Keens Steakhouse

4.6
8621 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Steak
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  • Special Occasion
  • Authentic
  • Good for a Date
Keens Steakhouse, a classic New York chophouse, was already famous for its steaks and chops at the turn of the century. Founded in 1885, Keens has 90,000 clay pipes that line the ceilings – pipes once smoked by customers after dinner. Today Keens legendary mutton chops and dry aged prime steaks are still without equal in the city.
Dining Style
Fine Dining
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Cuisines
Steak, Seafood, American
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Hours of operation
Monday - Friday: 11:45am - 10:30pm; Saturday: 5:00pm - 10:30pm; Sunday: 5:00pm - 9:30pm
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Phone number
(212) 947-3636
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Payment options
AMEX, Carte Blanche, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Bill Rodgers
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Private party facilities
Keens Steakhouse can accommodate groups of up to 400 for private parties. They can also accommodate a table of up to 20 people for a la carte dining.
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Private party contact
Dorothy Haynes: (212) 268-5056
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
5th and 6th
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Parking details
Special rate parking is available across the street from the bar from 5 PM to 12 AM.
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Public transit
N, R F, Q, B, D
A,C,E & 1,2,3,9 on 34th Street
Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Fireplace, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Private Room, Takeout, Wine

What Insiders Are Saying

The Infatuation
7.9

Keens is as Old New York as it gets.. Open since 1885, this steakhouse is pretty much the Museum of Natural Meat Eating History.

Ratings 7.5-8.0:These are restaurants that are reliable, tasty, and particularly good for whatever we have deemed them “Perfect For.” Hit up a 7.7 for Date Night with confidence, as long as you don’t need the restaurant to be the most interesting thing that happens that night.
What 8621 People Are Saying
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4.6
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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4.0Dined a day ago

Seated against the servers station. Annoying. Everything else was excellent

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

My boyfriend and I went here when we took our vacation to New York. We ordered the poterhouse for 2....so amazing!

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

Keens came highly recommended by friends of ours from NYC, so when visiting we knew where we wanted to go for an authentic and historic steak house experience. We started with a martini with blue cheese olives in the bar...yum! But the bar was over run with the after work crowd and too loud and not what we were looking for. Once we got seated, the service was swift as our waiter was not up for any chit chat...kinda disappointed, but was prepared. Seems like they were going through the motions and expected their 20% without having to engage. We like to engage. BUT the filet I had and the NY Strip my husband had were undoubtedly the best tasting steak we have ever eaten. Dry aging and a perfect cook of rare plus. The Oysters Rockefeller were amazing and the hash browns were delish. Enjoyed some good wine by the glass. I would return for that amazing steak and know service is not what I am there for.

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3.0Dined 3 days ago

I’ve heard of Keene’s and it’s long time heritage. After eating at several steakhouses in the city I was excited to give it a try. The tables are eight inches apart so a date night conversation is with the neighbors. The steaks are big and tender but lack some of the seasoning that really makes a great steak. No house made sauces offered as well. I did like the fact the t bone is not super big. Just right for a small midnight smack

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1.0Dined 3 days ago

Too crowded, tables too close together. Party at next table exceptionally loud and foul mouthed. Baked potato not done. I do not recommend.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

After living in or around the city for 8 years I FINALLY planned far enough ahead to get a reservation. Had tried walking in one night with no rezie and there was no room in the inn. Loved the decor, and had no idea this place was so huge. Anyway, the waiter was awesome. Nice, but not intrusive, always there when you expected him or needed him. Shrimp cocktail was good. 8oz filet (added mushroom sauce) was great quality. Hashbrowns were good. Lambchops were good (so I hear). So was the key lime for dessert (they remembered it was our anniversary). Drinks came fast, decent wine menu. Food came fairly fast as well for how many people they had in the restaurant at one time. This is as good as any other steakhouse around. Only disappointment was the creamed spinach has nutmeg in it (so we didn't try it - we just don't like that type of creamed spinach.) Will be back!

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Enjoyed a lovely dinner for my parents' wedding anniversary. All meat dishes were cooked to perfection and whilst the tbone steak and mutton chop were substantial, there were no leftovers. We all agreed this was money well spent and the steaks were divine. Our table service was also excellent with nice touches to celebrate the anniversary.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Keens is always a top notch place, great food, outstanding service, always worth making a reservation ahead of time.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Simply perfect! I had an astonishing prime rib medium cooked. It was just amazing! I won’t talk about side dishes which were good but not the focus of my dinner Whoever loves meat should go there, nothing else to add, simply perfection in every detail. I guess that’s what to expect from such a place, but it’s always nice to find restaurants like this one. Great job!!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

期待以上に美味しかった。特にヒレ。

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Superb filet mignon- cooked perfectly medium rare, field mushrooms and creamed spinach. the berry bibble for dessert was stellar. We had the best waitress who told us the history of Keens, offered menu suggestions as well as suggestions of places to visit while in NyC. I can't wait to come back again!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

This is simply the best steakhouse existing. Meat tasts incredible. I would also die for the fries they serve as a side.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

One of our favorite New York restaurants. We try to make reservations whenever we come in from the West Coast. The bar reminds me of 50's saloon: good booze and good service. The dinner is always delicious and the service is excellent. Th steaks are the best in New York...add some side dishes and the evening is delightful. If you have room for dessert you'll have a difficult time choosing from the variety of tasty items.
Do yourself a favor and go to Keens.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

You can't go wrong with anything on their menu. The Filet Mignon, rare, with a side of mushrooms and side plate of the tomatoes and onions were outstanding. A meat lovers paradise!

