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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
  • "Everything is great. Old school Steakhouse. Sides. Apps. Everything is good."
    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."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "Great steaks, seafood and attractively priced wine list"
    Dined on 8/18/2014
  • "Not anymore unfortunately. It can be OK for an averaged positioning place - not for the level of brand and pricing of sparks."
    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."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Not like the old days but worth the visit Best seats in the house are in the bar"
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "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!"
    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!!"
    Dined on 8/11/2014
  • "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"
    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."
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "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!"
    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!"
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/26/2014
  • "Sparks was a great place for dinner. Great wine list. Food and atmosphere were outstanding! Cannot wait for a return visit."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "We love Sparks Steakhouse! It's the best ambience and food experience! We love it and will return again!!"
    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."
    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
  • "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."
    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