Sip Sak

4.4
95 reviews
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Turkish
Situated in Turtle Bay, Sip Sak Restaurant is the acclaimed establishment of leading chef Orhan Yegen. Indeed Orhan, the chef, has been credited with changing the way New York enjoys Turkish cuisine through the creation of this lively, atmospheric restaurant. Sip Sak restaurant’s styling is classic-meets-contemporary while the food is elegant and refined. Drawing on the vast culinary influences of the Ottoman Empire, the authentic Turkish menu brings together both mezze and a la carte style dining with a unique, sunshine-infused combination of flavors that will utterly change your opinion of Turkish dining. Sip Sak restaurant has garnered rave reviews from all the most important and knowledgeable critics. The atmosphere is always lively and warm here, just like Orhan Yegen himself.
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C
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food! We loved everything - particularly the octopus, the roasted lamb, the baklava, and the Turkish coffee!

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We left before ordering. WAY overpriced. Cheapest glass of wine was $18. Appetizers were expensive and entrees were outrageous. Yes - I know this is NYC. But even for NYC this was expensive. This is a “average” restaurant in an “average” location. Nothing about it justifies the premium pricing. We walked across the street to a tapas place and had a great meal for less we would have at sipsak. Sorry but you priced yourself too high!!

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LS
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

I booked a Sunday reservation cause it was available on OT—arrived with my husband and father who was in from out of town...restaurant was closed with a sign saying they are closed on sundays. If that’s the case, update OT.

Instead, I had to scramble to figure out a plan literally standing in front of a closed restaurant.

Sip Sak
Responded on May 3, 2019

To blame some one make sure you know the facts. We are not that idiot, not to update the information. Orhan Yegen

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PP
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The mezzes were each and every one terrific. The portions were good size and certainly ample for sharing, the main courses were also very good, but in truth I could have made a meal just from the hot and cold first courses!

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S
New York Area
72 reviews
Dined on April 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

There is no question that Sip Sak has the best Turkish food in town! We love the great variety of dishes on offer, perfect for sharing or for individual portions and also the warmth and positive energy that this restaurant exudes. The only issue can be hearing conversation as the noise level is high and builds through the evening.

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OT
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Qualité exceptionnelle! Beaucoup de suggestions en dehors de la carte. Délicieux et service très sympathique et attentif.

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IG
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on April 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

All of the food was carefully prepared, hearty, perfectly spiced and well-portioned. Everything from salad to dessert was delicious, and the eggplant that came with the delectable osso bucco was probably the best I’ve ever tasted. Superb restaurant.

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T
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Delicious food combined with excellent service. Wide choice of entries to meet anyone's personal food preference.

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n
New England
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

I enjoyed our meal. The food was very good and the service was good and they didn’t rush us, which I appreciated because a member of our party was pretty late. I loved the appetizers and my fish main was very good. A huge negative is the extremely expensive wine list. Minimum $65. What is up with that?!? I have never been been to comparable priced restaurants in NYC that didn’t have cheaper options. We did ask for a house wine and did get something that was $48 but that is not advertised and is still pricey IMO. Also, the weird snippy disclaimer on the back of the menu saying not to complain if you think 5e food is too expensive and “we spend lots of time and money preparing this for you and it’s still cheaper than a French restaurant” (paraphrasing but that basically it) was quite strange and off putting. I didn’t even think the food ( but oh yes the wine was) was overpriced for what it was but reading that first raised my eyebrow. Ambiance was nice and lively.

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LG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 3ambience 4

Food is good but the price is way too high. Turkish food is not expensive.

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LE
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

should take care of noise level which is unbearable

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LG
St. Louis
6 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We had a wonderful meal at Sip Sak and were introduced to new food and wine. The servers were attentive. I have been trying to find a recipe for the baked zucchini with yogurt appetizer that I ate because it was one of the best things I have ever eaten. We had two different lamb dishes. We would have had a lot of leftovers to take home but we were staying in a hotel and sadly had to leave it all behind.

Sip Sak
Responded on April 7, 2019

Thank you so much.

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m
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Had a great time - food was delish - waiter could have been a bit more attentive by suggesting the butternut squash dessert be served with nuts on the side (we had a known nut allergy at the table), instead, the person who has the allergy could not appreciate this delicious dessert.

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RR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 3

I looked forward to a great Turkish meal. The food was generally bland, the Hummus did not seem fresh and t was quite expensive

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Turkish food better than home.

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MD
1 review
Dined on March 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The best Turkish restaurant we have been to in the US! My husband and I are so excited when we visit NYC and go out of our way to eat at Sip Sak. It feels just like you are in Istanbul. The food is excellent and so authentic. The service is wonderful. Truly an on numero experience!

