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Posted by missegee on 04/19/2006
My boyfriend takes me here for my birthday every year, it is romantic and the food is excellent. The fire places warm you with pleasant atmosphere during the winter and the roses during summer make you want to cuddle with your loved one. Get the beef wellington.
Posted by Good if it's your thing on 03/03/2006
I guess it's romantic, but it's also crowded and a touch snobbish. I find it too ostentatious for my taste and the wait staff is attentive to the point of unctuousness. Not really my cup of tea but my boyfriend adores it, so if it makes him happy...
Posted by justin on 02/21/2006
I took my girlfriend to "One if by Land" for a Valentine's Day treat and I must say that we had a wonderful time. The atmosphere was as romantic as it possibly could be. The food was excellent and it came in bigger portions than one would expect from a such as high class establishment. Our waitress was very attentive and made us feel as if we were the only people in the room. What a delight! I highly recommend this place to anyone in need of a tremendous dining experience.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/18/2006
The food and service were excellent. Even though the waiters would like to rush you, they did it so discretely, you can't even notice. The dessert--molten chocolate cake was absolutely diivine. The atmosphere was too dark but romantic.
Posted by Paul on 02/16/2006
I have been dissapointed too often by high priced Manhattan restaurants. I don't mind paying a lot if the food is memorable, but lately the food has not matched the premium prices. This was different. This meal was memorable! We had the tasting menu with wine. The food ranged from very good to great. The lobster, monkfish and Beef Wellington were exceptional. The wines were of high quality and perfectly paired with the food. I was surprised by the size of the pours--it was almost half a glass. With six wines it was more than enough. After 25 years of fine dining it is nice to be surprised. If you want a beautiful restaurant, with great food, wine and service, check this place out.
Posted by argghhh matey! on 01/28/2006
Went to OIBL last night for restaurant week. Very impressed, everyone said when we walked in that we were in a fancy living room. Everything about this place spoke classy in volumes from the piano player, fresh flowers on the table and helpful service. Food was pretty good, most people at the table had the Hake special which was prepared nicely with distinct lemon taste. I had the short ribs which were decent. The chocolate molten dessert was the show-stopper. Service is definitely better then we thought it would be based on other comments. Since it was restaurant week, we got out of there with credit card intact. Very romantic and worth a look for special occasions.
Posted by Anonymous on 01/20/2006
Wow. Fiance and I went the other evening. Service was phenomenal, the food was incredible, and overall experience was to die for. I had the gnocchi app, which was great. Gnocchi can sometimes be heavy, gooey, or dried out, but theirs was impeccable, and the flavor to die for. My sea scallops entree was awe- inspiring. Scallops have a tendency to be overdone- but mine were perfect. The dumplings that were served with them were incredible as well- great texture. Flavors were new and exciting (I would never have thought to add vanilla to shellfish). I had the lemon ricotta dessert, and while great, was certainly not up to the standards set by the appetizer and entree. The price fixed dinner is a great idea- only that was offered though. Complaints- bread was cold (like not room temperature, but refrigerated); also, a bit too dark when other tables candles are extinguished- up the lighting just a hair. Definitely makes for an exquisite, romantic night out.