Keens Steakhouse

★★★★☆
  • 72 West 36th St.

    New York, NY 10018

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  • 212-947-3636

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The food was pretty typical steakhouse fare. Nothing too out of the ordinary. But, Oh! The scotch. The list was amazing, offering a variety for every taste imaginable. When you go (and you should) take a look at the pipes on the ceiling and on display....

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★★★★★

The food was pretty typical steakhouse fare. Nothing too out of the ordinary. But, Oh! The scotch. The list was amazing, offering a variety for every taste imaginable. When you go (and you should) take a look at the pipes on the ceiling and on display....

Pros: Scotch, Scotch, Scotch

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All the hype, and little more. Keens didn't live up to the hype I received prior to dining there. The food was average, or a bit higher. It does have an old school charm, and proximity to MSG, but little else. Not on my "A" list.

1
★★★☆☆

All the hype, and little more. Keens didn't live up to the hype I received prior to dining there. The food was average, or a bit higher. It does have an old school charm, and proximity to MSG, but little else. Not on my "A" list.

Pros: Atmosphere

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We have been to Keen's on 3 different occasions while visiting New York and have never been disappointed.

Each time it only gets better. The food, ambiance, and service have always been second to none. When we told them it was our anniversary, they went out of their way to make everthing special for us.
The steaks are incredible!

2
★★★★★

We have been to Keen's on 3 different occasions while visiting New York and have never been disappointed.

Each time it only gets better. The food, ambiance, and service have always been second to none. When we told them it was our anniversary, they went out of their way to make everthing special for us.
The steaks are incredible!

Pros: Service, Food, Staff

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Anyone who doesn't like this place is off their rocker! I have been there for family dinners, business dinners, bachelor parties (including my own), and nights out w/ the guys. The argument over the best steakhouses is an arbitrary one, but when you consider Keen's cost compared to...say... The Post House, it can't be beaten. Service is great...ambience is great (although maybe a bit geared to the male)... and anyone who is a fan of single malts will be overjoyed w/ their collection of well over 150 of them. The seafood tower is great for non-meat eaters. Old School... all business...and awesome.

2
★★★★★

Anyone who doesn't like this place is off their rocker! I have been there for family dinners, business dinners, bachelor parties (including my own), and nights out w/ the guys. The argument over the best steakhouses is an arbitrary one, but when you consider Keen's cost compared to...say... The Post House, it can't be beaten. Service is great...ambience is great (although maybe a bit geared to the male)... and anyone who is a fan of single malts will be overjoyed w/ their collection of well over 150 of them. The seafood tower is great for non-meat eaters. Old School... all business...and awesome.

Pros: Food, Service & atmosphere, Scotche Selection

Cons: Crowded Bar 6-9, can get loud

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I've been here several times now, and have also experienced the other NYC steakhouses, such as Lugers, S&W, Sparks, Del Friscos, Angelo & Maxies, etc.

Keens is the best! Porterhouse is the best! Great old world charm. Friendly service. Nice cozy bar.

Make the reservation, you'll enjoy it.

2
★★★★★

I've been here several times now, and have also experienced the other NYC steakhouses, such as Lugers, S&W, Sparks, Del Friscos, Angelo & Maxies, etc.

Keens is the best! Porterhouse is the best! Great old world charm. Friendly service. Nice cozy bar.

Make the reservation, you'll enjoy it.

Pros: Great Food, Great ambience, 200 single malts!

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I loved it! Old time steakhouse. Great apps. Iceberg with blue cheese to die for,excellent oysters,tomato and onion. All the staples! Main course was great. Porterhouse for two,and my friend had the mutton chop which was out of this world. The service was expeditious,friendly and professional. Retired to the bar to have coffee and dessert and couldn't have been happier! Imagine my surprise when I a scotch lover stumbled on some 200 single malts. Heaven! Go!Go!Go!

2
★★★★★

I loved it! Old time steakhouse. Great apps. Iceberg with blue cheese to die for,excellent oysters,tomato and onion. All the staples! Main course was great. Porterhouse for two,and my friend had the mutton chop which was out of this world. The service was expeditious,friendly and professional. Retired to the bar to have coffee and dessert and couldn't have been happier! Imagine my surprise when I a scotch lover stumbled on some 200 single malts. Heaven! Go!Go!Go!

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Not our cup of tea! Not a pleasant dining experience. Nothing is wrong with older and more established restaraunts, but this does not rate in our book! Don't go - - - food was not very good and the prices were extremely high.

