Sparks Steak House

4.6
2533 reviews
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$50 and over
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Steakhouse
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  • Notable Wine List
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. Join us to celebrate 50 years of business!



The restaurant is well known for excellent steaks, seafood, fresh vegetables and satisfying salads.
And of course, the huge wine list.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Steakhouse, Seafood
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Hours of operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 5:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:00pm - 11:00pm, Friday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 11:30pm

We are open Sunday Mothers Day 5/8 from 2-10PM
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Phone number
(212) 687-4855
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Payment options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Business Casual
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Between 2nd and 3rd Avenues
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Parking details
Independent Parking Garage is located across the street.
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Public transit
Nearest Transit: Grand Central - 42 St (7, 7X), Grand Central - 42 St (4, 5, 6, 6X), 51 St (4, 6, 6X).
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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

Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2533 People Are Saying
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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

The portions of steak were large, but no flavor and not cooked to our preferences the first time. All the steaks lacked flavor and the sides were all bland. Only good experience was our waiter who was amazing.

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JH
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Top notch across the board. Paco our waiter was great. M'atredee was exceptional as well. Made sure our birthday was great

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PK
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We lived in NYC for many years, still come back for doctors and family, best steakhouse then
and now, never disappoints

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OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vacation trip to New York Dinner

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JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This was one of the few top steak restaurants in NY that I had not yet tried. It was worth the wait. Old school interior, outstanding service, large portions and good food.

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DM
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Old world wonderful! Amazing service. It was my wife’s birthday celebrating with her parents. We really enjoyed the full experience. Thank you Sparks.

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AS
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Sparks is one of our favorite NYC favorites . It’s expensive ( but worth it) so we don’t go there on a “regular” basis but I would love to be able to go all the time. We tend to go there for celebrations and this time was for our anniversary. The atmosphere, food, and service were outstanding. We had another great meal and as usual the restaurant made it a special evening and acknowledged our special day with a special anniversary decorated desert. Class!

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RF
New England
5 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Amazing steak. This place knows how to do it right.

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b
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best steaks we've had in a long time, a sirloin, which we don't usually get, superb!! Super service, great old room!

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RL
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

disappointing/have been meaning to eat there for years-strip good not great/service efficient-not friendly
lobster shrimp combo-at best-just ok/ambiance was depressing/presentation are you kidding?!!!
peter luger's far superior and better overrall

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LC
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excelente todo muy rico la atención fue excelente recomendado al 100%

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CH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made a Saturday Evening Reservation for 2, arrived early and proceeded to sit a bar. The bar staff was knowledgeable and friendly. At no time , did we feel rushed. Ordered a bottle of wine, steak and fish were cooked to perfection. The service was impeccable. Highly recommended.
Thanks for a great experience. Enjoy!

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NS
Pittsburgh
1 review
Dined on September 15, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

The food was just ok but for the price I expect good to great will not be back theres so many other restaurants to try around

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YN
Atlanta
5 reviews
Dined on September 14, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Old world charm. Food cooked to perfection and service was impeccable

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DM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

I had been to Sparks several times in the past and had positive experiences. For that reason, I recommended to a friend and his family that we go there while visiting NYC. Unfortunately, this time the experience was for from positive. My son had the veal chop and it was literally burned black on the outside and they actually served it. Everyone at the table (6) was shocked at what the waiter placed on the table. Of course we sent it back right away. Also,the service was sub par overall for what you expect at a very expensive steak house. They forgot to bring two of our sides and we had to ask them several times to get them. My friend had eaten half of his steak before the hash brown potatoes finally arrived at the table.
Lastly, and as simple as it seems, getting water glasses refilled was a real challenge, as there was a very large party adjacent to us, and they clearly took priority over our party of six, so the service would dictate: even though we had been seated well before the large party.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best steak in NYC and beyond!

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ES
1 review
Dined on September 12, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

Actually no service at all but the waiter who serve us force us to paid 25% tips which I find ridiculous.........

Food quality are acceptable but not unforgettable!

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MJ
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

Consistent old standard

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JG
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Took a group of international business associates in for dinner, they all LOVED it! Love the staff and hospitality at Sparks!!

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JC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on September 11, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 5

Be sure to order the steak which is excellent, I ordered the lemon sole and was very disappointed. It is totally plain, served with a lemon which I guess is why they called it lemon sole but I was expecting a lemon sauce. It’s a very pricey place so I was sad. Also the table next to us had a drunk woman who was so loud she kind of ruined our meal at this historic restaurant...our waiter didn’t try very hard to give us a memorable experience. I am bummed since I heard it was the best...I tried my husbands steak and it was very good.

