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Posted by Anonymous on 01/27/2005
Like previous reviewers, my boyfriend and I had been wanting to come here for a while - what a disappointment. The service was inattentive, the atmosphere was totally corny and that could have all been forgiven had the food been delicious but it wasn't. The food tasted like a second rate wedding food and everything from rice to salmon to veggies were absolutely drenched in butter - we barely ate anything and decided to stick to sushi samba next time we are in the neighborhood!
Posted by Joe and Doris on 01/23/2005
My wife and I celebrated our 20th Wedding Anniversary Saturday night. The blizzard outside just added to the entire evening. We had a great dinner (Beef Weelington and Salmon) and exceptional service (Lori) and the entire atmosphere just could not haver been better. Sure the price was a liitle high but there are not too many places that can make you feel the way we did that night. Thanks to all at that restaurant that made it sooooo special.
Posted by LiLKim on 01/19/2005
I have been here quite a few times. I have always enjoyed my meal there. The staff there has great sense of humor (they are definitely not as stuffy as people claim them to be) and the food is excellent. The waiters I've had have never rushed me nor did I have to wave them down for my order, they were always in perfect timing. I definitely reccommend for appetizer, the 'Mushroom Tart' , entree would be the famous 'Beef Wellington', the dessert, pick anything and you'll be in heaven. Just because this place is known to be romantic, don't be too timid to dine here with your friends, it's still an enjoyable place.
Posted by kaitlin on 12/02/2004
I had always wanted to go here. My boyfriend surprised me last minute and took me here mid-week. I wasn't wearing a strapless gown like the rest of the clientele (who are these people? on a wednesday night?) but I also wasn't completely under dressed. We were treated so badly it was embarassing. The waitstaff is pretentious and unhelpful. The guy walked past us at least 3 times before offering another drink. The food was okay, but very heavy. I had butternut squash soup and the tuna and couldn't even finish it because it everything was swimming in fat. I would have preferred going just about anywhere for the lack of professionalism at this place. And for $250 for 2 people, you should not have to be annoyed during the whole dinner. (Oh and the other reviewer was right- the piano music is so cheese- Elton John and Billy Joel all night).
Posted by salt on 10/25/2004
If you like easy-listening, cloyingly saccharin piano tunes, then this is the place to be!! Thank god we couldn't hear it from the low-ceilinged balcony. Yes, it's all romantic, but our waiter seemed miserable, recommended a crappy wine, and much much better food is available anywhere else in the village, even the pub on the corner of Barrow Street. My roasted lobster/crab risotto was unpleasantly oversalted, and my companion's lamb with black bean sauce was appalling, a lousy attempt at fusion. Other MenuPages reviews were obviously written by OIBL staffers. Stick with Babbo instead.
Posted by Anonymous on 09/15/2004
I had been looking forward to dinner at One if by Land, Two if by Sea for a couple of years. My husband and I finally went to New York for my birthday and of course, this was to be my special dinner. We had an 8:30 reservation on a Saturday night. Once we ordered, we both had the tasting menu, food came flying at us. It was not at all relaxing. The food was adequate until the entree. The Beef Wellington was terrible. The pastry was undercooked and not edible. Before dessert arrived several waitstaff began resetting the room for the next day. It definitely seemed as though they were rushing us. For the price, we expected a lot more. I don't recommend it.
Posted by Mojon on 08/26/2004
We arrived early and sat at the bar with cocktails. The bar area also has lounges. The piano player was superb, playing all styles (he was classically trained). Our hostess was genteel and sat us upstairs near a garden-boxed corner window, overlooking the downstairs. The rooms, up and down, are lovely. The atmosphere is romantic and inviting. Our waiter was knowledgeable and patient. The menu has something for everyone. We opted for the price-fixed dinner ? and it was super, super. The martini oysters were delectable. The lobster bisque was a delight. The duck foie gras excellent. But, oh but that beef Wellington ? pure heaven. A center cut of filet mignon, 3-3.5? thick, baked to perfection in pastry crust. Stunning to see, yet better to eat. WOW! Again, WOW! Our service was perfect, timed perfectly with our wines and never rushed. The wine list is eclectic and can be pricey ? but the 3 we had were perfect for our foods. Dessert ? my favorite ? cr?me brulee. Large, creamy and perfectly ?bruleed.? Overall, a first-rate experience. Yes, a bit of a bite on the wallet, but given the d?cor, the food quality and presentation, the service, the atmosphere ? an experience worthy of repeating.