Sparks Steak House

4.6
2562 reviews
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$50 and over
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Steakhouse
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 2562 People Are Saying
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JK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was amazing

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VS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was superb and Oscar, our waiter, was amazing!! Definitely a keeper!

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

Food was great and so was the service. We ordered the lobster appetizer and it was removed from the shell table side. The steaks were cooked to perfection and very tender.

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m
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 2

For pricey steakhouse, waiter service was like fast food. Terriblly unfriendly and unyielding. I used to love Sparks; what happpened. Not a question.

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m
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Siempre excelente.
Always excellent

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N
Toronto
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Sparks was a great place to eat. I heard great things from a friend so we had to try it. The staff was so friendly, the place had a cool vibe and I love how we had our own private table that had space as well. The wine menu was huge but I was upset that a wine by the glass was not offered, we had to order from the bottle list only. The food was very good but there could be more options on the menu. With our steak and lemon sole we wish there were potatoes or rice on the dish as well. The server was very attentive and was always there to re-fill our glass without asking.

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SL
London
4 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 2

Pretty uninspired steak. Place has gone downhill over the decades.

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JG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Lots of history at this restaurant and this was really the purpose of dining here. We were visiting NY from San Antonio, TX.

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L
Philadelphia
99 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Filets the size of softballs. Cooked nicely to order though their size made Pittsburgh rare more challenging to get any warmth in the center. Accompaniments were all good. Priced comparably to other nyc steakhouses, and with white tablecloths and formal staff.

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DM
1 review
Dined on October 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Très très bon resto.
Meilleur filet mignon à vie.
Portion plus que généreuse.
Prix élevé mais qualité en vaut le prix.
Très belle expérience.

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OT
New England
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2018
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 5

Ambiance was great. Service acted like we were doing them a favor showing up. Steaks and sides were very very ordinary - something you might get at a 99 restaurant. The waiter couldn’t get us out of there fast enough. He dropped the check on the table walking by never asking if we were done. I told them beforehand this was my young son’s first time at a steakhouse having an adult dinner and asked them to acknowledge that and they never did. Go if you want old school restaurant arrogance.

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J
New Mexico
4 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

We came because this was one of the classic iconic steakhouses of NYC nearby and we were not disappointed. Professional and friendly service. Very impressive wine list. We did 3 courses and appetizers, entrees with sides and desert were all flawless. We can highly recommend their signature sirloin steak and the lamb chops, which my wife said were the best she ever had.

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GK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service quality is not good enough.
Food quality is aaverage level.

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WB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exactly what I expected. Nothing less, great service, exceptional food, what a steakhouse should be! The steaks were cooked to perfection and the ambience added to the business conversations. Staff attention was focused, not intrusive or rushed.

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MF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Great food and absolutely excellent service. We will definitely be back.

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GL
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Arguably one of THE BEST steakhouses not only in NY in USA. An iconic mainstay for business meals, but generally impressive anytime.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on October 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Dinner w/ a client

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SH
1 review
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

An absolutely superb meal! Best steak ever! We enjoyed every minute and the impeccable service!

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NF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2018
Overall 3food 2service 1ambience 3

Normally the best steakhouse in Town unfortunately not last time I visited it with my spouse. Within 45 minutes we received main dish and desert and bill. It looked like the waiter needed to take the ferry or so because he was extremely rushing. He couldn’t provide us the name of the house wine and offered us a very expensive wine instead. Also the steak was burnt and not medium cooked. When I asked him something he was saying something like “huuuuuuhhhhhhh”, extremely impolite. A few months ago it was so much better experience, this time it was a bummer. We paid in full, have him a 20% tip and went Wolfgang’s next day.

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RR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent steak and sides. Took a group of 10 friends, ages 23-61, for dinner. Everyone raved about the food and service. Runs around $100 per person, without drinks and well worth it.

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SH
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Classic Old NYC steak house. You feel like you have taken a step back in time!

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful. Portions were large so we couldn’t eat it all. Steaks were cooked perfect. Bloody MArt was great.

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ER
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2018
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Service was good and bad , our main waitress was not very informative , the others that came to help or extras were very good.
There was not guidance for people going there for the first time even chain restaurants guide you better .
Quantity of food was a lot could have been prevented with a good waitress, and good guidance

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M
Portland
11 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Front staff a little off their game on saturday night and not providing the expected level of service. They were distracted due to security from one of their patrons.

Our waiter was so wonderful. He was very patient, allowed our dinner to progress without rushing. Saw pics of our daughter from a visit to Sparks 4 years ago and shared experiences with his family. We had a great experience with this visit.

Great experience

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AK
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We appreciate your hospitality for our wedding anniversary.

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JJ
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 3food 5service 2ambience 2

Reservation at 730 but didn't get sat until 8p. The steak is mostly excellent -- mine was a bit undercooked -- and the vibe is somewhat touristy. It's expensive.

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BW
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Whenever I go to New York, where is born in raised, make sure to stop in to Sparks for dinner.
Great Service/Atmosphere - Great Steaks

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OT
Seattle
2 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2018
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 on September 20, 2018
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 on September 19, 2018
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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FB
Munich
7 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Good service, if a little impersonal. Fabulous steaks. Huge portions. Next time, the two of us will share one steak, as the couple at the next table wisely did. Ingredients of the mixed salad are not very exciting, but the mushroom caps were great.

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L
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Vacation trip to New York Dinner
One of the best Steakhouse Restaurants in New York.
The best restaurant that I have ever been in and eaten at.

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JH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2018
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 on September 18, 2018
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
22 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
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 on September 17, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

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

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b
Chicago
18 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2018
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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