This iconic NYC landmark was absolutely above and beyond
This iconic NYC landmark was absolutely above and beyond all expectations I had when I booked it for our 19 year wedding anniversary. The service with Thomas as our main server was elite level, super friendly and fun. What a time my family had. Thank you Thomas and everyone at Keens. My mutton chop was bonkers delicious and the t-bone my wife and daughter split was perfection. The Pimms was on point and the sides, that creamy spinach was the best side I have ever had at any chophouse. And that house made carrot cake was the perfect way to end a perfect meal and experience. The place is truly one of a kind. I cannot recommend Keens highly enough. I will be back!!!
Decided to try Keens on the recommendation of many NYC
Decided to try Keens on the recommendation of many NYC based food bloggers. Resy was easy to make and we were promptly seated. Decor and history is intriguing and it was cool to see all the smoking pipes adorne the ceilings.Menu was simple for a steakhouse which is ideal, usually means the line cooks can focus on delivering consistent, great results.Our server was attentive and great - no complaints at all.Bleu cheese with veggie sticks was amazing, bread and butter was nothing special.Opted for lobster bisque, prime rib and t-bone. Bisque came first as desired and was great.Prime rib came with an au-ju that complimented it well. Portions were insanely large, if you're not starving you likely can share any of the plates. Prime rib was tender but lacked additional seasoning. T-bone came out a overdone and under seasoned, felt like it could use some herbs or a butter basting.Creamed spinach and mash potato sides were basic and lacked bolder flavors you'd expect of them. Portions again were big and service/lore of the place were great but food was very forgettable unfortunately. Maybe I'm too used to enjoying my own steaks.
We had a fabulous meal at Keen's Steakhouse last night! Our
We had a fabulous meal at Keen's Steakhouse last night! Our server Mohammad was incredible - very kind, knowledgeable, and attentive. Our filet's were cooked perfectly and we also enjoyed the creamed spinach and hashbrowns. Hope to return!
This place puts the "old" in "old school".
It's been probably at least a decade since I've dined here and there it was, exactly as it's been pretty much the past god knows how man years. But there are few dining experiences like Keens where beefeaters and indulge in their meat sweat fantasies in one of NYC's oldest chophouses.Given that I'm not a mutton-type of guy, I opted for the prime-rib based on some recommendations. Simply put, the "king's cut" is insane. It's supposedly 32 oz but the one I got looked like it was at least 48oz. But who's counting? Either way it's gigantic and will likely kill you if you try to eat the whole thing in one sitting (though god bless the big man sitting next to me who ate his entire portion, though mine did look a tad bigger ...)I almost died after that prime rib, but it was most certainly tasty and it did feed my family for a few days afterwards ... The bacon was probably another big highlight for me. The creamed spinach was average and the salad was pretty plain. Another honorary mention was the hot fudge sundae ... which was devoured rather quickly.I wouldn't say anything here was the "best" I ever had in any category, but all in it was a good experience and let's be real, the ambiance is what helps makes this meal better than it should/could be. I love the old school vibe and there simply aren't many places that fit this bill around here these days!
Mutton Chop even better than advertised!
After seeing the videos of their famous Mutton Chop I popped into their Bar area, enjoyed a couple Pilsners David suggested, and looked forward to my entree. The Mutton Chop was simply outstanding - just loved it and enjoyed most of it without their house made mint jelly which I find overtakes the wonderful taste of the lamb. The lemony Escarole was just superb along side the Mutton, so good that I ordered an extra portion of it ($5.25). I like Bourbon and asked David for a suggestion and he brought an excellent Jefferson Ocean Bourbon ( aged on ships) which was a perfect ending to a memorable meal. No question I will be visiting Keens for the Mutton on my next visit to NYC! As an added bonus the 34 St - Herald Square subway stop is very close to Keens.
Great food and service.
I had the Taste of Mutton. It was delicious. The atmosphere was delightful as well.Great atmosphere and delicious food.
Had a great experience at Keen's during a recent trip to
Had a great experience at Keen's during a recent trip to NYC. The service was impeccable yet unpretentious and the atmosphere had an old school NYC steakhouse vibe. My go to steak is always a NY strip, but I was a bit intrigued by the mutton, which is their specialty but something I had never tried. I told the waiter of my dilemma and he mentioned that they have been serving the mutton for over 120 years and suggested I give it a shot - and I was REALLY glad I did!!! Really great experience all around!
