72 W 36th St, New York, NY | Directions 1001840.750935 -73.986497
Neighborhoods: Koreatown, Midtown
Keens is so impossibly authentic that it's easy to overlook how beautifully art-directed it is -- a homage and, really, an improvement of the genre. Yes, it's been around a million years and yes, it sells a signature item that nobody has liked in forty years, but Keens benefits from hindsight. That, and a matchless collection of Scotch whiskies.
Enter at your own Risk! – We went out hoping to have a lovely dinner at this restaurant after reading all the reviews at this website. We had a reservation and were seated promptly. Our waiter was rude and condescending. My husband got a Filet mignon. He said his was dry and had no taste. I had sauteed shrimp. I've had better shrimp at Captain D's. We had one glass of wine each one side each and the bill was 157.00. The waited got his drawers in a knot when we didn't order dessert. I went back to our hotel and didn't think I would make it. I had to go to the bathroom so badly I nearly blew the lid off the toilet!
Great Mutton Chop - WOW! – Well let me preface this review by saying that my friends and I have been trying a different "top tier" steak house approx every 2 months or so for the last 2 yrs. I would rate Keens near the top.
Pro's: Great Mutton Chop - never had one before but had heard and read good things about it so we went with three people and ordered 1 Mutton Chop and a Porterhouse for 2 and shared. I expected the Mutton Chop to be really gamey and tougher, but it was delicious and juicy!!! The Porterhouse was really good as well. Not the best I've had but very good. We started off with a dozen oysters which were delicious. I was impressed when the waiter brought out a basket of carrots / celery and olives with a side of blue cheese along with the breadbasket. It was tasty and I thought it was a nice touch that separated them from other places. Also the Mutton Chop came with a side of Mint jelly which tasted like something they had made as opposed to out of a jar. It was very good.
Cons: The sides were a little below average - we tried the home fries which tasted like mashed potatoes with a burnt outer coating. Wasn't terrible but would try something else next time. Winter vegetables were okay, at least it was something different than the usual fare.
Notes: We didn't have any desserts so I can't comment about that. They had an excellent selection of scotches to try.
Price: I would say it a little higher than most similar steakhouses.
Advice: Definitely worth a try. Go for the Mutton Chop. Great place to go before a Knicks and Rangers game.
Good dessert – My friend lives in the area and we went here for dessert. We weren't there long, but I highly reccomend the butterscotch sundae!! My friend had the cheesecake, I didn't try it but she said it was good. Our waiter was very friendly too.
Ideal Steakhouse – Went to Keen's for New Year's eve with a party of 5 and had an amazing experience. The ceilings are lined with Sherlock Holmes-style pipes on the main level and Confucius-style pipes on the second level. There are at least 3 bars accessible at any given time and the main bar is big enough to hang out at regardless if you are eating or not. The second level sports a full-size piano, although there was no piano player on when I was there. I don't think I've ever seen such a cool decor to a restaurant.
We had the sliced/tomato and onion with buffalo bleu cheese as an appetizer - delicious. For the main course we decided to order 3 cuts of meat and have them sliced so we could pass them around family-style and the waiter and kitchen were more than happy to oblige. As far as meat goes, anyone who goes to Keen's and doesn't try the Mutton Chop is missing out. I had never had it. I didn't know what to expect, but when we had all tried everything everyone at the table agreed that it was the juiciest and best-tasting of the 3 cuts we ordered. That's not to say that the Porterhouse for two and the Kansas City Sirloin weren't superb; they were and I could go back for either of them. It's just that the Mutton provides a uniqueness that you just don't get with any other cut. We also ordered a Scallop and clams special. I usually don't bother with seafood when I am at a steakhouse, but I am not exaggerating when I say the scallops blew me away; they were unbelievably flavored and cooked to perfection. The creamed spinach we had as a side was weak and the mashed potatoes and asparagus were standard and nothing special, but the 3 cuts of meat ,scallops, Scotch list that sports just about every Scotch known to man combined with quality service at a reasonable price have me itching to go back already.
Excellent – I was looking for a great "New York" steakhouse, and this is it. This is no chain. This is the real deal. From the time we arrived I had a good feeling and could sense the history of the place. Old, dark wood floors, white tablecloths, friendly and attentive staff. We went about an hour before our reservation so we would have time to sit in the bar, and I'm glad we did. After 5 minutes we were able to get 2 seats at the bar and start a tab. The bartender gave us great service, even making the classic "Sidecar" drink that I had never heard of but soon grew to love (Brandy, Cointreau, Lemon). The atmosphere is upscale but very relaxed & comfortable. We sat at a table in the first of two small rooms on the second floor. We had excellent service. We never wanted for anything and the waiter made great suggestions. We shared a half-dozen oysters (East & West coast), great, and I had a NY strip (bone in) that was the best steak I have ever had. I am a ribeye eater, but Keen's doesn't have ribeye and the waiter suggested the strip. Also had the "hash" (the waiter insisted) which is really a pancake of mashed that is pan fried. FANTASTIC! We also had the carrots and they were also great. After dinner we shared bananas foster with coffee and a side of Bailey's. The perfect meal. Never rushed but still ended too soon. I can't wait to go back to NY, if only to go to Keen's again. !! : )
mediocre at best, skip it. – if general bad attitude and slow service are your thing, this is the place for you. food isn't bad, it is just not good, below average at best and the service is bad. it's a crowded noisy dump with overpriced drinks, mediocre food and lousy service. work nearby and been there twice out of sheer location and i'm walking past or starving instead next time.
We when to keens for diner on short notice. the host staff was great at taking a reservation and adjusting it with 2 days notice.We sat in 2nd floor and the server was excellent guiding through the menu and making helpfull suggestions. we asked for the drinks to come out with meal,and they did. service the best,food the best,decor is historical.The scotch selection was great. I will go back to keens because this is the best steakhouse in the city. my best meal i ever had was at keens.
good – I had diner at keens couple of days a go with a friend of mine. Food is good, drinks to short , but not pricy for a steakhouse in manhatten. Drinks are taylored with your particular taste and the bar creates new offerings all the time.Talking about service..... to bad, shame on Keens. Our server kept talking all the time about how simple the life was in Ohio and how complicated NYc can be. Than hi invite us for a drink after work and this was the end. My friend diner mate told him hi was not here for a date and the tall server got serios asking why not? Later on another friend of mine say u may expect those things all the time in Keens. Food- you will not be dissapointed and bored and u will find yourself constantly go back for more.Service-i had to bad experince.
Cozy... – Best steak, pricey, but definitely worth it. I've been to Keens Steakhouse at least a dozen times, and once my steak was over cooked. I learned that you should not worry about sending it back, they will take good care of you, they even took my sides back and gave me a fresh batch so my food would all be hot at the same time. Most of the people I go with tend to order the Rib Beef, I think cause it looks like a bigger piece, and it's less expensive, but personally I love the Filet mignon, it melts in your mouth, it's so buttery and tender, worth the extra bucks!!
Good Place for Dinner.. – The service, and the food are just incredible. The atmosphere is nice and relaxing... The steaks are so tender and just melt in your mouth. The staff is also very friendly and accomodating, Both delicious, well cooked steaks. The salads were rather amazing, as well. The dessert was pure sugar for me and I loved it.I would recommend to anyone.
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