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
228 reviews since July 4, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (143)special occasion (134)notable wine list (97)neighborhood gem (88)romantic (81)good for groups (69)great for lunch (68)vibrant bar scene (54)hot spot (49)great for brunch (17)late-night find (13)great for outdoor dining (12)scenic view (3)kid-friendly (2)Show More
  • really good
    nebur
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    Excellent collection fo of just right portions served seamlessly - will return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Really Poor Service Killed Experien
    1111VIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    We decided to give this place a second try, but the stale service on top of the stale bread really ruined it. Spartan portions as well.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Best Veal Scallopini
    JohnnydavidVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    This is the best type veal I have ever tasted cooked in this manner. Perfect preparation and seasoning something I have not been able to replicate. Pricey restaurant sometimes a bit too much as in $18.00 for a soup starter.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Food was tasty.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    With so many good Italian restaurants in the city - I can't help but think that there a several others out there offering a better value.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful
    orthochickVIP
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Delicious food - everything was cooked perfectly and presented beautifully. Marisa May is the hostess with the mostess!!
    Special Features:
    hot spot, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent place for a quiet lunch
    sardar
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    We were a party of three; we enjoyed the food and service and the ability to have a conversation and yet keep our voices down
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Delicious food you'll Remember
    RightwriteVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Starkly modern decor that somehow creates a feeling of welcome. A skilled restaurant that is capable of taking rustic ingredients and elevating to a very high level. Two soups we tried were memorable: puree of portobello soup and shrimps with Sorano beans. Ravioli Uovo with soft egg yolk and truffled butter transported us back to the finest restaurants in Italy. We tasted the Swordfish with capers and butternut squash, capers, brussels sprouts and shallots... superb! Venison with parsnips and chestnuts also great. Desserts were of the same high order and the service was excellent. This is a dining experience to remember.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Wonderful lunch
    HungryVIP
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    What a great lunch we had..!! Service...food...ambiance and overwhelming "kindness" from the staff made it a wonderful Manhattan experience...which is often hard to find these days...
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great, great, great!
    Harp28VIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    We keep coming back for the wonderful lunch and service. Noise level is low so one can actually have a conversation.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Had a wonderful time. Service was great and food was good/ delicious. Some dishes better than others. Out of certain dishes we wanted to order. Visited on a Monday night. Had to keep changing reservation and was not a problem.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • SD26 rocks!
    LindaO
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    Extraordinary dining experience fit for all foodies...service impeccable!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Service was outstanding
    Buttercup
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    The entire staff including the owner made us feel they appreciated our being there. That, including fine outstanding food, made it a most enjoyable evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Better than ever!
    Harp28VIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Perfecting perfection if that is possible is what we experienced! Waiter was fantastic, helped with choices and chef accommodated challenging requests. Thank you and bravo!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always great!
    Harp28VIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Great food, great service, we keep coming back as SD26 is a favorite!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, hot spot, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • San Domenico meets Carrabbas
    DavidMortonVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    How sad that the esteemed and wonderful San Domenico had to reinvent itself for people who know and care nothing about Italian cuisine. The 'Uovo in Raviolo', one of San Domenico's signature dishes had obviously been prepared days ago and then frozen. One could tell because it had not yet quite thawed out when brought to table. Sad indeed.
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  • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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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  • 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
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    • Ambiance
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    • 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.
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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
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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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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    • 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
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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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great experience
    RomeoBravo
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Gave SD26 a try for restaurant week. Blew my expectations out of the water. Staff is extremely good at their job, food is on point, and Mrs. May (co-owner) stopped by the table unprompted. Will definitely be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, special occasion
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    • 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
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Everything fab!
    HappyVIP
    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
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.