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A Tale of 2 Restaurants on Christmas Day

Multifoiled | Dec 16, 201406:41 AM

Unbeknownst to one another my husband and I both made separate reservations for Christmas Day dinner. We have a reprieve from family this year and thought we would treat ourselves to dinner out for once.

His reservation is for SD26 and mine is for Ai Fiori. We dined at SD26 once and liked it, but I know it does not get much love here. The main draw for him is that they are serving a bollito misto as one of the main course choices (which is actually very appealing to both of us). We have never been to Ai Fiori, but do enjoy other Michael White restaurants.

SD26 is doing a 4 course menu for $85 vs. Ai Fiorio's 4 course at $125. Both restaurants have very appealing menus and I would be happy at either except for the overwhelming bad reviews SD26 gets here. My husband is on the fence but leaning towards SD26. What to do?

I know no one can make this decision for me, so maybe I am just looking for a bit of a discussion that can help me sort this out. Thanks in advance.

Editied to say: Just want to add that we are not looking for other choices at this point. It's one or the other of these two places only. We have too much to deal with in the next week leading up to Christmas to think about other restaurants at this point. Thanks.

Ai Fiori
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