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SD26 ~ Balcony Room June 23, 2010

My take:
I used to visit San Domenico once every Fall for my white truffle treat.  Their uovo in raviolo is hard to beat.

Facts:
SD26 features market-driven Italian / Mediterranean cuisine in a modern setting.  The state-of-the-art wine bar showcases selections mostly from Italy, France and California with an Enomatic Wine Serving System offering 24 wines by the glass.

Location:  Flatiron, Manhattan
19 East 26th Street @ Madison Square Park

Contact: Francoise Perrier, Director of Private Dining
646.448.0962 ~ www.sd26ny.com

Restauranteur:  Tony May and Marisa May
Chef de Cuisine:  Matteo Bergamini
Wine Consultant:  Stefano Milioni
Designer:  Massimo Vignelli

Reviews / Awards:
New York Times ~ 1 Star, out of 4
New York Magazine ~ 1 Star, out of 5

Figures:
The Balcony Room seats 65 for lunch or dinner and accommodates 120 for a reception.  Three-course luncheons start at $55 per person for no option and $65 for a choice of two entrees.  Three-course dinners start at $95 per person for no option and $110 for a choice of two entrees.  A 25% deposit is due at time of booking and 50% is due 20 days prior.  Deposits are not refundable within 20 days and 50% of your deposit will be retained from 21-45 days prior to your function.  Gratuities are an additional 15% and there is an administrative fee of 5% as well as tax of 8.875%.

Pros:
A projection screen is provided at no additional charge.  The room is completely private.  There is no room rental fee and no F&B minimum.

Cons:
The room is upstairs in the balcony above the restaurant, so the main dining room sound drifts upward.  There are no windows, so no natural light.  Executive Chef Odette Fada recently left after 14 years at the stove.

Disclosures:
I was invited to an industry luncheon introduction to the private space hosted by SD26 in the Balcony Room.  I was surprised that it was buffet, rather than a served function.  I learned that they had more responses than expected and, not wanting to disappoint by turning people away, they decided to accommodate everyone.  I feel they would have showcased their space in a more favorable light by hosting several events, as they were struggling to keep the chafing dishes full and the space was very tight.

SD26 Balcony Room Max 65

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SD26 ~ Wine Connoisseur’s Room

My take:
I used to visit San Domenico once every Fall for my white truffle treat.  Their uovo in raviolo is hard to beat.

Facts:
SD26 features market-driven Italian / Mediterranean cuisine in a modern setting.  The state-of-the-art wine bar showcases selections mostly from Italy, France and California with an Enomatic Wine Serving System offering 24 wines by the glass.

Location: Flatiron, Manhattan
19 East 26th Street @ Madison Square Park

Contact:  Francoise Perrier, Director of Private Dining
646.448.0962 ~ www.sd26ny.com

Restauranteur:  Tony May and Marisa May
Chef de Cuisine:  Matteo Bergamini
Wine Consultant:  Stefano Milioni
Designer:  Massimo Vignelli

Reviews / Awards:
New York Times ~ 1 Star, out of 4
New York Magazine ~ 1 Star, out of 5

Figures:
The Wine Connoisseur’s Room seats 20 maximum for lunch or dinner.  Luncheons start at $55 per person with no option and $65 with a choice of two entrees.  Dinners start at $95 with no option and $110 with a choice of two entrees.  Beverages are additional and charged on consumption.  A 25% deposit is due at time of booking and 50% is due 20 days prior.  Deposits are not refundable within 20 days and 50% of your deposit will be retained from 21-45 days prior to your function.  Gratuities are an additional 15% and there is an administrative fee of 5% as well as tax of 8.875%.

Pros:
There is no room rental fee and no minimum F&B spend.  A projection screen is provided at no additional charge.  The room is completely private and very nice.  (I am a huge fan of wine rooms.)

Cons:
The room is downstairs.  There are no windows, so no natural light.  Executive Chef Odette Fada recently left after 14 years at the stove.

Disclosures:
I was invited to an industry luncheon introduction to the private space that was hosted in the Balcony Room.  I was surprised that it was buffet, rather than a served function.  I learned that they had more responses than expected and, not wanting to disappoint by turning people away, they decided to accommodate everyone.  I feel they would have showcased their space in a more favorable light by hosting several events, as they were struggling to keep the chafing dishes full and the space was very tight.

SD26 Wine Connoisseurs Room Max 20

Do you have comments or suggestions?  Please share all constructive feedback regarding this post in comments.

 

 
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