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Sparks Steak House
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 .... !
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.