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17 Barrow St., New York, NY, 10014
nr. Seventh Ave. South
By voodoochild on 9/24/2007
When dining in a romantic setting is the only recommendation. The menu isn't held back by minor glitches; it's flawed in concept and execution. And at $75 a piece, itÂ’s a major problem. The service is rushed, the waiters and runners appear at the table panting like dogs after a long chase. I was not informed of any special, received no description of the menu or the courses. This restaurant clearly lives on its image of romance and glitter. In a city where romantic dining has improved out of sight in recent years, One if by Land is a bleak spot on the culinary landscape.
Beautiful for couples!
By Amori on 5/17/2007
I went there with my boyfriend and couldn't have enjoyed myself more! The prix fixe dinner features an enormous variety of appetizers, main courses and delicious desserts! And the wait staff is attentive without being stuck-up. Definitely an experience and now that they are starting Sunday Brunch, we will try that as well!
More amazing than ever!
By terithecook on 1/8/2007
I had been to OIBL in the 80s, and for some reason didn't return for a long time. Now I wonder why I waited so long. The service, as always, is outstanding, the decor is romantic without being overly so, and the food is more delicious than most of the more expensive restauants in the city. The menu changes seasonally so you are never bored, and each season brings new delights -- but the best part was the desert. They are wonderful and inventive and there is something for everyone, even if you are not a desert person. I recommend it highly.
TO DIE FOR
By dmksmk on 12/7/2006
I have been going to this restaurant for many years. I love it. They make you feel like royalty. The food is by far outstanding. The waitstaff is remarkable. This is the place to go with someone very special. The bar is even fun for a couple of cocktails before or after you dine. The summers are wonderful with the open airy feel. The winter with falling snow is picture perfect. Would recommend this to all.
By hitmankds on 11/15/2006
I had heard so many good things about this restaurant that I decided to investiage on my own. The atomsphere was very conducive to romance with its live piano performance and fresh flower arrangements on every table. As soon as I was seated, the waiter lit up a long white candle. I ordered 2 glasses of wine and a tasting menu. The entire meal lasted for 3 hours. The food in general was little above average. I loved the service there as every dish was explained in detail. It's a great place to have a long, romantic evening. The entire meal cost close to $300 for two and I thought of other restaurants with better food arrangements. I did not like the seating at all; I could barely hear the piano playing in the background. Even though I told them that it was my wife's birthday, I was stuck in the corner of the restaurant. Other than that, it was a decent experience. I might try this restaurant again some years down the road.
By BarbaraP on 10/14/2005
My son and daughter-in-law took me here in May 2005 whilst I was visiting from England. It's one of their favourite places and they celebrate their anniversary here each year now. The service was excellent, the food divine, and the wine brilliant. We are going back when I visit at Christmas - my treat this time. I had such a lovely time and am looking forward to revisiting in December.
If you want the best beef wellington in the U.S....
By lillymargaret on 1/31/2004
this is the place. Even though it was Friday of restaurant week (meaning there was a very mixed crowd), the food and service were superb. Pianist wonderful, John the waiter THE BEST. $30.04 offering off the regular menu devine. Chocolate souffle..no words to describe how decadent! Wine list is a bit pricey, although we enjoyed a wonderful Barolo, should have a few more offerings a bit lower priced. Special occasion or not, GO and try to get a seat by the windows, magical last nite with snow & lights! We were not rushed as some other reviews mentioned...
So much buildup...
By hungryjacq on 8/9/2003
Great destination for special occasions. We even witnessed a marriage proposal (accepted!). If you're on the fence, go during the summer when dinner is only $30 before 7 PM. The regular prix fixe is $59 and the tasting menu is a relatively affordable $75. The selection for the summer prix fixe ($30) is pretty limited, but a great way to sample a place that was legendary for its special event magnetism. If I were to return, I would definitely go for the tasting menu...if I thought I could pace myself.
By CityPixie on 3/28/2003
Seems like everyone made OIBLTIBS a destination to celebrate a special occasion the night we visited recently. Given that, I was underwhelmed by the unaccomodating bar service (we were not allowed to transfer our bill to the table) and completely put off that we had to wait for a table for 40 minutes with a reservation for a very unremarkable table. Everything seemed routine here -- including the obligatory amuse bouche (we really didn't feel like it was "something special" the chef prepared for us). The main course almost arrived while we were eating our appetizers, and quite frankly, we felt rushed. This was not a holiday, this was not a Friday or a Saturday night, but I still felt like we were in a factory. Very disappointing indeed.
Quintessential NY Romance
By stephanieelise on 3/14/2003
There is no better dining experience. The charming setting is both intimate and grand, and the beef wellington and chocolate souffle are consistently outstanding. It could not possibly fail to impress your date.
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