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Posted by Winnie from NY on 10/27/2006
This place looks very nice and good for romatic dates. However I would not recommended if you are looking for good food and pleasant dining experience. The waiter we had was pushy; he urged my boyfriend to order drinks before heads to the restroom too strongly- a big turn off. Additionally we were not impressed by the food either. The presentation was so so and the taste was only okay. We've had much better food and service elsewhere. Nothing spetacular after all. Only the bill will surprise you because you would've expected more for the price you pay. Expect to shed out at least $100 per person with 3 course meal including a glass of wine. Definately not going back because the overall experience and food does not meet my personal standards of fine dining.
Posted by KW on 10/12/2006
First of all, I am very surprised that this place is rated as low as it is on menupages. This restaurant has been on top 10 lists for quite a while. I went here a while ago to celebrate and anniversary, and I was very surprised. Again, one of these places you could easily walk by and never know was there, but once inside very lovely. The decor is very romantic and just overall really nice. The food was excellent, and the service very formal and polite. It sounds snobby, but I don't want to go out to a very expensive restaurant and have a waiter that jokes around and the like, but that's just me. It's a very high end place, and we knew that and therefore in terms of value we got what we paid for. Dinner for two was around $200. All in all an excellent experience, and if you're going there for a romantic occasion, it certainly won't disappoint.
Posted by Anonymous on 08/16/2006
It was good, but just good. I heard a lot of good things about this place, but was so dissapointed after an actual experience on my own. There are better restaurants with this price range in terms of decor, food, service and atmosphere.
Posted by Pickyguy on 08/02/2006
Went there for dinner with my date. Very special place - piano player by the bar, intimate setting, candles lit for your table. This place is the talk of the town for proposals and special occasions. Peach ginger ice cream dessert was nothing extravagant. But the chocolate fondant was the most delicious choco dessert I ever had - and my date concurred. Prix fixe was $69 per person for a regular night. Our waiter did not rush us. We ordered very simple stuff and even got gift certificates for another visit! little hard to find since the outside has no sign - Look for the small number 17 on a white wall as you walk down Barrow St
Posted by TenderBart on 07/11/2006
I finally got to go to One If By Land after years of living in NY. And I was not at all disappointed. The place is cozy and classy and refined. The food is elegantly prepared and the service is impeccable. I actually avoided the Beef Wellington and tried the monkfish instead, which was moist and flaky and delicious. My dinner companion had the roasted lobster, which I highly recommend. We both had the Lichido Coladas, which we're both already craving. And, of course, the chocolate souffle for dessert, which was delish. But then again, I have yet to meet a chocolate souffle I didn't like.
Posted by bard again on 05/16/2006
I know so many people that love this restaurant, that I have hesitated writing this review. But here goes. Yes, the ambiance is exquisite and yes, the martinis are the best in NYC. The service can be a bit testy, but overall seems fine. Now for the rub. The food wasn't so outstanding. The Beef Wellington had the flavor of what a friend calls "wedding beef." The pastry was soggy and the meat tasteless. My guests each had a fish and neither would order (or eat here for that matter) again. The prices are very steep when you factor in what you are paying for. I have never seen this restaurant reviewed in a newspaper and always wondered why.
Posted by Anonymous on 04/29/2006
Beautiful and romantic, but a little snobby and a lot overpriced!