Stellar food and service- what more can u ask for?
Stellar food and service- what more can u ask for? Ordered the mutton chop and t bone steak as my husband wanted to hedge our bet in case I didn't like the mutton chop. We should have ordered two as it was DELICIOUS! It came with homemade mint jelly and was so incredibly tender. We also got the cheese puff, Caesar salad, creamed spinach and fries. All our dishes were cooked to perfection and I will absolutely be back for more mutton chop the next time!
A good friend of mine visited NY and he asked me to dine in
A good friend of mine visited NY and he asked me to dine in a good steakhouse. Keens was one of the best choices we have ever made. The ambiance was beautiful -the "old" good NY. We started our dinner with the butter lettuce house salad and two lobster bisques. They had a velute texture and they were flavorful. We continued by ordering the prime T-bone steak and the steamed Maine lobster fillet mignon. "Butter"! Both cooked to perfection. As side dishes we chose french fries and hash browns. Everything was beyond "Delicious". Of course we couldn't avoid getting desserts in the end. We chose to do the NY cheesecake and the hot fudge sundae which came in a coupe glass. This was one of my best dinners I've ever had. Service was top notch. If you are a steak lover you have to visit Keens. You thank me after ;)
I have been to keens many times every time is just as
I have been to keens many times every time is just as good as the last. Food always good and fresh exactlyWhat you would expect from a New York City steakhouse! 10/10 excellent all around!
Came here for a work dinner and the porterhouse steak was
Came here for a work dinner and the porterhouse steak was delicious, easy to chew, and the perfect amount of fat and juiciness. The oysters were fresh and the best starter to the course. For sides I would recommend the creamed spinach as the best tasting side. For service, despite the place being busy and full of people we got attentive customer service despite dealing with our group of 12. Our water cups and drinks were never empty, and service was well received.As for ambiance, this place is cool. On the ceiling you'll see pipes that actual individuals used to use a long time ago. There's also smoking pipes that Theodore Roosevelt and Marilyn Monroe used to use! So much history and great food in one place.Will have to come back for the bar for drinks another time.Taste: 5/5Service: 5/5Ambiance: 5/5
Friendly but old-school steakhouse vibes waiter, good food,
Friendly but old-school steakhouse vibes waiter, good food, and pretty large tables by NYC standards.The only thing keeping this from being 5 stars is that the food was "only" good--nothing blew me away. In particular, the king's cut prime rib was meh, though that might be a preference thing. I want to come back to try one of their steaks next time.
Terrible service! Rude staff.
Very disappointed. They think they are so busy that they dont need to be nice to customers
Real old school steak house.
I live the ambiance and the service was top notch. Our dinner started with large plate of crudite with blue cheese dressing. The carrots were so sweet. Nice serving of veggies before diving into a meat coma. The little bread rolls were warm but the butter was too cold to spread and was lacking salt. One of the only down sides to the meal.We had a dozen oysters to start and our server asked if we had a preference on East or west coast oysters. We settled in 1/2 of each. The oysters were delicious...served nice and cold. The west coast oysters were sweeter and more briney just the way I liked them. The bacon was next and OMG...meaty, savory with just a hint of sweetness. Our dinner was the the taste of mutton and a porterhouse for 2. I loved that they gave up warm plates to eat our food. Temperature is everything for me so that was definitely an appreciated touch. The side of mushroom and fries was a perfect accompaniment to the nicely char steak cooked perfectly med rare!Can't wait for another excuse to have some more wonderful steak at Keens!
One of the best steak houses in New York City.
Very nice ambience, decor, service but most importantly the food was excellent. The crust on the porterhouse for two was hands down the best ever, the steak was soft and succulent, their New York cheesecake was also delicious. It was a pricy meal costing around $300 for two; but if you have the budget definitely would go.
One of the best steak houses we have ever been.
We went in January during the coldest time and it was packed.Staff is very professional.Drinks are very well-made.The food is very deliciousHighly recommended
Blood stained playbill is really there! It's right behind the hostess station
Keens is consistently top notch in service and quality.
