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Posted by Just Two People on 11/21/2010
We live in the neighborhood - by Lex - and only frequent restaurants in our neighborhood. We have been to Sip Sak four times this year and were given a delicious experience by Orhan - the owner and chef the last three times. This time - last week - it was the most awful experience..... 1. The hostess - Sylvia - was unkindly rude to three other people in front of us who entered the same time as us...only ahead of us by a few seconds. 2. She was fine by us....but ignored that we had arrived before another couple. She helped the couple behind us to a table before the two of us....a big no-no for a hostess....especially in NYC. Jersey or mid-west maybe...but NY - ouch! 3. The wait-staff had a fight in front of all patrons. They were arguing about the table and who does it belong to. 4. Then the food - OMG! I would forgive the first three issues had we been served a good meal - like we were the first three times. Ours (lamb meatballs on egg plant puree and spinach-mushroom entree) was cold at places - very similar to the experience at home - when you microwave anything straight from the freezer - how it stays cold from the middle! We were devastated. God - how I loved this place....now it will be tough to convince ourselves to go back. Orhan - sorry bud....you are a good guy but the staff and food was too much of a let down for us to return. I do not know how to sign off......
Posted by Happy Diners on 05/07/2010
We entertained a friend from out of town at the restaurant one afternoon and shared Cacik, Ezme, Stuffed Grape Leaves, Pasta of the Day, Braised Veal Osso Buco (Hunkar Begendi) and Grilled Lamb Chops. As it turned out, only the Osso Buco was commendable. We were very happy with the service of the waitress (and hence the high rating of service here) but horrified at the owner's shouting match both over the phone and in-person when he demanded his staff to stand in a row in-front of him and scolded each loudly -- in the presence of (new) patrons! He did not see the need to apologize for his unacceptable behaviour and continued to get louder by the minute! We felt so embarrassed for his employees and hurried through our lunch hoping to get out before he turned madder. That was singularly the most unpleasant dining experience in the City and we won't be back for sure. Price was on the high side, too!
Posted by anonymous on 01/18/2010
A friend and I went to Sip Sak on a Thursday night. It was busy, but with some empty tables throughout the night. I see other reviews criticizing the service, but it was not our experience. The waiter was friendly and attentive, and we did not feel rushed at all, enjoying the ambiance and wonderful flavors, for 3 hours. An assortment of appetizers ended up being so filling. The artichokes with fava beans, fried liver, ezme, lamb meatballs, flat bread, we were in heaven. The Almond Pudding dessert is creamy, not too sweet, another winner. After seeing other selections that were coming out of the kitchen, we will definitely return here to sample more.
Posted by Anon 2004 on 01/13/2010
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.
Posted by LoveNYC on 12/16/2009
Did not have a reservation, but was seated immediately. Intentionally had appetizers only, which was quite enough. Everything was very good to excellent. Wait staff was attentive, but gave us space. We really enjoyed this place and would go back.
Posted by notzagat on 11/12/2009
We had no reservations but were seated promptly before the crowd started coming in. I had lamb sausage appetizer (8 slices with 4 french fries) which were good but slim pickins for $8.50. My lamb chops (3) were ordered medium and came that way. The chops came with rice, red cabbage and salad. The chops were very tender and juicy and nicely grilled. The sides were good too. My friends had eggplant mousakka (Greek?) which was excellent and the grilled lamb patties (2) which wewre good as well. Same tasty sides. A piece of chocolate cake was $8.50 (bit pricey but topped with cream, pomegranates and kiwi-it was terrific), lemonade #3.25 and tea $1.75. The waiters hovered but only to provide services like replensihing waiter, clearing plates and supplying more bread. The food and check came promptly but we never felt rushed as others have noted; on the other hand, we came to eat and not chat. We were very satisfied, but we have found Turkish restaurants in the area with food as good while far less expensive--the difference was the ambience and service. If you don't care about either try Taksim.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/28/2009
Delivers every time, friendly hosts serve delicious Turkish delights