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Minetta Tavern or Keens Steakhouse?

Visting New York in December and looking for a place to have a nice steak. I have narrowed the interesting restaurants down to Minetta Tavern and Keens Steakhouse. Which one is the better and why? Do you have any other recommendations that I should consider?

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Minetta Tavern
113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

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  1. Keens-Mutton chop and porterhouse for 2. i have heard the prime rib is also good. imo their sides and desserts are just alright.
    Minetta Tavern-cote de boeuf, appetizers-fois gras terrine and bone marrow. sides: pommes anna, desserts-souffles.
    i haven't tried the cote de boeuf but from everything ive tried at minetta tavern i think the food is at a higher level than Keens. But i can't speak for the beef, hopefully someone else will chime in since steak is a major factor.

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    1. re: daffyduck

      the prime rib at keens is a monster. and the mutton chop is delicious as well.

      i've only had the burger at minetta so cant compare

    2. The food at Minetta Tavern is far better. The cote de boeuf is superb.

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      Minetta Tavern
      113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

      1. Seriously? Has anyone tried Keen's? That place is great food and you can't beat the smoking pipes from people like Walt Frazier and ABRAHAM LINCOLN? I mean Minetta is way better but Keen's is cool and worth it for the dough.

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        1. re: sean philipps

          I've been to Keens more times than I can count, over many many years. i like it a lot. But the food at Minetta Tavern is much better, it just is.

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          Minetta Tavern
          113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

          1. re: gutsofsteel

            If you can get in to Minetta.

            The OP might not want to eat at the bar and the tables don't open up to non celebrities after 5:30 until 10:00 or 11:00PM.

        2. The food's better at Minetta. There's a difference in the crowd, as well. Imho, there's a little bit more of youngish and hip personalities at Minetta.

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          1. re: RCC

            What about decor at Christmas? Taking out of state guests in a few weeks, 2 well behaved teens too.
            Going to Rock of Ages and then some nice cozy , Christmas decorated restaurant. Price not important for this trip but decor and accessibility to Holland or Lincoln Tunnel. We have done Little Italy to Le Bernadin (not a favorite with this crowd). Did Scotto's (overated, probably the place to be seen at).

            1. re: Grace28

              I'd probably give the slight edge to Minetta Tavern, but like everyone says it's waaay more difficult to get into.

              I actually think that the porterhouse at Keen's has a very similar dry-aged flavor to the steak for 2 at Minetta. Yet the cote de boeuf at Minetta has the added benefit of a couple pieces of bone marrow. I recently wrote it up w/pics: http://lawandfood.blogspot.com/2010/1...

              You can't really go wrong with either though.

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              Minetta Tavern
              113 MacDougal St, New York, NY 10012

              1. re: Grace28

                I've not been to either during Christmas. I'd suspect, though, that Minetta would have more decorations, I probably wouldn't expect overly-decorated ambiance.

            2. Both are great. Keens is more old school - and if you are into "historic" restaurants Keens has the history behind it. Minetta is a bit more showey, but their beef is surprisingly good (I really liked the marrow served with the beef).

              Both are on the west side so access should not be an issue if you need them close to either tunnels. Keens is very close to Penn Station should you prefer to take the train. It is true that Minetta is tougher to score a ressie. How about Quality Meats?

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              Quality Meats
              57 W 58th St, New York, NY 10019