Sparks Steak House
Sparks Steak House

Sparks Steak House

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://sparkssteakhouse.com/
  • Phone: 2126874855
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Seafood, Steakhouse
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Private Party Facilities: Make Your event an exceptional dinning experience by reserving one of our Private Rooms. We specialize in Banquets for any occasion: From Corporate events, pharmaceutical dinner presentations, birthdays, anniversaries, rehearsals, weddings, engagements, and bachelor parties.
  • Private Party Contact: Sal Desai 8883389774
  • Special Events: Make Your event an exceptional dinning experience by reserving one of our Private Rooms. We specialize in Banquets for any occasion: Corporate events, pharmaceutical dinner presentations, birthdays, anniversaries, rehearsals, weddings, engagements, and bachelor parties or simple get together with accommodations raging from 4 guests all the way up to 600 guests. To Book a party please click here or call our Banquet Manager at (212) 687-4806

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 2nd and 3rd Avenues
  • Public Transit: Nearest Transit: Grand Central - 42 St (7, 7X), Grand Central - 42 St (4, 5, 6, 6X), 51 St (4, 6, 6X).
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Independent Parking Garage is located across the street.
A word from Sparks Steak House
Sparks Steak House was opened in 1966 by Michael and Pasquale Cetta, hence the logo 'Cetta Brothers Steak Masters'. The restaurant is still a family owned and operated business and is located in midtown Manhattan, a five minute walk from Grand Central Station and The United Nations.

The restaurant is well known for excellent steaks, seafood, fresh vegetables and satisfying salads. And of course, the huge wine list.
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Sparks Steak House reviews from OpenTable diners
175 reviews since May 3, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
80% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
special occasion (94)notable wine list (87)good for groups (50)fit for foodies (38)romantic (31)neighborhood gem (27)great for lunch (15)hot spot (15)vibrant bar scene (14)late-night find (8)kid-friendly (5)great for outdoor dining (4)great for brunch (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Class Act!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    First visit to Sparks and it will be at the top of my list for future dining in NYC. The service and atmosphere were excellent. Attentive waiter without hovering and the food was fantastic.
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Old New York charm
    Itssortoftasty
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Excellent sirloin steak! The waiter was gracious and attentive. Very large portions....!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average at best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Service was terrible. The messed up the order. Two people Ordered medium came out well done. Waiters had no idea which plate belonged to which person. Food was average at best. Service was terrrible.
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  • Classic Superb Steakhouse
    esfoad
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    This is our second visit to Sparks. The first time, the food was wonderful so we decided to return for my wife's birthday. She is a lobster fan so the huge lobsters they serve were the perfect complement for her day. As before, the food was great and, bonus, the wait staff even de-shells the lobster for you! They have one of the more complete wine lists as well. Altogether, a great experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Awesome Steak
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    The steaks were awesome from start to finish. That was what I wanted, and I was fully satisfied. Definitely expensive, so leave the budget at home. The waiter was friendly and attentive. Drinks were well served and the portions great. Everything you expect from a high-end steak house.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent
    luvmsteak
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    We have been visiting Sparks for over 25 years, and find it still true to form. The steaks are the best in NYC, and the oysters are perfect. They have an amazing wine list. We will be back, soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Steak in NY City
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Sparks has always been the best steakhouse in NY City. They have the best selection of steaks, salads and sides. The Servers are always accommodating to your every need. Sparks is always consistent in preparing your dinner to your specifications.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Favorite Steakhouse in NYC
    Persistent1
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Great steak and ambiance. Unfortunately, for the first time, my sirloin steak was extremely tough. Obviously just a bad cow because the overall taste was still excellent.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Meat Plug
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Everything is great. Old school Steakhouse. Sides. Apps. Everything is good.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Steaks!!
    Robert
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    I hadn't been to Spark's in a while. I didn't remember how limited the steak menu was. We had a number of women who would have like to order smaller steaks, but there was no option for , lets say a petite filet mignon. We had some really good wine. Every one loved their steaks. Service was OK at best. Our waiter seemed to be absent more than there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/18/2014
    Great steaks, seafood and attractively priced wine list
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sparks lost its spark. Sad.
