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Sparks Steak House
Sparks Steak House

Sparks Steak House Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://SparksSteakHouse.com
  • Phone: (212) 687-4855
  • 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: Steakhouse, Seafood
  • 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 (888) 338-9774
  • Special Events & Promotions: 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/16/2014
  • "years. Amazingly, it is still the best steak restaurant in New York City. I have never been disappointed there."
    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"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "Best food in years, service. Better than the Palm and some others"
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "The food was awesome as always and the service impeccable."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "absolutely amazing. best steakhouse in the US - try it and you will agree."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "Had a wonderful evening dining at Sparks. Food, service and wine list outstanding. Would recommend this restaurant highly. Full of old world charm. Enjoy........we sure did."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "Fantastic steakhouse! One of New York's best, if not THE best!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "This was hands down the very best steak my son and I have eaten in NYC and probably the U.S. Exceptional flavor. Exceptional service."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "This is a great place for a group or family although mostly business men. The largest benefit is the extensive wine list which is very reasonably priced."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Our waiter was excellent - very attentive and always around but not hovering over the table. We never waited for refills and he provided good recommendations given this was our first time at the restaurant and wanted to share many dishes."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Sparks is absolutely the best steak house in Manhattan, in my humble opinion. The service is impeccable, yet warm and friendly. The menu is everything you could want from a legendary steak house, without any of the nonsense you find at other places. Any time anyone asks me for a steak house recommendation in NYC, I send them to Sparks, and every time, without fail, I will get a phone call thanking me for recommending Sparks and telling me how great it was. Sparks is by far the classiest steak house I have ever been to, but remains unassuming and welcoming somehow. Gotta love that."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "I have been coming here for over 20 years and the sirloin to me remains the best in the city.it stiil is a n.y.c. icon."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "My wife and I recently relocated here from Chicago's lakefront. We have been searching for new favorite restaurants. Based on our first visit to Sparks, we have probably found our new favorite steak house!"
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Sparks provides old world service at a level that once was a staple of good restaurants. The food is solid and the wait staff is well informed. Sparks does many things exceptionally well. You can find great steaks all over NYC. You can find good service. Decent wine lists aren't a rarity. But try finding all of those elements in one spot and you realize that it isn't easy at all."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Food had amazing flavours but portions just too large. At least half was thrown away."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "There are in Sparks the absolute best steaks in the world! Last time we visited Sparks was some 20 years ago: have tried so many restaurants around the world, and still Sparks is the best in steaks."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "Explain to me how a steak house does not serve a Porterhouse, Ribeye, Prime Rib or New York Strip? And the Filet that they do have is tough.... The wine list a what to expect of a great steakhouse, but if you want steak go somewhere else...."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "The fillet mignon is like no other in the world !!!"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "Plats et qualité top, nourriture et steak excellente mais trop cher. serveur un peu trop présent à toujours vouloir remplir les verres"
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I had been to Sparks before. I knew what to expect. The sirloin was very good as were the sides. Ceasar salad starter was also good. As expected, the service was a bit surley, almost to the point of we were an imposition on the waiter. He seemed to want to ..move us along... and we told him to go away twice before we ordered. We had wine and drinks from the bar served first and were discussing business when the waiter again arrived and sort of said... you'll order now. We did not indicate we were ready to order, he indicated he was ready to take our order. Overall, I would not go back, I will seek another Steakhouse experience. You can get a good steak in many places in NY, Too bad for Sparks. Great potential but...."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Very attentive wait staff, great steaks, excellent wine selection very accommodating. I've been to other steakhouses in NYC, this is my favorite."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "Sparks still serves the best steak in the city with a great 'crust' on even a rare slice. The wine list has gone from the most reasonable in town to the most items above $300 in town. Service seems friendlier but still don't know what the three hosts do but talk to each other. Sparks is still a classic and a must visit every year or so."
    Dined on 6/23/2014
  • "I had the signature prime cut which was outstanding and cooked to perfection. My wife had the filet which was a large cut of meat. The filet came out less than medium-rare closer to raw. A waiter other than the one who was serving us agreed with our assessment and quickly took the steak back to be cooked further. The steak was in two pieces and the bigger piece of the filet was still undercooked for wanting a medium temperature. The waiter brought some creamed spinach which we did not ask for or like. When we pointed out the steak was still undercooked he had nothing but excuses. We did get a dessert at no charge which was good. With the reputation they have they should know how to cook a big cut of meat."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "Best filet I've ever had and I am a steak fanatic from Oklahoma. Perfect atmosphere for my tastes. The ride from Sparks to our hotel, after we ate, with "Mike the Russian" was a great way to top off the experience."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "This is a special place and do justice to the food & wine.."
    Dined on 6/18/2014
  • "You go to one best steakhouses in the country (supposedly), order a steak medium. It comes out well done. Return it, and it cones back raw. Third time OK, but everyone else was finished. No comps. No apology...just attitude. Never going back!"
    Dined on 6/17/2014
  • "We have regularly visited this wonderful steak house on our trips to New York City. Best steaks anywhere we have eaten, including Peter Lugar. The only disappointment is that on our reservation, I indicated that my wife and I were celebrating our 25th anniversary, but we did not even receive a verbal congratulations, let alone a token piece of cake. I guess they knew that I could not eat sweets and were doing me a favour."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Sparks has a certain feel and look every time I have dinner there."
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "We loved the welcome at the door, the bar, service and food. Creamed spinach the best ever. Steaks huge and tender. Overall great experience. "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "Typical Manhattan establishment that focuses more on pushing sides, drinks and dessert than steak. I ordered the Prime Sirloin (the "house specialty). It was cooked well but tasted bland. My friend ordered the filet. The filet was about twice the thickness of an average filet. My friend asked for "medium," but what he received was a filet with a red, cool center. I imagine it is pretty difficult to cook a steak that thick to the proper temperature. I was warned by a friend that despite making a reservation and showing up on time, Sparks is known to make their customers wait to be seated. I found this to be true. We had a party of 3 and it was a Thursday night. There were plenty of open tables but we still had to wait 20 minutes."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "We were disappointed in the food served at Sparkys. Since it is a steakhouse my husband and I ordered steak,the filet mignon. It was tough and not the quality one would have expected. The ambiance was nice and the service was excellent. However, we do not plan to return"
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "You can get big lobsters, fish, veal chop and more. With all that the best thing is the sirloin. Get a salad or a shrimp cocktail to start. The steak medium and a couple of sides and you'll have one of the best steakhouse experiences available in NYC. "
    Dined on 5/27/2014
  • "My second time and if possible it was even better. Delicious steak...one of the best I've ever had. Tried the wife's fish...absolutely wonderful. Extensive wine list with many wonderful selections. Pricey cocktails. Great service from attentive but not hovering staff"
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "We were in NY for a meeting, which happened to coincide with our 28th anniversary. We arrived at the restaurant early but were promptly seated and served. Service was great, food even better! "
    Dined on 5/24/2014
  • "Good restaurant, but the food is not as good as its peers such as Wolfgang's, Peter Lueger's, Del Frisco's, etc. The steak was good but not great. Given the price, this is worth going to once."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "You can't good wrong with Sparks. Food and service are always great. And they treat you like valued customer. You are not rushed to order, eat and leave. Great for business, friend or family get together."
    Dined on 5/20/2014
  • "Great service and the steak was perfect. Do it again and again."
    Dined on 5/19/2014