Steaks are like a religion to Americans. The best steakhouses and steaks are celebrated by food magazines, food critics and foodies alike, both on the traditional and digital media, especially on social media. This isn’t surprising as the United States is a meat-loving nation with steaks, burgers and hotdogs on top of its staple food.
The Sparks Steakhouse is one of the steakhouses celebrated by food critics and foodies alike because of the oh-so-delicious quality of their steaks. The steakhouse may not yet be a chain but it is part of the charm – the sense of exclusivity among the loyal patrons is, indeed, a point of pride. The Sparks Steakhouse prices may be slightly higher than the industry average but you will get what you pay for, in a good way.
Below are the latest Sparks Steakhouse menu prices.
|Lump Crabmeat Cocktail||$29.95|
|Broiled Shrimp (Lemon Butter)||$24.95|
|Clams on the Half Shell||$17.95|
|Oysters on the Half Shell||$19.95|
|Prosciutto with Melon||$18.95|
|Fresh Bufala Mozzarella with Sliced Tomato||$16.95|
|Lump Crab Meat & Bay Scallops (Appetizer)||$26.95|
|Combination of Baked Clams & Shrimp Scampi||$24.95|
|Scottish Smoked Salmon Onions and Capers||$20.95|
|Mixed Vegetables Salad Chopped with Broccoli, Asparagus, Spinach and Mushrooms||$15.95|
|Add Exquisite Roquefort Cheese||$3.95|
|Mixed Greens with Tomato Wedges||$11.95|
|Sliced Tomato and Onion||$13.95|
|Hash Brown Potatos||$9.95|
|Extra Thick Veal Chop||$47.95|
|Extra Thick Rib Lamb Chops (3 Pc.)||$53.95|
|Medallions of Beef||$42.95|
|Sliced Steak with Sautéed Onions & Peppers||$42.95|
|Prime Sirloin Steak||$54.95|
|Fresh Lemon Sole||$37.95|
|Fresh Chilean Sea Bass||$42.95|
|Fresh Red Snapper||$39.95|
|Fresh Tuna Steak||$42.95|
|Fresh Halibut Steak||$41.95|
|Broiled Shrimp (Garlic Lemon Butter)||$37.95|
|Lump Crab Meat & Bay Scallops||$54.95|
|Lobster Tails & Broiled Shrimp||$54.95|
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Pat and Mike Cetta, two brothers, opened Sparks Steak House in 1966 at 123 East 18th Street, its original location. By 1977, the owners moved it to its current location.
The restaurant continues to earn awards for its food and beverage selection, as well as recognition from food critics and foodies alike. The New York Post, for example, cited Sparks Steak House as “the greatest steakhouse in Manhattan”.
What They’re Famous For
The flavorful steaks and excellent wines are the things that continue to make Sparks Steak House famous in New York and its surrounding areas, even across the country, if the numerous awards it continues to receive is an indication. These awards include:
- #2 best steakhouse in New York City (Zagat, 2013)
- Top 100 restaurants in the United States (2010)
- The Greatest Steakhouse in Manhattan (2007, Yahoo)
- Top 10 Restaurants That Still Matter (2005, GQ Magazine)
- Adam Platt’s Where to Eat (2005, New York Magazine)
- Best Places to Eat in New York City (2004, New York Magazine)
- Restaurants Awards (2003, Wine Spectator)
The bottom line: If you’re looking for the best places to eat in the Big Apple, especially when you have a passionate love affair for steaks, then the Sparks Steak House is your best place to be!
Why Eat Here
Did you know that Sparks Steak House has been a consistent winner of the Grand Award given by Wine Spectator’s magazine for 23 years in a row? Indeed, the restaurant’s wine list is among the reasons for eating here whenever possible, especially when you want enjoy a fine dining experience with your family and friends. Bringing your business associates and clients to the steakhouse will also impress them beyond the boardroom, even seal the deal for your business.
Of course, the steaks are the best reason for coming to the Sparks Steak House for a meal, even a quick one although savoring the fine dining experience is preferred. These aren’t just slabs of meat grilled over coals until the desired doneness is achieved, sometimes even burned beyond recognition or dried to the point of bubblegum consistency, among other steak sins.
The Sparks Steak House lives up to the hype made by the chefs and the food critics alike. The restaurant only gets the best USDA Prime sirloin steaks, which are widely considered as the best cuts for steaks. The sizable cut is then seasoned, grilled and presented to perfection – and by perfection, we mean grill marks on the steak’s surface attesting to the loving attention paid to it, coupled with the juicy, succulent and tender quality of the pinkish meat.
Every bite is such a joy that you will likely linger over it, thanks to the steak’s tender melt-in-your-mouth quality coupled with the intense meaty flavors. But go on and take another bite of your steak and follow it with the crisp vegetables to savor the Big Apple’s best steak, indeed!
Sparks Steak House offers several cuts for their diners to choose from. These include the sliced steak, served with fresh mushrooms and bordelaise sauce; medallions of beef also served with fresh mushrooms and bordelaise sauce; beef scaloppini, a thick slice of filet mignon; and steak Fromage with a topping of Roquefort cheese. Be sure to order the extra-thick veal chop and rib lamp chops, which are just as excellent as the beef.
Don’t overlook the equally delicious seafood selections including the Lump Crabmeat Cocktail, Clams on the Half Shell, Scottish Smoked Salmon, Baked Clams, and Oysters on the Half-shell, among others. Sides like sliced tomato and onion, spinach salad, Caesar salad, hash brown potatoes, and mushroom caps, many of which are available with Béarnaise or Hollandaise sauce. Desserts to satisfy the sweet tooth include cakes and pies, such as chocolate truffle, New York cheesecake, and ice cream with toppings.
Are you in the Big Apple now or in the near future? You should put a meal or two at the Sparks Steak House into your itinerary! You’re well-advised to reserve a table since the place can be full when you walk into it.
To learn more about Sparks Steakhouse or to find a location near you, visit their website at www.sparkssteakhouse.com.