Ciano or SD26 or something better (hopefully)!!!
What do you all think. I could really use a recommendation for something different too because I am not really sold on either spot. Here are the particulars:
Group of 10
Somewhere with an upbeat vibe
Great food, preferably Italian, American or French but would consider others.
North of Houston street
$150/pp budget for food, tax and tip and a couple of cocktails. .
My first choice was the Nomad, but they are closed for a private event that night. Any suggestions would be great.
Either of your choices would be fine, Ciano has great food but I'm not crazy about the service (too rushed/haphazard), SD26, love the salumi/cheese platters they can put together (always great for groups). But add these other possibilities to your list: A Voce (Madison) based upon a great meal we just had there and Ai Fiori (they handle good size groups there all the time) wonderful food.
Why are you not sold on these two? I think they are fine choices. How far in advance is this? I would add Annisa to the list but they book up far in advance and a party that size will require a big table. For something different, if upscale Indian would be of interest I highly recommend Junoon.