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One if by Land, Two if by Sea

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(230 Reviews)

17 Barrow St, New York, NY 10014

(212) 255-8649

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Today: 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Tomorrow: 5:30 pm - 9:30 pm
46
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MyBoo

04/22/2012

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Overall
Tasty Tasty

Love the food and the romatic atmosphere. Excellent place !!

Ondnxtlvl

02/13/2012

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Overall
Please Leave....

The entire dinner was really nothing to write home about. It was a pre fixe menu (valentine's weekend) so I won't judge too harshly. It was all pretty much ruined however when the maitre de came over to my table and asked if I wouldn't mind having my after dinner drinks at the bar because there was a couple waiting to be seated. I told him I really wish he would have just asked the waiter at what point we were in our meal. He would've realized I had already asked for my check. Really unforgivable and embarassing considering I asked for the check the minute they cleared our desert plates. I didn't even order coffee. Way to ruin my 7 yr anniversary with my girlfriend. I won't over analyze their motives. Just a very unfortunate experience.

isiciliani

07/27/2011

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Overall
Great place for a special dinner

Been here many times before. I have been to the best places in NY and the worst. I try not to let reviewers sway me since you never know their motives. The place is overpriced but the food is great. Never been disappointed.
As to the last reviewer, The city gives out ratings on cleanliness not the quality of the food. How can you put health concious and foie gras in the same sentence?? How did the bass taste?? Pate never looks appetizing, but how was the taste?? Health concious?? Scary!

Comida

06/07/2011

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Overall
Amongst the worst meals ever

It is difficult to describe the effects of food on a person's palate. My wife and I approached this restaurant due to the promise of a romantic ambience and appropriate decor reflective of our dedication and love to each other.

The service was average and the waitress was not engaging in any manner. I cannot recommend the food as the foie gras appeared to be a slab of butter without texture or flavor. The striped bass was dropped in a plate that was shaped like a cymbal, which permitted clanging noise to occur when I reached into this dish to cut into the fish. The rabbit and pork pate was cut into cubes and was not very appetizing.

We are all health conscious and this restaurant does not deliver on proper food. Although it gets an A for food quality by the city of NY, I wonder how the restaurant was able to acquire this food rating.

The bar, piano, and lounge area are nice to sit and enjoy a cocktail. The Pouilly-Fuisse wine was good and the beauty of the dining experience ended there.

All in all, a bad establishment with too much publicity. The name is confusing, too. Sorry.

NYCTourist1

05/14/2011

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Overall
Outstanding

This is one of my favorite restaurants in the village. I first came here 15 years ago and instantly fell in love with it. The Beef Wellington is wonderful, but no matter the dish, it will be prepared to your satisfaction. The service is always personal and attentive. It's located in an old carriage house and the decor is beautiful. Very romantic.

merchant274205

02/28/2011

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Overall
The Disney World of romantic restaurants!

Awesome, took my wife recently ... we've been married awhile; this really helped rekindle things!

annieants

02/19/2011

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Overall
going back.....?

food is as good as i expected based on some reviews. services are better than food level. going back...? maybe...

sw72769

02/02/2011

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Overall
ROMANTIC?

Dined here during restaurant week in NYC. I was super excited because of all the good reviews...but what a disappointment. The restaurant was noisy, the food substandard and the prices outrageous. The only positive was the service is very good. Definately will not be returning.

JDoming

01/12/2011

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Overall
romantic

Great place for a romantic moment. The food is good but a little pricey. It's ok if you want to try a different ambience.

MynameisAugustWest

12/28/2010

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Overall
If you propose here...your a jackass

This is the kind of place that looks authentic through the window but when you get in you'll see that it resembles more of a 1970's basement refurbish ( with faux brickwork and sheetrock walls that were done over) than an intimate late 1700's eatery. Disneyland does a better job of recreating the era. The bartender was nice, but the waiter was an absentee drone who could care less if we were alive.
The food was decent but of course completely overpriced...unfortunately the service and ambience does not make up the difference. Paul Revere is turning in his grave

melanie p

09/16/2010

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Overall
pretty-romantic-overprised place

we came here for our anniversary, it was thanksgiving night, so we didn't expect we could get a table - but we actually did, and it was not a bad location at all - close to the summer garden and by the wall ( i hate to sit in the middle of the room) we were given a table in 3 min, the servers and the waiter were very friendly and attentive. The battery in camera died, so we asked if the waiter could help us out - and he took our pictures with his camera and e-mailed them to us later on - I was sooo impressed!

As to the food - we had a special thanksgiving course - everything was delicious, except for desert....pistachio ice cream and some kind of cake, which looked like it was baked 2 months ago.... that was a great disappointment...

overall, it was a nice experience, but a little bit pricey...

philippeb128

08/31/2010

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Overall
Best desserts in New York!!!

We were recently at One if By Land... and had a fantastic dinner. The dessert course was the absolute best. It was my date's birthday and they brought out extra desserts for us to sample. The gianduja mousse was ethereal, chocolaty, and not cloyingly sweet. The banana bread ice cream had phenomenal flavor. The almond milk panna cotta was a fascinating study in textures and flavors, pairing side by side strawberry soda, lychee sorbet, strawberry tapioca, and strawberries and lychees. This is the best dessert course to be found in Manhattan today. Thank you to the pastry chef!

