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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.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/10/2004
I had the most tender, flavorful steak in new york last night at Sparks. All my friends and I agree that Sparks is the best steak and we've been to all of them. The atmosphere is very old school and professional, very expense account friendly prices too. The wine list is huge and is a great value. Some bottles have prices equal to those of retail wine stores, so unlike other restaurants, you do get what you pay for. Beware of the waits though. I had to wait 50 minutes after getting there on time for my reservation. Totally worth it though.
Posted by PRN on 11/13/2004
Absolutely top notch service, and though quite pricey, the food was of superior quality and quantitiy. I rated the Value slightly lower simply because I can't pay that much without it hurting a little bit, but sometimes the pain is worth it! I'll go back the next chance I get :)