Saturday, December 3, 2011

Keens Steakhouse

With Mr. Haribo Mule in town, it always means good eats. He wanted to have some steak but not the fancy dry aged kind. In NYC, you'll mostly find dry aged this and dry aged that. I'm a fan but not every one. So when I sought out to find a place to please everyone, I thought that Keen's Steakhouse would be perfect.

When we arrived, I adored the decor. It was really old school. You can definitely tell that this used to be a gentlemen's establishment with their pipe collection lining the walls. We waited a bit and then were escorted to our table upstairs. The stairs are narrow and steep so be careful. We sat down and this was presented. It was vegetable crudite with carrots, celery, olives, and pickles. I enjoyed it and was a nice gesture from the place. It was certainly unique. I could have gone without the ice on top though.

To start, I had the lobster bisque ($9) which was okay. The lobster meat was shredded finely in the soup. The flavor was okay and didn't taste a lot like lobster. I assume that they had used a seafood stock instead. The brandy and cream was very nice though. I enjoyed that.
The rest of the gang enjoyed some thick cut smoke bacon ($10.50). These were just okay. The thickness of the bacon wasn't what I was used to from a steakhouse. Although the flavor was very good, it was just okay overall.
But who cares too much about appetizers and what not. We're here for the main course. I went the traditional route and ordered the mutton chop ($48). This large piece of mutton was seared nicely and came towering over my plate. However, don't be timid. There's a lot of bone in this beauty.
As I sliced through, I was very happy to find a rich redness bleeding from the middle. Tender and delicious. Yes, the meat was gamey as an old sheep should but it wasn't offensive at all. It was a nice tender meat with a slight natural funk. I enjoyed it very much.
It came with some mint jelly which I tasted just a bit. I think it's supposed to offset some of the gaminess. I didn't enjoy this jelly at all  but it didn't matter. I thought the meat was fine just the way it was.
Mr. Haribo Mule had the T-Bone Steak ($48.50) which he enjoyed but didn't think it was the best he's had.
Mr. M&P and Doc Nut both had the Sirloin steak ($44.50) which was just okay as well. They thought it was a tasty piece of charred beef but wasn't impressive whatsoever.
The sides including creamed spinach ($10) and mashed Yukon gold potatoes ($8.50).
We also had a side of sauteed mushroom ($12). The sides, like the steaks, were just okay. They weren't bad, per se, but just didn't impress.
Surprisingly, we all had an appetite for dessert afterwards. I ordered the hot fudge sundae ($11) which was nicely made. Vanilla ice cream, hot fudge, whipped cream, sliced almonds, and biscuits. I enjoyed this very much.
Mr. Haribo Mule had the NY Cheesecake ($11) which he said tasted mediocre. From the looks of it, he seemed right.
And Doc Nut had the Creme Brulee ($11). The small cup left very little to be desired.
What we loved was the envelope in which the bill was contained. We all had a nice chuckle when this came around.
In the end, Keens steakhouse didn't impress us. With all the great steak places in NYC, it's hard to want to go back to a place that was just okay. I would only go back for the mutton chop followed by a sundae.

Keens Steakhouse
72 West 36th Street
New York, NY 10018
(212) 947-3636
keens.com

4 comments:

  1. I had no idea their steaks weren't dry aged (given the prices especially!). Do you think maybe you didn't like it as much because it wasn't dry aged - that the steaks didn't taste as good, I mean?

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  2. @FF: It was dry aged but less so than the other bug steakhouses in NYC.

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  3. Not been to Keens before but doesn't sound like I am missing out with the just okay steaks.
    That large chunk of mutton looks alright.
    BooOOO to the sad looking brulee and cheesecake.

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  4. this place has been on my radar for a long time. it is so close to home and has a really great, long history.

    i think i will still have to try it out myself.

    their mutton chop is the most famous dish! mmm.

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