The borough president stood in front of the wall full of Zagat plaques and praised the women who ran the restaurant, giving them a proclamation that declared it the “Best Steakhouse in the USA Recognition Day” in Brooklyn.
The USA Today taste test featured votes cast by 13 judges featuring award-winning food writers, chefs and critics.
Peter Luger has been in business since 1887, and when the namesake owner died in 1941, the restaurant was run by his heirs. Today, the steakhouse is run by Amy Rubenstein, Marilyn Spiera and Spiera's daughter, Jody Storch, who were given the restaurant by a family member who purchased it at an auction.
“Now Americans know what Brooklynites and New Yorkers have known for all these years: that Peter Luger, hands down, is the best place to eat a steak in these United States,” said Markowitz.
In his speech, Markowitz mentioned the high standards that go into the ingredients and the beef that has become synonymous with Peter Luger.
“You know we've been around for so many years, and I wish my grandfather would have seen this day because he would have had great joy,” said Storch. “He always knew that Brooklyn was the center of the universe, and it's taken a long time to prove it.”