1
★★☆☆☆

Not our cup of tea! Not a pleasant dining experience. Nothing is wrong with older and more established restaraunts, but this does not rate in our book! Don't go - - - food was not very good and the prices were extremely high.

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The place is cool, has on old school steakhouse feel and a good bar area as well. The ambience is what drives the place.

The food is decent, nothing that makes you beg for more though. I had the mutton, which is the place's specialty, and it was definitely not special, but definitely good. My friends steaks got a "good" response. The creamy spinach was too creamy.

The service leaves alot to be desired. Its like our waitress was in a contest to see who could come to the table the least amount of times and get us out the door.

The wine list is something that would be expected from a place that specializes in whiskey's and scotches.

If my friend already had reservations, I wouldn't say "don't go" but I wouldn't make a point to recommend it to someone who was looking for a steak dinner either.

2
★★★★☆

The place is cool, has on old school steakhouse feel and a good bar area as well. The ambience is what drives the place.

The food is decent, nothing that makes you beg for more though. I had the mutton, which is the place's specialty, and it was definitely not special, but definitely good. My friends steaks got a "good" response. The creamy spinach was too creamy.

The service leaves alot to be desired. Its like our waitress was in a contest to see who could come to the table the least amount of times and get us out the door.

The wine list is something that would be expected from a place that specializes in whiskey's and scotches.

If my friend already had reservations, I wouldn't say "don't go" but I wouldn't make a point to recommend it to someone who was looking for a steak dinner either.

Pros: ambience

Cons: service, wine list

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Keens is only second to Peter Luger's for steak. The food is delicious, cooked to perfection. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. I highly recommend this steakhouse, but be sure to make reservations.

2
★★★★★

Keens is only second to Peter Luger's for steak. The food is delicious, cooked to perfection. The staff is friendly and knowledgeable. I highly recommend this steakhouse, but be sure to make reservations.

Pros: knowledgeable staff, historic tour, good ambience

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Whenever I come to the city, I make Keens my first restaurant stop. It´s the best place for steak in Manhattan and is equaled only by Peter Luger in Brooklyn. I love the atmosphere, the stylish service, the classic side dishes and the variety of steaks. It´s usually crowded, but what would you expect if it´s that good? I´m going back!

2
★★★★★

Whenever I come to the city, I make Keens my first restaurant stop. It´s the best place for steak in Manhattan and is equaled only by Peter Luger in Brooklyn. I love the atmosphere, the stylish service, the classic side dishes and the variety of steaks. It´s usually crowded, but what would you expect if it´s that good? I´m going back!

Pros: Porterhouse, mutton chop

Cons: crowded

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I was invited to Keens Steakhouse by my wife for our anniversary, along with my twin sister and her husband. A great surprise it was indeed. I ordered a Prime Rib which was enormous and tender, my brother-in-law ordered three huge lamb chops (also tender), while the ladies shared a 6 lb steamed lobster - perfect. Instead of wine, we all ordered Port Ellen Single Malt, expensive but of almost mythic size and as memorable as any Bordeaux or Napa Valley wine. A great evening, thanks!

2
★★★★★

I was invited to Keens Steakhouse by my wife for our anniversary, along with my twin sister and her husband. A great surprise it was indeed. I ordered a Prime Rib which was enormous and tender, my brother-in-law ordered three huge lamb chops (also tender), while the ladies shared a 6 lb steamed lobster - perfect. Instead of wine, we all ordered Port Ellen Single Malt, expensive but of almost mythic size and as memorable as any Bordeaux or Napa Valley wine. A great evening, thanks!

Pros: Great single malts!, Wonderful lobsters

Cons: Crowded

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Returning to Sydney, NSW after three weeks of steak-eating in the USA, I need to declare Keens Steakhouse as the absolute winner - numero uno!! Tried it three times, each time as dependable as the others. Huge Porterhouse and Shell steaks, monstrous mutton chops, while my wife stuck to Dover Sole (which she equaled to the best at Wilton's in London) and a marvelous Maine steamed lobster which I had to help her to finish. What a great and unexpected surprise! It's very busy, mates, so call ahead. WOW!

2
★★★★★

Returning to Sydney, NSW after three weeks of steak-eating in the USA, I need to declare Keens Steakhouse as the absolute winner - numero uno!! Tried it three times, each time as dependable as the others. Huge Porterhouse and Shell steaks, monstrous mutton chops, while my wife stuck to Dover Sole (which she equaled to the best at Wilton's in London) and a marvelous Maine steamed lobster which I had to help her to finish. What a great and unexpected surprise! It's very busy, mates, so call ahead. WOW!

