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keens steakhouse recommendations

Thanks to all of your suggestions, I have made reservations at Keens Steakhouse for Saturday to celebrate my boyfriend's birthday. I just wanted to find out if anyone had any absolutely must try appetizer (specifically comments on the crab cakes among others), sides/potatoes or dessert (specifically comments on the chocolate cake and cheesecake amont others) suggestions. Also, I have no idea what type of meat would be best to get. I usually like filet but I feel that I should go for a more hunky piece of beef at a place like this. I was thinking I'd go for the porterhouse or sirloin. Lastly, since they don't list on the website does anyone know how many ozs each of the steaks tends to be?


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  1. The apps and sides at Keens seem to me to be pretty standard and unexciting. But if you go and don't get the Mutton Chop, you are missing out big-time. It is incredible and I haven't had anything like it elsewhere. Any cut of steak is pretty great as well.

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    1. Keens is absolutely incredible. I had the lobster cocktail once as an appetizer but its not on the menu anymore. But you don't want to waste time on that anyway. They do give you a crudite of carrots, celery, and pickles which is pretty good as a nice free treat.

      On to what's important the meat. You must order the porterhouse it is amazing. They are tied for my second best steak with Strip House right behind the best Peter Luger of course. The prime rib is also one of the best steaks I have had. For sides stick to the fries and creamed spinach- both executed to perfection. Haven't tried other sides but will try the carrots and cauliflower next.

      As for dessert get either the hot fudge sundae or cobbler.

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      1. re: steakrules85

        nikklos is right on about the mutton chop, or saddle of lamb. My order of preference is: (1) mutton chop; (2) prime rib; and (3) porterhouse. All are excellent, but the mutton is pretty unique to Keens. As far as portion sizes, I generally leave with enough leftovers for a second meal. Enjoy!

      2. Never bothered with sides and apps. I hear the prime rib hash is good. As far as meat, I can never get past the prime rib which may be the best i've ever had. the mutton chop is also great and unique. i recommend sharing one of each.

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        1. re: guttergourmet

          We'll be at Keens in 2 weeks. Nobody seems to be mentioning the filet mignon. Is it a mistake to order it?

          1. re: Kimlo

            The filet is a waste when you can order porterhouse or prime rib. As for thew's question about the pun menu- They will serve you the same mutton chop that is on the regular menu =) Keens is great!....

            1. re: Kimlo

              We've had the filet mignon, and it was excellent. My husband usually orders the mutton chop because it's not something he can get anyplace else. And, though I like steak, I actually prefer lamb, so I most often order the lamb chops, which are some of the best anywhere. The place was not originally called Keens *Chophouse* for nothing!

          2. sorry to hijack but - i was thinking of going to keens by myself one day... how different is the pub menu mutton chop from the standard chop?

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            1. re: thew

              I'd say its about 40% of the size of the regular or less. They remove a large chunk of the main portion.I prefer the regular chop.

              1. re: SomeRandomIdiot

                ive never been... so rough ballpark... how big is the pub and how big is the main room chop?

                1. re: thew

                  I'm not sure if it's still accurate but this is from the '05 NYTimes review:
                  "The mutton chop at Keens, a 26-ounce saddle of lamb, skirted with fat and nearly two inches tall, can wear whatever label it pleases, because it provides about as much pleasure as a carnivore could want."
                  I usually eat the regular for lunch and it leaves me quite full.The pub chop, the one time I had it, is much smaller. I was still hungry after eating the pub version. I have a large appetite though so a normal person might be ok with the pub version.

                  1. re: SomeRandomIdiot

                    whoa. thats a pound and half chunk of meat. i'm can eat a lot, but still - whoa

                    1. re: thew

                      There is a sizable bone, but there is a lot of meat on that bone.

            2. I love the cream of spinach. I would also reccomend the side of escorole, though I think it comes with the mutton chop, if you get that.

              1. Thanks for all the wonderful suggestions. We had a great meal last night at Keens. We started off with the crabcakes which were a bit small, but very tasty. We also decided to try the lobster bisque which was the special appetizer of the night and it was also quite tasty. As for the main event, we dove into the porterhouse for 2 which was a great pick...the combo of the sirloin and filet was amazing. i absolutely loved the char on the outside of the meat and it was cooked to a perfect medium-rare. The side of creamed spinach was also very good. Although we were quite stuffed we went for the dessert. We shared the chocolate mousse and bananas foster. I'm not a big fan of chocolate but my boyfriend claims that teh chocolate mousse was amazing and I thought that the bananas foster was a great way to end the meal. Overall this was an excellent meal and great place to take the boyfriend for his birthday because he says that he absolutely loved the atmosphere and the food. Oh, and if you like scotch as he does, this is the spot.

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                1. re: fldhkybnva

                  Glad you had a good time! My fiance also loves himself a good scotch and steak, so, invariably, we end up at Keens and always have a fantastic time. Did you get a chance to peek into the bar or have a drink there? The flights of scotch are a pretty nice way to start your meal as well.

                  1. re: fldhkybnva

                    Hey fldhkybnva, I always wanted to try the bananas foster at Keens. How is it served- like a sundae? And what does it include besides the obvious vanilla ice cream, rum sauce and bananas? I have had the hot fudge sundae and they add chopped nuts n whipped cream yum!

                    1. re: steakrules85

                      Hi steakrules! It was very good, although I have to admit I had had a few drinks so perhaps it wasn't that amazing. It was sort of served like a sundae. It was in a bowl with the banana cut in half on the bottom with a healthy helping of vanilla ice cream and on top. They also poured the rum syrup over the top. Yummm...

                      1. re: fldhkybnva

                        hey guys,
                        if you had to pick, would it be keens or lugars?

                          1. re: lemonyc

                            Depends on what you want. If you want to share a porterhouse, go to Peter Lugers. If you want other options like prime rib, mutton chops, filet mignon, etc, go to Keens.

                            Me personally, my last two visits to Peter Lugers have been merely adequate, and with the array of great dry aged steaks in this city, I'm not sure I need to give it yet another shot. Plus I'm not a huge fan of porterhouses anymore and my steak of choice is a ribeye. Peter Lugers does serve that cut now, but I have not tried it, so I can't comment on it.

                            1. re: ESNY

                              The ribeye at Luger is spectacular like the porterhouse.

                            2. re: lemonyc

                              They are both good, both restaurants serves steaks that have been dry aged for over 20 days and in terms of preparation both restaurants uses a super hot broiler to cook the steaks and will finish it off with either butter or kidney fat. I guess it might come down to locations, side dishes and services. In my personal opinion, I don’t think any of Keens sides, soups or, salads are really great but if you live in Manhattan it’s probably a little easier to get to, plus you can make reservations the day of, they accept credit card and have a great scotch and wine list. But I love the bacon at Peter Lugers, so just for that I might trek out there, but for the steaks I think you can’t go wrong with either.