This Midtown hotspot has developed a reputation for good steaks and a mostly male business crowd. Dry-aged beef is served in hearty portions, as well ... More
Sparks Steak House
This Midtown hotspot has developed a reputation for good steaks and a mostly male business crowd. Dry-aged beef is served in hearty portions, as well as extra-thick veal and lamb chops. Seafood selections include red snapper and striped bass. Large dining rooms with dark antique furniture and staid paintings create the atmosphere. Black-tied waiters and efficient service set the pace. There is also an amazing wine list, with huge selections and amazingly affordable prices. Mafia enthusiasts take note: Mobster Paul Castellano was murdered outside of Sparks in 1985.
For my birthday on April 20th 2007, my husband took me to Sparks. It was an excellent choice. My steak was super and so were the sides--baked potato and creamed spinach. My husband had the Veal Chop, which was also superb. Our drinks were wonderful and dessert--cheesecake with raspberry sauce--was out of this world. The next time my husband's family comes in from Cally, we're taking them there. It's one of the finest steakhouses I've ever had the pleasure of visiting.
Sparks certainly lived up to its Paul Castellano mystique. I loved the dark yet classy circa 1970's atomosphere, and the steak was very good. But I've had equally good steaks at Texas Road House, for about 80% less. To give you an idea of pricing on my meal at Sparks, my steak was $47 (a la carte!), my baked potato was $7, and my chablis glass of Coke was $4 - and when it was empty, each additional Coke cost me $4. Service was as equally offputting as price. Our waiter seemed almost "detached" from my party of four, requiring us to flag him down for more butter for the bread and additional drink orders. However, after we had all finished and clearly were ready for the check, he decided to tediously lay out our table for dessert/coffee without even asking. At a 15% gratuity, could I honestly say that he did $25 worth of service for my girlfriend and me? That wasn't even $5 of good service. In retrospect, I'm still glad I went - the steak was good, and Sparks is a postmodern historical icon (I even bought a Sparks mug, reasonably priced at $6). But I wouldn't think of going back - Texas Road House steaks are just as good, and the service is infinitely better.
I have traveled the world, this is by far the best restaurant, I have been to. From "Soup to Nuts"
The moment you walk in the door the service is outstanding, the food was by far the best I have ever eaten, the wine list is extensive, even the wine by the glass served @ the bar was excellent. There was somthing so magical about it! It was the greatest NY experience of my life, it is New York! Just like the Skyline, it LIGHTS UP!
The service was incredible but the food was terrible. For a company that prides itself as a steakhouse the food was significantly worse then of a dinner. The steaks were burned and overcooked. The wine list would please any wine lover but for those who enjoy a good mixed drink this restaurant would not be a place for you. The only thing that saved this restaurant is the service the waiers provided. This place is absolutely not worth the price.
I made reservations at 2 other well known steakhouses in NYC. Upon recommendation by a New Yorker that this was a good restaurant, I then called Sparks to reserve a table for a Sunday night and had a confirmed reservation over the phone 2 days before the dinner. I canceled my other restaurant reservations only to find Sparks Steakhouse closed! Not only did we waste our time and cabfare getting to the CLOSED restaurant, but we also lost our other reservations and missed out on a steak dinner on our last night in New York. Sadly disappointed in this restaurant and their lack of service.
Poorly trained servers begin a disappointing meal. My steak was shot through with connective tissue and had to be sent back (a process which the servers did not exactly handle with grace). Only positive was the exensive wine list. Even the decor needs a face-lift. Not recommended.
I should have known better. I live in New York City and usually have good luck with restaurants. I'm constantly in search of the perfect steak. I attempted to order 3 different bottles of wine...which were on the list..and they were "all out"...filet tasted like dog meat. It's one thing to have a bad meal, but to pay top dollar is not acceptable.
went recently for dinner with friends from out of town.still great steak but service has dropped down.it seems that waiters are paying more attention talking to each other than the actual customer.great bar and guys behind are fantastic.overall it turned out a pretty good night.will come back
After years of hearing about Sparks, I took my husband there for the first time for our 21st wedding anniversary. Our steak was cooked to perfection and the sides were excellent (creamed spinach and fried potatoes). The service was good, but the following year while in Las Vegas we checked out Delmonico's (Emeril Lagassi's steakhouse). While we were disappointed in the food, the service was exceptional. We felt that if we could combine the steak at Sparks with the service at Delmonico's we would have one great restaurant! Oh yeah, the Berries Romonoff was fantastic!
My family and two other families attended dinner at sparks steakhouse while we were on vacation from Tampa, Fl. I have never been treated so rudly in my life, my father when we first got there made it clear we wanted three seperate checks and the waiter was completly rude. When my mother asked for another iced tea he said "i allready gave you two", and when i asked for some more water he said wait with an aditude. when we got our food my mothers was the wrong order (prior to that he was pressuring her to the mmore expensive items on the menu)so he was very reluctant to take it back saying "it is still a good steak" and my mother made him take it back. when it came time to pay he brings one check even after my father asked him for three seperate checks. the waiter was very reluctant to take it back saying "you can figure it out yourselves what is two dollars here five dollars there between family" my father demanded he take it back in which he did but after he was standing there staring at me (i am 15 years old 6'4 240 lbs muscular build) and said "everything will be allright we are family calm down" I then corrected him by saying just because i am italian doesnt mean we are family and i warned him not to have an attitude with me because i was in no mood to be disrespected and deal with such incompetance from a steakhouse employee because my parents payed a lot of money for a good dinner and we did not recieve it. I would have never ever recieved treatment in such a demeaning manner in Tampa. THis man was not only incompetant but the worst part was the manager did not do anything about it. NEVER WHILE SOBER ATTEND ANY SORT OF MEAL AT SPARKS STEAK HOUSE UNLESS YOU WANTED TO BE TREATED WITH RUDENESS!
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