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Posted by James Kim on 09/11/2005
Been there a dozen times but for some reason this time the food and service were both great! Of course the food being the most important factor was much more than I expected! I had such an attentive waiter and he treated our child like a dream-not gushy but great!
Posted by Ant on 07/25/2005
I don't understand what all the hub bub is about with this place. The steaks are small and tough, and the service is poor. These steaks do not even compare, or come close, to Peter Lugars, or Ruth's Chris. Disappointed.
Posted by Maureen D, Brooklyn, NY on 05/10/2005
My first time there was on Friday, May 6th 2005, aside from the company I was with, the food, the wine the atmosphere was incredible and the service.... was simply the best. Everything about Sparks is incredible. I must say it it now "MY FAVORITE RESTAURANT"
Posted by The Stomach on 04/11/2005
I went to Sparks with my steak-eating buddy in order to see if it lived up to its reputation and we both came out of the restaurant extremely satisfied. We made a reservation earlier in the day and when we walked in we were seated within 2 minutes. The ambience of Sparks far surpasses that of many of the other steakhouses in Manhattan (dry wood, butcher like feeling). The rather large interior was nicely carpeted and filled with finished wood, old style light fixtures and paintings on the wall. And now to the steak. We both ordered sirloins done medium and shared hash browns and creamed spinach. The steak was the best I?ve had in Manhattan to date (although Luger is a little better). It was a perfect crispness on the outside and cooked just right on the inside. As I got closer to the center the meat got a little rarer and melted in my mouth. The sides were adequate enough. They weren?t particularly special, but that?s alright because sides shouldn?t take away from the steak, only compliment it. Even so, we were both a little shocked and disappointed that they didn?t offer mashed. I ordered a glass of merlot to accompany the steak, and the fruity oaky flavor worked nicely. Although many steak places have a reputation for having gruff waiters, ours was prompt, efficient, and very friendly. As far as value, Sparks was comparable to every other high end steak place in the city. Overall my experience at Sparks was excellent and Peter Luger will face some stiff competition when I go there next month.
Posted by grumpy gourmey on 04/01/2005
I'm sure that you do not need me to tell you that this place is a landmark, and I will say that it lives up to to the hype. I have always wanted to go here but was waiting for the opurturnity to go on someone else's expense account. The food is AWESOME. You really feel like you are somewhere special. If you are not paying start with the shrimp cocktail, jumbo crab meat, then go for the Lamb chops, beef steak tomatoes, and finish your meal off with chocolte cake and a little espresso. WOW. You cannot say that you have been to all the great NY resturants untill you cross Sparks off you list. (make sure you look for the picture of Paul Castellano on the wall)
Posted by Experience NYer on 02/19/2005
I've been to many restaurants in NY. I was very impressed with the overall atmosphere and decor. Service was excellent and there was no wait (granted I walked in at 5:30). The shell steak was cooked to perfection and the wine list was impressive. It was a business dinner and they never made us feel we need to leave. Peter Luger's may have the better steaks (marginal) but overall Sparks is a better choice.
Posted by Zip on 02/09/2005
Excellent! Best steak I've ever had. The sirloin was phenomenal. The service was outstanding, which certainly complimented the prices.