A wood-paneled wonder that dates back to 1885, Keen’s Steakhouse has two things that distinguish it—pipes and mutton. Keen’s “owns the largest collection of churchwarden pipes in the world,” according to its website. “The tradition of checking one’s pipe at the inn had its origins in 17th century Merrie Old England where travelers kept their clay at their favorite inn – the thin stemmed pipe being too fragile to be carried in purse or saddlebag.” The slender clay relics, some of which once belonged to the likes of Teddy Roosevelt, Babe Ruth, Albert Einstein, Stanford White, John Barrymore, General Douglas MacArthur, and “Buffalo Bill” Cody, keep company overhead. Meanwhile, down on one’s plate, there’s that fabled mutton chop, which is a bit harder to explain. (72 W. 36th St. 212-947-3636.)
Signed fine art Giclee prints on museum-quality, one-quarter-cotton 280 gsm paper with archival inks are available in two sizes:
5 x 7 for $55 (email me about this size)
9 x 12 for $95
Editions are strictly limited to 365 copies, and each annotated print is a beautiful reminder that our days are numbered.