Sparks Steak House

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2811 reviews
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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.

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Mon - Thu 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:45PM 7:30PM - 11:45PM
Fri 11:30AM - 11:45AM 12:00PM - 1:00PM 1:15PM - 3:45PM 8:00PM - 11:45PM
Sat 8:00PM - 11:45PM

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JZ
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Seeing an old friend from out of town.

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Liverpool
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From Liverpool - first night in NYC as part of my wife’s 50th birthday celebrations - wanted an authentic Steakhouse with a good atmosphere and a bit of history...Sparks did everything and more that they could to fulfil that hope! Thank you everyone!!!

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BH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, pleasant, delicious food. Wait staff excellent, greeting lovely.

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AM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Everything was good except for the server who delivered my meal. It was not my waiter. The server argued with me that the dish he gave me is why I ordered. I informed him that I ordered numerous times and it was incorrect. I asked for out waiter who was very accommodating and made it the correct way.

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JR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great traditional steak house!! Steaks are HUGE, Sides are shareable, but not super big. Staff was extremely friendly. Check it out for sure !

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n
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Lovely post Valentine’s dinner. Excellent filet and sirloin

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j
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the managers to the bartenders to the waiters, we were treated like royalty. The food was great and came out timely.

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Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great steaks and drinks, nothing short of a great steakhouse.

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RG
Dallas
4 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 4ambience 2

Steak was average
Bread was stale
Host was not there but we waited to be seated
Not mrmorable

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JN
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was perfect from start to finish, staff was friendly , wine list was great and the evening was excellent!

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S
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Terrible. Got there on time. A huge crowd waiting and a full bar with no seats available.
Our reservation was worth nothing. My name was placed in the third page of a Note Pad.
We were told there was a waiting of minimum 20 to 45 minutes.
We left immediately.
And had a wonderful Valentines Dinner in our favorite neighborhood Italian.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 3

No complaints at all about the food—steak and were both excellent. Sides outstanding, appetizers delicious and dessert outstanding. Unfortunately, that was all overshadowed by the mess of getting a table. The host told more than one customer “reservations don’t matter” and we were sat more than half an hour late. One guy slipped the host a $20 and jumped the line. Worth a visit off-peak but otherwise NOT recommended.

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MD
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Didn’t pay much attention to those who had reservations vs. Those who did not, and ultimately we were seated 45 minutes late

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R
Baltimore
20 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Old work Steak house . Elegant with great steak and seafood

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AM
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent spot for Valentines Day dinner.

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DH
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We ordered the filet mignon and prime sirloin, both of which were pretty good but nothing extraordinary as reviews had indicated. The sirloin had fairly tough bits of fat which make me believe it wasn’t cooked as well as it could. Even still, I rated the food 5/5 because everything did taste very good in the end, and an 80% taste rating is disingenuous in my opinion.

Our waiter was not terribly attentive and half the patrons were wearing blue jeans and plaid shirts despite the dress code being “business casual”.

Gallagher’s is better, in my opinion.

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AA
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I randomly picked this place to take my mom out for Valentine’s Day before a concert and it was nothing short of amazing. The service is impeccable but the food and the serving of food they give is out of this world. I’ll be sure to let others know and can’t wait to go back one day.

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CB
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Everything was great. Steak was excellent well prepared. My fish needed a little seasoning but other then that excellent service.

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GL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best service in NYC! Paco was exceptional.

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JL
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Superb steak, wine, sides and service and deserts and atmosphere.

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a
Chicago
21 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is by far one of the best restaurants in NYC... always amazing food and impeccable service
Very attentive and friendly to us, and serves perfect food. Great menu with everything you can pronounce and enjoy. Definitely a great restaurant in all respects .. great bar ... a sweet spot to celebrate or just have a fine dinner!! Definitely not cheap but worth it!!!

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SG
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Food was delish. Service was good, very attentive.

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s
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

Old school steak house. I went with a date. Portions are sizable enough that two people can split things. We split the Caesar Salad to start, two sides and desert. We each ordered a steak, she a Filet Mignon and I the Steak Fromage. I had the steak fromage once before, years ago. I had a fond memory of it so I ordered it again. It was a mistake. The cheese totally overwhelms the steak.

I have discovered I like dry aged steaks more then wet aged. Sparks serves wet aged steaks. This is a personal preference on my part. But know the difference.

The steak was good but I wasn't "wowed" by it.

The sides were typical and good.

We split the Strawberry Romanov desert. The strawberries were good but not exactly the best you can get. But the desert was overall, delicious.

The wine menu was vast. I know something about wine but asked for some direction from the waiter. He suggested a Newton Merlot (CA.) It was an excellent recommendation. Service was superior. Atmosphere was good. Some loud diners several tables away were annoying.

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A
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

81st Birthday of a dear friend... excellent in every way... best flavored Sirloin in NYC... wonderful service in the bar with Trevor, pre-dinner, and in the Dining Room with Anas and his associates... as good as it gets in NYC

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TR
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Delicious, great service look forward to going back.

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Essex
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing steak, very efficient and friendly staff. Pricey but worth every cent.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

I went to sparks many times in the past 10 years and Unfortunately I have to say the quality of the steak was very poor, kind of tough and not tender and juicy the way I remembered.
The service went downhill as well.
Hopefully they will go back to the way they used to be.
Too many better steakhouse to choose from, keen’s being one of them.

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PB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Found it to be VERY overrated. Service was horrifically slow and the food was average at best. Considering the prices charged, I would have expected better food and service.

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PT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always. From the moment you walk in when Abdul greets you at the door until you walk out, you’re really treated as special!
Sparks is a true New York City treasure! All I can say is; keep it up! Thank you!

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C
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was an awesome experience. The quality of the food was excellent. I will keep coming to this place.

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IN
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, impeccable service and the best Maître Abdoul that knows us since we started coming 27 years ago. We have lived overseas most of the years and now here...but are treated as if we come daily!!! The best!!! Merci beaucoup Abdoul!!!

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OT
1 review
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 3ambience 3

Sparks was a favorite steak house inNY for over 30 years. Unfortunately, it seems to be living off its past reputation. Of our 4 entrees, filet mignonette was quite good but accompanied by what tasted like canned mushrooms and jarred roasted peppers
Which packed flavor. Salmon was very good. A mixed seafood dish felt cobbled together. Ambiance is very old school, but we’ve always found that part of its charm. We wish it were a bit more elevated value for the price.

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J
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

There really isn't a bad seat in the house. Every table seems like it has its own corner. The ambiance is brighter than some speakeasy types of steakhouses, but not overly bright and the restaurant noise is great for drowning out your table conversation. The wait staff is excellent. Service top notch. Try the steak! The Top Sirloin was fantastic and the asparagus was outstanding. Second time here, and it feels like nothing has changed in terms of quality or experience.

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Chicago
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food, drinks, and service.

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RM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great as always

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CD
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, old school ambience, attentive and friendly staff, and a selfie with Shaq; what else can a girl ask for on a weekend getaway to the Empire State!

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AJ
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great upscale vibe, steak and salmon were delicious, mashed potatoes were whipped to perfection!

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S
Richmond
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Have made it a must when we come to NYC to celebrate our anniversary - this is the highpoint of our dining plans. Celebrated our 22nd and 24th anniversary here. The atmosphere, the history, the food, the service is all top quality - if you make a trip to NY you must include this restaurant in your plans. The Filet is big enough for two. Unbelievable experience.

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MK
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was phenomenal and you might spy a celebrity 😊

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JC
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I absolutely loved this place. The service was amazing, the wine was great and it was the thickest sirloin steak I've had in a while.

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