Pros: Highest quality steak, Wonderful atmosphere, excellent seafood

Cons: crowded, noisy, rather expensive

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the food was great; friendly staff. The chef personally came out to greet us when I told the waiter that the food was great! And we also got free dessert.

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★★★★★

the food was great; friendly staff. The chef personally came out to greet us when I told the waiter that the food was great! And we also got free dessert.

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Keens is always a pleasure. If you like perfectly aged meat, this is the place! I recently had exemplary oysters Rockefeller and the most sublime lamb chops (have them medium-well so the fat renders). Though there are plenty of seafood and poultry dishes, and salads, too. The service is expert and accommodating, the historic ambience is seductive, and you can tell that the management really cares by the little touches. I love the changing selection of wines by the glass, too, which are always interesting. No wonder they've been getting so much good press lately...

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★★★★★

Keens is always a pleasure. If you like perfectly aged meat, this is the place! I recently had exemplary oysters Rockefeller and the most sublime lamb chops (have them medium-well so the fat renders). Though there are plenty of seafood and poultry dishes, and salads, too. The service is expert and accommodating, the historic ambience is seductive, and you can tell that the management really cares by the little touches. I love the changing selection of wines by the glass, too, which are always interesting. No wonder they've been getting so much good press lately...

Pros: Great atmosphere, Lively, classic steakhouse

Cons: Can be crowded

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I was not impressed. After making reservations for 10 and stressing it was a birthday party, we were seated at a cramped table by the kitchen. The food was good, but I've had better at many steakhouses in Brooklyn for a quarter of the price. The service was unacceptable, the side dishes were brought to the table after the meal was almost finished. The server was obviously overworked and could not devote the attention a large party requires. On the the plus side we were seated immediately and the portions were good. On whole I found Keens to be overpriced, overcrowded and understaffed. I would not care to repeat the experience.

1
★★☆☆☆

I was not impressed. After making reservations for 10 and stressing it was a birthday party, we were seated at a cramped table by the kitchen. The food was good, but I've had better at many steakhouses in Brooklyn for a quarter of the price. The service was unacceptable, the side dishes were brought to the table after the meal was almost finished. The server was obviously overworked and could not devote the attention a large party requires. On the the plus side we were seated immediately and the portions were good. On whole I found Keens to be overpriced, overcrowded and understaffed. I would not care to repeat the experience.

Pros: Interesting decor, Good location

Cons: Very expensive, bad service, Overcrowed

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service was very good. lobster and shrimp cocktails both excellent. the t-bone steak was average at best, a bit grizzly and certainly not a top steakhouse usual. bloody mary $8.75 served in an 8 plain 8 ounce glass with a limp piece of celery.billed for 2 drinks when we only had one.
appetizers, soup, dessert wer all excellent. definitely not worth the price

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★★★☆☆

service was very good. lobster and shrimp cocktails both excellent. the t-bone steak was average at best, a bit grizzly and certainly not a top steakhouse usual. bloody mary $8.75 served in an 8 plain 8 ounce glass with a limp piece of celery.billed for 2 drinks when we only had one.
appetizers, soup, dessert wer all excellent. definitely not worth the price

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had Thanksgiving dinner here with a party of 7. Everything, from drinks to dessert was exemplary, the service impeccable and the atmosphere surroundings low key and understated. The rooms are well maintained and warm.

The prime rib was huge!

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★★★★★

had Thanksgiving dinner here with a party of 7. Everything, from drinks to dessert was exemplary, the service impeccable and the atmosphere surroundings low key and understated. The rooms are well maintained and warm.

The prime rib was huge!

Pros: service, meat, fires

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Best steak, hands down, in New York, without hoopla and fanfare. Careful service and gracious ambience. And oh, those mutton chops for lamb lovers!!!

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★★★★★

Best steak, hands down, in New York, without hoopla and fanfare. Careful service and gracious ambience. And oh, those mutton chops for lamb lovers!!!

Pros: charming ambience, attentive service, skillful presentation

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Excellent food in the dressy part of the restaurant and in the informal section of the restaurant as well.

2
★★★★☆

Excellent food in the dressy part of the restaurant and in the informal section of the restaurant as well.

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You know you're in a nice place when the bus boys are twice as old as you are. hehe (I'm 18) But this place was amazing. I actually chose it based on reviews from this site. My water was refilled about a dozen times, and the steak was unbelievable. Get it cooked RARE! Fried calamari great as well. My thanks to my waiter Jonathan. Great Place!

