Keens Steakhouse

Restaurants , Steakhouse Midtown West
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Keens Steakhouse
The ceiling and walls are hung with pipes, some from such long-ago Keens regulars as Babe Ruth, J.P. Morgan and Teddy Roosevelt. Even in these nonsmoking days, you can catch a whiff of the restaurant’s 120-plus years of history. Beveled-glass doors, two working fireplaces and a forest’s worth of dark wood suggest a time when “Diamond Jim” Brady piled his table with bushels of oysters, slabs of seared beef and troughs of ale. The menu still lists a three-inch-thick mutton chop (imagine a saddle of lamb but with more punch) and desserts such as key lime pie. Sirloin and porterhouse (for two or three) hold their own against any steak in the city.
Venue name: Keens Steakhouse
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Address: 72 W 36th St
New York
10018
Cross street: between Fifth and Sixth Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Fri 11:45am–10:30pm, Sat 5–10:30pm, Sun 5–9:30pm
Transport: Subway: B, D, F, M, N, Q, R to 34th St–Herald Sq
Price: Average main course: $51. AmEx, MC, V
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mattscheetz
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There are plenty of restaurants in this city I would recommend to take a girl on a first date. Keens is absolutely not one of them.


Keens is where you go for dinner with your old man or maxing out your corporate card with those clients in town from Houston. From the taxidermy on the walls, to the portraits of random 19th Century aristocrats, to (what I believe is still) the world's largest collection of smoking pipes hanging from their ceiling, Keens' decor is unlike anywhere in town, and a big reason for their bona fide status as a New York City landmark.


But a cool interior doesn't keep you around for 130 years. What does? MEAT. Lots of meat. All of the meat. Don't try and get creative at Keens. Stick to the classics because no one does them better. Every cut they offer is delicious, but when it comes to their legendary mutton chop, all I can say is... BELIEVE THE HYPE.


Also, believe the scale the morning after you consumed 17 pounds of delicious beefy goodness, washed down by a heap of creamed spinach and 3 glasses of scotch.

Adam V
tastemaker

One of the most interesting steak houses in the city, with a rich history, a fun gimmick, and high-end quality steaks (and other selections), though a bit pricey. It started as a gentlemen's club, where patrons could store their favorite pipes at the establishment, and you can still feel it; with tight, compact spaces, largely wooden-paneled decor, and a whole ceiling covered in pipes. The food really is top-notch, but you will pay for it. Service and cleanliness are on point, and everyone is exceptionally friendly, and ready to tell you the history. Would highly recommend.

Katie L
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Keens is the perfect haven to escape a neighborhood filled with chaos, tourists and (gasp) Macy's.  This steakhouse is an institution that has been around since 1885 and remains one of the best spots in the city to have a power lunch. Even if you don't like mutton, the dish that this famous steakhouse is known best for, you'll love it here. Its ambiance is warm and inviting. I recommend the steak salad! It's all about balance.

jiya s
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I like ur resturant food nd style .Im interested to open just like ur restaurant in my homeland .would u help me to sort out how to open .like if u interested world wide branches ?