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Keen's - A Post Marathon Treat


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Keen's - A Post Marathon Treat

Nick Lambert | Nov 11, 2004 02:58 AM

Firstly thanks to the many hounds who sent me recommendations for my post marathon dinner. It was a difficult choice, but I bit my tongue and re-booked Keen's even though the first receptionist had been bloody rude and told me that she would not be happy if we stayed until midnight so I told her to forget it (not quite the words that I used!)

Was very impressed with Keen's - the place was exactly what I wanted - by 9pm when we arrived a little tired and emotional, it was still buzzy but not totally heaving. The place has real character - wood panelling, low ceilings and lots of clay pipes everywhere which for a place where you are not allowed to smoke is a touch ironic!

Service was very efficient and friendly. I ordered the T-Bone cooked rare and it was superb - thick as a carpet, juicy and perfectly cooked. Had a marvellous pre-prandial bottle of '99 Meursault that was cheap as chips - US$39! Washed the T-bone down with a '01 St Francis Sonoma Cab Sauv which I used to stock at my place but had to de-list as my supplier didn't rate the next vintage. The wine was a mere US$32 and was an incredible bargain.

Some of the people I was with had the Chateaubriand - it looked divine and tasted even better. Charred on the outside and juicily pink on the inside. These boys know how to cook a steak. The women had the wild salmon and they weren't diasppointed. Side orders were huge and satisfying. The bill was just over US$400 for six of us which was great value for me seeing as I was getting US$1.90 to the pound! We left around midnight and the place was still buzzing so I don't know why the receptionist had been such a silly cow.

Other culinary highlights of the trip were Osteria Laguna in Midtown (their Ragout of Lamb Pappardelle special was perfect for carbing up before the 26.2). Also went to the Charlie Palmer place in Grand Central - fabulous rock oysters which were small but perfectly formed. Washed a dozen down with a '02 Premier Cru Chablis that was US$45 which yet again was stonking value. All in all a great trip albeit a painful one!

Finally, once again thanks to all of you that took the time to send in recommendations I really appreciate it.

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