There was a rebellious rise of New Yorkers and a steady stream of hungry tourists at Peter Luger Steakhouse on Wednesday, the day after the Brooklyn Institute was torn apart by a zero-star New York Times review.
Despite the controversial opinion of the Times critic that the restaurant had done its best, the guests stood in line at 10.45 am to score a lunch reservation and those who had already booked their tables wanted to eat on arrival.
Porter Anil Gurung said it was no less busy on Wednesday, despite the poor assessment, than on normal weekdays.
The sounding feedback from guests when they left the restaurant after their meals was this: the Times is wrong – Peter Luger is still the best steakhouse in New York City.
Cheery deducted NYPD retired agents and experienced customers who visited the restaurant for decades as & fake news & # 39; with a particularly powerful restaurant that told DailyMail.com: & # 39; a man and what does he actually know! & # 39;
There was a steady stream of customers at the Peter Luger steakhouse in Brooklyn on Wednesday, despite a cheeky review from the New York Times that gave zero stars
The famous shared steak at Peter Luger Steakhouse that costs $ 109 for two people. Diners eagerly ordered it on Wednesday despite the New York Times calling it overrated
A waiter is spooning butter over the pieces of meat on Wednesday while bringing other dishes to a table
Diners were happy to be there, even though the Times was described as an overrated scam
Inside the restaurant staff was less pleasant.
Some bartenders joked at hamburgers who chewed customers in high stools, pretending to be displeased with the devastating review of the Times Pete Wills.
But the maître d & # 39 ;, somewhat jumpy in the midst of a flurry of questions and renewed criticism, was less eager to talk about it.
The waiters in the dining room were quite offended by the review.
One who refused to be named, but DailyMail.com said he worked there for 31 years, said: "I found it too personal.
& # 39; Many people come and give reviews, but no one is ever like that. & # 39;
Another was stricter. & # 39; It's just wrong. We have been active for 131 years. We have a simple menu and the best ingredients, & he said.
The server, which also refused to be named, said the New York Times in 50 years & # 39; nothing good & # 39; did for the restaurant.
The management would not be interviewed and owner Jody Storch has not returned a request for comment.
But satisfied diners praised both the food and the service when they left the restaurant.
One was a retired NYPD agent who did not want to go on camera, but enthusiastically told DailyMail.com that he had come to lunch on Wednesday to support the steakhouse where he has been dining since the 1980s.
"I have news – this place is great!" He shouted as he walked to his car.
He wasn't the only one standing behind the restaurant after the Times punishment.
Two friends in their mid-thirties changed their lunch plans in Manhattan to come to Luger.
Mike Jones and Doug Lauretano said that they not only wanted to support the restaurant, where you as a teenager enjoyed birthday meals with his parents, but also wanted to decide for themselves whether the Times rating was fair. They said it wasn't like that.
Claudia Schnuriger, 62, a German resident living in Australia, who first visited the restaurant 20 years ago with her parents, had returned for a walk past memories. She said her burger & # 39; a bit dry & # 39; was, but that she & # 39; had probably ordered the wrong & # 39; and had a good experience
Floyd Kephart, who has been visiting for 50 years, and Candace Rauter, a vegetarian and a first visitor, loved their lunch. Kephart said about the high prices: & # 39; This is New York, in case someone has not noticed it yet & # 39 ;. He said that he & # 39; did not pay attention & # 39; spent on reviews
Bill Munkas shows off his Peter Luger credit card. He called it the & # 39; best steakhouse in the world & # 39; and said the New York Times & # 39; fake news & # 39; is
They also wondered why Pete Wells, the food critic, ordered tongue during one of the recent visits on which he based his negative review.
He admitted that the servers & # 39; abrupt & # 39; but said it was part of the charm of the restaurant.
& # 39; For me the waiter was very short and concise. That is what I expect. I think it's part of the atmosphere. There is no place like this, & he said.
A Japanese family of four came with a recommendation from a friend from New York.
More fake news from the New York Times! It is the best steakhouse in the world!
Bill Munkas, a Peter Luger cardholder who has been visiting for decades
Takashi Sai and his family, who squeezed into a final meal before flying home, said & # 39; very well & # 39; with the best English they could speak.
It was a similar story among a group of women from Florida who said that although their meal was expensive, the food was "great."
& # 39; It was the first time. It was amazing! Just awesome. I had t-bone steak. It was so much fun.
& # 39; We prepared for a reservation this morning, & # 39; said Wakana Shima.
Only one person had anything negative to say at a distance.
Claudia Schnuriger, 62, a German resident living in Australia who first visited the restaurant 20 years ago with her parents, had returned for a & # 39; memory walk & # 39 ;. She tried to get an evening reservation earlier in the week, but was told she & # 39; no chance & # 39; so came back for lunch and had an underwhelming burger.
"It was a little dry," she said, adding that she "probably ordered the wrong thing" and should have eaten a steak.
Bill Munkas, who said he would come "decades", proudly produced his Peter Luger credit card. & # 39; More fake news from the New York Times! It is the best steakhouse in the world!
& # 39; It's just the opinion of one man. Come here, try the steak yourself if you can get in, & he he said about Wells & # 39; review.
Jack Bruno, 35, who was also in his party, repeated his praise, as did Candace Rauter, a vegetarian who had come for the first time with a more experienced colleague and enjoyed the spinach, broccoli and a baked potato.
Wednesday's lunch crowd was a mix of tourists, loyal locals, and businessmen and women. They were all stunned by the poor review and only had good things to say about the food and service
A few lonely diners occupy high stools at the bar. There, bartenders pretended to be dismayed by the New York Times assessment
The wall of positive reviews and compliments along the wall in the entrance to the restaurant
& # 39; I loved it, I thought the service was very good and the food was very tasty. I had some of the spinach and the broccoli and baked potato. I loved it! & # 39; she said.
Floyd Kephart has been visiting for 50 years.
& # 39; This place has been here longer than me. The fact is that as you go through the years, you will always find some negative things.
& # 39; It's a kind of movie – I don't mind reviews, & # 39; he said.
Regarding the high prices, he said: & # 39; This is New York in case someone has not noticed it yet. The prices are the prices. & # 39;
Jay Donovan, who has been visiting since the 70s, says it hasn't changed.
& # 39; It's always great, & # 39; he said and added: & # 39; It's just an old steakhouse, just like the steakhouses used to be. & # 39;
In his review, Wells said the restaurant had gone downhill over the years.
He said the staff was unpleasant and the food was often unevenly cooked.
It made paying such high prices as $ 104 for steak for two and $ 6.95 for a single slice of bacon painful, he said.
& # 39; What worries me every time I eat a Luger porterhouse is the realization that it's just a steak and far from the best that New York has to offer, "he wrote.
Twitter users took action to claim that they shared Wells' opinion. They called it & # 39; late & # 39 ;.
Storch told The New York Post in response: & # 39; We know who we are and have always been. The best steak you can eat. Not the newest kale salad. & # 39;