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Last week, our carnivore in chief Gersh Kuntzman lived and reviewed the ultimate red-blooded fantasy, back-to-back steak dinners at Williamsburg stalwart Peter Luger’s and Downtown upstart Morton’s. His mouth-tested, stomach-approved conclusions — that Morton’s is superior to Luger in every way — produced a huge pile of reader feedback. For your pleasure, we regurgitate the Grade-A remarks from BrooklynPaper.com.

Kuntzman’s takedown of Peter Luger caused indigestion for many commenters who accused the iconoclastic columnist of the year of being a shill for Morton’s.

“Morton’s does not even come close to Luger’s,” wrote “JR from Long Island.” “Morton’s must be paying the reviewer off in underwhelming steak dinners.”

Others denounced the piece for endorsing a chain restaurant over the independent Southside beef paradise.

“You prefer a chain over an institution? I’ve eaten at Morton’s and it was fine. [I] eat at Luger’s twice a year and it’s amazing. LUGER’S, LUGER’S, LUGER’S,” cheered “Chris from Park Slope.”

But for others, Kuntzman was a modern-day Columbus, boldly daring to challenge an oft-repeated, yet rarely tested, truth.

“The vastly inflated myth of PL’s porterhouse has needed a good puncturing for a long time. Gersh may not be the man to do it — a real food critic should have the guts to say it — but essentially he’s right that Luger’s is one of those joints, like Grimaldi’s, that people defend and over-praise more out of knee-jerk tradition than reality,” wrote “J.J. from Brooklyn Heights.”

“Val from Windsor Terrace” was in complete agreement.

“AMEN! Just went to Morton’s and had an excellent meal with my family! I’ve always hated Peter Luger’s and I’m glad that you did this review!”

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Deb from Financial District says:
I think that there are a few places out there better than Lugers but most journalists continue to believe that Lugers tops them all. I never see reviews for places like MarkJoseph's which happens to have them all beat!
Jan. 23, 2009, 7:13 pm

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