Keens Steakhouse

My dinner at Keens Steakhouse was a lovely visit to a storied institution in Midtown Manhattan

Keens Steakhouse, a legendary establishment in New York City, has a rich history dating back to the late 19th century. Founded in 1885 by Albert Keen, Keens originally began as a men’s social club known as the Keen’s Chophouse. Over time, it evolved into a renowned steakhouse, attracting patrons with its exceptional food, distinctive atmosphere, and notable clientele.

When I received a recommendation to try Keens, I was curious. On a whim, I made a reservation and looked forward to dinner. So, after getting ready at 1 Hotel Central Park, I took myself out to dinner.

My curiosity and willingness to try something new was deliciously satisfied.

After conferring with my waiter, I started with 1/2 DOZEN FRESH OYSTERS and a PAPER PLANE (bourbon, contratto aperitif, amaro, lemon) cocktail.

Understanding my desire to not be overwhelmed by my main course, my waiter suggested the lunch portion of the PRIME NEW YORK SIRLOIN with fries. I greatly appreciated it, as it allowed me the perfect portion of meat to dine on – without dealing with leftovers. To go along, I enjoyed the OMAR BRADLEY (rye, tiptree orange marmalade, bitters) cocktail.

I imagined my mother sitting in the empty chair across from me. I imagined us celebrating life. Of this being her first trip to New York and the sights that had amazed her. It’s in the quiet times of pleasure that I allowed myself to attempt to imagine my life without her physical voice. Doing this – for the first time in a while – I felt okay.

For dessert, I enjoyed the KEENS’S RED BERRY BIBBLE alongside a splash of the CAMUS COGNAC VSOP (40%).

One of Keens’ most famous traditions is its collection of clay pipes, which dates back to the early 20th century. These pipes, once belonging to esteemed patrons and theatre luminaries, adorn the restaurant’s ceilings, creating a unique and historical ambiance. The collection includes pipes from iconic figures such as Albert Einstein, Babe Ruth, and Teddy Roosevelt, adding to Keens’ allure as a cultural and culinary landmark.


Its walls are adorned with framed theatre posters and memorabilia, paying homage to the vibrant theatrical history of New York City.

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Keens Steakhouse

72 West 36th Street
New York, New York 10018
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