Once upon a time, Peter Luger's Steker House was one of New York's most iconic luxury restaurants. Known for its legendary steaks and classic paneling, Peter Luger was a symbol of the city's delicious extravagance.
But after The New York Times published a zero-star review on Tuesday, shamelessly sliding the restaurant's name through the dirt, New Yorkers are left to re-evaluate their life choices: Did I just have to go to work? Will I pay my rent on time? Was Peter Luger's steak actually?
For this review, Times restaurant critic Pete Wells pulled out his own steak knife and beheaded Peter Luger. And seriously, this is brutal.
"Peter Luger was playing. Now it's broadcasting," the story was entitled.
"I know there was a time when German fries were brown and crunchy, because I eagerly ate them. Every time I went," Wales wrote in his review.
"Now they are mushy, cloudy, gray and sometimes cold. I look forward to them the way I look forward to finding a new, irregularly shaped mole." [1
9659004] Wales baked steaks, which he called "far from the best New York has to offer. " Of course, he doesn't stop there.
The salads, he says, are "dripping", shrimp cocktails resemble "cold latex dripping in ketchup" and sliced $ 17 tomatoes "taste like 1979"
Wales were mixed, reviews began to trend across the country. Many seem agree
"I feel like Peter Luger's review has been coming for a while," Phil Hughes
said on Twitter. "Wonderful in every way."
"Devastating Review", tweeted by another Wales fan. "@pete_wells has a beautiful and crushing way of words and I'm a little heartbroken. But that tells me … because the hard truth is he's absolutely right."
However, not all
thought the review was tasteful.
"Unlike Pete Wells, my burger always came with that 'midnight dark crust that gave way to an evenly pink interior, full of juices, as if ready to cry,'" Peter Luger fan tweeted
]. "Long live Peter Luger.
"This was written by the same person who browsed Times Square's Guy Feary Restaurant," Ken McGraw says in Twitter
. "So if you read his review you can clearly see that he doesn't know what good food is."
Despite Peter Luger's loyal fans, Wales just doesn't see what they are so in love with.
"The restaurant will always have its loyalty," Wales wrote. "They will say that no one goes to Luger for the sole, no one goes to Luger for wine, no one goes to Luger for salad, no one goes to Luger for a favor. The list goes on and it's harder to swallow until you start wondering who really needs to go to Peter Luger and start thinking no is the answer. "
This marks the first review of the Times' 132-year-old restaurant in 12 years. Frank Bruney gave Peter Luger two stars in his 2007 review.