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One If By Land, Two If By Sea
Posted by slurpy on 11/15/2007
Lay off the Beef Wellington, dudes. It's a classic old school dish and it's done well here, just like it should be. If you have a problem with it at One If By Land, you're problem is with the dish itself, not the execution here. At least not when I was there. Perfect romantic setting that helped make our anniversary special. That said, food was somewhat uninspired (despite a bizarrely placed, slight Thai influence...whodathunkit?), although the crowd was heavily packed with bridge and tunnel peeps. A Times article also mounts a legitimate challenge that this might not actually be Aaron Burr's former carriage house. But make yourself believe it and, on the right occasion with the right someone, when you're not expecting nouveau cuisine on the edge, it does the trick fine.
Posted by DoctortedNYC on 10/03/2007
Still beautiful after all these years...Food just seems to be in a rut. I imagine serving same dishes in a dated price-fixe menu leads to boredom and complacency. Who knew the amuse bouch of a lightly breaded and fried shrimp with kimchee would be the best part of the meal. It seems for the remainder a certain complacency has set in. The tuna tatare appetizer needed more dressing as did a nice salad. The famous Beef Wellington was bland. The Rack of Lamb underseasoned and its risotto side didn't work well. Breadbasket was commercial. A Creme Brulee dessert was delicious but another of Lemon Meringue was goopy. Service was fine but prices are out of line for level of food.
Posted by foodlover on 10/03/2007
When you first walk in the restaurant there is a woman playing the piano and right away you are taken back to another time where people dressed to dine out. This is definitely an older crowd and jackets for men are required. There is a garden/atrium looking thing off to the side of the main room, however we were seated upstairs. The seating is perfect with enough room between tables so that you don't overhear other people. There was a tall single candle that they lit as you sit and two long stem roses setting the scene. The appetizers (foie gras and tuna tartare) were absolutely incredible. The foie gras was very different then any other restaurant and was like butter on the toasted brioche. Yum! As for dinner, do make sure someone splurges on the beef wellington as they have mushrooms and more of the delicious foie gras in there. For dessert they wrote happy anniversary on both our plates and had a candle lit so we can both make wishes and blow them out together! This is a special occasion place that you go to for the experience. The service was top notch (carrying cocktails form the bar to the table, multiple drink and bread replenishing, and excellent wine service). Enjoy!
Posted by AnotherWallStreetWorker on 07/28/2007
The pork tenderloin was absolutely phenomenal. Desert was magical too. While admittedly a bit pricey as far as restaurants go, I believe for the quality of what you're getting, the food is properly priced. Well drinks will set you back $9 or $10. The decor is beautiful and I enjoy the history of the building. I'm not sure I understand what all the "romance" and "most romantic restaurant in New York City" fuss is about though. Sure, it's romantic, but I think the praise in that regard is a bit over-the-top. All-inall I was quite satisfied and I will certainly be coming back.
Posted by Noga Delshad on 05/27/2007
Romantic atmosphere- you can have a quiet conversation with no one overhearing you. Food is good. Service is excellent.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/02/2007
Went for dinner on a Wednesday night. We were seated promptly. Mushroom tart and gnocchi were excellent as appetizers. My husband had the pork and I had the halibut. Both were fantastic. Our waiter suggested a good bottle of wine. We weren't rushed and spent nearly three hours lingering over a great dinner. Service was friendly but unobtrusive. The ambience is wonderful, you feel like you are in your own little world. Overall it was a great experience. We spent $240 with food, wine, tax and tip. Not something we would do every night but great when you want to treat yourself.
Posted by Dublinminx on 02/20/2007
I booked One if by land for a special occasion dinner recently. The setting is lovely, quaint and romantic, and live piano music adds to the atmosphere. However I was dissapointed in the food. The flavours really weren't there and a couple of the dishes were verging on cold. Its a pity in such a lovely setting, and the service was excellent. Not worth the price for the food that is served though.