Tuesday, September 3, 2013

Keens Steakhouse, New York

While we travel, we are always ready to sample new restaurants or frequent good ones.  One of S's friend took us to a steakhouse which he was 'keen' for us to try.  Good steak restaurants are expensive here in Stockholm, so, we were more than happy to oblige.

Keens Steakhouse
72 W 36th St 
New YorkNY10018

As we were staying in Times Square, we had to take the subway to the steakhouse and as we were early, we had a drink or two at the bar.  I heard their Bloody Mary was awesome but S didn't seem to enjoy it very much, apparently not enough spice and he also likes having a huge big celery stick in his drink to stir it!

Anyhow I digress..

A little history about Keens Steakhouse:

"Keens Steakhouse owns the largest collection of churchwarden pipes in the world. The tradition of checking one’s pipe at the inn had its origins in 17th century Merrie Old England where travelers kept their clay at their favorite inn – the thin stemmed pipe being too fragile to be carried in purse or saddlebag. Pipe smoking was known since Elizabethan times to be beneficial for dissipating “evil homourse of the brain.” Keens's pipe tradition began in the early 20th century. 

The hard clay churchwarden pipes were brought from the Netherlands and as many as 50,000 were ordered every three years. A pipe warden registered and stored the pipes, while pipe boys returned the pipes from storage to the patrons. 

The membership roster of the Pipe Club contained over ninety thousand names, including those of Teddy Roosevelt, Babe Ruth, Will Rogers, Billy Rose, Grace Moore, Albert Einstein, George M. Cohan, J.P. Morgan, Stanford White, John Barrymore, David Belasco, Adlai Stevenson, General Douglas MacArthur and “Buffalo Bill” Cody. "

The dining area is quite cozy
The most interesting part of it are the ceiling.. Yep!  The ceiling...
They were covered with long skinny pipes 

When you are at a steakhouse, always always order their meat...

We ordered a dozen oysters to be shared among us 4.  Strange right? ;)  But the oysters came and they look pretty good...  Unfortunately as it's quite dim in the restaurant, my pictures came out pretty 'orangey'

A dozen fresh oysters to share.  I love eating fresh oysters with lots of lemon juice.  What about you?
 If you eat a lot of oysters, always judge your instinct.  S found one of the oysters oozing out discoloured water.  With me, I couldn't see a thing and just shovel the juicy bits into my mouth, although I did have a little whiff and thought it smelled more 'sewerage' than usual.

Anyhow, we had the oysters removed but apparently we were told later that the chef in the kitchen insisted the oysters were fresh and there were nothing wrong with them but they took S's word for it and promised us dessert....

Well, guess who ordered seafood in a steakhouse.. =P  Yep!  Me!  Steam whole... LOBSTER!
They also peel the lobster for you with fresh lemons and a little pot of melted butter.  I was happy with just lemon juice as the lobster was fresh and tasty

Medium rare prime porter house to be shared by two!

Scumptious!  Simply melts in your mouth... Be still my beating heart!

S ordered the T-Bone Steak...

So, we both shared!  Surf and Turf!  yum!

Mushroom sauce with fries..  Nothing beats that!
 There were so much food that we thought of foregoing dessert all together, but at the last minute we decided to order the Key Lime pie to share... but they brought us an extra dessert - Chocolate fudge Sundae!

Chocolate fudge sundae and key lime pie.  The key lime pie is definitely my favourite

Ray looked pretty happy
They were both really good!  Best of all the desserts were free!  Thanks Keens!  You have made us very happy customers and we'll definitely come back for the meat when we are next in town.  Not the oysters though.  Hope you'll understand

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