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19 E. 26th St. , New York, NY, 10010
nr. Madison Ave.
My Favorite Place
By guychirico on 1/25/2011
It is difficult to understand the negative, nasty reviews of this wonderful place; one can only wonder what some people's agenda must be. I have the perspective of more than 10 years of dining at the former San Domenico and easily a dozen meals at SD26. It goes without saying that Mr. May is a true gentleman of the classic school whose contributions to fine Italian dining in New York are legendary. His daughter, Marissa, continues the family tradition and is just the picture of charm and grace. Being a great admirer of Chef Odette, I wondered what would happen with changes in the Kitchen, but I am happy to report that every meal I have enjoyed at SD26 since her leave has met the high standards she helped to establish. There are a lot of really good restaurants in NYC. I don't get to as many of them as I would like to, though, because I can't resist the temptation to keep coming back to my favorite, SD26.
SD 26 Was Outstanding
By novictim on 11/15/2010
In a city chock full of mediocre Italian restaurants, this restaurant stands head and shoulders above the rest in every way. The bar area is beautiful, clean and modern with plenty of lounge space for quiet conversation and plenty of bar stools without the usual pushing, screaming and shoving we've come to loathe. The wine list is deep and varied and surprisingly full of affordable options and the salumeria choices and light bites are perfect for pre-dinner snacking or for a casual drinks date. The restaurant itself is an absolutely beautiful soaring modern elegant space where everyone is attractively lit and the service is attentive without being juvenile or cloying. The sound level is pitch perfect serenity. The choices run the gamut from small to larger size plates to suit any palate or appetite. The pastas are stellar, especially good are the chittari and candele, the salads wonderful and the entrees we sampled; the guancale and scallops were all just perfect. We had the apple tart for dessert which was accompanied by a fresh baked cookie plate and we left happy and satisfied.
By kathygantz on 1/16/2010
Went on a Sat night with another couple. Everyone had a terrific experience. Tony May and has daughter greet you. Tasters are brought to the table. My meal was delicious. They make their own bread on the premises. The bar scene is terrific
passionate venture from Tony and Marisa May (with chef Odette Fada et al.).
By NY2DINE4 on 12/4/2009
I tasted delectable menu items and gained actual knowledge navigating the tech forward SD26 wine list. Yet this week I fell in love with SD26 because it matched *all* my preferences: Savvy Restaurateurs, a Talented Chef - they're my A-listers! I was red carpet ready!! Dining room buzz in that sexy setting was an appetizer of foodie foreplay. Then my NY2DINE4 fanny hit the seat for a seductive menu - superlative service, incredibly fabulous food. I happily payed - my guests haven't stopped thanking me! I'll playfully sum up: SD26 equaled sustainable excitement from my first little glimpse of those twinkling stars in the ceiling to the last luscious lick of my panna cotta. Food, heavenly, Decor, intergalactic, Service, out of this world! Stars aligned! Seriously, SD26 raises every benchmark!
SD 26 - Wonderful food!
By LottaU on 12/1/2010
Had a wonderful evening with my husband at SD 26. We had booked a table in the dining room and were seated in a booth which overlooked the whole dining area - lovely. The much criticized dining room design was loved by my husband and I thought it sort of worked... I guess, art and design are subjective. All the chairs are really comfortable and have armrests and the tables crisp linen. Anyway, the star of the evening was the gorgeous Italian food - what a treat! Ravioli with egg yolk and truffle butter... superb... braised beef cheeks, veal tenderloin with wild mushrooms and perfect cheese for afters to finish off the wine. It all tasted really superb and I struggle to understand why this place comes under so much criticism! The service was close to flawless and the couple next to us had one smiling waiter explain pretty much every dish on the menu:))) The daughter Marisa came to chat to us... nothing contrived... just pure passion for Italy and the restaurant that she runs with her father, who was away in Italy hunting and gathering truffles at the time. SD 26 offer small or large portions of pretty much all dishes - up to you if you want one, two... or create your own tasting menu - don't see anything wrong with that! They serve food in both the wine bar and the dining room, personally, I wouldn't choose to go to a busy winebar and expect a Michelin star experience, but brilliant that you can have a meal or a snack if you fancy it with the drinks. We will be back!
Delicious and inventive food, attentive and courteous staff, overall a delight!
By ashleybrent123 on 7/15/2010
My Mom and I went to SD26 yesterday for lunch and we both were thrilled with everything. We both shared an arugula salad that had sliced grape tomatoes and a light lemony dressing and then the wild striped bass that was tenderly cooked and siting atop a mixture of vegetables and pearl cous cous. The broth that the veggies were in was amazing perfect to scoop up with the fish. All in all the whole experience was perfect and we were in and out in 40 minutes which was great since we had an appointment and limited time! The only thing that could added to the experience was if we had a bite or two of our neighbor's cheesecake that looked absolutely to die for :)
One of my favorite meals
By Alexandra Martell (NY MAG) on 4/25/2010
Went here with a friend for dinner and had a truly great meal (my friend said the egg yolk raviolo was the best thing she's ever eaten!). The electronic wine list is great, and I really liked the unconventional menu format. The service was outstanding--we were even given free dessert wine and a neighborhood discount card after the owners stopped by!
By stinapessa on 7/21/2011
Dined here last night for restaurant week. Farro spaghetti with vegetables was good, not great. It lacked kick. A side of escarole with olive oil and garlic was bland. Some red pepper flakes could have gone a long way. The service was fine; although it was hard to keep track of who exactly was serving us as a barrage of different men cleared our table. Is it the best Italian in New York? Definitely not. Al di La is far superior. I'd even venture to say Le Zie is more authentically Italian and a hell of a lot more economical.
Party of 6
By Lady2u on 11/25/2009
A group of us went there on Friday for my birthday celebration. The actual location is very hip and very modern. Our rsvp was for 9:00pm, but unfortunately our table wasnt ready! Well, after an HOUR wait...the manager finally came over, very apologetic, and offered us complimentary champange! Being that we had no plan B, we decided to finish our champagne and stay for the dinner (finally at 10:10pm). We all found our dishes to be quite tasty...just note, if you go there really hungry-make sure to order the "large" portions. Overall, everyone agreed that the food made it worth the wait.
By nyc999 on 3/11/2010
My husband and I went last night. The lounge is great. Good drinks. When we went to our table in the restaurant it was really nice but our waiter lacked knowledge of the menu. He did not describe any of the entrees or answer any questions we had about the menu which was frustrating. The wine list is electronic which was annoying and didn't seem to be user friendly. The food was average. I'd go back for drinks in the lounge but definitely not for the food or ambience in the restaurant.
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