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Keen's vs. Sparks

randymac88 Feb 22, 2007 08:31 AM

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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    jdmetz Feb 22, 2007 08:38 AM

    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.

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      sam1 Feb 22, 2007 08:41 AM

      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.

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        nyccookie Feb 22, 2007 08:46 AM

        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).

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          chalz Feb 22, 2007 09:32 AM

          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. Jill Feb 22, 2007 09:45 AM

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

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              mr_fro2000 Feb 22, 2007 11:21 AM

              Also Sparks 'wet ages' their steaks while Keen's dry ages.

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                Gordognyc Feb 22, 2007 02:52 PM

                Go to Keens. They have a large rectangular table in the back of the dining room off to the right side that seats ten and is perfect for a business dinner. Request it.

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