KEENS HOSTS

Each post-tour New York Sports Tours meal is hosted or co-hosted by a New York sports personality at the storied Manhattan restaurant Keens Steakhouse.

Keens has been a part of sports history for well over a century. There, the hosts add to the tour story of how sports in New York has helped shape culture and society. 

Names of some of the upcoming meal hosts are revealed when dates are clicked in the ticket system.

  New York Yankees legend Mickey Rivers (in hat), the Yankees' next World Series champion starting centerfielder after Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle

New York Yankees legend Mickey Rivers (in hat), the Yankees' next World Series champion starting centerfielder after Joe DiMaggio and Mickey Mantle

. . . the tour ended with dinner at historic Keens Steakhouse, where guests dined with former Yankees centerfielder Mickey Rivers.
— Newsday
  New York Yankees historian and  New York Times  bestselling author Marty Appel (third from left) 

New York Yankees historian and New York Times bestselling author Marty Appel (third from left) 

  Celebrated  New York Post  sportswriter Fred Kerber (fourth from right)

Celebrated New York Post sportswriter Fred Kerber (fourth from right)

. . . Madison Square Garden . . . is seen towards the end of the tour, blocks away from Keens Steakhouse, the final stop . . .
— NY Sports Day
  Soccer legend and New York City native Shep Messing (left), star goalkeeper for the New York Cosmos during the team's North American Soccer League championship run and currently analyst for MSG Networks game telecasts of the New York Red Bulls

Soccer legend and New York City native Shep Messing (left), star goalkeeper for the New York Cosmos during the team's North American Soccer League championship run and currently analyst for MSG Networks game telecasts of the New York Red Bulls

  Messing with guests in Keens' Lincoln Room

Messing with guests in Keens' Lincoln Room

No restaurant in New York City pays the kind of lavish, often kooky, sometimes even touching tribute to the past than Keens does.
— Frank Bruni, The New York Times
  Before they hosted a New York Sports Tours lunch at Keens, legendary New York sports broadcaster Sal Marchiano (left in front) and New York sports personality Sam Marchiano (middle in front) enjoy the pre-meal sports history ride with some of the ride's other guests.

Before they hosted a New York Sports Tours lunch at Keens, legendary New York sports broadcaster Sal Marchiano (left in front) and New York sports personality Sam Marchiano (middle in front) enjoy the pre-meal sports history ride with some of the ride's other guests.

  Award-winning New York sportswriter and  New York Times  bestselling author Wayne Coffey (left)

Award-winning New York sportswriter and New York Times bestselling author Wayne Coffey (left)

  Prominent New York Yankees beat writer Pete Caldera of    The Record   (second from right) and former  New York Times  sports editor Neil Amdur (third from left)

Prominent New York Yankees beat writer Pete Caldera of The Record  (second from right) and former New York Times sports editor Neil Amdur (third from left)

No chophouse in the city (and therefore the country) has a stronger pedigree, and none exudes a more pleasingly funky sense of old-fashioned charm.
— New York magazine on Keens
  Legendary New York sportswriter Filip Bondy (top, second from left)

Legendary New York sportswriter Filip Bondy (top, second from left)

  When Sam Marchiano and Sal Marchia  no (fifth and sixth from left, during a tour stop) co-hosted the Keens meal, each guest that day received a complimentary copy of Sal Marchiano's book  In My Rear View Mirror.

When Sam Marchiano and Sal Marchiano (fifth and sixth from left, during a tour stop) co-hosted the Keens meal, each guest that day received a complimentary copy of Sal Marchiano's book In My Rear View Mirror.

New York City’s classic midtown steakhouse — still perfect after all these years . . .
— Bon Appétit on Keens
  On occasion, special guests from New York sports history join the Keens hosts and other guests on the tour and at the post-tour meal. Emmy Award-winning blind sports broadcaster Ed Lucas (second from right) poses with a fellow guest and two New York Sports Tours officials in Keens during a sold-out tour experience. Lucas is   the subject of the Jeter Publishing book  Seeing Home: The Ed Lucas Story  and each tour guest received a complimentary copy of the book.

On occasion, special guests from New York sports history join the Keens hosts and other guests on the tour and at the post-tour meal. Emmy Award-winning blind sports broadcaster Ed Lucas (second from right) poses with a fellow guest and two New York Sports Tours officials in Keens during a sold-out tour experience. Lucas is the subject of the Jeter Publishing book Seeing Home: The Ed Lucas Story and each tour guest received a complimentary copy of the book.

The list of dignitaries who’ve dined here is long enough that it might be simpler to name the ones who haven’t.
— Thrillist on Keens
  Before he hosted a New York Sports Tours dinner at Keens, former World Boxing Council international champion Boyd Melson of New York City experiences the pre-meal sports history ride. Melson (third from left) pauses with some tour guests at the 69th Regiment Armory, the former home of the New York Knicks and the site of many events from sports history.

Before he hosted a New York Sports Tours dinner at Keens, former World Boxing Council international champion Boyd Melson of New York City experiences the pre-meal sports history ride. Melson (third from left) pauses with some tour guests at the 69th Regiment Armory, the former home of the New York Knicks and the site of many events from sports history.

. . . you really can’t do any better or more authentic than Keens . . .
— Anthony Bourdain, No Reservations
  On the evening the New Jersey Devils' first-round 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs opponent was determined, Devils radio play-by-play voice Matt Loughlin (third from right) served as the Keens post-tour dinner host.

On the evening the New Jersey Devils' first-round 2018 Stanley Cup playoffs opponent was determined, Devils radio play-by-play voice Matt Loughlin (third from right) served as the Keens post-tour dinner host.

. . . it’s nothing short of astonishing that a 120-something-year-old restaurant has managed to stay both relevant and wildly popular in the middle of Manhattan.
— James Beard Foundation editors on Keens
  During the two New York Sports Tours outings in 2017 that included dinner with host Marty Appel (left), each tour guest received a complimentary copy of Appel's 2017 book  Casey Stengel: Baseball's Greatest Character.

During the two New York Sports Tours outings in 2017 that included dinner with host Marty Appel (left), each tour guest received a complimentary copy of Appel's 2017 book Casey Stengel: Baseball's Greatest Character.

  Most of New York Sports Tours' mid-tour lunches and dinners are hosted in Keens Steakhouse's historic Bull Moose Room, where many legendary sports figures have dined.

Most of New York Sports Tours' mid-tour lunches and dinners are hosted in Keens Steakhouse's historic Bull Moose Room, where many legendary sports figures have dined.