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KEEN'S CHOPHOUSE review

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KEEN'S CHOPHOUSE review

mrnyc | Feb 10, 2008 04:41 PM

i hadn't been in here in years and we went last night. my spouse and i walked in around 5pm right when they opened. we were led to the bar as the staff was still having their meeting. very comfortable. i had a smoky laphroig scotch on the rocks. they use big chunks of ice cubes, which i love. my spouse a glass of shiraz that was a little corked tasting.

the host is excellent and gracious and we could have sat anywhere, but we chose the pub room. fyi the pub room is generally for walk-ins, so stop by anytime if you are early as we were or you are feeling lucky.

my spouse wanted the swordfish dish and was disappointed to find out they didn't have it. she had salmon instead, which was just ok. it came with some tasty wilted greens.

i had the signature mutton chop, which i guess is really a lambchop. but still....what a chop it is. flintstone-sized and perfectly charred. i ordered mine medium rare and i suggest you do the same. it comes with a little wilted greens, escarole i think, not sure. fantastic. my only caveat for some is you can't be shy about carving it up, it's a bit difficult to work with. needless to say i think it's well worth the effort.

we found a real stealth winner in the sides. we were going to go with classic sides, like tomatos and oinions, creamed spinach and hash browns, but instead at the last minute went with a vegetable platter. it was a special, but the waiter said it is always available. it had wilted greens, broccoli, carrots, mashed potato, & sauteed mushrooms. i inhaled it. might be a good choice for vegetarians who find themselves stuck in a steakhouse?

for dessert we had the fresh fruit dish and a glass of armagnac. the fruit was red raspberries, blueberries and strawberries. i always find that finishing up wih fruit for dessert makes me feel less full after a big meal.

cost was $165 including tip. KEENS remains a classic in every sense.

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