Classic NYC Steakhouse Keens has a $62 mutton chop on its delivery menu
Iconic Midtown steakhouse Keens quietly began accepting orders for takeout and delivery earlier this week, reportedly the first time in its 135-year history.
The restaurant’s mutton chop — one of the city’s last, but also best versions of the dish — is available to take home with a whopping $62 price tag. The cost includes escarole, lamb jus, and mint jelly, with the option to add on another 5-ounce container of mint jelly for $12. The steakhouse is also dishing up sirloin, filet mignon, and dry-aged t-bone, with the option to specify how well or rare the steaks are prepared — though home cooks might opt for one of Keen’s frozen cuts of meat, or its make-at-home burger kit for four. The historic steakhouse is available for takeout and delivery daily from 12 p.m. to 8 p.m. by calling the restaurant or ordering online.
Keens opened its doors in Midtown back in 1885, at time when mutton chop was made with mutton, not lamb. The historic steakhouse, located in what was once the Herald Square Theater District, is littered with history, including old prints, photographs, playbills, exposed piping, and, until recently, photos of actors in black face. The racist images remained up on the walls on the insistence of former owner George Schwarz, who died in December 2016 and had strong feelings about keeping up the historical documents, “the good and the ugly,” as a way to teach. They were removed in August 2019 by the restaurant’s current manager Bonnie Jenkins.
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— With Broadway theaters possibly closed until January, restaurants and businesses in Times Square are suffering. Local group the Times Square Alliance has been trying to draw tourists to the neighborhood — without the neighborhood’s usual tourist attractions.
— Popular NYC brewing company Alewife will be halting operations in Long Island City and relocating to Sunnyside later this year. The bar and brewery, which remains open for delivery, will be closing its doors next month after a 10-year run and plans to reopen in Sunnyside in the fall.
— A stretch of the Bronx’s Little Italy may briefly resemble an outdoor piazza during phase two of NYC’s reopening, local officials say. The Belmont Business Improvement District is looking to close portions of Arthur Avenue in the Bronx, which is heavily populated by Italian restaurants and delis, for outdoor dining.
— Merch Aid, a project from New York-based marketing company R/GA, has partnered with more of the city’s food businesses on t-shirts and merch, including Court Street Grocers, Jing Fong, Nitehawk Cinema, and Economy Candy. All proceeds go to the participating restaurants.
— The same goes for outdoor restaurant seating:
I laboured for 7 hours and gave birth in a mask so I think the rest of you can wear one for like 10 minutes to go inside a store to grab a Jamba Juice or whatever you do— amil (@amil) June 17, 2020