The 133-year-old institution has remained closed during the crisis—until now.

By Maria Yagoda
May 18, 2020
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As the coronavirus pandemic shut down businesses around the country, many restaurants opted to remain closed, holding off on the quick pivot to takeout and delivery service. In fact, Peter Luger Steakhouse has been holding off on delivery throughout its 133-year history, but now—due to extraordinary circumstances—it's making its famous porterhouse available to home diners.

"In order to continue to serve the local community during the pandemic, we will be making limited menu and butcher shop items available for pickup and delivery from our Brooklyn location," the steakhouse announced on its website, as first reported by Eater. "We will also be serving a limited selection from our wine list to customers over the age of 21."

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Included on the menu, which is available for pickup or delivery on Caviar or by calling (718) 387-7400, includes the Luger burger, a selection of their most popular cuts, and several classic steakhouse sides, including creamed spinach, iceberg wedge salad, Luger bacon, and German fried potatoes. The restaurant is also selling dry-aged meat you can cook at home, with rib steak, steak for two, and "small single" options from their butcher shop, as well as wine by the bottle.

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Pickup and delivery will be available from 11:45 a.m. to  8:45 p.m. daily, based on availability. According to Eater, the delivery range will include Brooklyn, Queens, and, soon, Manhattan.

"We look forward to opening our doors again after the crisis," the site reads. "In the meantime, stay safe, stay healthy, and we look forward to hearing from you."

With indefinitely closed dining rooms, the pandemic has forced restaurants to get creative. New Orleans' Commander's Palace, another older-than-a-century American institution, just joined Goldbelly and is shipping their famous turtle soup, pecan pie, and cheesy garlic bread nationwide. While national delivery probably isn't in the cards for Peter Luger—they resisted delivery for over a century—local delivery is a huge win for New Yorkers.