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IH
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We took our friend who is from outside of the city, for a dinner together and have best Turkish food in the city. Everything was perfect.
Thanks to Orhan Bey and Sip Sak friendly service team.

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RB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great atmosphere, and wonderful food! I had to ask the server to keep our white wine cold (instead of her doing this herself after pouring), and we felt a tad rushed to order our food. Otherwise, would highly recommend!!

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MA
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

I really liked the flavors of all the dishes that I ordered. The servers were also helpful and attentive. But when we were leaving, they didn’t acknowledge us at all, and that left us feeling ignored.

I still do recommend this restaurant. Their lentil soup is the best that I ever tasted, and their lamb dishes are moist and tasty (Halal, so that’s great!)

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BS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Sip Sap serves authentic Turkish cuisine. There abundant vegetable dishes, salads and stews, as well as meat, poultry and seafood. The seasoning is rich and mellow. The ambiance is informal, the service is friendly, and diners are surrounded by people enjoying their neighborhood restaurant.

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TM
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Delicious food and great service!

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JM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Service was great and food yummy, particularly liked the meatballs and the grilled octopus.
A bit noisy.

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DW
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Far above the average for Turkish restaurants in NY. Excellent quality, greater variety and knowledgable service.

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MK
Minneapolis
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great meal where we affluent time catching up. Pace of service was perfect and food was delicious.

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C
Salt Lake City
9 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Warm service, delicious food, owner/chef took the time to explain the menu and steer us towards fabulous food!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Food is proper Turkish - home made Turkish food and everything was delicious. We had ‘Biber dolmasi’ or ‘stuffed bell peppers’ as an appetizer and it was definitely the same as what you would eat at home. Highly recommended to anyone who missed home cooked Turkish food, proper raki table or just want to try out.

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MV
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very much enjoyed our meal at Sipsak. In order to taste a wider variety, we ordered about five appetizers and one entree, which was plenty for our party of three, one of whom does not eat gluten. Will return!

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OT
Los Angeles
4 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Good food, good place. The chef is very easygoing and he would go out sometime to serve specially requested dish.

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l
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Very good food , authentic with hidden menu items that are not even mentioned by the staff unless you ask (e.g. Kokorec or Paca soup). Great ambiance & good service . Everyone was polite and attentive and the owner and head chef spent time with his guests . The only negative side was the limited and expensive wine list (no wine available below $65) and menu prices that compared with other good Turkish restaurants are on the high side.

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g
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Sip Sak is a warm local ethnic Turkish restaurant. The owner is usually on hand to make you feel at home and to guide diners to make better choices among the unfamiliar Turkish menu items. The restaurant is pricier than the other Turkish restaurants in the area but not fancy or more formal. The food , I think, is a little better. My only suggestion to improve the experience is to make some changes to the wine list. My friend selected the cheapest red on the list ($65), which in most restaurants is the one wine most carefully selected. I found it awful. I let the others drink it and ordered myself a $13 vodka martini. The food was well prepared and served with pride. It is a very good choice in the neighborhood.

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h
New York Area
163 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We always enjoy having dinner here. The menu offers many delicious choices. The service is attentive and helpful. Their humus is wonderful.

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M
Miami
9 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Turkish restaurant in NY

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d
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2018
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Waiter was extremely disrespectful. This is the first time in my life I gave a 10% tip. And I did it bc I felt to bad to give nothing which would have been well deserved. Food was good but good enough to ever get me back there!

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OC
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Nicest Turklsh food in town!

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DS
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Delicious food in an authentic atmosphere! Great for celebrations, very attentive staff.

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OT
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

The hummus had a very pleasing taste, which was different than most in taste. The short rib served on its bone was very pleasing and came with mashed potatoes and a mixed salad that included red cabbage.

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AY
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

A genuinely authentic Turkish restaurant, and i have been to many on both coasts of the US. The staff was great and the food was delicious,thank you for the experience!

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AC
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Best Turkish cuisine I’ve had in NYC. Authentic, great flavor, everything was fresh. The braised artichokes with fava beans and the borek we had as appetizers were fabulous. The osso bucco and lamb we ordered were also hearty and flavorful but not heavy. The restaurant interior is bright, charming; old-world feel similar to a European cafe/bar. We were seated at a corner table, which was nice as we had requested a more out-of-the-way spot in the dining room (this was a date night), but really anywhere would probably have been fine—the tables are nicely spaced. Staff was very friendly, but when things got busy there was a little bit of a lag (nothing major, and it was a Saturday night, so this was understandable). A few dishes (and the wine by the glass) seemed on the pricey side, but the quality of everything was beyond critique. Great experience and we will definitely return!

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

First time at restaurant upon recommendation. Great food. Restaurant a bit too noisy but great place anyway.

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TL
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

A must if you are in Nee York and enjoy ethnic food.

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