Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Keen's Steakhouse: Steaking it up with the Daily Show

Keen's (Dec 2010)
72 W 36th St
New York, NY

Sameer: - "Legendary" mutton chop (medium rare) and T-Bone (medium rare) - Steak was slightly under-seasoned, though I prefer that to over-seasoned (read: Del Frisco's). Still had a nice charring, but I actually found the med rare not executed to my liking. The outside got slightly overcooked. A steak I enjoyed, but based on the preparation, I think the NY strip is probably better.

I am not rating the mutton, but I will say that it was delicious. At first, I could not distinguish between the taste of the mutton and steak, but that lack of palate quickly faded after a few bites. Outstanding mint jelly.

Jeff: - Same - Excellent flavor of the T-bone and well executed medium rare. I did not grow weary of the cooked outer portions as I am keen to do. (Do you see what I did there?)

Mutton was superior, but does a mutton purveyor really have competition in this city? Flavor here was more subtle than the T-bone, but relax, there is still a fine gamey flavor, for those of you that find yourself in the strange position of eating lamb yet being concerned about the lambey taste. The mint jelly was indeed potent.

I think I would like to take this opportunity to depart from the strict meat-centric review policy. We revised the cow system, and I consider that a green light to be able to consider other factors of a steakhouse.
For example, like atmosphere. Normally I cannot tell the difference between ambiance and ambulances, but Keen's is a steakhouse I would like to be a member of, if membership could be had. The multi-storied steakhouse feels like a storied, rustic cabin replete with artifacts of the past. Merriment is a constant soundtrack. Walls are alight as if by kerosene lamps. This is an ideal winter steakhouse. I want to return.

Krishna: - Same - The t-bone was cooked well. The mutton was flavorful but was a little too lean for my taste (I suppose I just really enjoy lamb chops). I liked the thick cut of both.

I too would like to be a member if only to become friends with the cast of the Daily Show.