Sparks Steak House

4.6
3459 Reviews
$50 and over
Steakhouse
We are re-opening for indoor dining starting February 14th, 2021.

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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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner was amazing. Our service was above and beyond. We felt safe and comfortable and afforded us an opportunity to engage with friends after a long season of distance.

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vipThomas
New York Area
170 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Classic NYC top end steakhouse with professional and friendly staff. Food is prepared to exactly the way you want it. Wonderful nostalgic place with great food. Be back soon.

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vipMozley
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding service by highly professional, but friendly, staff.

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OpenTable Diner
San Antonio
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful. I celebrated my birthday there and all my expectations were met and exceeded! I would love to thank the maitre d' and bartender Trevor for making making my special request happen. It was truly a magnificent evening.

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vipMarkH
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

had a great steak! the filet was cooked perfectly.

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vipHamsi
Miami
14 reviews
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous, professional without attitude and very very friendly. Made a surprise, 65th-birthday party a success.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you, excellent

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VarshaLockhart
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience1

The food was definitely delicious. There servers could be more nicer to you. My server was rude and inpatient. I couldn’t take his demeanor and rudeness. So I ate my appetizer and took my dinner out. It was my anniversary. Sad I didn’t get full experience

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vipDASMOKER
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Awesome as usual. There is really no other place that I known of where you can get a perfect 4.5 lobster, broken up and served to perfection to you ever single time. We love it here. They were all properly socially distanced, taking temperatures and the like. It was wonderful. I miss the days of cigar smoking also but alas,... this way is healthier. loved it.

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AshleyZ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was spectacular! Our waiter was so on point, had a great personality just went above and beyond. We were celebrating a birthday, which I mentioned in my online reservation and to my surprise the birthday guest got a complimentary dessert- it was cheese cake and the strawberry sauce was out of this world. It was such a great experience and I highly recommend

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vipAnthonyA
New York Area
146 reviews
Dined on May 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

always consistently good sirloin steak and the trimmings.
Only issue are the homeless outside the restaurant harrassing the patrons for money.

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vipMozley
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding and highly professional service. Extremely accommodating. Excellent bernaise.

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LuciB
Baton Rouge
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We Came Here From Louisiana & When I Tell You Everything Was Absolutely Amazing!!!! It was My Husband's 40th Birthday & They Did Not Disappoint!! The Food, Service, & Atmosphere Was Absolutely Amazing!!! We Will Be Back!!! Thank You To All The Staff At Sparks For An Amazing Night!!!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Steven our waiter was excellent and the food was outstanding

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dinner. Delicious steak. Ambiance... perfect .

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DuckTacos
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

Service was awful. They’ve lost something since the pandemic.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Been to Sparks twice in the past month and it has the feel of a luxurious restaurant, yet you can still enjoy a meal at your pace. Staff was great and the interior was kept very clean. Delicious food all the way around.

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vipGood2eat
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Anniversary

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SuzanneM
New England
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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vipDominicB
Chicago
20 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience3

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.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wanted to try this steakhouse for my birthday.

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Fatima
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First time at Sparks and I flaked and didn’t get the steak. The lobster tails were a suitable replacement and the wine list was impressive. The atmosphere was more low key than I’d like for a family dinner but still very pleasant. I’ll be back when the city reopens to have steak!

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Ethel
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was great. The service efficient and friendly

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vipElizabethR
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience4

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.

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MattE
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipMaryP
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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!

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Eddie
Tampa
1 review
Dined on April 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional experience! Visiting from out of state and I will definitely be back on my next trip up.

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saraha
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 3, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So happy to be able to visit again. One of our favorites

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing.....as always!!!!!:)

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrando con mi hijo

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful food and service as always

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ConnieG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was outstanding and great ambiance! The steaks, hash browns and salads are fantastic.

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vipLandB
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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vipRobertF
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on March 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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.

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StevenG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our favorite steak house and restaurant in NYC. Always a 5Star meal and service. They made us feel special. 😎

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Soooz
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on March 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waitstaff were so wonderful they even brought a birthday tartuffo for my husband and made his special night even better!

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DBESS
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

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OscarS
1 review
Dined on March 20, 2021
Overall2food4service1ambience2

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.

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Jmar
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The filet was very good along with the oysters. Overall would go back again.

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vipKennethH
Houston
1 review
Dined on March 19, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Sparks is well past its prime. The steak is fine, but the menu is extremely limited and the space is run down.

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Sparks Steak House is rated 4.6 stars by 3459 OpenTable diners.

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