SD26 Restaurant
SD26 Restaurant

SD26 Restaurant

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.sd26ny.com/
  • Phone: 2122655959x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30 am - 2:30 pm

    Dinner: Monday - Thursday: 5:30 pm -11:00 pm,
    Friday & Saturday 5:30 pm - 11:30 pm,

    Brunch: Saturday 11:00am - 4:00 pm









    SUNDAYS AVAILABLE FOR PRIVATE FUNCTIONS
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian
  • Executive Chef: Matteo Bergamini
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Cafe, Chef's Table, Delivery, Full Bar, Private Room, Takeout, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: We are a full-service catering and event-planning company specializing in exquisite Italian cuisine and gracious service.

    We can provide all the necessary components to achieve an exceptional event of any kind from 10 guests to 1000.
  • Special Events: We offer private dining in The Balcony Room and The Wine Connoisseur's Room, for festive entertaining.
    The Balcony Room: Lunch and Dinner, seats 60 guests, can hold standing reception for up to 100 guests.
    The Wine Connoisseur's Room: Seats 22

Getting there

  • Cross Street: E 26th St. Between 5th and Madison Aves.
  • Public Transit: 6 train-28th Street Lexington & Park
    N & R trains-23rd Street Between 5th & Broadway
    Buses: 5th Ave & Madison Ave.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: Parking garages located in the area thru Central Parking Systems.

    12 East 22nd St (Between 5th and Madison)
    or
    55 West 26th St (Between 5th and 6th Ave.)
A word from SD26 Restaurant
The modern, sexy, upbeat SD26 Restaurant, designed by Massimo Vignelli, is co-owned by legendary father daughter restaurateurs Tony May & Marisa May. SD26 brings a dining experience that is both special and seductive and sets the scene in first class Italian style for tasting of contemporary flavors that are unmistakably Italian created by Executive Chef Matteo Bergamini.

