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SD26 Italian Restaurant

2/4/2013 - By Marea Edynak

 SD26 Restaurant Chic Italian Contemporary & Delicious

 

SD26 on Madison Square Park North is the new chic reincarnation of the famous San Domenico on Central Park South, which closed in 2008. While they have traded their Parks co-owners father Tony May and daughter Marisa May have kept their tradition of just plain wonderful Italian food that won’t fail to please lovers of authentic Italian cuisine.

 

Our group of 4 had a perfect Saturday evening in the chic high ceilinged and loft like dining room. The diners were dressed in a mix of traditional uptown elegance and creatively casual downtown garb.

 

We all chose the tasting menu with 5 courses of small plates. Attentive server Joel Frank lovingly explained the ingredients of all the courses featured that night. Diners have the choice of the same dishes in either a smaller tasting size or a larger more robust full dinner portion. After asking us and really listening to our wine preferences the sommelier helped us chose a bottle of Tormaresca “Torcicola”  2009 and it was the perfect compliment to the meal.

 

With us was a chef from a French restaurant and he declared that the tender Sautéed Veal Loin “Bergese” with Smoked Pancetta Cream Sauce, Caramelized Cipollini and Salsify was the star of the evening.  Though hard to choose, we all agreed.  A small portion is $25 and large is $37.

 

Close in second place 3 out of 4 of our group chose the Fettuccine with Wild Boar Ragu Agrodolce, Pickled Raisins, Toasted Pinenuts and Chocolate nibs. Small portion is $14 and large is $22.

 

The 4th diner in our group insisted that the runner up was the Wild Sea Bass “in Acquapazza”, Zucchini, Tomato & Fregola Sarda shown in the photo. A small portion is $24 and a large is $35.

 

And the desert! What can I say? We were like children in candy land when Joel served us each a huge plate filled with delicacies. Included were a Tiramisu with Espresso Sauce, Pannacotta with Balsamic Vinegar Reduction, Strawberries, Semifredo Torencino and a Hard Chocolate Shell with Vanilla ice cream.

 

SD26 is at Madison Square North, 19 East 26th Street. 212 265 5959

www.sd26ny.com

 

Buon Apetito



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