    Cranevor
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Not anymore unfortunately. It can be OK for an averaged positioning place - not for the level of brand and pricing of sparks.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Amazing Steak Dinner
    RyanTV
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    I took my wife to Sparks for her birthday. This is definitely not the kind of place you would go without an special occasion or a corporate expense account. Everything is served À la carte and everything is extremely pricey. Think $50 for a steak, $10 for a side, $15 for a drink. That said, the food was fantastic. The Filet was HUGE and the char on it was incredible. I did have to send both of our steaks back because they were very rare in the center and we wanted them medium, but it was handled quickly and the steaks came back out perfectly cooked. The sides were good but it would be nice to see a little more creativity in that department & charging $10 for a side of sauteed onions is insulting. Overall, it was a good experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Downtown26
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    5 of us were celebrating our 50th Birthday. I am one of the diners that was with Pat. The person that greeted us seemed surprised that we were going to dine there. The Host wasn't rude or unfriendly he just seemed uninterested ( got there for 4:30pm reservation). The waiter I believe his name is Huseff is the only person that made our dining experience a good one. He smiled and laughed with us. 3 out of 5 of us enjoyed their meal. I was not use to the sauce that the steak was prepared in. I asked for a medium well steak. It was medium well in the middle but well done on the ends.
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  • Not like the old days but.....
    Ieat4u
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Not like the old days but worth the visit Best seats in the house are in the bar
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nice atmosphere, quality service
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    Sirloin, service, atmosphere was excellent. I made a reservation for one, then two buddies decided to join me; the staff didn't make a fuss and welcomed the extra company. Top notch!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing!
    PegWVIP
    Dined on 8/11/2014
    We three ordered the Filet Mignon, medium rare. They arrived at the same time. One was medium, one rare and finally, one medium rare. The quality of the beef was very disappointing. The filet was hard to cut even with their steak knives. The potatoes and sauteed onions were very good but we were looking for a good steak! We could have dealt with the medium, rare and medium rare if the meat had been tender. It was far from it. We won't be going back there. The waiter was pleasant but not very attentive. Bring back Vic & Anthony's or Angelo & Maxies!!
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  • Real deal
    Sjgofer
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    Friendy and efficient waitstaff,waiter said the steak was the best in the world, I believe he was correct,mouthwatering tender,and delicious ,if your in NYC it's a must
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DonGVIP
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    This was my second visit. I found the staff to be friendly and attentive. My wife felt the grilled Chilean Sea Bass was a bit overcooked, but our steaks--a filet with fromage on the side and a steak fromage--were very good. We ordered medium, and the server asked us to check when they were first brought to table. Both had to be sent back as they were "rare" not "medium." Sides were "ok" at best. Lump lobster cocktail appetizer was very good, house cabernet was quite adequate, and liquor ice cream desert was tasty and generous quantity. I will be back.
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  • Utterly disappointed
    Jules
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The food was good (not great like the previous times I dined at Sparks). The service was woefully terrible - never experienced such uninterested table service. You get better manners at a hotdog stall. I don't write this lightly (never been moved to write a review before, actually) as I'm lucky enough to travel and eat out a lot all over the world and until this visit I boasted to family and friends how Sparks is one of the top 3 steak restaurants I know. It is no longer. Given the prices, relatively mediocre at best now. A real shame given it's history and the (classic) atmosphere. Our visit concluded a family holiday in USA. We will return to USA and NYC, but I shan't be visiting Sparks again and cannot recommend it to anyone anymore.
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  • High Steaks Gamble
    TravelingDiner
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This place is known for its steaks. Unfortunately, that was its weakest point. I know others have had a good experience, but mine was not. I had to cut the fat off of my filet mignon -yes, I said fat- . The lobster was over-cooked dry and tough. When I notified the wait staff, they told me they would notify the manager. 15 minutes go by, no one comes to the table. When I inquired as to the location of the manager, I was told that 2 managers were notified, but the waiter did not know where they were. I sat at my table (which had been cleared) for several minutes waiting for some kind of bill. No one came, so I got up to leave, then presto a waiter I had never seen said your bill...$126+ for poor food.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Too much of a good thing.
