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Keens Steak House, NYC

CHAidone Apr 15, 2014 05:41 AM

Any reviews?

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  1. jrvedivici RE: CHAidone Apr 15, 2014 05:58 AM

    There have been many discussions about Keens on this board, a quick search turned up these threads you can read through.


    As for myself......it's certainly a good place, old boy's club type steakhouse. They are really known for their mutton or lamb but the steaks are excellent. Personally having been there a couple of times in my life, I have no desire to go back, I enjoy some of the newer places.......but if you have never been it is certainly worth a visit, then you can take it for yourself from there.

    1. Spiritchaser RE: CHAidone Apr 15, 2014 05:59 AM

      You'll find lots of reviews/comments regarding Keens on this site. Personally I think the place is fantastic.

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        TrishUntrapped RE: Spiritchaser Apr 15, 2014 06:29 AM

        I agree. I'm female and love Keen's. They make everyone feel very comfortable. Great steaks and service.

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        carlylecat RE: CHAidone Apr 15, 2014 06:36 AM

        I eta there once a week for lunch - perfectly reliable, great food, solid service, don't know about the wine list because I don't drink at lunch but impressive bottles seem to be on those tables who do imbibe....really cant go wrong - the mutton chop is HUMUNGOUS

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          Rich D. RE: CHAidone Apr 15, 2014 12:53 PM

          There are indeed tons of reviews on this site, but I can jump in now to let you know that my experience this past Friday really exceeded my already high expectations. A group of three of us split the mutton chop (really, truly one of the best cuts of meat I've ever had), the porterhouse, tableside caesar salad, and the mushrooms/creamed spinach/and hash browns for sides. Unanimously, we loved each dish, which is to say nothing of the old world, classic ambiance.

          I 100% recommend this place.

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            r32nissan RE: Rich D. Apr 15, 2014 06:46 PM

            It also has one of my favorite scotch lists in the city. :)

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              Rich D. RE: r32nissan Apr 15, 2014 08:25 PM

              How could I forget? Seconded.

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            plf515 RE: CHAidone Apr 16, 2014 03:59 AM

            Large pieces of excellent lamb and beef, cooked the way you like them

            Friendly service

            Historic room

            And a list of Scotches that is amazing (I am not a Scotch drinker, but it is some list).

            What's not to like?

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              mrnyc RE: CHAidone Apr 18, 2014 07:16 AM

              we finally went back to keens recently after sitting on a gift certificate for like two years - ha. we split a rare porterhouse. it was just fine and the service, if that is an issue for you, was excellent. we just walked in right when it opened, but i would highly recommended reserving. we werent going anywhere afterward so i took home a big doggy bag, including the flintstones-sized bone, that was all well appreciated later. after dinner, we even stayed and had a digestif in the pub side. it was just a lovely, nice night out to dinner. if you want your old school there is no reason not to go to keens and order steakhouse classics.

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                phantomdoc RE: CHAidone Apr 20, 2014 01:14 PM

                Great place. And when we went a couple of years ago they had a deal for parking across the street for $10. Call for details.

                1. financialdistrictresident RE: CHAidone Apr 20, 2014 01:22 PM

                  Search is your friend. I see some threads have been posted by another hound :)

                  We went once, too long ago to be helpful. I probably posted a report. Keens gets alot of love on this Board.

                  I do remember I liked the history, ambience (there is a pipe room, etc.) and service more than the food. To be fair, I was the only non-meat eater in the group. The other diners prefer Peter Luger's and Morton's.

                  If I was near Penn Station I'd go for cocktails, an app. and some history in a heartbeat.

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                    robinsilver RE: CHAidone Apr 23, 2014 12:00 PM

                    After hearing friends rave about it, we went a few months ago. I am really not a fan. As I hate lamb of all kinds, the mutton is out for me. However, I love steak. There are tons of steakhouses in NYC, and there are a lot of things that go into enjoying a meal, and considering all of that, I would never go back to Keens over some others.

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                      kathryn RE: robinsilver Apr 23, 2014 04:40 PM

                      What exactly didn't you like?

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                        foodiemom10583 RE: kathryn Apr 24, 2014 06:59 AM

                        For me: Fishy, watery lobster bisque; a porterhouse ordered medium (the birthday boy's dinner) came out black-and-blue; the returned porterhouse (ETA: specifically, the t-bone for one) was cooked to an even more charred crust on the outside and rare on the inside; the relish trays were removed 15 minutes before our entrees came out; a bland, tough chunk of filet ordered medium rare; and the waiter calling me "mommy" over and over again. I was the only female at our table of five, but still.

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