Should we have arrived on this earth centuries earlier, The Infatuation would likely have existed as an exclusive dining club, where everyone wore cool waistcoats, and excellent hats. Being added to the Infatuation telegram list back then would have been even cooler than being a member at the SoHo House, which isn't all that cool, but still. Every suspenders wearing, pipe smokin', handlebar mustache rockin' 19th century hipster would have wanted in on our action. Our home base in this amazing, hypothetical world? Keens.
Keens is as Old New York as you can get. Open since 1885, this place is loaded with history. It's pretty much the Museum of Natural Meat Eating History. Before it was open to the public, Keens was a members only hangout; a Soho House of sorts for NYC's most powerful including Teddy Roosevelt and Babe Ruth. 115 years and counting, Keens is still home to some quality meats.
If you haven't noticed, we're obsessed with oysters. Considering that Keens is a steakhouse, these are pretty damn good.
Most steakhouses take pride in their crab cakes, so it was no surprise to learn that Keens, cakes are top notch. You can't go wrong with a couple of tasty crab cakes to start.
A mutton chop is a lamb saddle, and while it may not sound like much, this one is absolutely incredible. Juicy, tender, and fatty, this alone is worth a trip to Keens.
Although you really can't go wrong with any of their beef, the porterhouse is our favorite cut. This heavenly piece of mammal arrives charred on the outside and perfectly medium rare on the inside.
If you don't have anyone to split the porterhouse with, the prime rib king's cut is the way to go. Dry aged, bone in beef that will leave you happy and also five pounds heavier.
If you're looking for a good burger before or after an event at Madison Square Garden, this one will do the job. A no frills, sirloin based beef patty that's incredibly juicy and very good.