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Posted by SharmX on 10/05/2006
As a Sri Lankan in Manhattan, I did miss not having a Restaurant that made authentic Sri Lankan food, since the other two restaurants closed. The food has the authentic home-cooked taste that we long for. The atmosphere is also an added bonus - the decor makes the place look warm and cosy. Since the restaurant is owned and run by the same family, it does have a special feel to it. The owner does all the preparation of the food herself, which is then put together by the chef. Try the curd and treacle for dessert. The curd is home made by the owner. A tip to those who would go there for dinner between Thursday and Sunday, make a reservation, as it does get packed and there is generally an hour or more wait. Also use mass transport, if you can. Parking on the street is virtually impossible. The nearest parking lot is about 5 blocks away.
Posted by RathinY on 07/26/2006
This is one of the best finds I have come across in Manhattan. Truly wonderfully tasty food. If you're not familiar with Sri Lankan food, it's a bit like Indian or Malaysian food, but at the same time COMPLETELY different. It has a unique taste and presentation, both which Sigiri masters. What I love about this place the most (besides the food) is the family atmosphere. It's a family-run operaiton and the cook has a very home-cooked feel to it, and it's simply delicious! Try the string hopper kotthu or the kotthu roti, both are amazing. Rest of the dishes are awesome too. I've gone back there twice, and plan to go there at least once every two weeks. It's BYOB and the size of the restaurant is small, so make a reservation. Anyway, I hate to say too many good things about this place since it would risk given up by "hidden gem" if it becomes too popular, but it truly deserves all the praises it gets.
Posted by RAF on 07/05/2006
If you are looking for good sri lankan food goto Sigiri. The rice and curry lunches are great and the kothu roti is good too.
Posted by Diaspora on 04/06/2006
Sigiri is small. It feels less like a restaurant and more like a home. The entire family seems to choreograph this operation. The menu is very interesting especially if you like Indian/Thai/Malaysian/Indonesian cusine. The breads are unique and the gravies have a very characteristic flavor. Try to book a table in advance. Go in a small group and order portions from across the menu. It is surely worth a visit. The staff/family is very friendly.
Posted by SL_female on 03/03/2006
This restaurant is the only Sri Lankan restaurant I know of in Manhattan. The food is deliciously authentic and the family owners are warm and friendly. This is the kind of restaurant where you can ask the waiter for his recommendation. The food is spicy and the aromas will transport you to the tear-drop island in the Indian ocean.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/31/2006
If you're walking down Curry Row, looking for some boring generic Indian food, this restaurant is not for you. But if you're looking for something spicy, intriguing, and delicious, you really out to check out Sigiri. In particular, try their kotthu roti. This is the only Sri Lankan restaurant in Manhattan--you owe it to yourself to check it out!