Sparks nestled on a quiet block of E 46th off 3rd, is famous for its steak , but notorious for its place in mafia history.
In 1985, the bosses of the Gambino mafia family were brutally gunned down when leaving the restaurant, ‘spark’ing a huge turf war between the organized crime gangs of NYC. The bullet holes are still visible on the restaurant’s facade to this day. However, what turned out to be the final meal for the condemned Gambino men Castellano and Billotti was unlikely to have been a disappointing experience for them.
Whilst the decor featuring many paintings on every inch of wall space is cluttered, it does create an old world ambiance. The food and service were tremendous as was the booze though be warned, Tolstoy has written novels shorter than this wine list. If you get overwhelmed by the choice, ask the waiters who have a pretty decent knowledge of their cellar.
Book in advance – it services the Midtown business district as is packed most days – and be prepared to part with a good chunk of cash for your trouble, laundered or not.