    Itzaboutzfood
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The steak and hash browns and veggie sides and wine were delicious. The quantities served, although the same as they have ever been, just defy human consumption.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sparks is great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    Strip steak is off the charts. The atmosphere and food are unlike most of the national steak chains. Sparks is fantastic. We had party of 12 they took fantastic care of us
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic experience!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    My husband and I visited from North Carolina and loved the quality of service and food. The bartenders were super helpful. We thoroughly enjoyed our experience and hope to visit again!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A+
    LAOMJO
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Our evening at Sparks was exceptional in EVERY way! The food, the wine, and the service was perfect. We are still talking about it in glowing terms. Highly recommend!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect NYC steakhouse experience
    jntNYC
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We were not only looking for a great steak, but also that old school authentic NYC steakhouse experience. We definitely got both, and it's safe to say we'll be back. Amazing steak and phenomenal service by Youssef.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old New York
    HonestDinerVIP
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Whenever I'm in New York and around Midtown East, I make it a point to dine at Sparks. It has a "Old New York" charm, good martinis, and absolutely honest, juicy, tender steaks. It's not cheap, but neither it is extravagantly expensive, and you can't help but feel you're in a 1920s movie. You almost wish all turned black and wide. Give it a try, you will be happy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a little above mediocre
    Mickey
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    Sparks had great ambience, but the waiters weren't very pleased to serve my group. We had the creamed spinach and it was a bit too watery. The lump with crabmeat was very tasty. The bufala with mozarella was very fresh. The sirloin was not the greatest I've had, since it was fairly dry and tasteless. The lamb chops was the only extraordinary entree.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Superb food and service!
    JPAZ
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    We went here for our 16th anniversary dinner. Everything was perfect! Large portions could easily split any menu item. Highly recommend this family owned establishment. Only one thing missing...background music.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sparks Review
    Sparty98
    Dined on 7/25/2014
    Sparks was a great place for dinner. Great wine list. Food and atmosphere were outstanding! Cannot wait for a return visit.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Best steakhouse ever!
    SteakLovers
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    We love Sparks Steakhouse! It's the best ambience and food experience! We love it and will return again!!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sparks Steak Hosuse Review 7.19.14
    stevegannsVIP
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Sparks Steak House food is excellent. One of the best steaks in Manhattan. There were eight of us dining there on Saturday at 6PM after a matinee. The waiter while efficient was a bit put off, I don't know if he was having a bad day or it was because we did not order any alcohol and immediately felt this table of eight was not going to be worth his time. I am not a mind reader and I don't care to be. But when he asked us if we wanted drinks or wine and we said no, his attitude became cold, not hostile, but cold. Food was good enough to make up for this and we softened him a little with all of our kindness (thank you's). Unless this was an anomaly, I suggest he find another endeavor. He seemed to be near retirement anyway.
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    special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • You're not Peter Luger silly !
    SMWCVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Got the usual warm fuzzy greeting - not ! Maitre 'd's attire is a 1980's throwback tux & tie w/ an attitude to match. I had a reservation was asked my name twice my the wanna be snob & immediately seated . The pretentiousness is laughable as we sit in the half empty dining room @ prime time (7pm) but the rest of the evening went smoothly . Had drinks , the hot scampi/clams app- ultra small but we prepared. Standard caesar salad. The prime sirloin was teriffic. Well cooked. Cream spinach better than average. Shared the lamb chops also which were above board. There are far greater steakhouses here. The attitude just kills the place.
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  • I had not been to Sparks in many
    MickeyGShep
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    years. Amazingly, it is still the best steak restaurant in New York City. I have never been disappointed there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great steak!
    GatorDiningVIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    Went on a work lunch. The portions were HUGE and the steak was very tender. Highly recommend the steak scaloppine
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Excellent all around
    PianoChick
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    The house Cabernet was the best I've ever had, and I live in wine country, CA. Service impeccable, food incredible. Would definitely return. 5 stars
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Sparks steakhouse is awesome
    Jbelloottii
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Best food in years, service. Better than the Palm and some others
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mafia and great steak
    Thegreatdane1965
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Perfect experince. The staff was "over" you in the right way, they know what good service is. And the steaks were great. And the historic element with the mafia makes the whole experience total.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find, hot spot, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • HappyBday
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    The food was awesome as always and the service impeccable.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • ATLfoodConnoisseur
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    absolutely amazing. best steakhouse in the US - try it and you will agree.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate