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Sparks Steak House
Posted by Johnny Quaglia on 09/28/2010
Very elegant atmosphere and sophisticated settings. The food was phenomenal. Cook to perfection. For your ultimate dining experience, choose Sparks.
Posted by Veronica SB on 09/01/2010
Enjoyed an amazing anniversary meal here recently. Yes sirloin is their specialty, but don’t let that influence you if you truly prefer other cuts. My husband & I both ordered the filet mignon because we LOVE that cut above all others…we were not disappointed at Sparks! Our waiter heard us say that we were splitting our sides & he separated our dishes onto 2 plates without our requesting that, which we really appreciated (our sides were a tasty baked tater & a hearty portion of asparagus we didn’t finish because the steaks were so deliciously generous & filling). Our waiter also split our dessert without our requesting that; again a nice touch. Dessert was berries w/ ice cream – their ice cream is sensational! The servers here seems remote demeanor-wise – they don’t introduce themselves by name, so I guess they want to convey an overall sense of formality – but don’t let that throw you off, they are attentive & friendly. I disagree w/ the review that says you have to wear a suit or spend a lot of money here to get great treatment – we were dressed on the nicer side of casual, we only ordered juice/soda, steak, sides & dessert (not a ton of extras), & we received outstanding service. Yes a meal here is a bit spendy but for a rare tasty splurge, it is utterly worth it!
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!