91 1st Ave, New York, NY | Directions 1000340.726261 -73.986694
Neighborhoods: East Village, Downtown
SOOOOOOOOOO great – I went to Sigiri for the first time after trying 2 or 3 times before w/o reservations. You DEFINITELY need to make a reservation (at least on the weekend). Regardless, it is well worth it. Everything we tried (the pittu - coconut and rice "bread" with coconut sauce, the chicken lamprais, and the string hopper kotthu) was AMAZING. I've eaten at a ton of ethnic restaurants in NYC and this is definitely one of my favorites. Try it out - you won't regret it.
Great Place! – Hello, My name is Buffy. My fiance and I came down from Conneticut to shop for diamonds in the city. After fighting about 3 of 4 carats, we stumbled across this restaurant. I've never had Sri Lankan food before (nor could I locate it on the map) so I was somewhat aprehensive. Boy, was it delicious. The staff was very sweet, and the food was just lovely. The ambiance is nice as well. It's just a "feel good" type of place. I don't get out of Connecticut much, but this restaurant is certainly something that will bring me back to Manhattan often. Thank you, Sigiri. P.S. - I got the 4 carats!
Great Lankan Restaurant – This restaurant provides incredibly authentic Sri Lankan dishes, especially the devilled curries (i particularly love the devilled beef), lampreis and pittu. The staff are a Sri Lankan family which makes all the difference. You can tell they truly care about what's being served .. and it shows. For all you novices to Lankan cuisine, try the coconut milk hoppers with a little sugar sprinkled on top. All in all, excellent.
Great food, nice vibe – My boyfriend, who is South Indian, insisted that I write a review of this place. In his words, the food is just like home. (Sri Lanka and South India have a very similar cuisine, distinct from North Indian or Moghul food). We had the Dhal Vade as an appetizer, which to me seems like a Sri Lankan version of falafal, equally delicious. We also had the pork curry and dhal curry, both of which were great but the pork curry is definitely fatty. The juices are delicious as well. The dessert wasn't mesmerizing, but definitely interesting. Service was great, although the restaurant was not at all crowded on a Tuesday night at 9. It's very charming, and a good place to bring a small group of friends. The value is great too. With desserts, appetizer, two entrees, rice and appam and two drinks, and tip, we spent $45, a cheap date by Manhattan standards. On your way out of the neighborhood, check out the world music store and the Bollywood video rental place around the corner on 6th street .
Good food, small portions – Although the food was very good, the portions were too small. It must be said that their prices were not high either. Afterwards, we thought that we probably should have ordered appetizers (and recommend you to do so). We had one of the puddings for dessert and it was quite tasty. There is a liquor store nearby on fifth street.
Cozy, warmly decorated Sri Lankan restaurant in the East Village. – In Short
The island nation of Sri Lanka gets short shrift when it comes to the New York dining scene, so this tiny, colorful restaurant makes a welcome addition to the East Village. Bright oranges and reds dominate, and baskets line the walls. Some menu items, like curries and mulligatawny soup, will be familiar to Indian food fans, but dishes like breaded fish rolls and lamprais, a rice dish cooked in banana leaves, demonstrate the country's unique culinary identity.
Very good food indeed, the value not to so good... – Agree with the other reviewers, the food is good no question and very authentic. One weird thing about this place is that their take-out is so sparse. They have these huge containers with itty bitty bits of food in them. Perhaps, it's a cultural thing, I am not sure, but the value is not so good. Would suggest to the management that they be a little less stingy with that takeout.
The Only Sri Lankan Restaurant in Manhattan – As a Sri Lankan, I must say that the food met expectations of good Sri Lankan food. The main meals are all good, and so are the appetizers. A suggestion is to order the appetizer platter, which would give a first timer a variety of tastes. The curd and treacle was the best of the desserts. The Passion Fruit drink did send me back to being in Sri Lanka. The Iced Coffee was not that wonderful. The staff are accomadating that they will tone down the level of spice ar one's request. One probelm is that there is only one person who acts as the waiter, which means that there is a slight wait for his attention. The warm lighting and decor are very welcoming, despite the "steel staircase" leading up to the restaurant. Reservations are advisable for any day, judging by the number of people who were turned away, or were asked to come back in an hour or more. I had been weary of making the trekk to the restaurant, all the way from the Upper West Side. But it was a piece of cake by subway. The only major problem is the total lack of parking space, and one would be better off using the "F" train to get there.
A sure WINNER when it comes to food!!! – I've enjoyed eating at Sigiri and have NEVER been disappointed. The must have are the appetizer samplers, the aapas, anything from the grill menu and the kothu roti. A great find in NYC!
Want to keep as a secret place, but... – Our first time to try Sri Lankan foods, and turned out to be the superb experience! I imagined something similr to Indian cuisine, but it was different... especially from some Americanized, just super spicy curry or dry tandoori. All dishes we tried were excellent and their service wes hospitable and very well orgnaized. Very cozy, probably up to 30 or so seating.
I'll definitely go back this place and try other dishes.
No alcohol drink is served, so bring your own if you need.
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