An intriguing reader comment pops up across the river at Brownstoner:
Did you guys know that when Peter Luger was finally convinced by some needling health inspector to exterminate, its population of rats dispersed into the surrounding neighborhood, infesting everyone's homes with the rodents. I just found this out from our structural engineer, who'd worked with the owners of Peter Luger back in the rat days.Apparently, this went down in the late 1980's, though health violations do still crop up at Luger. Adds another commenter, "I dont care if the rats serve me my steak there - it is still the best steak I have ever had."
· The Mysterious Case of the Luger's Rat Diaspora [Brownstoner]
· Restaurant Inspection Report: Peter Luger [NYC.gov]