Sunday lunchtime in New York. I was feeling in need of restorative sustenance so thought a trip to nearby Turkish restaurant Sip Sak was a good idea.
I’d timed it to catch part of the Besiktas vs Galatasaray football match so found the place partly occupied by adherents of those rival Istanbul clubs. Aside from some VAR penalty nonsense, it was an uneventful spectacle during the time I was watching.
My friendly waitress brought menus and I was left to contemplate matters. I was quickly drawn in by mentions of borek and manti, two homestyle favourites I frequently enjoy on visits to Turkey.
The borek promptly arrived and was in the cigara style. It packed good spinach and cheese meltiness within a crisp pastry shell. It was good stuff.
The manti arrived bedecked in yoghurt and topped with pepper and herbs as is often the way. The dumplings were in the steamed rather than fried style. They packed a good pepperiness to the meaty filling. If was a deeply satsifying dish.
The lunch at Sip Sak was just what I needed. It’s a great little oasis of calm in the heart of the Midtown East bustle, serving really good renditions of classic Turkish dishes. It’d definitely become a regular haunt if I had a longer stay in these parts.
Blythe scores Sip Sak
4/5 for food
3.5/5 for presentation
4/5 for service
3.5/5 for setting
giving an overall 15/20
I ate: borek, manti
I drank: çay, water
I wore: black and blue
Total bill: $32.66
Address: 928 2nd Avenue, NY 10022