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Friday, January 13, 2006

Too Funny

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.

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.
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.

Too funny.


Blogger MUST Gum Addict said...

LOVE IT! While I myself have never had the pleasure of dining at Gottleib's, my wife and mother-in-law plan their visits to Williamsburg around when they will be stopping in there for a hot dog, or a salami omelet.

BTW, the last paragraph of the article about the lettuce was equally amusing.

7:47 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

My mouth was watering while thinking of going back to Gottleib's! "Too Funny" is absolutely correct!

12:46 PM  
Blogger and so it shall be... said...

"starting to wonder what your definition of "clubhouse" is."

Lipa -- "clubhouse", in this context most likely refers to a place where chassidic men hang out while avoiding their plus-size families and the responsibilities they saddle on their wives.

1:37 PM  
Blogger The Town Crier said...

Ah memories from Gotleibs our really old pre erev pesach dinner spot.

2:17 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Don't know anything about Gottliebs, but for a really funny eating experience, I recommend Diamond Dairy in Manhattan. They actually have "toast with butter" and "toast with cream cheese" on the menu. It is so heimish, it's off the charts.

8:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Here's the kicker--Peter Lugar's is owned by an Orthodox Jewish family. I went to Yeshivah of Flatbush with the owner's grandchildren, who are now running the restaurant.

11:13 AM  

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