Thanks to Steve Harrington and others for the Keens rec. Went with a group of 6 last night and had a great time.
Started omminously, with the street blocked off by cops because someone jumped. They let us through, and we started in the bar with some scotchs and a steak tartare (well flavored and yummy).
When we were done, we were seated in the middle dining room (between the bar and the main dining room), which was nice (although two friends had been there once before and prefered the other room). The service was a little slow at first, but was fine because we were all having a good time.
We got a couple bottles of a Spanish Rioja (I'm blanking on the name right now) that were very good, if a tad bit over-priced at $34 a bottle, and started with several appetizers (half dozen BC oysters, tomato and onions, a caesar salad, and a soup of the day which I forget). The tomato and onions was my favorite - I'm always amazed when places can pull off something so simple and make it so good.
One person got the "legendary" mutton at the recommended medium-rare. It was good, although I'm not sure I'd ever order it. Others did the lamb chops (rare), which were excellent.
I split the porterhouse for three with two others (rare). The center pieces were to die for - thick cut, perfectly rare, absolutely wonderful. The few outer pieces were a little tough and fatty and more like medium-to-medium-well, but they weren't much. Overall, it was a steak to remember.
We skipped dessert based on previous Chowhound posts, and walked over to Artisanal for cheese and dessert.
I still prefer Strip House to Keens, but it was a nice experience for a change, and thanks again.
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