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Posted by Anonymous on 02/28/2009
Me, my wife and our friends frequent good steakhouse quite a lot but I must say that Sparks has been disapointment lately. The only thing that is still good there is consistency of food quality. Service has gone downhill, maitre'd is still ok just a bit cold. We still love your wine list and romanoff dessert but the ambiance and altogether spirit is gone. Your bar used to be so much fun but that is gone too. It is just ok place to go now, but NY is full of this places.
Posted by Tom on 02/21/2009
My wife and I have been to Sparks in the past and make it a must go when in the city. We were extremely excited to reserve a table on Valentine's day during our last visit. Unfortunately, the service and the meal were not up to standards. If Sparks was so busy that they could not meet there high standards, I would understand, yet, the room was not at full capacity. The service was poor at best. The sirloin was OK as well as the shrimp and strip. The baked potatoe did not melt the butter and the asparagus was serverd 10 minutes after we started our meal. We were never asked for our satisfaction with the meal and I literally had to walk to the bar area a find a person who could provide a bill. I expressed my dissapointment which fell on deaf ears. To sum this up: I waked in with great enthusiasm and anticipation to share a great meal with my wife and walked out extremely dissapointed. There are many fine establishments in N.Y., so do yourself a favor and go elswhere. I will not be back!
Posted by Pretty Women on 02/11/2009
I have heard so much about sparks that me and my fiance thought we should see what the rave is about..We went on a friday night it was pretty dead and quiet. The staff was so nice and attentive they joked alot they made us feel very comfortable. For appetizer we had the broiled shrimp which was delicious and cooked to perfection. We both at the sirloin which was just ok, I have defitnitly had a better steak , Im not saying Ill go back but I think who ever is reading this should give it a try!!
Posted by stockguy911 on 01/19/2009
I've been going here since I was a kid. In my opion the best steakhouse I've ever eatin in. We came in last week on a same day reservation on a Thursday night @ 8pm. Thursday is probably the busiest night and this was no exception. Sat at the bar and had a cocktail. We were seated in 10 minutes after everyone was arrived. We ordered the Asparagus, Baked clams and Scampi for appetizers. Had 2 Filet's, 1 Sirlion, a Steak Formage and a Lobster for the table. Sides we're Hash Browns and Creamed Spinach. Also ordered 2 Jordan Cabernet's. They have a great wine list and the prices are reasonable. All the food was made exactly as we ordered and delicious. The waiters were very nice and attentive. The place is very consistent in it's food and service. We love when they change the table cloth for dessert. Only place in the U.S. that still does this. Here's the thing about Sparks that I see to often. People are just rude to the staff especially the Matrie D's. I'm not sure what they expect when they show up with an attitude like they are Royalty but this the NY. No one really cares. You will get the same attitude back if not worse. The secret to getting a good table and seated right away is simple. Be nice to the staff. If you're nice they will notice it and the word spreads quickly. A simle and a hello to the Matrie D is all it takes. I've gone here many times on business, family dinners and dates. It all works. If you want the best in what NY offer's in a traditional steakhouse this is the place to go.
Posted by Anonymous on 12/22/2008
I was in nyc with my family on a pre xmas vacation..The guy at our hotel told us that if we wanted the best steak go to Sparks..We were not prepared for what we encountered. The busiest restaraunt i have ever been to..The tuxedo guys in front were extremely arrogant and rude. We waited at the bar for 1 1/2 hours even with reservations.When were finally seated our waiter named Chris was extremely friendly and funny even though he was clearly busy with his section..He made us feel like we were more than welcome in this the craziest of steakhouses.. 4 sirloins medium rare 1 hash brown and 1 mushroom caps and we were all stuffed and happy.....Excellent choices by our waiter....Thanks Chris ..Merry Xmas..
Posted by SB on 12/08/2008
Yeah it gets its name from a mobster being gunned down in the 70's but this is one of the finest NY steakhouses. Dont read much into the negative reviews. Ive worked in NY for nearly 23 years and this place is THE place to go if you want a top quality steak and want to cut a nice business deal.
Posted by Flying Scotsman on 11/12/2008
Simply the best Filet. A standard stop for me and colleagues and just beats the Palm in NYC and Orlando.