72 W 36th St
New York, NY 10018
b/t Avenue Of The Americas & 5th Ave Midtown West
July 9, 2018
Keens is our obligatorily occasional splurge. We narrowly focused on fixing our prime rib craving here.
As soon as you sit down, there will be warm bread with cold butter, a dozen veggie sticks for dipping, and 90,000 clay pipes hanging from the ceiling welcoming you.
Thick-Cut Smoked Bacon
Started with this slice – deeply smoky and crispy-skinned bacon. It is smokier than Peter Luger’s version. Fat here has been rendered down more, which makes it a tad more condensed and lithe, which I prefer.
Charred Shishito Peppers
Prime Rib of Beef, King’s Cut
Prime Rib of Beef, English Cut
You can not visit Keens without ordering the magnificent prime rib. It is a meat slab in rosy pink from edge to edge. The texture is supple like a dream and jus-splashed. Itself is delicately beefy accompanying a blood-iron tang. With some horseradish reduction drizzled atop, the palate can be tuned more potent, but the meat does not get all of their force from the pungency.
The thin-cut style at the pub menu is also a rightful choice. It is the same collagen-rich cut of meat in a less manly serving size.
Legendary Mutton Chop
The mutton chop rivals Keens’s famous one. It is a stegosaurus-sized(26-ounce) saddle of lamb in a deep funk, skirted with fat and nearly two inches tall. This really is as much pleasure as a carnivore king could want.
One fork of this clubby meat and one sip of wine, the red juices go through your vein altogether. It’s an empowering moment.
Prime T-Bone Steak
Prime Porterhouse for Two
Amid the moment of bliss, there is usually porterhouse or T-bone involved. Both are heavy hitters in every serious New York Steakhouse.
At Keens, the former one is succulent and hearty. The T-bone has a clean flavor and a splendid sear. However, it sometimes fell into the overcooking category, very sadly, pointed out by beef-loving us.
Affogato, Fresh Berries, Sorbet
Although steakhouse desserts are predictable, some fresh fruit, few scopes of silky sorbet, and a cup of digestive coffee are still a joy to eat after such a blowout meal.
Anyhow, the moral of the story for this post: Prime rib at Keens is forever.