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Posted by jag on 07/21/2004
99% middle aged white men wearing either white or blue shirts. A token woman here or there. Pretentious ma?tre d' who was rude to me (a woman) turned his back on me as I was starting to give the name our reservation was under, then never turned back. A man in group had to ask again. Steaks were good, nice enough cuts of meat - as they should be for $40. Vegetables and sides were average, nothing special. Service was sloppy and rude, shoving sides onto the table, reaching across people. This is a place for white business men on expense accounts. The rest of us are not really welcome here. Spend your money on one of the hundreds of other wonderful restaurants in this city that actually want you there.
Posted by love a great meal on 07/13/2004
I don't understand how anyone could have a negative experience at Sparks unless they are used to eating at Denny's! Food is ALWAYS done to perfection, service is standard New York surly with a twist (if you eat or live in NYC, you know what I mean--great!), extensive wine list, and atmosphere any way you want to make it!! A huge family gathering for my clan will ALWAYS be at Sparks!! Treat youself--it is pricy but a great meal event all around!!
Posted by ozzie on 06/24/2004
this friend of mine was going on & on, saying how great sparks was. so already, he had built it up in my mind that it was going to be one of the best steaks i ever was to dine on. i ordered my steak, filet mignon, medium and it was grizzly. there were 3 of us, mine and another person's was grizzly and the other (the dude who rants and raves about sparks) said his steak was fine. $37 for grizzly filet? i think not. we ordered wine. the waiter screwed it up. he had to ask 3 times about what wine i wanted, and after the 3rd time he told me: 'we don't have that wine, order something else, ' mind you, this waiter was a guy in his 40's, and definitely not a brand new guy just training, just someone who didn't know what he was doing. the service was a sham. the waiter also didn't come by with water until toward the end of the meal, which is unacceptable. it's fine if you're busy, but with these outrageous prices, hire some dude to bus tables and bring water for pete's sake! also, the bill was screwed up, due to the afore mentioned wine fiasco. the wine we ended up with was low $30's and that wine and ANOTHER wine for $65 appeared on the check! sometimes, if you don't check the bill, you often get stuck with errors. on the plus side, i like the '50's gangster' feel the decor has inside. but this was not enough to make a return trip. my recommendation: look elsewhere.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/18/2004
This is a great place to go after work with a bunch of guys for drinks, as their wine list is sensational--there are about two-three pages of fine wines to choose from... However, I recommend the bar, as the table service I experienced the last time I went there was horrendous. The waiter forgot to bring out our sides and remembered after we were done with our steaks...like I want it then! I asked for my filet well done and it came out chewy like rubber... It wasn't a cheap night and I've had a better steak elsewhere. Do check out the wines though.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/16/2004
Steak was huge and the best I've had at a steakhouse. Problem is, nothing else was better than mediocre.
Posted by George on 05/06/2004
With out a doubt the best sirloin I've ever tasted! Great service with a nice atmosphere.
Posted by LAChowhound on 04/11/2004
Went there last week, and a late reservation was no problem whatsoever. We waited about 20 minutes max, but had a nice glass of wine and enjoyed the people watching ? sort of a mix of yuppie and Soprano in an old world steakhouse vibe. Creamed spinach is wonderfully balanced, not too much cream and nicely spinach-y. House salad was very crisp romaine with 4 tomato wedges and a great Roquefort dressing. Have come to the conclusion that all steakhouse hash browns are awful, so did not try them.