When Scott Wilson and Bill Stucklen founded Marathon Consulting in 2002, they made an agreement to celebrate the company’s birthday with a steak dinner each year. Because starting a new business required careful attention to managing company finances, their annual dinner celebration was a welcome treat.

After enjoying their 12th dinner out this year, we thought sharing some of Marathon’s NYC dining experience could help you find a special place for a night out on the town.

When you talk steak in New York, there are a number of choices and Keens Steakhouse is a great place to start the discussion.

Keens is located at 72 West 36th Street (between Fifth Avenue and Sixth Avenue) and has been open for business since 1885. It received the James Beard Foundation “America’s Classics” Award in 2013. This award recognizes restaurants that have “timeless appeal and serve quality food that reflects the character of their communities.”

The décor is old-school steakhouse. You’ll find a number of different rooms that all have dark wood paneled walls, a taxidermied moose, vintage photographs and white tablecloths.

What makes the Keens dining rooms unique are the 50,000 churchwarden pipes that are hung on the ceilings throughout the restaurant. Historically, these slender pipes were often checked at a restaurant or inn for safekeeping and the roster of past pipe owners at Keens includes Babe Ruth, Teddy Roosevelt and Albert Einstein.

While the dry-aged beef is always a great option, you should also try their mutton chop. The Caesar salad is handmade table side and you’ll find the classic steakhouse side dishes like creamed spinach or sautéed mushrooms to go with your chosen protein. Bill’s favorite sides are the pan-roasted veggies and the hand cut fries.

How about you? Let us know which New York steakhouse is your favorite place to celebrate.

Photo credit: Keens Steakhouse by Doug Letterman

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