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Yup, this teeny spot in the East Village happily uses the hottest one of the hottest peppers in the world in some of its ultra spicy dishes.

Sigiri is a cash-only, BYOB spot serving up Sri Lankan dishes you can order mild, medium, spicy and Sri Lankan spicy.

I have a decent spice tolerance and medium was still spicy! And the spicy was spiiiicy. It made me wish I had brought milk instead of wine. We didn’t dare try Sri Lankan spicy.

But the great thing about the food was that it was not spicy just to be spicy, unlike some places. Some of the dishes were so flavorful we forced ourselves to ignore the pain so we could keep eating.

Though influenced by its Indian neighbors, the dishes were also distinctively different with influences from Europe and other Asian cuisines. There was no way I’d remember what we ate or the descriptions, so I documented the food and menu. (Excuse the photo quality. The entire restaurant was awash in dim, red-tinted lights so I tried to color-correct the photos.)

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Two of my favorites. The gothamba roti was like a Sri Lankan empanada. The kotthu roti is the most popular dish at the restaurant.

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Two of my favorites. The gothamba roti was like a Sri Lankan empanada. The kotthu roti is the most popular dish at the restaurant.
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Two of my favorites. The gothamba roti was like a Sri Lankan empanada. The kotthu roti is the most popular dish at the restaurant.
Sigiri was a  fun introduction to Sri Lankan food, but definitely not for the faint of heart. Check it out the next time you want to try something new or “spice” (insert audience groans) up your eating routine.

Sigiri is actually two doors down from a favorite watering hole, Upstate, so stop by there if Sigiri has a wait. And for dessert, cool off with a salty pimp* from Big Gay Ice Cream just about a block away.

Emmelle

Sigiri, 91 1st Ave (between 6th and 5th Street), (212) 614-9333, www.sigirinyc.com

* Vanilla soft serve with dulce de leche, sea salt and chocolate dipped 🙂

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