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The Old-Time Manhattan Steakhouse With The City’s Biggest Single-Malt Scotch List

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By Gary Walther

Online, it’s Keens Steakhouse, but on the awning it’s Keens Chophouse. (No apostrophe, please.)

This is just one of the quirks that make this venerable Manhattan meat-eater’s sanctuary on West 36th Street so endearing. It was opened independently in 1885, when the area was part of the theatre district, but before that it was part of The Lamb’s Club, an actor hangout.

But today we’re here to speak of Keens single-malt scotch list, which at 308 different labels, “plus 10 downstairs that we’re holding back,” says the suave Brandon Falzone, one of the list’s two keepers, is the largest at any restaurant in Manhattan.

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Gary Walther, the former editor-in-chief of Departures and ForbesLife, now writes “The Hotel Detective” column on Forbes.com
Gary Walther, the former editor-in-chief of Departures and ForbesLife, now writes “The Hotel Detective” column on Forbes.com
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