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Posted by Scotsman living in Bermuda visiting NYC on 02/20/2007
Not too often have I experienced such quality food, great atmosphere and decent price in one place in NYC. We had the lobster starter and then the Porterhouse. I thought it was excellent. What was most surprising was the extensive list of single malts. Never have I seen such a wide array. My only gripe was that they didn't serve it in a whisky glass. That is equivalent to serving the steak on a soup plate! I'd recomend this place in a heart beat.
Posted by Laurie on 02/08/2007
We were so hungry, and decide to try this place, having never been before. I was glad we did! Nearly everything my fiance and I ordered here this past Superbowl Sunday nite was wonderful, including several of the side dishes (especially the sweet carrots...mmm!). The dill/stilton dip for the crudite was yummy (especially surprising, since I have always hated blue cheese dressing). Caesar salad did not disappoint. The dark chocolate mousse dessert was good, especially with the whipped cream topping. My steak was slightly overcooked and a bit tough (which happens occasionally, even at the best steakhouses; not every cut can be perfect), but was still tasty; with the perfectly made and flavored Bearnaise sauce, it was actually quite good. I took the leftovers home. I have a feeling that next time the steak will be more tender. Bread could have been better, though; it was nothing special, and kind of dry. Our waitress was quite pleasant, and had a lilting Scottish accent which was lovely to listen to. My fiance even purchased some of the sturdy, stemmed house water glasses on our way out! I'm looking forward to going there again soon; I may just order side dishes and appetizers next time because they were that good!
Posted by NYC Food Lover on 12/30/2006
With so many glitzy steakhouses popping up in NYC these days, it's always a pleasure to dine at reliable, historic Keens, where every detail is in place: charming Old New York atmosphere, attentive service, and scrumptuous steakhouse fare. When I can, I love to sit in the casual Pub room and chow down on a plump, charred burger, washed down with an interesting wine by the glass (changed often). It's a really great value! For fancier occasions, nothing beats sitting in the main diningroom, under a canopy of old clay pipes, and digging into a juicy Porterhouse, or their famed mutton chop, with perfect creamed spinach on the side, of course. Out-of-town guests always love it here... and beg to come back. It's not cheap but I do think you do get what you pay for.
Posted by imagelejc on 12/29/2006
I have been going to Keens for years and have always been pleased with the food and service. The atmosphere is one of a kind. I plan to keep going for years to come.
Posted by K. Desh on 12/22/2006
Just had lunch there yesterday and must say it was a huge disappointment. Ordered the filet and it was tasteless. It was cooked correctly but the aging/seasoning of the steak was nonexistant. Atmosphere is dark and outdated. Service was not what you'd expect of a top line chophouse. Inattentive waiters, forgot to take one of our guests order, and once the food came, didn't know to whom each dish went.
Posted by jamiegourmet on 12/12/2006
I've had a chance by now to sample the circuit of New York steakhouses, and no place matches the quality or atmosphere of Keens. The porterhouse is huge, and the quality of all the meats is the best I've encountered. The waiters are always very accomodating. I love to show out-of- towners all the great theatre memorbilia. If you love scotch, they pour over 200 varieties.
Posted by Steak on 11/30/2006
Poorly greeted, dark confines, rushed service, so-so beef, and ridiculously overcooked vegetables are the hallmarks here. The clay pipes on the ceiling deal is way outdated. I would never recommend this place to anyone other than starving cavemen....what a disappointment.