My cousin was visiting from Japan a few years ago and insisted we all come to Keens, which I had heard of but never dined at being a long time Peter Lugers purveyor. I was pretty blown away on that first visit by the steak and their creamed spinach so I found an excuse to come back and it was life changing because I ordered the prime rib. Prime rib is not as popular on the east coast (we do not have a House of Prime Rib sadly) but Keens makes a prime rib that makes me tear up. Juicy, and seasoned in natural juices, this gigantic piece of meat reminds me of our carnivorous tendencies. My SO was so infatuated with the mutton appetizer that he announced he was ordering the mutton entree next time .. and he did. The bacon is SO much better than Lugers. It's smoky and a bit sweet but the lemony arugula complements it just perfectly. Drinks are always top notch and I need to mention the manager Bonnie is a godsend.
It seems redundant to add another five star review to all the others. Just to say, I've tried other well known steakhouses in and around NYC, and the steaks here are among the best. I was halfway expecting a tourist experience rather than a great steak. There was no such compromise, everything we had was top notch. Bacon as an appetizer has become almost a gimmick, but here it was excellent. Excellent.
After a few missed attempts, final had a steak dinner at
After a few missed attempts, final had a steak dinner at Keens. So now I've dined at all 19th century steakhouses in NYC. Steak was prepared to my liking, medium, with the right amount of pink. Very tasty. Creamed mashed potatoes were also delicious. Great atmosphere, great service. Definitely a steak
Keen's was the perfect choice for our recent birthday
Keen's was the perfect choice for our recent birthday celebration dinner! The highlight of the meal was undoubtedly the mutton chops and perfectly cooked porterhouse - both were simply amazing and bursting with flavor. While the service was a bit lacking at times, the food more than made up for it.Overall, if you're looking for a steakhouse with delicious food and a great ambiance, Keen's is definitely worth a visit. The mutton chops and porterhouse are definitely the stars of the menu!
Nice restaurant and bar
The staff is amazing, both, the bar and the restaurant. The food was tasty. We had ribeye, big plate and perfectly cooked.
I recommend booking in advance as this restaurant is extremely popular. We shared a porterhouse steak, two side dishes and a bottle of wine. The service is brilliant, non intrusive and very attentive. Very expensive but in my option worth it for a great experience in an historic setting.
I took my daughter to what became a mouth watering dinner, we shared a T-Bone steam which couldn’t be made better, nice and crispy from the outside and beautifully medium rare from the inside Our waiter was also amazing, friendly, attentive, funny and a joy to get a service from It’s been a while since I could find a single fault in a restaurant I’ve eaten at
Easy to see why this place is legendary
Keen's was a perfect place for a cold February night, and easily the highlight of any NYC trip. The interior is so cozy, and breaming with a rich history. The porterhouse was everything we hoped, and easily the best steak we ever had. Service was just as incredible as the food. My only regret was we didn't save any room for desert - it looked amazing!
Awesome Porterhouse for 2! Lives up to NYC expectations.
1st time at Keen’s coming in from NJ on a cold NYC night and it lived up to our expectations! Awesome Porterhouse for Two, excellent service and great old world ambiance. Hope to be back soon.
Chose this one carefully but disappointed. Staff average and the steak itself..well I have had much better at much better value elsewhere. Lovely atmosphere but wont be back
Visited Keens on our first trip to NYC as a treat date night for my partner and I. Staff were fantastic, and they went over and above giving us an insight to the story behind the decor and answering questions about the food which was also superb. We had the bacon starter, chateaubriand, and a few side orders and the carrot cake and cheesecake for afters. Prices extremely reasonable for a top quality restaurant. We were made to feel at home and extremely well looked after throughout our visit and thoroughly enjoyed our evening. This really is a place not to be missed.
Was recommended this restaurant by a friend who said it was his “favourite restaurant in the world”. We can see why. We have eaten a lot of steak in London and other cities around the world and this was certainly the best. We had the Porterhouse to share and it was amazing. Your knife cuts through it like butter and the flavours were wonderful. Quite expensive but worth paying the extra money for the quality that you get. Lovely atmosphere too with the clay pipes on the ceiling and the feeling that you are eating in a restaurant with a real history.
wow this place is amazing .
