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Sip Sak

928 Second Ave., New York, NY, 10022
nr. 49th St.
212-583-1900

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5
Food: 6
Service: 5
Décor: 5
"Mixed Reviews"

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45% would go back.

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Great food, owner, well, he is a character

By damaktadi on 3/27/2011

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

Owner Yegen knows the Turkish cuisine well, no questions about it. Food is always terrific. However, remember the Soup Nazi episode from Seinfeld. I must add that a customer is not always right and sometimes Yegen has a point.

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62 out of 126 people found this review helpful.

be ware of this place!!

By papermoon127 on 12/23/2010

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

My boyfriend enjoyed brunch and dessert here so we decided to give dinner a try tonight. The staff was definitely on a mission to sell sell sell. First, our waiter recommended us to get the wine that was $58 a bottle without mentioning that they didn't sell it in glasses. Being a super detail oriented person that I am, I was able to see through that trick and decided to go with the wine that was sold by glass ($9). When the waiter noticed that we were having trouble choosing an appetizer, he suggested to make a sampler for us, again without telling us the price. We assumed that it would be no more than the price of a main course, but we were wrong. It came out to be $32. We ordered the lamb chops, which were 75% lamb fat, on a sale of 10 I would give it a 4. For dessert we had some chocolate cake and almond pudding, those were fine. When we got the bill, I was very upset to hear that the appetizer costs us $32. Why didn't they disclose this price in the beginning? Two waiters came over saying to us that it costs $14 for each appetizer. But still, I've eaten in over 50 restaurants in Manhattan, and never heard of a SAMPLER that would cost double the price of an entree. I called the manager's attention, which only brought her to tell me in my face: "you should ask the price." Wow, what a load of bull. Please do me a favor sip sak, treat your customer with respect, hire professional staff, don't try to trick people into buying things. I hope that's not the Turkish style!

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76 out of 118 people found this review helpful.

The Hot Yogurt Soup

By stacylazar on 7/8/2010

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 9
  • No, I would not go back!

My first meal there wasn't so great, but the chef and owner didn't charge us. I went back tonight to try the hot yogurt soup, featured on NY Mag's 50 best soups in NYC list. It was great (though heavy). Read about it and check out pictures here! http://soupsnob.wordpress.com/2010/07/09/hot-yogurt-soup-from-sip-sak-6/

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50 out of 99 people found this review helpful.

Great meal at a fair price.

By Anon2004 on 1/13/2010

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

We had a wonderful meal here. We were entertaining old friends from out of town, and the service was very attentive. The waiter took care of our appetizer orders so everyone got to sample the house specialites (which I recommend). My entree was a delicious moussaka. The atmosphere was comfortable, and we were able to relax and catch up without shouting over the typical Manhattan restaurant din. I would highly recommend this fine restaurant.

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66 out of 135 people found this review helpful.

NEVER AGAIN??????????

By BEYOGLU3 on 1/7/2010

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

I had my most uncomfortable dinner at Sipsak. My family and I was very upset hearing the owner Orhan, (A dirty looking chef) shouting to the waitress of the restaurant. Food was cold and taste is not so good. Service did not improved after all that shouting too. We left even before we finished our meal. Never again!!!

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74 out of 136 people found this review helpful.

a good restaurant for midtown

By jewels9090 on 8/18/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

I've eaten at Sip-Sak three times over the past year and have always had a tasty and pleasant meal - I find it somewhat hard to believe the rest of the reviews on this page unless there was a different owner previously, or as the review below states, someone with some ulterior motive was spamming the reviews. (I'd check out yelp.com where Sip Sak has a solid 4 stars from 45 reviewers). We've had good service every time and the food has always been excellent, even after a menu change. The ingredients are fresh and the food is somewhat innovatively and well-presented, which is a nice change from more casual Turkish eateries. Definitely one of the better restaurants in this area, could compete in the more restaurant-heavy areas of the city (e.g. e/w village). I plan to go there next week and if anything has changed will update this review, but in the mean time, I highly recommend Sip Sak.

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71 out of 142 people found this review helpful.

Delicious food, friendly owner

By yesplease on 7/23/2009

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

I think the previous reviews must have been spam from a competitor, because I eat at Sip Sak regularly and have always been treated well by the owner. Once in a while one of the members of the waitstaff will be a little brusque, which I do find annoying. But whenever he's there, the owner is very nice. More importantly: the food is wonderful. All of the appetizers are delicious, but the ezme and the hummus are especially good. As far as entrees, the nymag writer has it right-- you really can't go wrong with anything involving lamb. Their other meat dishes are ok, and they have good fish, but the lamb dishes are always perfect. I do think it's a good value, too. Not the cheapest place ever, but the portions are generous. And the to-go menu is a little cheaper. Try it! I've taken lots of people there, and they've all enjoyed it.

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73 out of 146 people found this review helpful.

NOT RECOMMENDED

By johny123 on 12/20/2008

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

I will never go again The food is no tasty and the owner is soooo rude!! I will NEVER go again

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79 out of 155 people found this review helpful.

Not Recommended

By esli on 12/12/2008

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

The worst Turkish restaurant I've been to in the NY ? I'm sorry Not Recommended

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63 out of 122 people found this review helpful.

RUDE OWNER

By bhumi on 11/29/2008

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

The owner is such a nightmare. I refuse to EVER go back there he was so incredibly rude, and literally yelled at us for asking for more water.food it was cold and service very bad. If you want a good Turkish meal, stroll 2 blocks North to Taksim. It is well worth it, and you will never return.

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