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. 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.
Prime Sirloin Steak
A boneless shell steak from premium steers
From beef tenderloin, a gourmet's delight
Sliced Steak with Sauteed Onion & Peppers
After emerging from the year of Covid, this was just the place to go! The food is outstanding, the service is of the highest quality, and the ambiance is perfect. It was a perfect night!
I have very mixed feelings about Sparks. I booked it because it was close to the hotel in which I was staying in NYC and it was raining quite hard. Sparks is an old-fashioned kind of steak house. That is clear from the decor and the menu. The modern trend of talking about how long the meat has been aged, or offering, say, ribeyes of different weights and 'vintages' simply ignored as if that has never happened.
I had the medallions, and my dining companion had the sliced steak. They were not great cuts, and were, I think, pan fried not grilled. Both dishes were sloppy and disappointing.
The quite remarkable thing about Sparks, however, is the wine list. It has a vast number of old world wines 15-20 years old, some of which are very generously priced. Clearly they have bought wine 'en primeur' and laid it down until it is properly ready to drink. So I had a 2001 Margaux for about $150, which was remarkably good value.
However, the service in general was not very good - and that was particularly true regarding the wine. There was a great performance with a decanter and a candle. However, the only point of this, of course, is to prevent sediment from reaching the glass. It failed SPECTACULARLY - the waiter clearly had no idea what he was doing. That was plain from how the bottle was handled. There was a load of sediment in the decanter and in my glass. Given that some of the bottles on the list went as high in price as $7,500, this is simply very poor service and/or training, and really unacceptable.
I can only assume Sparks trades of an historic reputation. While the wine list is well worth the visit, the food is not, and nor is the service. I suspect not all its diners are aficionados of fine wine, and I don't know why else they bother, I'm afraid.
Wanted to try this steakhouse for my birthday.
The food was great. The service efficient and friendly
First, we asked not to be seated by a door or underneath a fan or vent because food gets cold fast! It doesn't take much to understand that concept. However, our request was dismissed and ended up right underneath a vent. The server was nice and took our orders correctly. The steaks were cold by the time they arrived to the table and vent on top of us didn't help, of course. The shrimp was fine and so was the vegetables and sauces. We were disappointed, paid the check, and drove to Tony DiNapoli for desserts. Previously, I had given Sparks high ratings, but this time they dropped the ball big time.
This was our first date night in New York in a year and Sparks did not disappoint — they welcomed us with open arms and even treated us to dessert! They are following all safety protocols and there was already enough room to spread out in the main dining rooms so it felt very safe. Food was excellent; I had the best veal chop I’ve had in my life and my girlfriend got a wonderful filet. And they still Oddero Barolo by the half-bottle, so booze was all set without having to think about anything. Recommended.
It’s been over a year since my husband and I have been in the city. Certainly was Not the usual
New York City with the crowded streets and horns honking. But Sparks Steakhouse is still absolutely the Best! It
Was perfect from the time we walked in until the time we left. 6:00 reservation we were seated right away, tables were spaced apart as they always are. Service, Food, Wine & my husband were the perfect combination. Thank you sparks for a wonderful anniversary celebration. See you soon!
Exceptional experience! Visiting from out of state and I will definitely be back on my next trip up.
So happy to be able to visit again. One of our favorites
Celebrando con mi hijo
Wonderful food and service as always
The food was outstanding and great ambiance! The steaks, hash browns and salads are fantastic.
Excellent steaks and sides. One of the few places outside Maine where they know how to cook lobster that is tender, moist and outrageously delicious. Real, classic New York cheesecake is to die for. One of our all-time favorites.
Tried the sliced steak with mushroom bordelaise sauce: excellent. Broiled shrimp also marvelous. Wine great as usual, though the vintages are now 2015-2016 rather than 2009-2010. Maybe it has been a while? Great people watching also.
Our favorite steak house and restaurant in NYC. Always a 5Star meal and service. They made us feel special. 😎
The waitstaff were so wonderful they even brought a birthday tartuffo for my husband and made his special night even better!
This was my first time here and I enjoyed every bit of it
The menu was perfect not to crazy
1 page which is perfect
I will definitely return
The meat was excellent and very well cooked. The service was simply terrible, unfriendly and extremely slow. We had to wait 15 minutes to get the menus, and the same time to even get bread and butter. Although the food was really good, and I will bever come back and I would never recomend it.
The filet was very good along with the oysters. Overall would go back again.
Steaks were way too salty and the outer skins were burnt. Extremely disappointed at the steak, but the ambiance and service were good as usual.
I have been eating at Sparks since the early 1970's when they were at 19th and Irving Place. I think they are the best steak house in NYC, especially if you are a strip steak eater.
Entire evening was perfect. Steaks were cooked perfectly. Series’s perfect and most importantly you could talk and hear your guests
Great service, great food and ambience. Welcome back NY!
Amazing steaks, great service and exactly what a steakhouse should feel like.
Wonderful night celebrating good news. Everything was great! Gene was very attentive and we had a wonderful night!
Amazing experience! Fantastic food faboulous service
Decent food but it was cold, mediocre but service was good
Everything was amazing! Would have been nice to have soft background music.
I’ve been going to spark’s for ever. Top 3 stake houses in all of New York City.
One of the best steaks in New York City excellent wine list great sides and appetizers
Happy birthday to me!
Great steaks, so many excellent but reasonably priced California Cabernets to choose from, like walking back in time, will be nice when the bar can reopen,
Thank you for a great night!
It was Valentine’s Day and my partner, daughter and I were there to have dinner. The staff was extremely attentive, friendly and helpful. The ambiance was nice for the special occasion and we were seated quickly. Staff made sure we were social distancing, sanitized with temp checks. It made me feel quite comfortable being there during this pandemic.
The food was good. The service and ambiance were subpar.
Great food, great service great atmosphere. Would definitely recommend.
Great food and great service!
The Server and food were amazing. The atmosphere was beautiful. There was a table that had an obnoxious guest and everyone around us continued to glare at this guest. The accompanying guests at this table asked him to settle but he continued to make rude comments at the server. The server remained cool and continued to be kind and give the best service he could to us and the others under the conditions. Other than that, the sirloin was cooked to perfection as well as the Filet mignon. We will visit again.
Since this is a steak house I was surprised that there were only two steak choices. I ordered mine very rare and it came overdone, dry and flavorless. They took it back and brought another. This one was rarer but just as dry and flavorless. Also, by that time we had already finished our sides. I ate only half my steak all by itself. I was very disappointed by the whole meal. I have gone to many other steakhouses and this meal rates among the lowest.
Just went for Valentine’s Day . Had reservations for 4:30 but they welcomed us in early. Steak was decent but nothing like Bryant and cooper or porterhouse . The waiter needs to improve on hospitality. The check said his name was Sadik. Made the experience terrible. The restaurant was very cold . Asked to be moved twice mind you, I’m not bourgeois, but it was freezing . Upon our final seating Sadik was in a rush. He rushed bread and water. He came back and said “I need to take your order, people are waiting” when my wife didn’t decide right away what she wanted. I confronted him and reminded him that we made reservations and was being rude. His apology was subtle and almost non-existent. I considered asking for a manager. I will never come back. I recommend Porterhouse in Columbus circle over this place.
Sparks Steak House is rated 4.6 stars by 3427 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.