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Keen's review

joshnyc | Mar 22, 2004 07:01 PM

I dined at Keens last Thursday. In total we were five guys looking for some good quality steak and we found that. The porterhouses were delicious and perfectly prepared (I ordered mine medium rare).

To start, we ordered some shrimp cocktail and crabcakes for the table - both of which were delicious. The shrimp were crisp an fresh and the crabcakes were light, flaky, and not too greasy. One in our party ordered a caeser salad which was very good with sliced anchovies and big gratings of fresh parmesan cheese - a top rate caeser.

As for sides, the creamed spinach was tasty and not too creamy - just the way i like it - and the hashbrowns were crisp and tasty as well.

We got a relatively inexpensive bottle of wine and some ordered scotch.

I had four complaints for the entire evening.

1) the bill was pretty expensive even for NY steakhous standards. I am used to having to spend some money to get some good steak, but $120 per head seemed a bit excessive. I do not think the scotch that was ordered was THAT expensive.

2)our waiter was horrible, seemed disinterested and never came over unless we asked for him - didn't have anything helpful to say and when we pushed him, he was barely audible.

3)i had some icecream for dessert (which is the only thing that the waiter did recommend all evening) and it tasted grainy and not very sweet.

4) the upstairs room (which i saw and was nice) - was reserved for a private party, and we were relegated to the downstairs where people were walking through the dining area and it reminded me of a diner environment. We had initially reserved a table upstairs but were later informed of the party. When my friend showed me the upstairs (they were preparing for the party) we had a waitress follow us and watch us like a hawk (I think she thought we were going to steal silverware or something)

There were a lot of pipes (the ones you smoke out of) on the ceiling which was kinda cool - they were actually all over - i guess that's one of their themes. We even saw a pipe up front which was claimed to be Babe Ruth's.

All in all, a good steak experience. I would like to try Wolfgang's and see how it compares.

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