by Craig Bridger, 11/28/2012
Photo: Phil Kline
72 W. 36th St., 212-947-3636, Midtown West, Manhattan
Keens Steakhouse—and the mighty mutton chop it serves—has been around since 1885. Little has changed, save the prices. Long-stemmed clay pipes from the restaurant's world-record-size collection (once belonging to the mustachioed gents who puffed away in its Pipe Room) line the ceilings, and historic memorabilia (including Abraham Lincoln's playbill from the night of his assassination) are displayed on the darkened wooden walls. Some 300 single malts are behind the antique bar, under the pale flank of a reclining nude (Mrs. Keens). Join a trend-proof crew for hard-boiled eggs—the throwback bar snack of choice—in a classic setting that simply screams for whiskey.