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  • Italian, Wild Game, Wine Bar
  • 19 E 26th St, New York NY10010 40.742996 -73.9871068
  • (Btwn Madison & 5th Ave)
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  • (212) 265-5959
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User Ratings (Based on 29 reviews)

3.395
Food 3.8 Value 2.8
Service 3.2 Atmosphere 3.7

Other Restaurant Info

Phone:
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(212) 265-5959
Website:
www.sd26ny.com
Place Order:
Order From SD26 for delivery & takeout
Notes:
Major Credit Cards Delivery Hours Mon-Fri: 11:30am-10pm Sat-Sun: 5:30pm-11pm
Hours:
Mon-Thu: 11:30am-2:30pm+5:30pm-11pm Fri: 11:30am-2:30pm+5:30pm-11:30pm Sat: 5:30pm-11:30pm Sun: 5pm-10pm
Serves:
Lunch, Dinner
Features:
Business Dining, Group Dining, Outdoor Dining, Prix Fixe, Tasting Menu, Trendy, Bar Scene, Delivery, Online Reservations, Online Ordering, Wheelchair Friendly, Accepts Credit Cards, Lunch Special, Take Out, Catering, Private Parties
Min Delivery:
25.00
Delivery Area:
19th to 29th St; Gramercy Park to 6th Ave

User Reviews

  • SD26

    Posted by The warden on 02/06/2010

    delicious

    I must say I was a bit skepticle after reading the past reviews. We had a wonderful delicious dinner. The computerized wine list may be a gimic but the sommelier was very knowlegdeable and helpful with the wines. The signature "Uovo" ravioli was light and melted in your mouth,grilled veggies were done to perfection and the Squab was tender and favorable. The Bass was nice though not memorable as was the Baba dessert. The Bitter Chocolate Fondant was a nice ending to the meal. The waitstaff was attentive and overall we had a good time and have already made additional dinner reservations.

  • SD26

    Posted by Danny Doberstein on 01/24/2010

    Why cant you get drink order right?

    Disclaimer: We went with a party of 8, which is never a good idea at any "trendy restaurant". Initially we were given a table at the "wine bar", which is like being given a room in the lobby of a hotel. The hostess was very accommodating and gave us a table in the main part of the restaurant. This table had backless stools which may look cool but definitely are not cool to eat dinner in all night. Then the drink order fiasco started. They bring this ridiculous touch screen wine order thing which is about as useful as a bag of glass. Then they kept brining the wrong drinks, and we werent even going for the hard stuff, I mean if you cant get vodka on the rock right then there is something wrong w/ the staff. No bread given and when it came it was about as tasty as dry wall. Food was actually very good. The papardelle and gnocci were good and fresh, and the rib eye and beef cheeks were also very tasty, although I thought the olive oil was overpowering on the rib eye. There seemed to be constant manager huddles in the kitchen indicating operational issues. The decor of the restaurant was wack, it was like an 80's theme gone wrong. And the set up of the place just seemed very strange, like a great space for a club/lounge but weird for a restaurant.

  • SD26

    Posted by rich on 01/15/2010

    Really Disappointed

    I just went to SD26 last night and I can't believe how mediocre the food was for the price we paid. I literally woke up thinking about how disappointed I was. The total came to $180 a person with 1-2 drinks per person. I was in a large group (10), and I will cut them some slack for being disorganized only three months into their existence, but the quality of food for the price was just so baffling to me. If you go there and want to hang at the bar and have the cheese/meats plate and have a couple drinks, you will be fine. But, between all of us, we ordered beef cheeks, hen, shrimp, sea bass, papardelle with wild boar and the risotto and they were all average but the prices were way above what they should have been. The shrimp was undercooked, the beef cheeks weren't tender enough and the boar in the papardelle was dry and chewy. That dish is my favorite at Babbo and considering the simplicity of the recipe, it should be hard to screw up. Anyway, the place is really nice and the owner his daughter were walking around to talk to everyone and they seemed like they cared. But, the results aren't there yet and the prices are not in line with the quality of food and service. So, if you are deciding between here and somewhere else, it really shouldn't be a tough decision...Rich

  • SD26

    Posted by Doctorted on 01/14/2010

    Not The Old San Domenico......

    I noticed there were not any reviews for SD26 here, so I thought I would weigh in. If you are expecting the old San Domenico, forget it. Stuffy, fussy, starched and formal it's not. Loud, boisterous, informal it is. A lot of criticism has been directed towards the owners, but I disagree. In order to thrive (not survive) in todays environment, a restauranteur must maximize every bit of space. Many times this comes at a price in terms of service, intimacy, attention, etc. While SD26 succeeds brilliantly at the former, it fails at the latter. The restaurant sits on a dark, lonely stretch of 26th street, opposite Madison Square, desolate, lonely on a bitter winter night. Oddly, the sign on SD26 isn't illuminated, adding to the melancholia. After squeezing through a narrow entrance one is greeted by blasting music from the bar. Pass the uber-cool automatic wine dispenser and your in the bar area. Keep walking through a long tunnel which has small, cubicle like rooms and your mind makes the connection; the Molkova Milk bar from A Clockwork Orange. But I digress. When you arrive at the dining room, you are dwarfed by its size, 20 foot ceilings and loudness. Jam packed on a Tuesday night, you marvel at its use of space. Tables, banquettes, booths, chef tables even stools around the massive open kitchen. I read a lot of reviews on SD26, mostly in the mediocre to good range: So here goes my impression: Cheese/Cured Meat Bar: Anything here is excellent; go for it. Portions very good. In fact, portions for everything were good. All plates (appetizers, mains, etc), come in small and large sizes. Light eaters can easily split a small portion. My gf and I split everything. Bread-Cold, unremarkable. Appetizers: Prosciutto San Daniel-Velvety, melt in your mouth. Small Grilled Vegetables-Very good. Small Caponata-Excellent. Tomato Vegetable Terrine-Very good. Large Spaghetti Chitttara-Good. Lamb Chops-Excellent. Desert -Good. Service-Terrible: Friendly, but disorganized, nobody seems to be in charge or supervising. Had to call for what seemed one waiter for 50 tables. Loads of runners, captains who seemed lost, overwhelmed, clueless. The two owners who circulate seemed oblivious to the chaos. Conclusion: Food, price point good, but service and ambience not for the faint at heart.

  • SD26

    Posted by nrggirl on 01/01/2010

    not worth it

    So my husband and I decided to try the new wine bar in the 'hood tonight (New Year's Day). We walked in and decided that we would rather be casual - so asked to see the Bar menu. We were in the mood for pasta, and the wild boar ragu sounded perfect - so in we went. We sat at the bar and asked for the menu - and it was completely different than the one the hostess gave us. No ragu. Nothing in large plate variety - all cheeses and meats on small plates. No wines under $14. We inquired about the wild boar ragu we had seen at the hostess stand - and were told that THAT menu was served in the 'lounge' - the smashed-in banquettes (that mind you were completely empty - as was the bar we were at where we were the only two souls) and that we couldn't get that menu in the 'bar'. There is also a 'dining room' menu - menu #3. So I could see where they could be so anal when the place was packed...but there were maybe 10 people max in the entire front 2/3 of this huge space. Incompetent management - ridiculous attitude. Not welcome in this hood. I remember another restaurant that started out just this way a few years ago... something like Olana......

  • SD26

    Posted by Anonymous on 12/23/2009

    Great new spot!

    Very modern take on your classic Sicilian cuisine. The atmosphere is great for a 20-something crowd. Its hard to pull off in a big open space but SD came through. Food was great, somewhat small portions but nothing out of the ordinary in NYC. For dessert the vanilla bean panna cotta is a must! Wine list displayed on a little gadget, very cool. Will be back!

  • SD26

    Posted by sue on 12/10/2009

    wonderful food

    expensive--but every morsel of food is so perfect and delicious--best octopus i have ever had--like butter

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