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San Domenico's Daughter: SD26
When beloved restaurant San Domenico closed in 2008, New York's stomach grumbled in anticipation of Tony May's next move. Italian food lovers didn't have to wait long. May teamed up with his daughter Marisa to present the next generation of Italian cuisine at SD26.
The refined space boasts a self-serve wine bar, salumeria, open kitchen, chef's tables, and a prep kitchen for house-made pasta, gelato, and desserts.
Born into the restaurant business, Marisa May inherited her love of food, people, and entertaining. Growing up, Marisa spent her summers in Italy working and traveling with her dad. Though he hails from Naples, Tony May represents all regions of Italy at the restaurant and keeps the Italian tradition of balance alive, ensuring no single flavor overpowers in a dish.
With fifteen thousand square feet situated directly north of Madison Square Park, SD26 is more than your typical Italian restaurant. The refined space boasts a self-serve wine bar, salumeria, open kitchen, chef's tables, and a prep kitchen for house-made pasta, gelato, and desserts.
SD26 proves that Italian food is more than a slice of pizza or spaghetti with meatballs. You'll be wowed by the wild striped bass acquapazza, with zucchini, tomato, and fregola sarda. The "Uuovo," soft egg yolk-filled ravioli with truffled butter, impresses and pairs well with a glass of chardonnay.
Beginning this October, the Mays present their White Truffle Menu. Try the crostino with porcini mushrooms and fontina fondue or homemade ravioli filled with toma cheese, butter, and marjoram.
You can even spend a full night celebrating the key ingredient on Wednesday, November 16th, at the White Truffle Gala. This year's gala showcases Tony May himself, the first to bring white truffles to the United States, as well as a truffle hunter of 23 years who will explain his greatest discoveries. The dinner includes six courses, white truffles on every table, and wine from the famed Batasiolo Winery.
You'll be wowed by the wild striped bass acquapazza, with zucchini, tomato, and fregola sarda.
With so many choices on SD26's fine-tuned menu, you may resist the urge to order dessert. Don't. The Pannacotta with a balsamic vinegar reduction is a perfect end to an Italian meal.
Try the self-serve winebar: Grab a SD26 smart card from the sommelier, stick it into the machine, and choose a one, two, or five ounce glass.
Choose the size of your meal. Create your own tasting menu of small portions of different dishes or choose regular portions like they serve in Italy.
Eat in or take out from the salumeria and formaggeria.