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Posted by Steakman on 08/23/2010
I recently went to Sparks for an expense account dinner with a few people from a client (it was their choice). It was expensive (that I expected) and ultimately disappointing (that I did not expect). In all fairness the steaks were excellent and lobster was perfectly cooked and well presented (not by our waiter) and the wine list is comprhensive and fairly priced. The service however was not up to par. It was almost diner level - with a poorly trained waiter who didn't seem to have a clue about proper service, had an attitude about dividing our salads (which we were sharing) to separate plates and disappeared after we got our order. The decor in the dining room is in a 1970's time warp and the head waiter was actually rather obnoxoius. Sparks serves a good steak but they didn't measure up in terms of delivering a quality experience to this customer and his guests.
Posted by anonymous on 06/27/2010
After reading some of the negative reviews, I felt compelled to write one myself. My husband and I were visiting relatives at the Jersey Shore and decided to go into NY for the day. He wore jeans and I wore something very casual. We were caught in a torrential rainstorm. Afterward, the humidity was ridiculous (like our Alabama summers). We looked like drowned rats. I would have turned my nose up at us. Not only were we graciously greeted at the door, we were led to a table that was not hidden. Every one of the several servers was extremely friendly and accomodating. This was even after I made a comment about being surprised that sirloin was their specialty. Sirloin is a cheaper cut of meat in Alabama and is rarely served. Since it is their specialty, I ordered it and found it to be delicious. It doesn't matter that we were in an excellent steakhouse, my husband ordered salmon as he always does. He said it was one of the best meals he's ever had. Looking the way we did, we never expected to receive such friendly and excellent service. I never expected sirloin to be good. We would definitely go back to Spark's. Yes, $37 might be expensive compared to chain restaurants and small town restaurants. It is very much in line and lower than many upscale restaurants especially those found in big cities.
Posted by crazy on 04/19/2010
This is for the critical reviews from people who think they know steakhouses. If you go to a steakhouse and do not get their signature cut. Then dont critique the steakhouse. How can one take one seriously when they don't even know what to order. Sparks is known for their sirloin. Its the best steak around. Period.
Posted by Carnivore on 03/04/2010
I felt compelled to write this brief review as some of these other reviews are ridiculous in my opinion. I've been to Sparks many, many times - for business and personal dinners. The maître d' and the waitstaff are always perfectly friendly and helpful - whether you show up in a Brioni suit or jeans. Part of the allure for business people is that the waitstaff doesn't constantly bother you (if you want love, buy a dog 'average joe customer'). They are not looking to make friends. They keep your glasses filled and deliver your food. My meal is always delicious. I've never been with anyone who has complained about their experience. Sparks is expensive. If a $45 steak is going to make you blush, don't go to Sparks in the first place. It's not for the faint of wallet. If you're unsophisticated and feel out of place, perhaps instead of writing a nasty review, you learn from your experience and see how it's done in a real NYC institution!
Posted by JezUK on 03/01/2010
. . . with the reviewer who seemed to think you need to throw cash about to get the best at Sparks. We went (on vacation from Wales) and got the best food, wine and service I think I've ever had - the secret wasn't $300 tips - just being friendly and treating the staff as people! Tremendous meal by the way!
Posted by Ilovesteak on 02/18/2010
I have to admit, I can be a bit of a snob when it comes to steak... However, my experience last night at Sparks (my first time there) was so bad, that I decided to write a review to warn people not to go. First, I DID come in a suit, and I was born in NYC, and live in Manhattan so I think my expectations for an NYC restaurant are fair. I walked in after my party was seated, patiently waited on line to ask for the location of my party, and was greeted very rudely for no reason at all. I was then given the wrong location as to where my party was, and sent there on my own to find them. Sadly enough, when the food was served things only got worse. The bread was hard, I could have gotten something better from a chain supermarket. For an appetizer I had mozzarella and tomatoes, hard to mess up and it was quite average. My filet came for my main course and I swear the top of it was burnt. The waitor placed it in front of me with a guilty look on his face and bashfully walked away. I had a tough time forcing down 2 bites and had to send it back. This meal would have been disappointing for Applebees. The fact that the menu is priced like a Peter Lugers makes it all the much worse. Hash browns on the side were way too salty, and spinach was again quite average. Dessert was adequate although certainly not special, and the coffee was weak! DONT come here!
Posted by average joe customer .... on 12/21/2009
Arrogant and Rude treatement if you are not dressed in suit .... we were treated second rate from the start! We were dressed casual but very neatly. That set the mood, I should have walk out then .... but thought the matridee was just the problem ... wrong waiter was the same. Guess they dont need the business from an average looking person ... though our money is just as green. By the way be prepared to PAY out the wazooo for a meal that was good but seriouly lacked presentation for what you pay. Also very impressive wine list but cheapest bottle is $45 .... I am not a cheap sake but ..... holly cow a steak for $37 and then every thing extra ... potato 9.95 and a vegie add that again .... !