Keens Chophouse is a large, dark place with closely set tables and the low ceiling is covered with old smoking pipes. The dark walls are covered with photos, plaques and other stuff. There is no music in the background but so many people are jammed in there talking you wouldn’t notice. Tables had white clothes and napkins. It has a clubby feel, with lots of tourists and groups of people celebrating something. Service is friendly, efficient and helpful and the pacing of the meal was great.
All the tables receive a relish plate to munch on while looking over the menu. It came with a blue cheese dip that was nice but fairly mild in flavor. The carrots, celery, pickles, olives, etc. were all fresh and crisp. It made a nice welcome.
After ordering the bread arrived which was a large crisp roll that had a nice chewy interior. It came with a large slab of butter.
We each had Our Legendary Mutton Chop which is a huge piece of lamb grilled just as ordered, medium rare. Alongside it was a good sized portion of perfectly cooked escarole, leaving it with just a bit of chew to the leaves. The meat came with a mint jelly but I didn’t even try it the meat was just fine on its own – it only needed a little salt added. We got a side order of Hand cut French Fries to split. It again was a huge portion. Some of the fries were crispier than others and they also needed salt. They were all right but I’ve had better fresh cut fries. We could have easily split the chop and still had plenty. Go hungry when you go here.
We finished the meal with a piece of Our Family carrot Cake -suggested by the waiter. It was dense and covered on 3 sides with a thick, lovely cream cheese frosting. It was tasty and good.