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May 23, 2005 10:41 AM

Sip Sak or Taksim?

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Putting together a dinner for three tonight in the East 50s, not sushi, not expensive. Also, we are looking for someplace not-too-loud. Considering these two Turkish places, but have been to neither.

Can anyone recommend one over the other? Reviews for Sip Sak on the board are mixed, and I couldn't find anything on Taksim.

Thanks for any feedback.


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  1. The two places are similiar, but I think that Sip Sak has better quality overall.

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      1. SIP SAK hands down ... Taksim used to be called Efendi when Chef Orhan Yegen was there. Taksim is now run by owners of a local Italian restaurant ( enough said ) . Chef Yegen has since closed Efendi and opened up Sip Sak . Best deal in NYC as far and I, and many of his loyal customers are concerned. His reviews and superb as is his food. He just happens to have a bit of a temper. Many perfectionists are that way. Rememeber this place is cash only . The chef once explained to me that this is why he is able to keep the prices so low . Well worth the stop at the local cash machine ... Enjoy

        1. The issue of Orhan's personality aside, on a pure food basis I'd now take Taksim over Sip Sak. It's just more consistent, particularly the doner, which Sip Sak now seems to only offer at lunch. The bottom line is: if you're just ordering the dips, you can't go wrong at either place.

          1. I had dinner at Sip Sak but didn't really enjoy it. I remember having good takeout at Taksim.