Hilarious little item in Gothamist today. One of their regular features is mapping out various locations in NYC neighborhoods. This one is a directory of various eateries in Williamsburg. The best is when they compare what is widely considered to be NY's best clubby (Non-kosher) steakhouse, Peter Luger's, to Gottleib's, a Glatt kosher restaraunt which is a clubhouse for Hasidim.
Seven days a week, Peter Luger's (178 Broadway, 718-387-7400) serves a delicious lunch Burger that draws much debate amongst NYC burger aficionados. We approve of the large patty of coarsely chopped, loosely packed prime aged Luger's beef cooked to the rare perfection - other temps may be good, let us know. The juicy, deeply beefy flavor that is the hallmark of the Luger Porterhouse was present, complete with that fat coated, whole mouth feel. Should you spring for a full steak lunch or dinner, Gothamist would recommend the creamed spinach to accompany your meat and potatoes, and anything with Schlag for dessert.Anyone who has never had the pleasure of eating at Gottleib's will have to trust me on just how hysterical a comparison this truly is. For example, Luger's specialty is its double-thick pork chops, Gottleib's specialty is chulent on Thursday afternoons. Luger's spare interior is immaculate, at Gottleib's, you're lucky if the table you are seated at doesn't still have the remnants of the last occupant's meal. Don't expect to get into Luger's without a reservation, - and one made quite a bit in advance - but don't go calling Gottleib's to make a reservation if you want the guy who answers the phone to know what you're talking about.
Should you be interested in a Jewish deli equivalent of Peter Luger's 1900's German Beer Hall atmosphere, check out Gottlieb's Restaurant (352 Roebling Street, 718-384-6612.) As a top spot for the Satmar Hasidic sect, this Glatt Kosher Deli offers both tasty food and a purview into this insular community. Highlights from the menu include Brisket sandwich paired with perfect sour pickles, a tender, lightly egg battered and fried Chicken cutlet, and flaky Knishes.