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Posted by zagatluvr on 09/01/2005
Went here for restaurant week. still can't stop thinking about the scallop crab cake. Absolutely amazing! Very elegant setting, main room corners overlook pretty garden, also a mezzanine level as well as a private room. We were waited on by all male, suited staff. If i were ever to get engaged over candlelit dinner, this would be the place!
Posted by Annoymous on 08/16/2005
I was dissapointed in my experience. I went there for my anniversary and they were very pretentious. Our server told us that we could not get the chef's tasting menu and when we asked why he said, "I don't know...Maybe it's too late or maybe we're out of it!" His response was rude. We came for dinner a 9:00 and they told us that the restaurant closed at 11:00. Why did they take our reservation if they would not offer the full menu. Our bill was almost $300 and was not worth it. The beautiful decor does not make up for the "o.k. food" and rude service.
Posted by faffaf on 08/15/2005
I went here the night I got engaged and could not ask for a better experience. For all of those reviews that knock this place should try going when it's not restaurant week and see how great this place really is! The service and food were top notch, yet it comes with a price tag.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/29/2005
I had to write a review, since the ones posted are so far off. This restaurant is one of our favorites for special occasions. The setting is elegant, intimate and very romantic. Piano player, classic bar, huge bouquets of flowers - it's beautiful. From a culinary standpoint, I wouldn't characterize the menu as wildly adventurous, but that isn't necessarily a bad thing. They prepare some classic dishes, like Beef Wellington, but they simply do it very well. After bread, appetizer, entree and dessert, anyone who leaves hungry ought to go on a diet.
Posted by Anonymous on 07/07/2005
We went for restaurant week. Yes, the portions were very small but I didn't mind that too much. The most dissapointing thing was the flavor. Everything was bland and lacking in creativity. I had been there two years ago and really liked everything. This time, even the dessert wasn't worth the calories. I've lost faith in the place and won't be back.
Posted by Anonymous on 06/24/2005
Went to OIBL for NYC Restaurant Week. We had one look at the rest of the menu and knew it would be worth the extra money to have free reign. The potato gnocchi in pesto were out of this world. . My date had the Fois Gras, never had it, but he said it was outstanding. The entrees were excellent and the desserts were even better. The portions are not huge, but I was satisfied. As for the service, I was afraid the atmosphere it was going to be a bit up tight. On the contrary, our waiter was fantastic. We also had a cozy corner table in the main dining room, over looking the garden. The maitre d said they had a special table opening up and he put us right there. I've been wanting to go here for a while, and it exceeded every single expectation. Will def. go again, but just not for a while. It was a bit $$. Enjoy!
Posted by Anonymous on 06/23/2005
This restaurant has a reputation for being one of the most romantic in the city. Knowing a bit about both romance and food, my only conclusion after dining at One if by Land is that it is a disappointment. The potions were small, unsatisfying and uninventive. My main course, toted at a ?heavenly Sea Bass? weighed in at no more than a 3 ounce sliver, not even half a filet! The dessert was unsatisfying: a fruity soup consisted of (and I kid you not) 1 blueberry, 1 raspberry, 1 blackberry and one quarter of a strawberry ? floating in some sort of red goo reminiscent of the watery remains at the bottom of a frozen fruit bag after it has been defrosted. I can?t eat huge portions of food ? but I left hungry! We didn?t even get a second helping of bread. Did I mention the dark, dreary, dated d?cor? Apparently for One if by Land, nothing says romance like gloom and an empty stomach.