We should have listened to the mixed reviews. Dinner at SD26 was one of the worst meals my family has had in a long time. SD26 is the reincarnated version of San Domenico, an Italian place that was previously located on Central Park South, where the restaurant Marea is now located.
The entryway to SD26 is a huge bar with lots of unoccupied space. You walk through a wide hallway until you reach the back of the restaurant, which opens up into a large dining room. How can a restaurant afford to have so much space and take advantage of every square foot to bring in the dollars? Well, it soon became clear — charge exorbitant prices for as little food as possible. If you're looking for value in your meal, head elsewhere.
The whole wheat pappardelle with wild boar ragu gives you reason to prefer regular pasta over whole wheat; the texture was coarse and the whole dish lacked seasoning and salt.
When the waiter stopped by to ask how the meal was, we all paused and no one said a thing. After a beat long enough to indicate we had nothing truly good to say, we kind of nodded and said it was fine. We opted to skip dessert after this debacle of a dinner and left wondering whether we should have been more honest at just how much we disliked the meal.