. steak is amazing , bananas foster awesome and the place is very cool ..
Martini, mutton chop, some sides, a big red wine, key lime pie and Armagnac. Outstanding. The mutton chop is superb.
Martini, mutton chops with some sides, big red wine, key lime pie and Armagnac. Outstanding. The mutton chop is superb.
"King's cut was to die for.
"New York is a meat lover's paradise and there is never a shortage of good steakhouses.This week, I ate at a steakhouse highly recommended by a friend and realized the meaning of the opening sentenceName: Keens Steakhouse|Food: King's cut King's cut: I want to focus on itHow can we say it? We were all exclaiming that this is not like beef because the meat is really too tenderThe first bite with beef aroma of grease in the mouth burst open simple and purepure without any extra seasoning can feel the most original meat flavorreally top (In fact, we have also bought the best rib eye steak to do at home butis completely unable to do caramelized, juicy and tender at the same time let alone such athick piece of meat)Seriously, this dish pales in comparison to all other dishesA taste of mutton: cut lamb fat and lean meatTighter and chewier middle sour mouth lettuce and homemade yuzuThe sauce neutralizes the fatty taste of the lamb and adds dimension to the lamb's flavor.Authentic Dover Sole: This is a halibut waiterThe flounder waiter was there to help us bone the fish and it tasted delicious with the lemon cream sauce.Lemon cream sauce goes well with
On our arrival we were promptly shown to our table. Our drink order was taken straight away. Our meal was excellent, the steak was cooked to perfection. The servers were so very busy,dashing here there and everywhere. Our server didn’t have anytime to talk about the food on the menu which is unusual for this class of restaurant. Cannot fault the quality of the food.
Entire party was disappointed. I asked for a big jug of water (was over heated from the weather) and they just kept refilling my small -ish glass. We ordered the T-bone, mutton, lamb chops. Mutton was half inedible fat. I was told the t bone was dry. The lamb chops were so gamey I couldn't swallow. We let the staff know and the manager came over and explained "the food was dry because the cuts we ordered were dry cuts". My $22 chop salad of just lettuce and blue cheese was ok...
We stopped by lunch, great loud 70's music outside
We stopped by lunch, great loud 70's music outside drawed us in!! Service was a little slow initially. We were in a lunch break so time was of essence! Chili nacho was served mixed n hot, crispy. Soooo good. The drink Jalisco mescal was nice n spicy. It's a great steakhouse/ sport bar atmosphere. I only see good reviews about this place.
I went here for my 29th birthday.
First off the vibe is old school which is a given since it's one of the oldest steakhouses in the city. My boyfriend made accommodations and they set everything up for my birthday. My waiters name was Waldy, and his service was amazing. I have been a server for a lot of my life, and let me tell u he was the only server I can say I felt the need to tell him how wonderful he was. He was attentive and engaged with us on various conversations throughout the night. They started off with bringing some crusty rolls, as well as a veggie basket with celery, carrots, kalamata olives, pickles, and their house made blue cheese. I don't even like blue cheese, but this was so good I asked for them to pack me up more veggies and dressing to go, the blue cheese was basically like a ranch with blue cheese chunks, it was so good. To start I had the lobster bisque as an app, which was good but I needed to add salt and it wasn't as creamy as I would like. It was still very flavorful and was topped with some Caviar as a garnish. I don't like caviar but once it was blended with the soup you didn't even notice it. I ordered the tbone steak and market vegetables as a side. The veggies consisted of roasted carrots, fennel, portobello mushrooms, asparagus, and peppers. When the tbone came I thought it was the porterhouse for 2. It was gigantic, double the size I expected. It was lightly seasoned and I asked for the flaky salt on the side that they garnish with because it was a tad under seasoned for me, once I added the salt it was so much better. Overall I can say the food was very good, but everything I had needed more salt for my taste. I ended with the crime brûlée, which was creamy and vanilla forward, but there was no grit to the custard and it was silky smooth. One of the best crème brûlées I have had. My only complaint is I'm used to crime brûlée in a shallow dish, with harder sugar on top. This was more of a crème brûlée in a mug, so there was less sugar coating and a deep amount of custard. It was so good I didn't even care, plus they knew it was my birthday and brought it out with a lit candle. Overall I can say my experience was a 9/10. I don't even write reviews but given the waiter, service, and overall experience I would go again.
