The legendary New York steakhouse Peter Luger fills the empty eating room with wax figures

It feeds with the stars. Nearly.

Audrey Hepburn, Jimmy Fallon, and Jon Hamm are just a few of the famous people you’ll see eating at New York’s iconic Peter Luger steakhouse during the pandemic: the Brooklyn Chophouse has partnered with Madame Tussauds wax museum to create a wide variety of Hollywood Heavyweights give a place to his open tables.

The mannequins, who have a permanent reservation in the restaurant until March 1, are the restaurant’s current response to the empty spaces in its dining rooms, which are limited to 35% capacity during the pandemic.

Peter Luger has partnered with Madame Tussauds’ wax museum to bring characters like Jon Hamm (above) to the dining room. (Madame Tussauds)

Indoor dining at Peter Luger didn’t resume until February 14, but the more than a hundred-year-old steakhouse soon hoped to offer guests more than just dinner, but a small show as well.

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“We’re excited to have guests back 35 percent of the time and thought this would be a fun and safe way to fill some of the seats that will have to remain empty if we keep fighting the pandemic,” Daniel said Turtel, Vice President of Peter Luger said.

Expect greetings from Mad Men star Ham at the bar and an approachable Fallon posing with coffee and dessert. Meanwhile, Hepburn can be seen in her legendary “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” attire with Martini. “Al Roker” also leads guests to the dining area on the upper floor.

Jimmy Fallon’s wax figure sits at the table at Peter Luger’s in Brooklyn. (Madame Tussauds)

Madame Tussauds is offering discounted tickets to all guests in New York’s five boroughs and New Jersey, as well as Connecticut residents living in Fairfield and New Haven, to attract all those who crave the waxy celebs even more.


Peter Luger is by no means the only restaurant that fills its half-empty dining areas with lifelike mannequins. Restaurateurs in Virginia, Belgium and even Lithuania have embraced the idea, although Peter Luger objectively has the establishments’ “most famous” clientele.

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