2
★★★★★

You know you're in a nice place when the bus boys are twice as old as you are. hehe (I'm 18) But this place was amazing. I actually chose it based on reviews from this site. My water was refilled about a dozen times, and the steak was unbelievable. Get it cooked RARE! Fried calamari great as well. My thanks to my waiter Jonathan. Great Place!

Pros: Amazing Food, Incredible Service, Great Atmosphere

Cons: Tables a little close

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This IS one of the best steakhouses in New York. From the moment you walk in you are taken by the thousands of pipes which line the walls, some with historical significance. Beyond the pleasent setting it only gets better. Service is great and the steaks are why you are there. They are fantastic. The Mutton chop is superb. A little on the expensive side though even for a top quality steakhouse.

2
★★★★☆

This IS one of the best steakhouses in New York. From the moment you walk in you are taken by the thousands of pipes which line the walls, some with historical significance. Beyond the pleasent setting it only gets better. Service is great and the steaks are why you are there. They are fantastic. The Mutton chop is superb. A little on the expensive side though even for a top quality steakhouse.

Pros: food, scenery

Cons: close quarters

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Have been going to Keen's for many years and have never been disappointed. Great steaks and old world atmosphere. The iceburg lettuce with bleu cheese is terrific.... Great for dinner before a garden event. They are aware of the fuunctions and ask if you are attending and adjust the service as required.

2
★★★★★

Have been going to Keen's for many years and have never been disappointed. Great steaks and old world atmosphere. The iceburg lettuce with bleu cheese is terrific.... Great for dinner before a garden event. They are aware of the fuunctions and ask if you are attending and adjust the service as required.

Pros: Great Steaks, Winelist, Mutton

Cons: Crowded

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This place is fantastic! I'm here at least once a month and I've never been disappointed. Take your buddies. Leave the wife and kids at home.

2
★★★★★

This place is fantastic! I'm here at least once a month and I've never been disappointed. Take your buddies. Leave the wife and kids at home.

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This is simply the best steakhouse in New York. I've been to just about all of them, and was skeptical when I read the ratings here about this being better than most of the others. It's true. The meat was absolutely amazing, as were the sides. Atmosphere was great, very old world New York but very inviting and comfortable. The service was great as well, and we were there on Friday night in prime time. You won't be disappointed!

2
★★★★★

This is simply the best steakhouse in New York. I've been to just about all of them, and was skeptical when I read the ratings here about this being better than most of the others. It's true. The meat was absolutely amazing, as were the sides. Atmosphere was great, very old world New York but very inviting and comfortable. The service was great as well, and we were there on Friday night in prime time. You won't be disappointed!

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Best steaks in town, no hype. Older than Peter Luger and infinitely better, not to mention more convenient. Real Prime USDA meat, which most steakhouses in town don't even have. Of course the mutton chop is the stuff of dreams, no one even competes there.

2
★★★★★

Best steaks in town, no hype. Older than Peter Luger and infinitely better, not to mention more convenient. Real Prime USDA meat, which most steakhouses in town don't even have. Of course the mutton chop is the stuff of dreams, no one even competes there.

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great steak, great service, fabulous ambience, wonderful wine list, good value

2
★★★★★

great steak, great service, fabulous ambience, wonderful wine list, good value

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No run of the mill steakhouse, Keens reliably combines a warm, intimate, yet somehow sporty atmosphere and excellent service by a personable and knowledgable staff with great food -- everytime. Beats those big noisy steakhouse dining rooms hands down. The steaks are the best and the crabcakes are to die for. We are never disappointed at Keens.

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★★★★★

No run of the mill steakhouse, Keens reliably combines a warm, intimate, yet somehow sporty atmosphere and excellent service by a personable and knowledgable staff with great food -- everytime. Beats those big noisy steakhouse dining rooms hands down. The steaks are the best and the crabcakes are to die for. We are never disappointed at Keens.

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Every time I go to Keens I think to myself, it can't possibly be as good as I remember. It is. Every time. The porterhouse for two is amazing. The service is impecable. It's not as touristy as Peter's or Chris', Sparks or Smith & Wollensky - in my opinion all over-priced establishments survivng on tourists and hype. This place has been around forever for a reason. Give it a try

2
★★★★★

Every time I go to Keens I think to myself, it can't possibly be as good as I remember. It is. Every time. The porterhouse for two is amazing. The service is impecable. It's not as touristy as Peter's or Chris', Sparks or Smith & Wollensky - in my opinion all over-priced establishments survivng on tourists and hype. This place has been around forever for a reason. Give it a try

Pros: Great Food, Reasonable Pricing, Good Parking

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The first time I came, I had the juicy, delicious NY Sirloin steak. The mashed potatoes that came with it had the right amount of butter mixed in.

