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Feb 22, 2007 08:31 AM

Keen's vs. Sparks

Greetings! I've got a group coming in next week for a meeting and dinner, most likely a group of 10 total to dine. We'll be meeting in Midtown, and I'd like to go the route of a Steakhouse.

I've done some research, and have narrowed it down to Keen's or Sparks. They'll be in from out of town, so I'd like to have a New York vibe....I know Keen's specializes in the "Old New York" feel, but I'd also like a lively atmosphere with a nice wine list. What are your thoughts? Thanks in advance!

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  1. I found Sparks to be completely overrated - poor service and just OK steaks. Overall, I thought it was a big rip off. Keens, on the other hand, is one of my favorite steak places in New York. I like the Old NY feel of the place and have found the atmosphere to be a lot of fun. The mutton chop is truly unique, but also extremely good. Steaks are great too.

    1. for an old ny vibe, keens rules...the steak tartare (order it from the bar menu) and the porterhouse for 2 cannot be beat (except at lugers). amazing scotch selection and good service.

      for a more modern take, i recommend quality meats on 58th and 6th ave. the space is beautiful, service is absolutely perfect, the food is delicious.

      1. I love Sparks. The filet was cooked perfectly.

        I also really like BLT Steak or BLT Prime. Everything is so impressive there (service, food quality, hospitality touches, atmosphere).

        1. Been to Sparks once. Terrible...Steaks mediocre at best. Waiters are so non chalant they won't impress your guests. Over priced and over rated.

          1. Go Keens! Great atmosphere, great food, great service. What more could one want?