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Keen's Steakhouse

billyblancoNYC | Oct 3, 2003 04:58 PM

Excellent place. Might have bumped Sparks, even.

Very nice staff. Personable and very friendly.

The waiter was great, very knowledgeable and helpful. I wanted to try a single malt scotch (they have over 200) but had no idea, he went and asked to manager and gave me a nice $12 (the range I asked for) scotch "good as a beginner." Perfect. No rush whatsoever, as our dessert and coffee were done, but no mention to leave. Water always pouring.

On to the meal. The filet was outstanding - nicely charred outside, like buttah on the inside. Creamed spinach was the best I ever had - full spinach with the taste of wonderful cream, not vice versa. Has browns equally great.

Sundae was perfect, not too big, not too small. The Iowa Carmamel Custard (flan) was great - nice pool of caramel, flan perfect texture and consistency, creamy.
Even the espresso was great - strong.

The decor is fabulous. It's been around since 1885, and the pics and wall carving detail proves it. It was relaxed and not stuffy. Little quirks like a little pad to write notes on the table w/ the header notes at keens. Also, the check comes in a holder syaing "Bad News" with the actual check having a picture of a shocked woman looking at the bill - cute. The BEST was the 90,000 plus pipes lining the ceiling - this was an old pipe club for the likes of Teddy Roosevelt, Buffalo Bill Cody, Albert Einstein, and a host of other notables.

The clincher was the frontman. An amazingly pleasant man - he's back with an English accent if you go. He offered, on our way out, to show us the upstairs. 3 rooms used to private parties that were wonderful - secret doors and all. He gave us some history of the areas and showed us. This, as he sweared up and down, (yet still hard to believe) that the original, blood stained Dec. of Independence and the Ford Theater Program were hanging on the wall! Hard to believe, but with this place, you never know.

Overall, all the pieces - service, decor, and food, truly were TOP NOTCH. A wonderful place all should get to. It's on 36st and 6th. In case you care, they validate for the parking lot across the street.

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