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Keen's - Worst meal

I started with 50 oysters for $100. I should have known by the reasonable price the oysters would suck. They tasted like mud.

Mutton Chop - tasteless. I love lamb. major disappointment.

My friend steak was the worst part. It was not just unedible, it was also unable to be cut. We asked the waiter about the steak and he grabbed it off the table and the bill as if he expected it to come back. The waiter said "we did not dry age it enough.

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  1. Just to be clear: they didn't charge you for the steak?

    1. I had a similar experience with Keen's steaks, a number of years back.

      The meat wouldn't cut in spots, or chew, and they handled it poorly.

      From the bread on up, the quality of the meal struck me as surprisingly low.

      1. Wow, I am shocked to hear this. I don't remember what we had but I celebrated a birthday at Keen's a few years ago and it was spectacular. Not happy to hear that perhaps the quality has declined in recent years.

        1. I was a loyal customer and longtime fan of Keens until circa 1998. I used to run work parties upstairs in the Bull Moose Room often and was a huge fan. Then came an incident with a manager that planned events there and really soured me on the place. I started to go back occassionally about 10 years ago and noticed it just wasn't the same. I agree the Mutton Chop was awful last time I had it. To me, it seems like it's turned into a tourist trap. Great place to stop in and have a beer at the bar but as far as paying that sort of money for a meal, there are too many places that are better (and to try).

          I did notice a new bar opened across the street called The Keg Room. I have to give it a try, looks good.

          1. i hate to pile on here, but:

            i'd been a fan of Keens for 12+ years...i love the history of the place, and usually have found the oysters, fried-chicken/endive salad, prime rib, and mutton chop to be excellent...and then:

            i went there about 10 months ago w/ the girl i was dating then, excited to share the place with her...service was beyond awful, food mediocre...it just seemed very very very "off"...

            I suspect something is up...new owner?...poor management?...but something was clearly rotten in the vibe, and having been there 20+ times in the past, i don't think i was imagining things...

            I haven't been back since, just because we NYers have so many great options that it takes committment to return to even a past-favorite when things were bad the last time...

            Interested to hear a spectrum of reports, as i'm not sure how soon i'll be back unless the news is good...

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            1. re: Simon

              My last meal there was two years ago. Everything was excellent. The meal included mutton chops, someone got fish and another had steak. It was all good. Even the service.

              1. re: Simon

                Went in October, the steak was still very food in the pub room. We didn't have a reservation, but didn't wait very long. The host was very nice, apologized for the wait. Server was very good as well. We ordered the porterhouse for two, medium rare with a side of mushrooms. The steak was maybe cooked more towards medium than medium rare compared to previous visits, but still good.

                1. re: Simon

                  We've been there 2 or 3 times in the last year or so and all was excellent. It continues to be a place we recommend.