. In the latest installment of its “Secrets of” series, NewYork.com delves behind-the-scenes at what is arguably the country’s most famous steakhouse to offer 10 surprising secrets like:
THE MEAT FREEZER IS PROBABLY BIGGER THAN YOUR HOUSE!
At least, if you live in NYC. The restaurant’s meat is dry-aged in a proprietary manner within the restaurant’s temperature-controlled 2,000 square-foot basement, packed from floor to ceiling at any given time with 30,000 pounds of raw, aging meat.
THE PETER LUGER FORMULA IS THE MOST COPIED STEAKHOUSE MODEL IN THE COUNTRY.
This is likely because several former employees of the institution went on to open their own copycat steakhouses. There is only one true original, however, on Brooklyn’s Broadway in Williamsburg, and only one bonafide offshoot, in Great Neck, Long Island.
THE STEAKHOUSE IS ACTUALLY RUN BY WOMEN.
Despite its masculine vibe, and the preponderance of male waiters, Peter Luger is the product of some fierce girl power: It is the only steakhouse in New York City owned and run by women.
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