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Dec 7, 2011 08:45 PM

Del Posto Vs. SD 26

Hi gang - a Boston hound here coming to NYC on short notice for business next week. Going to dinner with a colleague and our wives. I don't know much about their food interests except that he enjoys nice wine and she is Italian. I've managed to secure reservations at Del Posto (on the early side) and SD26 for the moment. Looking for a fun and not overly fancy atmosphere. My mouth is watering at the thought of the uovo at SD26 (there's a resto here in boston that does one thats to die for...) but Del Posto gets great reviews on the board here. Would you guys steer us one way or the other?

King Carnivore

Del Posto
85 10th Avenue, New York, NY 10011

19 East 26th Street, New York, NY 10010

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  1. I think Del Posto may be too fancy for you. They don't require a jacket or anything, but I personally would feel out of place in casual dress.

    On the other hand, SD26 is not exactly what I would call fun. And I have found they do not really have any affordable the wines by the glass. Everything on the list felt a bit overpriced. Maybe someone with more knowledge than me can speak about the bottle list. I also think that the decor is a little odd (I hate the art they have).

    Maybe what you really want is something like Babbo, Scarpetta, Maialino, Locanda Verde?

    1. Del Posto has a quite formal feel. Of these two, I'd choose SD26 for your purposes. I think it is fun. And they certainly have nice wine and the food is fine.

      On short notice you are not likely to get reservations and decent times at the places Kathryn listed below, although you could try....I really like Maialino...

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      1. re: gutsofsteel

        thanks guys, went to scarpetta about a year ago when in town for our anniversary and our general reaction was 'meh' (our second night that trip was tasting menu at wd-50 which was unbelievable, but that's a different story).

        I tried both maialino and babbo but struck out. maybe will keep pinging them. What about Casa Mono for something a little different?

        1. re: KingCarnivore

          I think the food at Casa Mono is good, and they certainly have good wines. But a reservation short notice might be tough. Tables are close together, if that matters.

          SD-26 would be fine if you stick with that.

          Casa Mono
          52 Irving Place, New York, NY 10003

          19 East 26th Street, New York, NY 10010

          1. re: gutsofsteel

            I would agree with both g of s and kathryn regarding aspects of SD26. First, I think it would be a prefectly good choice, we have always enjoyed the food and as a small party you can have some fun with ordering a nice salumi selection to share. They have some interesting entrees and small plates for your mains. The service has always been friendly. I will also agree with kathryn regarding the prices (although I believe she was referring to just wine prices), I think in general all their prices are just a little too high but not enough that it kept us from going back.

            Personally I think it would work for you.

          2. re: KingCarnivore

            If you are looking at more casual, loud, or crowded places, what about Peasant, Dell'anima, or Osteria Morini? I have no idea about their wine lists though.

            194 Elizabeth Street, New York, NY 10012

            38 8th Avenue, New York, NY 10003

            Osteria Morini
            218 Lafayette St, New York, NY 10012

            1. re: KingCarnivore

              I would try Lupa, which is basically Del Posto's casual older sister.

              170 Thompson Street, New York, NY 10012