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Jul 22, 2008 09:38 AM

Keen's or Peter Luger's?

I am new to Chowhound so please forgive me if this question has been asked before. Having a hard time deciding between the two. The prices are about the same. I'm getting the impression that Luger's has better tasting steaks but Keen's has a nicer atmosphere? I'm looking for both (great food as well as atmosphere) as we will be entertaining friends from the UK. They have never been to NYC.

Any thoughts?

I am so happy I found this website! You guys are so helpful.


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  1. 100% Lugers - it's no contest. The only thing that would take me to Keens instead of lugers was if my heart was set on having a Mutton Chop. Otherwise I would end up at Lugers 10 times out of 10.

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    1. re: Spends Rent on Food

      Thanks Spends Rent. Can you tell me approx. how long it will take (by taxi) to get from Midtown West to Luger's in Brooklyn?

      1. re: Kimlo

        Between 15-35 minutes depending on traffic.

        1. re: Kimlo

          Depends on traffic, but maybe like 25 minutes? You could also take the 6 to the M or J train and it wouldn't take much longer at all.

          And you are making the right choice with Lugers for sure. Although I'd always suggest going to Keens at some point of time for that Mutton, which is a great piece of meat.

          1. re: Taylor.Watson

            Is Lugers taking credit cards yet? Also....are they taking reservations for parties under 6 people?
            Haven't been there in forever...

            1. re: joannabar


              I'm so glad you brought this up. I didn't know they didn't take credit cards or reservations. We will be 4 people. I wonder how long the wait is? This is probably a stupid you think it is any less crowded on a Friday night as opposed to Saturday night?

              1. re: Kimlo

                I could be wrong, but I could have sworn they do take reservations. No credit cards. You can pay with a check though if you don't want to carry a ton of cash.

              2. re: joannabar

                They've always taken reservations and never taken credit cards.

        2. Peter Luger is the king of steak in New York city. However, Keens' porterhouse is still great and the best steak I have had in Manhattan.

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          1. re: steakrules85

            PETER LUGER'S!!!!!! This is my favorite restaurant in the entire world! It is a NY landmark and icon. The atmosphere and ambience are unique. I highly recommend the steak, creamed spinach side, hash browns/fries side, appetizer bacon, jumbo shrimp appetizer, tomatos & onions w/ Luger's sauce and warm pecan pie. You will be in heaven if you go to LUGER'S!!!

              1. re: steakrules85

                Since we don't want to eat at Luger's at 4:45 or 10 PM, we'll be going to Keen's. All of us for the first time. I'm the only one who doesn't eat red meat. Is the porterhouse the way to go at Keen's for my meat eating companions?

                  1. re: steve h.

                    Thanks, steve h. I'll suggest they have the porterhouse.

                    1. re: financialdistrictresident

                      scotch, too! keens has the best selection of single-malt in town.

                  2. re: financialdistrictresident

                    the prime rib is also very good at Keens...

                    1. re: financialdistrictresident

                      Most people think the mutton chop is best btw

                      1. re: tpigeon

                        dover sole is ok, too.
                        side dishes? skip 'em. maybe a salad, definitely the oysters rockefeller. not much else.

                        1. re: steve h.

                          Thanks, steve h., that's two things this non meat eater can have :)

                          1. re: steve h.

                            i agree on the dover sole...haven't had the oysters rockefeller, but the raw ones have always been excellent

                    2. I would definitely suggest Keens if you are coming from midtown west. I’ve been to both and they each have ample atmosphere, in their own way, but since the quality of meat is the same, (despite what most people on this board will tell you) there is no need to leave Manhattan unless you specifically want to travel to Brooklyn.

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                      1. re: GTopp

                        Believe me, Luger's is reason to travel to Brooklyn.

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                        1. If they are whisky drinkers, Keens...

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                          1. re: Simon

                            And if they're steak eaters, Luger's!