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JH
Naples
25 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a "win"! Get food, great service. A true NYC experience. Try the large lobster, it is amazing!!!

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TV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

I only gave it four stars because I had an 8pm reservation And I wasnt seated until almost 8:30pm because they forgot about us and took a couple that came in after us before us. The tall man who works the seating/reservation section of the restaurant was nasty to his staff in front of everyone. Not good for vegetarians or vegans.

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OT
Nashville
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Interior was very old school steak house and lovely. Definitely has its regulars which is always a good thing. Had a steak and wife had the lobster and scallops. Both were good but not great. Have visited steak houses in every city we have been in and Sparks was ok but not outstanding.

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N
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was excellent from the appetizer to the dessert tray!

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SM
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

We were visiting and wanted a classic N.Y. steakhouse experience. Sparks delivered that to us big time! The ambiance and decor is old school and cool at the same time. We were not looking for a chain restaurant. We all had the steak with Roquefort cheese on top and one Chilean sea bass. All cooked to perfection! Sides were excellent with hash browns the favorite. Drinks delivered on time with the right flavor profiles. As good as the meal was for us, the service was even better. The best service I have experienced in a long time was delivered by our server Oscar. Sharp, knowledgeable, and friendly service was performed at a very high level! Oscar was the star of the show. Yeah, we spent some $$ but he made it all worth it!

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SM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First time at Sparks after many years of desiring to go. Old NY ,welcoming NY Steak House. Food and service as expected “Superior”
Can not wait to visit again.
A Bar with bottles to amaze. A wine list that requires reading time that is more than you have time for. So impressive. !!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great experience. We ordered the Filet and some other steaks. Had a bunch of apps. All the food was tasty. One big thing difference between sparks and other steak houses. Their steaks and cooking style was less oily. So as you are eating you are not getting hit with the over the top feeling of how heavy the food is. Dessert was great as well. Would go back again

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AT
Dallas
10 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The iconic Sparks is always exceptional. Amazing service and food.

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D
Tampa
2 reviews
Dined on September 4, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Best Sirloin steak by far I ever had $57 well worth it. The stuffed clams for $18 were horrible, small and just bread crumbs . Good house wine! Great deserts. A fun night with friends. Don’t always frequent restaurants this expensive but $11 for potatoes and sides are expensive.

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OT
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service, the food was fabulous !

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BK
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Mashed potatoes too soupy. Steak was excellent. Ambiance was a little old fashioned.

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J
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Amazing service, top notch steak, and a cozy atmosphere. The wine list was outstanding.

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BV
Philadelphia
15 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Annual Birthday dinner with a friend at one of our favorite city restaurants. Food and service was excellent, as always. Didn’t expect the Thursday before Labor Day to have quite the buzz it had and that was a pleasant surprise.

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RF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Great spot! Great service! Who’d def recommend to anyone who loves a good steak

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I
Washington DC
14 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 5ambience 4

Not sure which was worse: a “fine” steakhouse that cannot deliver a steak cooked to order or a lying Maitre’D. A real disappointing dining experience. . Asked for medium, my steak arrived rare. After a second attempt, my steak arrived medium rare. Maitre’ D came over and said steak would be comped since his kitchen twice failed to deliver my steak as ordered. Of course when the $800 bill arrived, I was charged and Maitre’D said he sent over a comped birthday dessert for someone in our party and that was good enough to make up for a poorly cooked steak. Perhaps time has passed this restaurant by or perhaps it is time for a new Maitre’D.

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FK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 26, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 2

Great service from Oscar and team. It was a good meal.

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SH
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great service and excellent meal. We really enjoyed our special date.

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M
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Sparks is a NYC legendary steak house. I think it's worth a visit, but this wasn't the best steak for me. Maybe this just isn't my type of steak house. It was a great night with friends.

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NB
Oxford
1 review
Dined on August 24, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The service was just about OK- and the portions large. But the order was wrong- completely wrong.

When the steak did arrive it was grossly under-cooked completely rare and cold inside. I consider this dangerous. ( the orders were both butterfly medium.

Really over priced for the quality. No visit here again for us!!

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MJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The steaks at Sparks are substantially better than any steakhouse I've visited in Manhattan, the service has been impeccable each time I've dined there and the ambiance is unique and inviting. Absolutely worth the time and effort to dine there.

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