Keens (address and info)
New York, NY
You can have all the sleep-inducing "best steak" arguments you want, but there's no arguing against Keens as our choice for THE steakhouse. Spread out over three conjoined townhouses, Keens has been serving massive cuts since 1885. Its finest attributes are its four private banquet rooms:
- The Lambs, for when 100 powerful people feel the need to feast under the watchful glare of a massive painting of a tiger by Alexander Pope;
- The Lincoln, which displays the program the President was holding when he was assassinated;
- The Bull Moose, dedicated the steakiest of presidents, Theodore Roosevelt;
- and the as-date-friendly-as-steakhouses-get Lillie Langtry (the famed stage actress was also Keens's "first lady customer").
Then there are the 50,000 antique clay pipes. They were all once smoked by regulars, and now cover every inch of ceiling, though a few -- formerly belonging to customers including Roosevelt, Babe Ruth, and Albert Einstein -- are encased in a glass hall-of-fame case. Oh, and the dry-aged USDA Prime steak is definitely amongst the best, whether it's the NY Sirloin, the Porterhouse for Three, or the bad-ass steak sandwich served in the pub area. If you're feeling truly historic, grab Keens' famous signature Mutton Chop, which, as Frank Bruni discovered in 2005, has been made of 10-month-old lamb for decades -- because there can be no arguing that the best mutton is actually lamb.