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19 E. 26th St. (Fifth Ave.) Send to Phone
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This elegant Italian restaurant on Madison Square Park will evolve to a different concept under the governance of a new chef and owner.
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SD26 Restaurant Review

: Tony May and his charming daughter Marisa retired from SD26 on March 29, 2015. After two decades as San Domenico on Central Park South, the more modern restaurant and salumeria with digital wine lists took on life on Madison Square Park, where it was rebranded SD26. The May family sold SD26 to chef and restaurant consultant John Doherty, who plans to keep it open until August and then shut it down and change the concept to a more American cuisine-focused spot. But that hasn't stopped the Italian food-loving cognoscenti from frequenting this elegant restaurant. The space is vast and modern, but the dining room is very lively with its exhibition kitchen and interactive salumeria station where guests can select charcuterie. For lunchtime diners, Tony and a friend of his from Milan dreamed up "Il Quadrifoglio," a four-item meal that's healthy and also a good value. The offerings change daily but might include chicken and asparagus ravioli, chicken breast with zucchini and arugula pesto, octopus salad and strawberry gelée and exotic fruit. Things heat up at dinner, when the kitchen turns out dishes such as a soft egg raviolo with truffled butter; halibut confit in olive oil, chickpea and clam ragù; and Fiorentina steak for two. The bar offers small plates and prime people-watching, but if you’re looking for a more private evening, request the Wine Connoisseur's Room in the cellar downstairs.

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