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wald Aug 25, 2007 04:09 PM

Opinions on Sparks Steakhouse or any other steak house recommendations.

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  1. steakman55 RE: wald Aug 25, 2007 04:35 PM

    Sparks has the best sirloin strip steak in Manhattan, and I have tried them all. Crowded and more noisy than lots of other steakhouses and some sides are so so,but the steak, and the wine....oh boy, the big lucious reds at prices you won't find anywhere else, maybe not even in a winestore.

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      clr111 RE: steakman55 Aug 25, 2007 05:33 PM

      I agree about Sparks. The wine list is amazing. You'll find wines you love for amazing prices. They cook steak perfectly. Its the only place that really can char the outside yet it is still beautifully rare.

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        jeanki RE: clr111 Aug 27, 2007 09:18 AM

        I dunno about perfect cooking. I was at a company dinner there, and all the people who requested medium well or well done received medium rare when they received their steaks. I personally dont like medium well or well done steak, but if someone requests it, the restaurant should oblige them.

    2. OC Mutt RE: wald Aug 25, 2007 04:54 PM

      Avoid the Palm like the plague - it's the most over-rated steak house EVER. Mortons is second most over-rated. Peter Luger's, and Ruth's Chris are the best I've ever had.

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        mstropicana RE: OC Mutt Aug 27, 2007 09:02 AM

        I agree Peter Luger's & Ruth Chris are the best

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        NYULawFoodie RE: wald Aug 25, 2007 05:33 PM

        I'm a Bobby Van's fan.

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          Jesdamala RE: NYULawFoodie Aug 25, 2007 05:37 PM

          Me too!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Love it, have said on this board, impeccable service, always deliver steaks cooked perfectly, my family loves the lemony/peppery shrimp!

        2. funkjester RE: wald Aug 25, 2007 07:10 PM

          Sparks is still very, very good, for all the reasons stated by steakman55. You do need to know what to order as far as sides, but with a huge, perfectly cooked sirloin strip, what more do you really need then some creamed spinach and a great glass of red?

          Enjoy. Sparks is legendary for a reason.

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            theannerska RE: wald Aug 25, 2007 10:24 PM

            Agreed that Sparks is the way to go in the city (and I actually prefer it to that Outer-Borough favorite at times...), great steak AND impeccable service.

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              wald RE: theannerska Aug 26, 2007 07:36 AM

              Thanks everyone, Sparks it is.
              Wald

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                phloes RE: wald Aug 26, 2007 05:34 PM

                Apparently this board's opinion regarding steakhouses is pretty ridiculious. Sparks is the only steakhouse I left completly unsatisfied.

                Mortons, Wolfgang Puck's, Ruth Chris's and Lueger's (although I've never had their steak) are far superior quality. Without even considering the fact that Spark's is overpriced.

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                  drumwine RE: phloes Aug 26, 2007 07:20 PM

                  Strong words there, phloes....but you've got to come with real ammo....Wolfgang's has nothing to do with Wolfgang Puck...he's formerly of Luger (check that spelling too). But I agree that Wolfgang's & Luger (not Ruth's Chris) outdo Sparks.

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                    shads RE: drumwine Aug 27, 2007 05:11 AM

                    Just ate at Wolfgang's ( Park Ave ) Fri night and our meal was so awful that I would never return or even recommend this restaurant to anyone.

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                    ESNY RE: phloes Aug 27, 2007 05:43 AM

                    Ruth's Chris is a mediocre chain with poor steaks that they have to cover the lack of quality by using 1/2 lb of melted butter on the plate. Morton's doesn't dry age their steaks they wet age their steaks and its more money than Sparks. Wolfgang's is a poor copy of Luger with tasteless steaks. I think Sparks has been going downhill the last few years but is still better than every place you mentioned besides Peter Lugers.

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                      UES Mayor RE: phloes Aug 27, 2007 05:55 AM

                      Phloes-u are either too high maintenance or mental-Sparks rocks!! And being the UES Mayor, I have eaten at all the main player's places. Besides they have the best lobsters and fish! And the workers are wonderful!!

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                  nigelgilliam RE: wald Aug 27, 2007 06:30 AM

                  Hey, sorry to buck the trend, but I guess there's one in every bunch. The quality of Spark's food is fine -- just fine -- and that's it. Their wine list is huge, but the big appeal seems to be the uber-magnums that are prominently displayed around the dining room.

                  This is "The Steakhouse" where mobster Paul Castellano was shot, and that seems to be the big appeal. Just as the beauty of Provence makes the Rose taste that much better, so does the atmosphere of Sparks -- if being an ersatz wise guy appeals to you -- make the food taste better. Sparks is a place where atmosphere, swagger and a showy wad of cash in one's pocket counts as much, (or more), in the "quality" equation than the actual food.

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                    budinado RE: nigelgilliam Aug 27, 2007 06:44 AM

                    I totally agree! Have tried many of the others, including Peter Lugar. Sparks is the BEST for sirloin steak.

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                      mstropicana RE: budinado Aug 27, 2007 11:26 AM

                      i have eaten in sparks over the years - they do make a good steak - but I must say Peter Lugar's is far better.

                  2. janethepain RE: wald Aug 27, 2007 09:08 AM

                    My bf speaks very highly of this place and took me. I've only been once, but I just remember not being very impressed. I ordered my steak medium-rare, and it was much more done than someone else's medium filet mignon. And I had to trim a lot of fat from the sides, ick.

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                      Gluttonous Prime RE: janethepain Aug 27, 2007 11:33 AM

                      I've been to Sparks once and wasn't a fan, but I might have ordered wrong. Based on opinions, I feel I should go back and try to sirloin strip. I had something awful covered in mushrooms, and someone else tried a mediocre filet mignon.

                      Best steak experience was at Luger. No nonsense service, great food.

                      Wolfgang's was all right, but I get so tired of the waiters always pushing those cold seafood platters. Sometimes, I just want steak. That behavior seems distasteful. Luger is all about the steak.

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