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Posted by thegreatone on 12/02/2009
Ate here last week (Saturday night) with a party of eight people. Even though the place was packed. we were seated right away . The service was friendly and professional without our having to "grease" anyone. Unlike some of the other reviews, I've never had bad service and never tipped anyone beforehand in all the years I've been coming here. Anyhow, the food is still great and Sparks still has the best sirlion and lamb chops in the city. The wine list is comprehensive and the prices not for the faint of heart, but what the heck. Life is short, so go for it.
Posted by NYC Visitor on 11/02/2009
Wife and I visited the restaurant on Tuesday Oct 20th 2009. Both of us had the filets and were prepared perfectly. The service was also exceptional as expected. We’ve had dinner here many times and never been disappointed.
Posted by lou bagels on 10/16/2009
As the below review notes, they won't do a thing for you here without first being greased. The $50 steaks and $25 Shrimp Cocktail taste great but are not served with a smile unless you are a high-roller. You need to give the busboy a $20 just to keep the ice cold.
Posted by Paulie B. on 09/27/2009
before i retired and sold my business, i made it a point to eat at sparks about 3 times a year. i dont do business in nyc any more, and its been about 3 yrs since i've eaten there. i have perused this website and see a lot of negative reviews. i have a hunch that some of these folks may be out of towners. as a native new yorker, the rule to a good dining experience is treat the staff courteously and TIP WELL! new york is a money town, and that's the clue to enhancing any experience there, wherever you are,be it dining, shopping, getting gas etc. when i went to sparks, i usually went with friends, not clients-hope irs doesnt read these reviews- usually a party of six. the key to a wonderful meal at sparks is first, tip the coatcheck girl $20.00.then the maitr'd gets a hundred . drinks at the bar are a must, and the barman gets a $50.00. word will get around thatyour table deserves special attention. after an extremely agreeable meal, your waiter gets a 25% tip(wine ,cognacs, and cigars included)this will bring your tip up to about $300.00. you will then be a noted diner, and can be assured of an excellent dining experience thereafter-even if it is 4 months later. really quite a simple formula. that, my friends is the key to consumerism in the apple. in new york, money talks, and bs walks. bon appetit!
Posted by Mike on 09/19/2009
Last week i had dinner at Sparks and enjoyed greatly. One of better dinning experiences ever. We were greeted and appreciated from the staff that was courteous and professional, especially enjoyed our cocktails at the bar. Steaks were just perfectly done also side dishes and desserts were outstanding. Strongly would recommend to anyone, to curious ones and to those who might not have similar impressions in the past.
Posted by Scott on 09/15/2009
So this place has a reputation for being a top tier steak house. I dont know who is eating there but they certainly dont know good food. First, they dont even have a real steak on the menu. Just some sorry excuses for beef dishes. I dont even think they serve prime beef. The hash browns were a joke, the creamed spinach was a watery mess. I cant imagine how a sub-par place like this manages to stay in business. Truly disappointed.
Posted by Brian on 03/04/2009
I agree with the prior two posts. I thought I was going to be blown away with this place but I was close to just getting up and walking out due to the attitude of our waitor. save your money because the filet mignon was average and you are paying way too much just for a simple tablecloth change. We felt like we were being rushed out 45 minutes before close. I have had better service at Applebees. I will never eat there again...whatever magic this place had is gone.