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210 E. 46th St., nr. Third Ave. (Midtown East)
New York, NY
(1) 212-687-4855 | www.sparkssteakhouse.com
HOURSMon.-Thurs.: 12:00pm-11:00pm; Fri.: 12:00pm-11:30pm; Sat.: 5:00pm-11:30pm; Sun.: Closed
BEST FORLunch; dinner
YEAR OPENED1966 (relocated in 1977)
PRICE (APPETIZER; MAIN)USD 15.95-25.95; USD 33.95-49.95
FAMOUS PLATESSirloin; veal chop; hash brown potatoes; creamed spinach; chocolate mousse cake; NY cheesecake
DRINKS AND WINEExtensive award-winning wine list; liqueurs; coffee
# OF SEATS674 (including seating in the private rooms)
PRIVATE ROOM AVAILABLE?Yes
METROGrand Central-42nd St. (4, 5, 6, 7, S)
Fame has graced this Midtown steakhouse in more ways than one. Its sublime slabs of sirloin are legendary–they were, in fact, a favorite of former Gambino crime boss Paulie Castellano, who was famously whacked by rival John Gotti in 1985 as he approached this restaurant’s entrance (for what would have been his final meal). Mobster hangout or no, this place still gets mobbed with he-men and wives who’re itching to indulge in some of the city’s best cuts of beef and creamed spinach. Its huge dining room evokes tradition with crimson paisley carpet and spindle-back chairs–but let’s face it, all eyes are on the chops, not the décor.
Suits coming out of work, moguls, special occasioners, and the occasional celeb.
WHAT WE WOULD WEAR
We’d go stylishly casual with an elegant top, slacks, and fancy flats or high heels.
GO HERE WITH
Large groups of friends; clients or colleagues; significant other; steak lovers
WHY WE LIKE IT
This is a quintessential NYC steakhouse. The food, the ambiance, and the service are all part of the experience, and every aspect is excellently executed.
WHAT WE WOULD CHANGE
Slabs of thick cut bacon as a side would be the cherry on top (if you’re going to do it, you gotta go all out).
GOOD TO KNOW
Expect ridiculous waits for tables unless you have a reservation (which should be secured well in advance). The prices are steep, but the meats are well worth their price tag. Sparks was originally established on East 18th Street in 1966 before moving to its current location in the ’70s. Aside from the fare, this restaurant’s wine list is one of the largest and most outstanding in New York. Be sure to check out their online gift shop, which sells gift cards as well as bottles of their sought-after signature House salad dressing.
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