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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.

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Phone: (212) 228-0822

TollFree: (800) 228-0822

TollFree: (800) 228-0823

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amex, discover, master card, visa, all major credit cards, diners club
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Downtown Manhattan, West Village

One If By The Land Two If By Sea

I F Land LLC

I F Land

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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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Provided by Citysearch - 
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!



Provided by Citysearch - 
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.



Provided by Citysearch - 
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


Provided by Citysearch - 
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...

Athena Chang


Provided by Citysearch - 
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!



Provided by Citysearch - 
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!



Provided by Citysearch - 
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.



Provided by Citysearch - 
overall dining

I used to dream about going to One if by Land, Two if by Sea and then, when I finally did get to go , I understood that some dreams can come true. A subdued atmosphere doesn't take away from the excellent service, presentation and overall dining experience at what is surely one of New York's top five restaurants.



Provided by Citysearch - 
Very nice

Its a great resturant. Dim lights, very romantic. Food was excellent, very fresh. Waiter was very knowledgable and attentive, but not overbearing. The place was hidden, hard to find, almost secluded. Didnt even look like a resturant from the front. Resturant staff = excellent. Overall experience = excellent
I went there for resturant week. I been to other places for resturant week and quite frankly the service sucked. i dont know if it was because we was there for resturanrt week and not the regular menu. But here, I was treated like royalty. Just go. Dont bother reading about other reviews.. with some guy complaining about his drink tasting like kiwi.. lol.



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Terrible drinks

Ok- I like gin... I like Kiwi...Not necessarily a taste explosion when paired together! It actually looks like lizard puke...the smell, not too far off?!? How exactly does their cocktail list go with the romantic-upscale food! I love the food! I would love a great drink to go with it!?!
Never again!
Decent wine selection-but it could be updated and the waiter didn't really know the wine list? I had to go with what I knew. This place always impresses my dates, and it always works...but I just wish they had something better to drink.
I will come back for the food!
Service needs improvement-especailly regarding the ""cocktail list""-YUCK

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