March 30, 2010, 8:00 am
The Hunger of Dustin Keller
By DUSTIN KELLER
Luke Sharrett/The New York Times
Jets tight end Dustin Keller with a touchdown catch in the A.F.C. title game against the Colts. He scored a touchdown in each of the Jetsí three postseason games.Jets tight end Dustin Keller, who is a budding restaurateur, will write a food column once a month for the Fifth Down. Heíll also answer football questions from readers. Post your question in the comments section, and heíll answer a sampling within a week. Dustin starts off with a look at one of his favorite restaurants in New York.
Restaurant review for Peter Luger Steakhouse
178 Broadway, Brooklyn
Iím from Indiana. I was born there, I grew up there, I played college football there, and I go back home every chance I get. Indiana is known for a few things: basketball fanatics, rows of corn as far as the eye can see, a great big racetrack, and steakhouses.
I love New York, and when the Jets drafted me in 2008 I knew I was headed to the greatest city in the world. But to make me feel at home, I knew I had to find a great steak place. Well, I found it.
Peter Luger Steakhouse, on the other side of the Williamsburg Bridge, is amazing. Itís the best steak place Iíve ever been to, and Iíve been to my fair share of steak joints. Letís just say Iíve made more trips to Peter Lugerís since Iíve been here than Iíve made back home to Indiana.
Thereís one thing Peter Luger Steakhouse is really known for: the Porterhouse steak.
I usually start with the extra thick bacon and sliced tomato, which are amazing together, and some ****tail shrimp.
Then comes their porterhouse Ė Iíve yet to find a better one. When they bring it to your table, itís already cut into several long pieces, and their signature sauce that comes with it is amazing. Thereís just something about it thatís hard to explain. Itís kind of tangy with a kick of horseradish. It gets your attention right away and compliments the taste of the steak. Usually, I eat some of the steak with the sauce, and some bites without. Itís like calling an audible at the line before each bite. I normally donít like steak sauces, but itís different at Peter Lugerís. Youíre cheating yourself if you donít at least try it.
Mix in the best creamed spinach Iíve ever had, along with the home fries, and you have my favorite steak dinner. Follow it up with any of their desserts, you just canít go wrong, but I love their strawberries and ďschlagĒ a.k.a. whipped cream.
Something else I like about Peter Lugerís is just the overall feel of the restaurant. Itís the friendliest environment, and regardless of your wait (which is never long), time passes fast because of great conversation with the waiters, managers, and bartenders that are passing by.
You know how some steak places seem so stuffy and full of themselves? Peter Lugerís isnít like that. Itís just a nice, warm feeling with the dark wood and exposed brick in the bar area.
The overall experience is great. Come with a positive attitude and youíll leave with an even better one. The food is top-notch and the service is among the best Iíve ever had.
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