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Jan 7, 2008 08:26 PM

What to order for dessert at Keens?

I am going to Keens tomorrow and want to know what the must try desserts are. I have pretty much decided on the porterhouse for two, sauteed wild mushrooms, fries, and creamed spinach. Just want to know what to get for dessert. Looks like they have added some new things since I checked out their menu last year and it seems to have grown in a big way. I have narrowed it down to the chocolate bread pudding, butterscotch or hot fudge sundae (maybe they would gimme a sundae with both!), or the coffee cantata which I have heard is great (I think it is some kind of sundae with coffee ice cream and raspberry sauce?). Any input or suggestions would be greatly appreciated as I'm very pressed for time!!!!!!!!!

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  1. I always get the hot fudge sundae and am never disappointed! I've had the butterscotch and am a huge butterscotch fan, but get the hot fudge. it's better.

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    1. re: binkis

      I third the hot fudge sundae. Possibly the best in NY.

      I believe Keens has the same owners as the Noho Star, which offers the same outstanding hot fudge sundae.

      1. re: Nina_P

        I have also heard they have the same owners. What makes the sundae so good?

        1. re: steakrules85

          Yup, the same man owns Keens and Noho Star. He owns Temple Bar, as well.

          There's nothing terribly out of the ordinary about the sundaes -- the hot fudge sundae includes ice cream (gelato), hot fudge, almonds, and whipped cream. That's pretty much it. The restaurants simply use high-quality ingredients. At Noho, I believe the ice cream is from Ciao Bella, and I assume that carries over to Keens as well. What really makes the difference, though, is the hot fudge. In contrast to the pre-packaged, mass-produced sauce you get at the actual Ciao Bella shop, Keens and Noho pour out some lovely chocolate. Dense, fudgy... the kind of stuff that'll make you yell at your mom if she's ballsy enough to scrape up too much in any given spoonful (sorry, mom).

    2. I love, love, love the coffee cantata. Seriously delicious! Quite generous in size, so we always share it though, of course, you can keep it all to yourself. :-))

      Keens is our favorite steakhouse. Enjoy and Bon Appetit!

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      1. re: RGR

        Yeah I don't know what to get! Quite the dilemma. I am a chocolate lover so the hot fudge sounds awesome. Coffee Cantana sounds good as well since its not something you usually see. We will probably choose two desserts- one of the sundae variety and probably the chocolate bread pudding or a cake based dessert.

        Hey binkis--As far as the sundaes go- Are they your typical sundaes (hot fudge, whipped cream, nuts, etc.) or do they have some special toppings? And do they different types of ice cream to choose from instead of just ur run of the mill vanilla?

        1. re: steakrules85

          Pretty standard, though they come in a wide glass, not a traditional sundae glass. Good sugar cookie wafers too. I've never asked for other ice cream flavors as I personally think a sundae with anything other than vanilla is blasphemy.

          The other thing that's nice about their sundaes is that they're big but they're finish-able. I will say that whereas Luger's sundaes are life-changing, Keens' sundaes are exactly what you want and very, very good, but you get what you think you're gonna get.

          I think it's a perfect end to a steak dinner.

          1. re: binkis

            Luger's sundae is tremendous. But is it the absolute best hot fudge sundae in the world!!!!

            As far as the vanilla goes, I am a chocoholic and I love chocolate ice cream. But I like to mix and match with my sundaes. I know they have the same owners as Noho Star and Noho's menu mentions other flavors such as maple walnut, espresso, and coffee.

          2. re: steakrules85

            Hey, steakrules,

            I'm almost positive there is chocolate sauce of some kind in the coffeee cantata. It is a dessert which combine flavors that, as you said, one usually does not find.

        2. i usually go for the creme brulee...its served in a deep cup so there's tons of cold custard.

          i think i may have to go tonight before the rangers game...yr getting me hungry.

          1. Hate to throw a monkey wrench into this discussion, but the Chocolate Mousse and Caramel Custard are also out of this world. Man, tough choice. If you're a chocolate lover, you have GOT to try the Mousse. Best I've had. I love Keen's. Gotta try the Mutton Chop as well - it's fabulous, and you'll finally "get" the lamb and mint jelly combination!

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            1. re: LDubs

              AHHHHH your killin me ldubs haha. I'm not a huge caramel custard fan but the chocolate mousse sounds good as well. This is gunna be a tough decision tomorrow night.

            2. How can you go to Keen's and not order the Berry Bibble? How many times in your life are you going to see Bibble on a dessert menu? Get that AND a sundae. If I remember correctly it was really just a red fruit compote over sponge cake with whipped cream? But it was delightful.

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              1. re: dipsy

                I was wondering what that was as well- sounds pretty run of the mill though.

                As a side note does Keens send around a dessert cart to show you the different desserts? I heard they do. I love when restaurants do that!!!!!!!

                1. re: steakrules85

                  Oh man I just came across another sundae---- Bananas Foster Split? OMG I hate when theres so many good choices.

                  1. re: steakrules85

                    I love that too!! I miss that here in New York.

                        1. re: steakrules85

                          The only place that I personally know has a dessert cart is -- believe it or not -- Trattoria Trecolori, which is our favorite Italian in the Theater District.


                          No upscale restaurant that I've been to has a dessert cart though some do have cheese carts. They include Eleven Madison Park, Daniel, Jean Georges and, of course, Picholine.

                          1. re: RGR

                            A.O.C. Bedford has a great cheese cart as well.