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Posted by Catherine on 12/08/2007
My parents and me went to the city for the day and got reservations at Sparks after our matinée, knowing it was good. The food was pretty good, but I wasn't really loving any of it. Maybe I would have enjoyed it more if the manager (or who ever we was) wasn't so rude to us. My mom and I both ordered our steaks medium-rare, mine was cooked perfect and my mom's was too well done. Figuring that since we're paying $44 dollars for a steak we urged her to send it back, so she did (even though she's never sent anything back in her life). Not a minute later the manager comes out of the kitchen screaming at us before he even reached the table about how the steak was done perfectly even though mine looked completely different. My mom, now nervous and feeling guilty, agreed to take it back but felt uncomfortable the entire night, especially with him walking by glaring at us every now and then. Enough is enough, it's a steak. The food is good, but I've had better, and the waiters were very nice, but just don't send your food back. I definitely won't be going back unless it is to yell at him. It's not worth the $400 we spent to feel uncomfortable.
Posted by ron r. michigan on 09/27/2007
of all the true steak houses in the mid-west, north east, sparks is highly reccomended to all union members, delegates, and non union members of the teamsters, united auto, aerospace, agricultural, and implement workers of the union, also, the brotherhood of electrical workers, active and retired, take the time to enjoy a great steak and potato at a great american establishment
Posted by Alurie on 08/30/2007
From the time we walked in to this mammoth place, everything was suoerb.. Food was great, service was wonderful. No dress code, but everyone seemed happy.. My drink order was wrong, but cheerfully corrected. Those who complained in their reviews must have been there on an off night.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/16/2007
I would hesitate to ever go to this place again. Sparks used to be one of my preferred Manhattan steakhouses. This most recent time, I was served a medium-rare steak, the same that my company to my right ordered. He had a nice looking steak, and mine looked like it had quite a bit of surrounding fat for a Sparks steak. I voiced my concern to the waiter, but I balked at getting the maitre 'd involved when offered; sometimes the blackened steaks can fool you as to lard content. I thought I'd give Sparks the benefit of the doubt. As I made my way through the steak, my initial suspicions were confirmed. I asked for the waiter, and then when offered again, the maitre 'd. Turns out about a third of my steak was was lard (to be clear, not intramuscular fat). The maitre 'd came over with a tough-guy gait, and when I told him the problem, he said, "You telling me that all comes from your steak?" Feeling vindicated by his surprise, I said, "Yes!" But then he stunned me with, "That's not all coming from your steak." I don't know if he thought I carried the fat in my pocket or stole it off my company's plate, but this was impressive. After thus calling his customer a liar, the waiter refused to even acknowledge that I had voiced a concern earlier. Was he intimidated too? Rather than be gracious (yes, I should have gotten the maitre 'd involved from the get-go, rather than give the Sparks steak the intial benefit of the doubt), the maitre 'd went on about how at this point there was nothing he could do. This at a place that likely thinks itself one of the premier NYC steakhouses? Fast food restaurants give better service. After 5 minutes of back-and-forth, as he turned away, he begrudgingly turned torwards the waiter and said, "give them a cheese-cake." There are a lot of great steakhouses in NYC, and this is the first that to my knowledge claimed its customer was a liar about the food. For USDA prime steak, I'll put my dollar elsewhere.
Posted by allan on 08/15/2007
our party arrived with a reservation to find an arrogant maitre D' saying we had no reservation-we then asked another maitre D' to check and he said snarling at us that he did see our reservation and the table will be ready soon-when we tried to find out how long the wait was we were very rudely ignored and treated like we were bothering him-when we said we were going to leave he said he has some tables and showed us some empty tables and rolled his eyes while talking to us in a nasty,condescending tone-the noise in the dining room was deafening-we decided that no food is worth having such an unpleasant experience and we left-we went two blocks away to another steak house where we were treated wonderfully by people who were glad to have us -by the way we were two well dressed couples and one of our group was a major celebrity who they didn't recognize-but they treat everyone who comes in with such distain that ithey don't even look up
Posted by Steak Man on 08/11/2007
The steaks were a bit overcooked, but the worst taste in my mouth was from the service. Our waiter was brusque, unresponsive and ruined the overall experience. Stick with what's worked in the past as opposed to experimenting with Sparks. This place draws more business than it should because it makes for good conversation that a mob boss got shot outside its doors in '85.
Posted by SS on 08/03/2007
Whats so great about this place? The steaks are over salted and not even close to being the best quality beef available. The wine selection is nice and so are the desserts. Thats about it.