Keens recs: What to get besides the mutton chop?
5 of us are going to Keen's in a couple weeks. I've not been before. Doing some research, I am definitely ordering the mutton chop (even if it isn't really mutton) for my main course (I like lamb and mutton better than steak, anyway).
But what else? Do any of the appetizers/sides stand out?
Reporting back from last night's visit.
Is it possible to overdose on meat? Well, maybe not, but we gave it an effort!
We started with a variety of oysters. I love oysters and these were fine, although not special. Next time, I think I will order a different appetizer (three others at the table wanted oysters).
Then on to the meat. Mutton chops and porterhouse. The porterhouse was fine, but the mutton was the standout. Really excellent lamb. The mint jelly sauce was disappointing, so I ate the meat straight.
For sides we ordered sauteed mushrooms, creamed spinach and mashed potatoes. I didn't try the potatoes, but the mushrooms and spinach were fine. There was also some escarole on the plates with the lamb.
A true carnivore's delight
I've been to Keens maybe 3 or 4 times a year on average over the past 35 years or so, and I think I've ordered the mutton chop every time. Well, maybe once or twice I ordered something else, but each time I ended up regretting not ordering that great chop.
Let me hasten to add that I've been at Keens for numerous tasting events (wines, Scotch, bourbon, etc.), and several times for private parties, and on those occasions I went with the flow (meaning, sadly, no mutton chop).
To me, the mutton chop is perhaps the primary reason for going to Keens. I've had mutton chops elsewhere, but they've always been a special, and I can't recall any of them coming close to Keens version. Plus I don't know anyplace else that serves mutton chops as a regular menu item.
Another thing that I always liked about Keens is the platter of pickles, radishes, carrots, etc. that they put on the table at the beginning of the meal.
Oh yeah, they also have that amazing Single Malt Scotch menu, maybe the most comprehensive outside of Scotland.
All in all, I'm a fan of Keens and I hope to continue to enjoy that mutton chop for whatever years are left to me. Along with some of that fine Scotch...
I'm glad you enjoyed yourself, and I hope you're selfish enough that at some point down the road you'll treat yourself to another mutton chop for the pure pleasure of it...
The mutton chop was special. Everything else was ssimilar to other places.
I didn't think the tray of pickles etc was particularly special; it was mostly carrots and celery. Maybe I got a bad tray :-).
As for scotch - we had one scotch drinker at the table and he was quite impressed.
First, they have the best Bloody Mary in NY. Tall and cool and not to spicy, but full of flavor. I get one every time I'm there -- Then, they specialize in a traditional chop house style menu. Besides the beef and mutton, though, I love the crab cakes. They're an appetizer. I usually order them plated with a baked potato as an entree, and then share in some of the amazing, yes, beef. The orders are huge, and even with teen boys, we always have bones and bits to take home.
Keens is by far my favorite steakhouse in NYC. But for me, it's because they put the "house" in steakhouse. It's all about the total experience.
The Mutton Chop is definitely special and is a must-have.
The Prime Rib Hash makes a great side. Love the egg on the top.
I find that the Cheesecake is among the purest expressions of "New York Cheesecake" available on the planet. It is fantastic.
The steaks are always good, but it's not going to be the best steak you've ever had.
The carrots are also fairly unique to Keens and make a good side. They're almost like a dessert, though.
Outside of that, go, drink some brown liquids, relax, and enjoy the historical experience.
i'm happy many here have had good experiences...Keens had been a longtime fav of my mine, but my experience a little shy of 2 years ago was so poor that i haven't been back...they seemed to slipping so dangerously on all fronts (vile service, mediocre food, clueless management) that i felt i needed to politely give them a couple years to get back to form...
Maybe it's time for a return?...i'd love to hear they've gotten back in top form...
But re: meat in general -- it's really hard for me to justify paying top dollar for non-organic meat, when one can go to somewhere like St Anselm in Brooklyn and get organic meat which puts any of the best Manhattan chophouses to shame...