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Oct 24, 2008 12:51 PM

best sri lankan resto in manhattan?

tomorrow evening, mr. alka wants some home-cooking (ie, sri lankan food). he loves string hoppers, especially.

can you recommend a good sri lankan place in manhattan? i only recall two sri lankan restos, but that was a few years back, and i can't recall their names, or which one was better.

can you help us out with recommendations of places, and your favorite dishes there? thanks.

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  1. i like sigiri on 1st Ave near 6th St...but it's the only Sri Lankan place i've ever been so I can't attest to its authenticity.

    i can attest to its affordability, tastiness and BYOBness, though!

    1. Not an evening place - but the Dosa Man is apparently from Sri Lanka - or his grandmother was - and he offers a lunch that's from his grandma's cooking (or that was my understanding - It was a bunch of spongy "crepes" with what was called a dry sauce (several herbs/spices) and a mint chutney and a cream sauce - I really enjoyed it! SW corner of Washington Square Park by Sullivan - lunchtime but not every day.

      I'll dig out his phone number and post it.

      1. I could be wrong, but I'm pretty sure Sigiri is the ONLY Sri Lankan place outside of Staten Island, best or not! Fortunately, it's yummy, and they do have string hoppers.

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        1. re: NancyC

          It appears I'm behind the times! Last year another Sri Lanken place opened, called Nirvana Cafe. Not too much info on the boards yet. Looking forward to trying it!

              1. re: ESNY

                uh-oh. hope mr. alka didn't trek down there this evening....(he was at times square).

            1. re: NancyC

              thanks for the recommendation of sigiri. fellow hound thew also likes the food there.