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Posted by Jay on 08/27/2008
As a born and raised New Yorker I feel the need to step in and give Spark’s a right-on review. There are a ton of steak houses in the area (Morton’s, Rothman’s, etc.) but Spark’s has by far the best Sirloin I’ve ever had. It literally melts in your mouth it’s so delicious. Whatever they cook the steak with (butter? Salt?) is heavenly. Also the appetizer portions are huge and delicious. The mozzarella and tomato appetizer is incredibly fresh, as is the crabmeat cocktail. The sides were all delicious- especially the hash browns and the mushrooms . The only item on the menu I’m not crazy about is the Caesar salad- it’s not the most flavorful Caesar. And as for the décor- it’s a very comfortable, old-New York vibe (not as stuffy or as fancy as somewhere like Morton’s but still intimate and romantic). Also, everytime I have gone the wait staff has been extremely attentive and accomodating. For those of you who had a bad experience at Sparks I urge you to try it again!
Posted by Jackie on 08/24/2008
I have read the unhappy reviews, but only after my husband and I celebrated our anniversary here. (Six years we are both 26). The whole experience was worth every penny! The staff was friendly and professional and did not make us feel like we were tourists on a budget. (which we were, but wanted to splurge on dinner once). I have never before eaten a steak that just melts in your mouth. I didn't even need sauce. I ordered the sirloin well done and it came out medium, but our server cared and was anxious to please. When he brought my meat back out it was perfect and he also brought out extra sides to make up for it. If you want a steak done right, come to Sparks. Be prepared to pay, though, dinner for 2 with two drinks (we shared the mixed salad, broccoli, home fries, and new york cheesecake, and had our own steaks) came to $158.00 plus tip. But like I said the price was worth every penny. A perfect romantic dinner! It feels fancy without the snobbishness. Don't hesitate!
Posted by Jerett on 07/30/2008
I recently went to Sparks with a friend after work, and I will say it was better than what I Expected. The décor is very old boys club, which I enjoyed and made me feel like it was part of the experience. Our waiter was courteous and very fast with all the food. The service from the time we arrived to the time we left was great… One thing I found weird was that they change the table clothes after the main course. I will say it is weird to have the waiter lean over you to change the table clothe when you are in the middle of a conversation. The food was very good. I would say it is great, but the cuts of meat are very delicious… We started of with a Caesar Salad which was good but loaded with dressing, all much too much for my taste, but still rather delicious. I was surprised to see just two types of steak on the menu for a steak house, Sirloin and Filet Mignon. I had the Sirloin. The steak seemed to be a bit salty, but that didn’t take away from the flavor of the steak. For desert I had the Chocolate Truffle Cake which was amazing… I really had no complaints about the cake other than for ten dollars they give you a small piece. I really enjoyed the atmosphere of Sparks and would recommend it to others, but I think that in NYC with so many different steakhouses, this is a one time visit. Like I said, the food is good, but not great.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/28/2008
I even read the negative reviews here, and thought the reviewers were just temperamental tourists. Was i wrong.. Sparks is a Time Square quality restaurant and should not be a part of any "great dining tour of New York." It's reputation comes from the fact that some mobster was killed right in front of the place, not for the food, the service, or experience. The restaurant is outdated, clearly unchanged from the late 70's, and while I admit the steak quality was acceptable (at $49.99 for the filet mignon they do you give you a good cut of meat,), their version of medium rare is sushemi. So remember to order it a notch higher than you usually get. The rest of the meal was pretty bad. The creamed spinach, home fries, and onions were even worse than what you get at a fast food joint on a bad night.. Service here is poor. I had to ask for water about a dozen times the bumbling waiter did only the bare minimum: he took our order, and brought our food, and then, very strangely, changed our table cloth mid meal for not reason. I even told him to stop but he continued. Lastly, desserts are very poor. Avoid the sorbets. Dinner for 3, with a bottle of wine, came out to be around $300.
Posted by kolachi on 03/20/2008
Mediocre at best, pretentious wait staff and the ambience is out of a mob movie gone bad. And worst of all, they dont have a porterhouse on the menu. How does a steakhouse not have a porterhouse on the menu, not going back!
Posted by John M on 03/03/2008
Went on Saturday night with a large group (14). I realize with such a large group service would be slow, but not this slow. I had to literally ask about 12 times for them to refill my water glass and several times I was noded to and the bus boy never came back. The steak was decent but have had much better elsewhere. The wine list is the best part of the meal it is absolutly huge. Overall I would say that if you are going for a big night out, Sparks will only disappoint
Posted by Scott K on 01/13/2008
Steak is far and away my favorite food and I try to get to a steakhouse whenever I can. My normal steakhouse meal consists of a porterhouse for two for myself, along with two to three sides. With that in mind I was skeptical I would enjoy Sparks since they do not have a porterhouse or a few of my favorite sides on their menu. It turned out though that their sirloin was the best stand alone sirloin I have ever had. The sirloin was perfectly cooked and tasted great. I had the hash browns and asparagus for sides and both were tasty, but nothing special. The waiter was very nice and the service was excellent. I also loved the ambiance of the steakhouse. I would recommend this establishment to anyone and look forward to returning again.