The topic of a Chicago steakhouse "like Peter Luger" came up in the other board recently, drawing interesting advice including the Cheesecake Factory. I noted the only real option, I think, when one is discussing really old-scool steakhouses here: Gene & Georgetti. I've said enough about the place in the past; I like the steak and the vibe, and think that anyone armed with a little advice on What Not to Order can do ok there.
Turns out, my dear wife was recently confronted by a Brooklynite Luger lover (and imprortant client), currently residing in Atlanta, who requsted a place "like Peter Luger." A "fake" place, made to look vaguely old, like Bruce Wayne's mansion or a safari club, was out of the question. She took him, and my advice to G&G.
This guy, who gets around and knows Luger real well was much pleased with the whole experience. They had what you should have: garbage salad, and shrimp de Jonghe followed by bloody steaks and Vesuvio potatoes. I was treated to a healthy doggy bag portion of strip, which was very, very good.
Here is what the client confirmed: G&G is run down, unless you compare it to Luger, in which case, it is downright trendy; G&G is expensive for what it is, unless you compare it to Luger, which is really pricey; G&G has a limited and dated menu, unless you compare it to Luger, which has like one item; and, most remarkably, G&G has a travesty for a wine list, what without even the vintages listed, unless you compare it to Luger, where the choice of wine is, quite literally, red or white.
Oh, and G&G is in a "nowhere" neighborhood (not really even true anymore); again, it has nothing on Luger there.
These places are what they are. I think sui generis is the term. Mind you, I'm not always thrilled to go there and spend my hard-earned money. But I can't think of a better place to spend someone else's.