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Awesome as always, food outstanding, service impeccable, fun, lively and professional. Everytime I'm in NYC I make a point of eating there.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

One of the best, if not the best, steakhouse experieces after many years of travel to Manhattan. Excellent meat, superb ambience with loads of character. A traditional environment with a story to tell and good service. Wine list offers a very good choice with some at more reasonable prices compared to other quality steakhouses.
Definitely one for the very top of the “favourites” shortlist.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

We had read glowing reviews for Keens and wanted to try it. We go to a great steakhouses a couple of times a year. This was a special occasion as my son was home for a week from the military. Upon entering, we were shown to a table in a small room on the 3rd floor. Our seating was at a tiny table for 4 of us. The table was so small that we had to constantly shuffle items just to be able to make room for bread, let alone a full dinner with side dishes. The bread was tasty, but very hard. We had appetizers of oysters, which were very well prepared and the pork belly, which was flavorful.

For our main courses, we had the swordfish (very good), a porterhouse for two and a porterhouse for one. The porterhouse for one was not well received as it was on the sinewy side. The porterhouse for two was fine, but nothing special. After dinner, the deserts were delicious.


We left the restaurant with the feeling that we were in a steak factory. Our room had very little ambience and the table was a real negative. Perhaps we would have had a better experience in another room.

Overall, we had a mediocre dinning experience and were very disappointed, given the reputation and price. Our meal with a moderately priced wine was around $560 (with tip). For the same price we have had far better dinning experiences at other NY steakhouses. We will not be returning.

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2.0Dined on August 12, 2018

Poor service. The waiter only had 6 tables in the whole are we were seated upstairs away from the main room. Rarely came and checked on us- consistently waiting for drinks. Food was overcooked as well

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3.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Keens is a very traditional steakhouse. A NY classic. Menu offers typical items and the sides are basic. It’s a cool spot. Very nostalgic. I personally prefer a more modern steakhouse and menu. And I like my steaks to be seasoned. The quality/texture of my steak was fantastic. But I had to add a lot of salt to truly enjoy it. I wished they offered a simple herb butter sauce. Service was good. If you are looking for a classic old school steak house this will fit the bill. If you are looking for something a little more modern then most likely you will be disappointed.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

The meal, wine list, and service was outstanding. We were there for an anniversary dinner and enjoyed every minute. For a quieter table, ask for a downstairs table. All in all, a great experience and would go again.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

I was good dinner to here. I remember that i need to go to again. I recommend you.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

You want a good piece of meat? Ho to Keens! You won't be disappointed and in addition it's a landmark with this astonishing collection of pipes...

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Great Service, traditional NYC Stakehouse vibe.
Didn’t expect a great Key Lime pie in the Northeast, but our waiter recommendation was spot on.

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5.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Great scene, great look, staff, food
Delicious food!!

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3.0Dined on August 11, 2018

Nothing done to acknowledge the occasion (birthday) even though it was in the Open Table reservation notes.

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

After sampling many great steak houses, Keens is unique. The atmosphere is a throwback to a by-gone era - really interesting. Their mutton chop [big enough for two] was superbly prepared. Our waiter was friendly, knowledgable and helpful. The service was well timed. Tables were well spaced to enjoy a private conversation. Over-all, a wonderful experience.

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3.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Food was good, but our server ruined it all. And to top off his horrible service he tried to give us someone else’s check that was at least 50 dollars more. Didn’t get offered a drink refill and he never even came while we had food to ask how it was or if we needed anything else.

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5.0Dined on August 10, 2018

Superior in every way

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4.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Great bar scene and a true slice of NYC history with all the pipes from famous people who have dined there in the past 100 plus years. They often give complementary hot apps at the bar. Food is always top-notch and so are the prices. The pub restaurant and menu has ligher fare at more reasonable prices but it tends to be louder and more crowded than the dining rooms. I've been going here for over 30 years and will continue to do so. Miss Keens over the bar never gets old.

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

It was a perfect dinner for my husband's birthday. They arranged a nice table, and the staff were very friendly and attentive.

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4.0Dined on August 9, 2018

とても美味しいが、個人的にはベンジャミン ステーキハウスほのうがジューシーで好き。
ヘルシー志向の方には合っていると思う。

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Keens Steakhouse offers quality food, perfect cooking and serious service. The decoration and the staging create the illusion of a trip back in time.

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4.0Dined on August 9, 2018

The atmosphere is purposely dark but doesn't take away from the excellent service and hearty food. Had the bacon cut for appetizer and it was cooked to perfection!

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

A NY steakhouse/chophouse institution with amazing history, ambiance and classic old school Serice

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Great food mutton chop and the T-bone steak were amazing and big portion. The employees were very attentive

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Always professional and straightforward. Classic NY steak(or mutton chop) house

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

The meal was delicious. We were a table of 8 and weren't rushed out at all which I love. The staff was extremely friendly and accommodating (unlike other notable steakhouses tend to be). Would definitely go back!

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4.0Dined on August 7, 2018

Very good food, but nothing too extraordinary. Porterhouse was delicious. But overall, Keens is worth a visit for the history and the rep, but don’t expect to eat meat that will blow you away

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

The mutton chop lived up to the hype! Don’t miss out on this NYC gem.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Great food, mutton chops good enough for two people!

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