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Sparks Steak House
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.
Posted by anon on 02/05/2005
"The only bad thing is the wait - just be prepared to wait about an hour (after your reservation) to eat. You can get in in about 15-30 minutes if you slip the host $20-$50 bucks though. " LMAO!
Posted by Up from Florida on 02/04/2005
After the box office bomb, Little Women, the four of us stopped in for dinner. Restaurant came highly recommended. The wait was no biggie; the service was lacking, the server was much too friendly. I want service not a new friend. We had to shoo him away. If there had been an extra seat, I honestly think he would have sat down. The food was tasty but way over priced. The seating arrangements were a disaster, much too cramped. We learned things about the diners behind us that shouldn't have been mentioned in public. Definitely not returning! Overall experience, it was a meal, not a memory. We'll stick to Shula's Steak house in Naples!
Posted by Anonymous on 01/13/2005
I go to Sparks monthly and every time it is amazing. While the wait for those that do not go often can be long, I never wait more than 15 minutes for a table. The atmosphere, old Italian, is a great way to expierance this Italian-owned steak house. I do not eat red meat unless I am at Sparks and every time the filet comes out perfect- medium well- while all other places I have tried have not been able to make it right. The wine list is amazing with some of the best wines I have ever tasted. The hash browns are great- especially when you ask for them well done. The wait staff are not the college boys but actually ENJOY their job and that is seen through their dedication to making sure you enjoy your meal. While the bill can be hefty it is definitely worth the money and the wait. My entire family send all out of town friends there and all of them leave happy- and extremely full.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/06/2005
If you like this place, it's because you didn't pay for it. This restaurant is nothing special. Sure, the meat is good and the portions are prettty large, however, I don't understand all of the rave reviews prior. This food is lacking in technique. Even for the extreme meat lovers who don't want anything to interfere with the taste of meat (e.g. seasoning, etc.), this place makes a fair attempt at true meat preparation. And what's the deal with replacing the tablecloth between dinner and dessert? Unless you're a major slob, I'd say this is the biggest waste of service in NYC. Spend more time asking if everything is OK and maybe if I need another drink. Suggestion: try another restaurant...there are others.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/23/2004
I have gone to Peter Lugers, the Palm, and Del Friscos, to name a few top steakhouses, and the steak at Sparks tops them all. The prices are comensurate with the prices at any other top steakhouse, but the steak itself is the best in NYC. The atmosphere is old-world and traditional. The only bad thing is the wait - just be prepared to wait about an hour (after your reservation) to eat. You can get in in about 15-30 minutes if you slip the host $20-$50 bucks though.