Here are some things that you need to know about Keen’s Steakhouse:
-It has the largest collection of churchwarden pipes in the world. Most of them are displayed on the ceiling.
-The owners of these pipes and members of this pipe club included such illustrious figures as Albert Einstein, Teddy Roosevelt, and Will Rogers.
-Actress Lillie Langtry sued the restaurant in 1905 (it was established in 1885) for being denied entry on grounds of being a girl. She won.
-I’m so glad she did. Cause this place is my new favorite steakhouse in NYC.
The restaurant defines clubby. It’s dark and fancy/casual with paneled walls, white tablecloths, and those pipes lining the ceilings. I say fancy/casual because you will be seated if you are wearing jeans and seated if you are wearing evening gowns. The atmosphere is classic and retro, similar to Grand Central Oyster Bar. Come here for a bachelor(ette) party and you will be in heaven.
A classic done right. A huge half head of iceberg slathered with sharp scallions and thick blue cheese dressing; tangy and creamy and earthy and meaty. Refreshing and rich all at once. It’s quite substantial and a great way to fill out your meat-centric meal.
This is the thing to get here. They have world class beef steaks, too, but they are famous for their mutton (lamb) chop. Huge and juicy, with plenty of charred fat and grassy meat, it is distinctively lamb-y tasting. The meat is firmer and a little more tough than I am used to, but the flavor is wonderful. It’s really deep and full flavored, ideal with the sweet mint jelly served alongside. Don’t forget those wonderful garlicky sauteed greens either.
Moist and spicier than most, with a zesty, lemon scented icing. I prefer a more classic variety, but this is still tasty and a great way to end a great meal.
This place is so cool. It’s full of history, has a less expensive pub room, and has a wonderful selection of scotch. Plus, that mutton chop isn’t something you see on every menu. The whole meal is pricey but worth it for a special occasion.
One more thing you need to know about Keen’s – it’s a must-hit dining destination in NYC.