I've been to a few steakhouses in the city and was really
I've been to a few steakhouses in the city and was really excited when I chose Keen's for a special birthday dinner, but I was a little disappointed... Service:The server barely acknowledged the birthday, and I think when I'm going to an expensive restaurant for something like a birthday, I would like to at least get a free dessert after spending $100s. That's just me personally. And when I tell you I have an allergy and you mess up my order, I think that would be another reason to comp something. Again, personal opinion. The rating is mainly because of the food, which I thought was average, and because of the hype and history, slightly lacking.Now for the food:Filet Minion and Lobster: 9.5/10Amazingly cooked! The meat was extremely tender and there was a good amount of lobster. Everything melted in your mouth!Mutton Chop: 7.5/10Sadly the mutton chop was disappointing. When you got around all the fat there wasn't that much meat. But SO much fat it was kind of gross I couldn't eat that much. The meat was also WAY too salty. They also didn't cut it so you're spending all this time cutting around all this fat and bone to get such little meat.Creamed Spinach: 5/10Good but not great. There was too much of a spinach taste that kind of came across like dirt and there was too much cheese yet not enough to cancel out the spinach dirt taste.Bacon: 8.5/10I really liked the bacon but it was a little tough. Still recommend!Crab Cakes: 9/10Very soft and flakey! A good amount of grab and not that much crust, which I really liked. The sauce it came with was also delicious!French Fries: 5/10I've had a lot of fries and these were nothing special. They just came with ketchup.Banana Foster: 8.5/10Really good, but I wish they flamed it up in front of you! That would have been awesome!
As a huge mutton fan, I naturally went for the legendary
As a huge mutton fan, I naturally went for the legendary mutton chops (medium rare). Overall well-seasoned and pretty tender. It wasn't as umami as a lamb kebab or mutton biryani for example, but the texture was better. It definitely beats a steak, but it's not life-changing good. Quantity is crazy. Daunting, in fact. Good service and excellent ambiance, especially at dinner time. Reserve ahead and enjoy.+1 SD Taste-0.5 SD Value+1 SD Ambiance +1 SD Memorability
Why did mutton chop disappear from the rotation of American
Why did mutton chop disappear from the rotation of American favorites? Who knows. But this dish was down right impressive.
Keens has such a great blend of upscale whole feeling
Keens has such a great blend of upscale whole feeling welcoming and cozy. The service is impeccable and the atmosphere can't be beat. You can feel the history and the stories that are literally lining the walls. The food is phenomenal. We got the porterhouse for two, the creamed spinach, and baby potatoes. The steak was so tender and the grilled outer crust was perfectly seasoned. The creamed spinach was a great compliment and even my spinach-averse husband liked it! The baby potatoes were fantastic. On the saltier side, but complimented the lightly seasoned steak and spinach.
Absolutely awesome steak.
We got the filet minion, t bone, strip steak and the mutton. Of all the samples we had, unanimously we voted (3 different people) the sirloin strip had the best flavor and texture.
The best meat. I eat a porterhouse and it was wonderful, the best in my life . The service really nice and helpful. If I will return in New York the first thing I eat here.
Probably the best steak I've ever had.
We had reservations here for a dinner before our first Broadway show. The food was impeccable. Both of us ordered the filet and split a baked potato and spinach. Everything was delicious. The wine selection was solid and I did enjoy the house cabernet. Desserts are tasty and small enough to get your own. Staff was attentive and courteous.
A great place for atmosphere and a fabulous steak dunner.
Had a fabulous steak dinner at Keens Chop House in Manhattan last night. The ambience was pleasant "old school" steak house. The wait staff couldn't have been more cordial and accommodating. Shared a "to die for"medium rare porterhouse for three with my daughter and son-in-law. Great sides (creamed spinach, Yukon gold mashed potatoes, and carrots in a butter and brown sugar sauce), then finished with bananas foster. If you're ever in mid-town Manhattan and want a fabulous steak, I hardily recommend Keens!