Exciting SD26 Wine Bar with electronic Enomatic wine dispensers and SD26 smart cards is a great way to be your own sommelier!
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SD26 Restaurant reviews from OpenTable diners
230 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (140)special occasion (131)notable wine list (98)romantic (84)neighborhood gem (78)great for lunch (67)good for groups (66)vibrant bar scene (55)hot spot (44)great for brunch (17)late-night find (14)great for outdoor dining (13)scenic view (2)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • review
    nickVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    Great Food. Second time I went. First time during restaurant week with 7 others and everyone raved about their dishes. Went again and found the food, service just as I remembered it. Party tried other dishes and raved.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • disatisfied
    Dined on 9/22/2014
    walked into the place at 1pm and the place was empty. By 2 it had more people.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great New Find
    Mike
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    SD26 was recently reccomended to us for a birthday celebration. We all arrived separately and were especially impressed with the gracious greeting we received. Our waiter was friendly and knowledgeable and the somnmelier was very helpful especially since navigating the ipad wine menu was challenging. The menu was extensive, mabye too much so, including a tasting menu with a choice of 3 or 5 dishes, in addition to the regular menu and specials. We all very much enjoyed our dinner selections and commented on how we would be happy to return and try many other dishes. What we liked best, besides the freindly capable staff and delicious food, was the refreshing lack of pretentiousness.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • a must dine while in the city
    JT430
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    This was a last minute decision and boy were we happy. Drink specials yummy. The service impeccable and extremely curtious! Never had to ask twice for anything. Attentive without being obtrusive! Dinner was authentic. Pasta cooked perfectly. Simply delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • SD26
    LindaO
    Dined on 9/18/2014
    Marisa May and her famous Dad shower each guest with impeccable dining, from the delicious food to the wonderful service...Love this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, great for outdoor dining, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service
    Foodie
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Lovely, lovely restaurant. Our server, Raphael, was absolutely amazing. Multi lingual, warm, friendly and very well versed in the menu. Thank you, for such a lovely, pleasant, enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Doesn't swing for the seats
    BgreenVIP
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    Sd26 does a lot of things well but in some instances it falls short. There is a tendency to overdo the salt, but that is a matter of preference. We felt that the entres, while well prepared were simply to small and left us wanting more. Service was stiff but very gracious and accommodating. The bar appeared to have more of an interesting vibe, in fact we were fortunate enough to bump into Mrs. Clinton in the Bar area and she was very congenial. Nice way to top off the evening.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Greatest lunch!
    Harp28VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    I have been coming to SD26 over and over again. Love the cuisine and lunch prix fixe. All fantastic!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Possibly the worst place, ever
    foodie424
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    I go out to eat on average 3-4 times a week. I have never thought it necessary to write a negative review until my dining experience at SD26 on Saturday. First of all, the space is way too large and the decor is awful. They passed out ipads for cocktail/wine lists (I had to send my cocktail back because it tasted like sugared medicine.) I asked the waiter for recommendations on wine, that we wanted 2 bottles (at least $150 extra on the bill) and he threw down the iapd and walked away. It wasn't busy. The food was OK, but the waiter was beyond rude. We paid in cash, a bill about $600-$700 and the waiter threw down the bill & attempted to count out the cash on our table right next to. I asked if he count somewhere else.He huffed & walked away
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    They need a new bartender, 10 minutes to get served at the bar with 3 other patrons there, but i guess the barman preferred to speak to his work colleague at one end of the bar before walking to the other end and talking to another colleague before he eventually come over to serve me.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    In reviewing my lunch here in July, I said it was "one of my best Restaurant Week lunches ever." Returning for lunch in August has reinforced that judgment. And I can now add the perfectly grilled, sweet and plump diver scallops to my list of highly recommended dishes.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always Sensational SD- 26
    BigFanVIP
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    SD-26 is the best expression of fine delicious food, caring service, beautiful ambiance and the most caring hosts in NYC. Only the finest ingredients are used, the dishes 'glow' with color and goodness, the cheeses and meats are cut fresh just for your plate, the pastas - OMG!, and the fish cooked perfectly every time. Whatever you order will be the height of perfection without pretense. Desserts are the crowning touch. The mostly Italian Wine List is a gift of all the wines you know to be great drinking and some you should try! A meal here adds up to a long-time memory of sheer pleasure.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Greyrock
    Greyrock
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Took advantage of the continued Restaurant Week dinner special with a group of co-workers. Great food as always. The Uvo Raviolo appetizer is a classic that is amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disapppointing
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    We went for Restaurant Week. The food's taste was good, but there were issues. The ravioli with the egg yolk in it was stone cold. An entree came with vegetables, some of which were piping hot while the diced zucchini on top was, again, stone cold. The macaroons in the petit fours were chewy, like gum. The quality of service was not what I expected from this restaurant. Our waiter came to take our order, then the rest of the meal was handled by busboys, some of whom were brusque to the point of rudeness. Our food came in rapid succession until we got to the entree, whereupon we waited a good twenty minutes. And the tiny alcove we were seated at was hot. A Voce across the street was far superior. Overall, I wouldn't return.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Nirvana
    Leovil
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    SD26 delivered outstanding experience. Interior is ideal, food - superb, portions generous, stuff - tactful and courteous. Thank you! I will definitely come again - and bring friends
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • AnonymousVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We had an excellent experience, dining upstairs. Service was exceptional! We will definitely be back. Thank you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Italian with Slow Service
    MWex
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    You enter a large bar area, and the "wine machine" catches the eye. It turns out to allow expensive wine by the glass that are rarely by the glass. We got seated quickly, but service from then on was slow (and this was a Thursday, so not so crowded). The wine/drinks were on an iPad, a clever if annoying process. The menu is a nice mix of Northern Italian with the usual pastas, but some nice meat and game dishes. Overall, the food was very good, underspiced in some areas. The table was too small for all the various things on it, and the plates themselves are huge (making the food look small), so things can get crowded on the table. But it's a nice space inside, the food was good, and the service, though slow at times, was friendly.
    Special Features:
    romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Wonderful and Innovative Italian
    DaveVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We had a group of six for dinner, celebrating my wifes 60th birthday with our children and their significant others. The restaurant accommodated us by seating us in the upstairs "small" room, often used for private parties, and this was terrific for the quiet setting, and lively family talk. The Restaurant Week menu ( a hopeful option) was very generous with options, and portions were substantial. Everything from the bread, salumeri (extra), to the dessert wine (on the house) was great. Our waiter was very knowedgable and accommodating with a wine that I brought, in addition to offering suggestions, each of which was delicious. Over all, a great experience, and especially good value; we will return soon.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Greyrock
    Greyrock
