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Jan 9, 2012 06:34 AM

Keens dilemma - Mutton Chop or Steak?

Taking some nephews out for a celebratory dinner at Keens. Having just recently started eating beef again I'm not sure which route I want to go, the legendary mutton chop or just a good ole' hunk of USDA Prime.

Any suggestions? And if so, the reason behind it.

Thanks in advance

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  1. Good steak you can get in plenty of places. But that mutton chop (which is not actually mutton by he way) is a one of a kind, and it's good. That's what I always get at Keens (especially since I've had some disappointing steaks there).

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    1. re: gutsofsteel

      Thanks. So now I'm a little concerned because I know at least two of my nephews will be ordering steak, is there a particular cut they should avoid?

      1. re: Spiritchaser

        I'm sure the steak will be fine. I've just found the quality of the steaks somewhat inconsistent over time. I've been there many, many times.

      2. re: gutsofsteel

        >> But that mutton chop (which is not actually mutton by he way) is a one of a kind, and it's good.

        I'm curious, what is it actually?

          1. re: Cheeryvisage

            The mutton chops are the way to go. I think it might be an Urban Legend that it is lamb and not mutton. Everyone I've asked at Keen's swears it is mutton. I guess based on the nytimes article by frank bruni, it used to be mutton and now it is saddle of lamb.


            1. re: foodwhisperer

              A bartender at Keens told me it's lamb saddle.

              1. re: ForestHillsFresser

                Mutton is to Lamb as Beef is to Veal Sorry for the SAT type answer.

        1. This is referred to as a high class problem...

          But as Guts points out, steak is everywhere... the mutton (lamb) chop at Keen's is unique.

          1. My first trip to Keens was in November before a Town Hall comedy show. 4 people shared 1 Mutton and a Porterhouse for 2. Perfect amount of protein.

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            1. re: phantomdoc

              Duh, how stupid of me to not think of that option! I can get my much loved mutton (RE: Lamb) but steal tastes of steak from the nephews. I have my plan.

              Thanks everyone.

              1. re: phantomdoc

                Follow up question - Do they charge for plate sharing?

                1. re: Spiritchaser

                  I don't think so. I was not charged when I did it.

              2. As others have said: mutton...and for the others, they might consider the prime rib rather than steak...

                1. I would also second the prime rib. It's huge. But know that it's not "aged steak" like the porterhouse.
                  I was rather disappointed with the porterhouse on my last visit, but that's in comparison to some other great ones in the city.
                  The mutton chop, which is really a saddle of lamb, is truly unique in the city.
                  They do a pretty good dover sole as well.

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                  1. re: fooder

                    i've also enjoyed the dover sole there...three people sharing a mutton chop, a prime rib, and a dover sole would be a very filling, yummy, and decadent meal...