Mon-Fri, 11:45am-3pm and 5:30pm-10:30pm; Sat, 5pm-10:30pm; Sun, 5pm-9:30pm
B, D, F, M, N, Q, R at 34th St.-Herald Sq.
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Should Manhattan's relentless frenzy for change ever wear you down, consider a restorative visit to this steadfast institution for urban carnivores. An iconic chophouse, Keens refuses to coast on its century-plus pedigree, proudly preserving its red-blooded menu along with its clubby Victorian mien. A warren of vintage-1885 rooms—from a splendid antique bar to chandeliered upstairs havens—harbor romantic tête-à-tête, single malt-fueled expense-account blowouts, and post-shopping or pretheater dinners. Many regulars eschew appetizers and desserts, focusing instead on impeccably cut, lovingly cooked, gargantuan slabs of meat. Keens' signature dish is the mutton chop, a colossal roasted hunk of flavorful mature lamb (otherwise known as sheep). Beef proves equally alluring. A juicy, charred T-bone requires only a dash of salt, a side of fries, and a California Cabernet from the concise wine list.Historical Note
In 1905, Lillie Langtry, the reigning actress of her day, won women the right to dine at Keens.Recommended Dishes
Sliced tomatoes and onions with Neal's Yard Stilton, $16.50; mutton chop, $48.50; T-bone steak, $49.50; fries, $9.50