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Returned with other friends to take advantage of Restaurant Week lunch. Menu is extensive, even for RW, so there was no issue in sampling new dishes. My lunch partners were late, but the hostess was very gratious in holding the reservation. Food was again superb. This is my favorite restaurant in the area. Regular prix fix lunch and "quadrafoglio" also are good values when not during RW.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing food
    Chameleon
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Absolutely nothing inspired about the food. Very one note. No nuance. Service was intrusive rather than attentive.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The Best of Restaurant Week!
    elaine463
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    The restaurant served a very varied and delicious Restaurant Week Menu featuring a large selection of highlights from their regular menu. We had the honey-marinated seared tuna as our entree, probably the best cooked tuna I ever tasted, plus sea bass crudo, homemade sorbet and panna cotta. Because it was my friend's birthday, they also sent over an extra dessert (tiramisu) plus dessert wines on the house. Service is gracious and personal -- owners Tony and Marisa make the rounds and visit each table. Our lunch at SD26 was by far the best of this year's Restaurant Week sampling. We have eaten at this restaurant many times and will continue to return.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better for lunch
    DinernotEater
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I have dined at SD26 once before at lunch and was very impressed. However dinner was another story. Unfortunately it was very crowded and extremely noisy. The service started out fabulously but as it got busier it got less and less attentive. I was as impressed as I was the first time with the food however the dinner "scene" isn't for me.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Divine Experience
    PandodaVIP
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    How can you not enjoy this amazing Italian food restaurant in a room with soaring ceiling and modern decor. The Egg ravioli was heaven sent as an appetizer and the grilled scallops melted in your mouth. Best Tiramisu I've had in New York.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything fab!
    Happy
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The bar, the service and attention, the food, the decor! All really wonderful! We had an early dinner reservation during restaurant week -- and it lived up to what I had been told - and more. Great find!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AWESOME FIND!!
    Carrie
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Best Dinner I ever had!!! The scallops were to die for and very friendly waiters, a definite must visit again!!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent, consistent, quality.
    Greyrock
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Been here several times. Will continue to return. This visit was for restaurant week dinner but their normal prix fee lunch is also a value. Still want to return to sample the "quadrofoglio" lunch offerings a well. Food is outstanding and service is attentive yet not overbearing. Menu is varried to suite anyone's taste. The "ovo raviolo" appetizer plate is incredible.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good business setting
    1cwbusiness
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    Went to the restaurant for a business dinner and the restaurant did an awesome job from a service perspective. Everyone seems to really enjoy their meal. Mine, however was good but not great. I ordered the fresh heirloom tomatoes and frankly they were dissapointing...It's August and I get better tomatoes from my local produce stand. My main course of fish was very, very good and the cappucino was a bit strong and bitter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Cecilia
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    I Know the cooking and always appreciate the clean kitchen, the culinary cooking skill at SD26. Every time I invited my friends over, they all love it.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Anchor
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    We had an outstanding lunch during Restaurant Week and feel this was one of the finest meals I've had in NYC. The others in my party were as impressed as I was.The food, service and ambience were amazing, and I look forward to returning in the future.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • mediocre
    foodienycVIP
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    The food while inspirational in menu wasn't executed particularly well. The sea urchin pasta was watery, and the beef cheeks over gnocchi was bland and required a lot of salt. When I asked for an iced tea refill mid meal ( which should have been noticed) it took almost 10 minutes for a new one by which time I was nearly done eating. Overall, disappointing.
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • DonnaVIP
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    I love the ambiance of this restaurant and the delicious food. It is a great place to go with a friend for a special evening. And their restaurant week menu is one of the best in the city. Everyone I take to the restaurant falls in love with it. I return over and over again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent food, excellent service
    sardar
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    This was my first time at SD26 and I was more than pleasantly surprised. The food was excellent as was the service. My friend and I had a thoroughly enjoyable experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointed
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Since it's costly to eat here, we save it for special occasions. This was our 4th time, and as usual, food was great, but was upset with the restaurant this time, which is why I only gave it a very good rating, instead of outstanding. I checked the restaurant website re restaurant week, and Sat dinner was listed so that is when we made a reservation. Once there, we were told that it was only Mon - Fri. I told them about website, no one listened. I should have been more forceful, and had them look. When I checked on the computer at home, there it was. I called, spoke with a woman, who said they would remove it. I should have at been offered a free drink or appetizer the next time I go. We spent more than expected that night!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service still lacking...
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Second visit to SD26 with the same group as the first time. The Salumeria is exceptional and overall the food was good but this was the last time for us. Service starts off strong but just like the last time we found the server to be inattentive about half way through the meal. $360+ for a group of four warrants better service, period.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service evaporated
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Food was very good, and the service was decent up to a point. But there was almost an hour delay between the appetizers and the main course that the Maitre D, without ostensible embarrassment, attributed to the time it took to cook a steak. Even though the number of tables in the restaurant is not excessive, the noise level in the main dining room is awful when it's full thanks to the flat walls with sharp angles, suggesting the designers were either ignorant of acoustical principles established over a century ago or somehow believed that cacophony is cool. Food was excellent, and the space is beautiful, so it's unfortunate that it's total amateur-hour in other areas.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Definitley recommend it
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    The prices are high but overall worth the dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • annem430
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Very generous menu for restaurant week dinner. Delicious food, excellent service, lovely environment. owner Marisa is wonderful, was stopping by tables to chat. Highly recommend!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sue
    Susie
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    This was my second time eating here. Loved everything about it our waiter maxwell was a gem very efficient but not in your face! Would definitely return!! Check out the pre fix Awsome deal!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    ElaineVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Restaurant Week is not a good time to judge a restaurant. Our visit was disappointing. The food was not outstanding, and the service was indifferent.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    We chose our dinner from the Restaurant Week and it was wonderful. There were a lot of choices on the pre-fixe (more than most restaurants offer). I would definitely recommend to others for dinner but I cannot speak about lunch or brunch since I have not eaten meals there at those times. I cannot specifically recommend this restaurant (#2) because nothing on the above list fits the occasion. Why is a simple "great for dinner" not listed? The service is less than desirable--our waiter was too aggressive in the beginning and then disappeared after we placed orders. He only reappeared to bring us the check--never even asked if we wanted coffee, tea or after dinner drinks. Fortunately the food was worth the aggravation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.