The second time I came, I had the Chateaubriand, which was so tender, there was no need for a knife. The mushrooms we ordered on the side were minimally seasoned, so you can enjoy it's natural flavor.

The third time I came I had the Filet Mignon, which was also juicy and tender. The crudite that gets served before every meal is also delicous.

The atmosphere is one of a kind with rows of pipes covering the ceiling, and vintage photographs of showgirls, and posters. It's a macho atmosphere, but still very inviting. And don't miss the bar: polished wood, vintage cash register, a wide variety of single malt Scotches and hard-boiled eggs to hold you over until dinner.

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★★★★★

The first time I came, I had the juicy, delicious NY Sirloin steak. The mashed potatoes that came with it had the right amount of butter mixed in.

The second time I came, I had the Chateaubriand, which was so tender, there was no need for a knife. The mushrooms we ordered on the side were minimally seasoned, so you can enjoy it's natural flavor.

The third time I came I had the Filet Mignon, which was also juicy and tender. The crudite that gets served before every meal is also delicous.

The atmosphere is one of a kind with rows of pipes covering the ceiling, and vintage photographs of showgirls, and posters. It's a macho atmosphere, but still very inviting. And don't miss the bar: polished wood, vintage cash register, a wide variety of single malt Scotches and hard-boiled eggs to hold you over until dinner.

Pros: Delicious steaks, classy, charming

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Oldest steakhouse in Manhattan. Great "old NY" atmosphere. Have to see it. Try the chopped steak.

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★★★★☆

Oldest steakhouse in Manhattan. Great "old NY" atmosphere. Have to see it. Try the chopped steak.

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Great old style hearty steakhouse. Perfect steaks along with the best condiments. Diligent service with no rush policies. Great Friday night hangout. First hangout at the bar, then have dinner, and end with satisfying dessert/cordial.

2
★★★★★

Great old style hearty steakhouse. Perfect steaks along with the best condiments. Diligent service with no rush policies. Great Friday night hangout. First hangout at the bar, then have dinner, and end with satisfying dessert/cordial.

Pros: wine

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The steaks at are simply great. Keens has surpassed every steakhouse in the city - and I know them all! In addition, it has lamb cops to make you weep and - surprisingly - a Dover Sole just as good as Wilton's in London, England.

And the zillions of pipes are something else!

2
★★★★★

The steaks at are simply great. Keens has surpassed every steakhouse in the city - and I know them all! In addition, it has lamb cops to make you weep and - surprisingly - a Dover Sole just as good as Wilton's in London, England.

And the zillions of pipes are something else!

Pros: great bar, steaks, single malts

Cons: crowded, expensive, off the beaten track

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I don't normally frequent steakhouses, but when I was taken to Keens I was surprised to discover not only succulent, sizzling steaks, but the most delicious lobster - barring none - that I have ever eaten. The oysters on the half shell that I ordered as an appetizer were also excellent. All this came with attentive and polite service in spite of walking in to a bustling room with no reservation. As a women, I felt very comfortable among the mostly male crowd.

2
★★★★★

I don't normally frequent steakhouses, but when I was taken to Keens I was surprised to discover not only succulent, sizzling steaks, but the most delicious lobster - barring none - that I have ever eaten. The oysters on the half shell that I ordered as an appetizer were also excellent. All this came with attentive and polite service in spite of walking in to a bustling room with no reservation. As a women, I felt very comfortable among the mostly male crowd.

Pros: great lobsters, attentive service, wonderful decor

Cons: crowded, expensive

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We share a huuuge porterhouse stake there - definitely the best stake I've ever had in my entire life! Lot...

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★★★★★

We share a huuuge porterhouse stake there - definitely the best stake I've ever had in my entire life! Lot...

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Keenes Steak House is a wonderful dining establishment in New York. The food is outstanding and the atmosphere is charming old pipes decorate the walls and ceilings to lend appeal. Dark wood paneling and close tables lend to an

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★★★★☆

Keenes Steak House is a wonderful dining establishment in New York. The food is outstanding and the atmosphere is charming old pipes decorate the walls and ceilings to lend appeal. Dark wood paneling and close tables lend to an

 

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