St Sophia

03/11/2010

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Overall
Most Romantic

it is one of the most romantic places in NYC. The food is great and the wait staff is very knowledgeable. The desserts are amazing as well. It is worth going there just for desserts, the chocolate one is a MUST! It is home made and is unbelievably good ! If you want to impress someone, that is the place to go but be prepared to pay a lot.

Athena Chang

02/19/2010

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Overall
Top Romantic Restaurant

I came here with my boyfriend for Restaurant Week and was truly impressed. It has a great ambiance, excellent service and amazing food. The restaurant is dimly lit and has a piano player on site. It looks like an old castle inside with old oil paintings on the wall.

For all the food we got, I love every single dish from the tangerine salad, red snapper to my citrus creme brulee. They also gave us a sample cauliflower soup on the house and it was delish!

NBJ NYC

02/07/2010

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Overall
OMG! So romantic

I love this place! I first came here for a restaurant week deal. I felt this was the best deal out of the restaurant week special. The ambiance was great. the service was good. It was so romantic, I wish I was there with a boyfriend or husband. I want to always go back and try their pre-fixe menu for $78 per person.

nytk

08/05/2009

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Overall
dated food, fishy seafood, beautiful room

Went on a monday night and had the tasting menu. It's true, you shouldn't order fish on a monday (at least at One if by Land) first course; hamachi, fishy, slimy, overly salty and otherwise inedible. Next was a dorado, fishy, uninspired. So far off to a bad, if not nauseating start. Fois Gras, hard to mess this one up.. it was pleasant and as expected. Main course; beef wellington, probably the most popular dish here, it was all over the menu, it was adequate, if under-flavored. Dessert was a strawberry rhubarb concoction that was over-complicated, with such fresh seasonal ingredients, why try so hard? The dessert was the only part of the meal that I could describe as ""fresh"". The room is beautiful (think Sign of the Dove) but the food was mostly a disaster, service was acceptable. Not recommended.

swindler123

05/03/2009

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Overall
Thoroughly enjoyable dining experience

When my boyfriend and I stepped into this restaurant, we immediately felt transported into a different, romantic, old world era. What was previously a stable for horses has since been transformed into a most beautiful dining room complete with crackling fire place and baby grand piano. Amidst the tuxedoed servers, we felt like characters straight out of an F. Scott Fitzgerald novel.
The service was highly attentive without being intrusive. The food was truly unforgettable. Get the beef wellington, the buttery texture simply melts in your mouth. Desserts were divine as well. Really liked the sweet and salty combination of the Rocky Road Fondant. Though there was some lag between the appetizers and entrees, they more than made up for it by giving us a free bottle of wine as well as free appetizers, whilst we waited. Looking forward to my next visit there!

benlbr

03/18/2009

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Overall
great hidden find!

I had originally made a Saturday reservation for two for my wife's birthday. However, an emergency came up and we had to reschedule our dinner. The restaurant was very accomodating and was able to give us a reservation two days in advance. Although we arrived an hour early, they were able to seat us right away anyway! The decor is very lovely, and adds a classic appeal to its ambiance. We ordered scallops for our appetizer, and the duck and beef wellingtons for our entrees. The scallops and ducks were FANTASTIC! Although my beef wellington was a bit on the salty side. They remembered to put a birthday candle in my wife's dessert without my reminding them, which was a nice touch. Overall, it was a wonderful experience. I would definitely come back again!

ajk1

03/05/2009

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Overall
Romantic dining, great food

We went here for our engagement dinner, and it was perfect. The place was crowded (which I equate with good food), but it wasn't very loud. We were seated in the room that leads to the balcony, and the christmas lights were lit. That, the candles, and the flowers on the table, set the perfect romantic mood. The restaurant only offers prix fixe (at least when we went), and I don't remember exactly what we got, but it was very, very good. All in all, a perfect night and I would highly recommend this place to anyone.

villagefoodie3

03/03/2009

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Overall
No romance in the food

Romantic---yes. But so is Central Park on a perfect spring day. The difference is, you don't expect an edible meal in Central Park. Terribly disappointing.

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General Info
One if by Land, Two if by Sea is recognized as one of the New York s most romantic restaurants. The restaurant features American seasonal cuisine, fireplaces, candlelit tables, fresh flowers and live piano music. Its menu items include tart of wild mushroom, rack of Australian lamb, foie gras and braised duck terrine. The restaurant opened its doors in 1972. During the renovation process, workers uncovered four arched passageways in the building s basement that had been bricked-up long ago. Further excavation revealed that the passageways tunnel down Barrow Street to Hudson Street where the river s edge once met the city. Folklore suggests that these tunnels were used to smuggle contraband during The Revolutionary War and were once part of The Underground Railroad during America s Civil War.
Hours

Regular Hours

Extra Phones

Phone: (212) 228-0822

Fax: (212) 206-7855

TollFree: (800) 228-0823

TollFree: (800) 228-0822

Payment method
diners club, amex, discover, master card, visa, all major credit cards
Price Range
$$$$
Neighborhoods
Downtown Manhattan, West Village
AKA

I F Land LLC

I F Land

One If by The Land Two If by Sea

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Categories
Seafood Restaurants, American Restaurants, Fine Dining Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, French Restaurants, Night Clubs, Bars, Asian Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Dressy

Cuisines: Fine Dining, Asian, American, French, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, European, Seafood, Continental

Alcohol: Full Bar, Wine

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No

Price Range : Above Average

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