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Posted by Jill on 02/03/2006
This place lives up to the hype. Most tender and juicy filet mignon I've ever had and the mushroom medallions are absolutely insane. Service was excellent, as it should be for the crazy prices, but it was definitely a positive experience. Extensive wine list appropriate for any palate. Would definitely return weekly (if I could afford it...)
Posted by Anonymous on 01/09/2006
This restaurant and far to many New York restaurants desparately need a dress code. The experience of dining in better restaurants has been lost!
Posted by Anonymous on 12/19/2005
When I heard about the history of the steakhouse and its Sopranos style atmosphere, I knew I had to try it. I was disappointed as the atmosphere was top notch but 70% of the people in the restaurant were wearing jeans and t-shirts. One table of 20 somethings were in football jerseys, hooded sweatshirts and dirty white sneakers. They really should enforce some sort of dress code here because it is really a beautiful atmosphere which is dragged down by its college cafeteria attired patrons. The waiters were right on the ball ... funny and sarcastic but in a goodfella kind of way. The food was pretty much average. The portions are not big at all ... I had a small expensive sirloin, overpriced salad and tiny cheesecake slice and was still full when I left. However, the atmosphere and the quality of the steak were great ... maybe not worth paying $40 per steak with smaller portions. Also, avoid the cigar humidor. I got a cigar for my friend and I that would have cost $15 each anywhere else and they charged me $65 for both cigars! If you are looking for a unique old school steakhouse with an interesting history to bring an out of towner to see ... this is the place! Hopefully they will at least institute a no jeans or sneakers policy and be a little more generous with the portions ... this is a gem of a restaurant and a fun place to say you went to.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/06/2005
Expensive, Yes. Worth it, Yes. Food was great. Service was great. Atmosphere was good. Place was packed, but didn't hear any complaints. Large place and they sat people fast. Must be good to pack the house like that! Will be back.
Posted by Anonymous on 11/27/2005
Great steak, if a limited selection. Perfectly cooked. And a terrific wine list for a steak house. Atmosphere is a bit more touristy, less Wall Street locker room than most--a plus.
Posted by Jay G on 11/24/2005
I used to go hear years back and it was pretty good. But this time i was unhappy. With reservations - still had to wait 45 minutes and the only table they can give me was near the crowded and noisy bar. Steaks were marginal....could not beleive that they do not offer Rib Eye - the tastiest steak available on the market Let's put it this way....Big Paulie won't be going back and he is not missing anything...
Posted by greatone on 11/17/2005
I used to eat here a lot on expense account when I was a worker ant in the city. Now that I'm retired and have to pay my own way, I'm very picky about where I eat. Although not inexpensive, the food, service and ambience of Sparks more than meet my expectations and I have no problem paying my own way.