Sunday, June 24, 2012

Eating Out in NYC: Sparks Steakhouse

This weekend, I had the pleasure of dining at Sparks Steakhouse with a bunch of my good friends. Sparks is definitely one of the big boys on the NYC steak scene, but I'd actually only been there once before (with many of the same people, come to think of it). Much like that first visit, I left with a big smile on my face.

I started with the oysters, as did a number of others around the table. I like a good oyster, and the half-dozen that arrived in front of me didn't disappoint. There wasn't anything particularly special about them (not that I would really know when it comes to oysters), but they were some seriously big bivalves. Cocktail sauce, extra horseradish and down the hatch they went, washed down with a glass of Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc 2010 - a reliably refreshing crowd-pleaser.

I forgot that you're supposed to take the pictures BEFORE you eat your food

For the main event, I went with the Prime Sirloin. It's not my usual choice at a steakhouse (I'm more of a rib eye or porter house kind of guy), but it is their signature cut. Let's just say that I didn't regret my decision. Buttery, salty, meaty - a great crispy crust on the outside, and nice and rare in the middle. What more could you ask for?

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Of course it wouldn't be a steakhouse dinner without the requisite sides. I sampled all my usual favorites: creamed spinach (very good), sauteed mushrooms (good but forgettable - would've preferred something a little more interesting), and hash brown potatoes (delicious - crispy, crunchy, salty and satisfying).

With dinner, I shared a bottle of Ch√Ęteauneuf-Du-Pape Domaine La Roquete 2008. I know basically nothing about French wine - but I certainly do enjoy it :)

Dessert made for a strong finish. The cheesecake was decadent, but fluffy and velvety (as opposed to thick and heavy). And the "American Port" I had with it (Ficklin Vineyards) was also quite nice.

A very solid meal all around. Can't wait to eat at Sparks again in the future!

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