While in NYC I had the opportunity to go to Peter Lugers Steakhouse in Brooklyn for a Prime USDA aged beef burger. It was an adventure I shared with my sister, baby in tow.
Entering through the massive bar you are instantly bombarded with the smell of ever cooking meat. We were seated near the kitchen in the smaller dining room. The waiters bantered in Italian but took our orders with a decided Brooklyn twang. All around us were tables filled with Couples, a Mother and Daughter (obviously home for Spring Break) and Businessmen all eating huge over filled platters of sliced Prime Steak. Porterhouse is the specialty.
The waiter demonstrated for the table behind us that if they wanted the rare meat cooked more, they could do so on the rim of the serving platter. I don't know how long the rim stayed hot enough to cook the meat more, but the sizzle and color change of the meat slice were instant and visible to me at the next table.
The atmosphere could easily be called 'wiseguy' as there were plenty of gold chains and slick combed back hair. The 'slab' of 1/2" bacon and the bread and sauce are all live up to the legend. It was an exceedingly fun and tasty day. You can now order steak from Peter Lugers, so for less than a plane trip you can order up a steak and grind your own Luger burger.