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One If by Land, Two If by Sea

17 Barrow St., New York, NY, 10014
nr. Seventh Ave. South
212-255-8649

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8
Food: 8
Service: 8
Décor: 9
"Recommended"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

76% would go back.

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Engagement Dinner

By michaelecloke on 11/24/2010

  • Overall Rating: 7
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

I am writing this review several months after visiting (as just stumbled across this and thought I would throw in my 2 pence) - My girlfriend and I live in London and visited New York for 5 days some months ago. I proposed to my girlfriend (she said yes) and we went to One if by land... All the good things - fantastic entrance, Lounge Piano, amazing staff, beautiful decor and very romantic feel - we had a brilliant night! Unfortunately the food was pretty poor with the signature dish (Beef Wellington) terrible. If you’re looking for a sense of occasion with a loved one then go for it, if you’re looking for great food try somewhere else, and probably for cheaper.

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85 out of 169 people found this review helpful.

No need to bother with dress code

By mandyreno on 3/22/2010

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

My boyfriend and I went for dinner Friday night. Everything was really great – food was delicious (although not enough), service and ambiance were incredible. My only issue is the website said there is a dress code and the table to our right a guy had on a track suit and wife beater and the table to our left a chick had on a very tacky sequined bra with see-through shirt. Normally I could care less but I bought my b/f new pants and button-down shirt to go since he only owns jeans and t-shirts.

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130 out of 236 people found this review helpful.

Supurb, Once again.

By jayscopes1 on 12/20/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

This is truely one of the most romantic spots in NY. My wife and I celebrate many special occassions, as well as just stopping by for a drink at the bar to enjoy the ambiance. We have been dining here for the last 7 years and ,except during a hiatas when they changed Chefs in 2008, we still love it. The new Chef is marelous and One if by Land elevates to the top of the list agin. Although coming all the way from California to sample the menu is not as often as it used to be, this restuarant is worth the flight.

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102 out of 216 people found this review helpful.

slow, old, boring

By bnsracing on 11/16/2009

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 6
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 8
  • No, I would not go back!

1) Three hours for three courses is too long. 2) The clientele was mostly old people, or young people trying to act old. 3) The food was boring. Brief glimpses of inspiration, but largely flat. A girl seated adjacent to us actually fell asleep. I'm not even joking. By the end of our meal, we were struggling, too.

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121 out of 232 people found this review helpful.

Overall fantastic but what's the deal with the wine?

By tampagal on 9/27/2009

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 6
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

It doesn't get any more romantic than this restaurant. Service was very slow. The food was excellent...perfect. almost everything tasted great. they need to do a couple things like invest in heating the plates so that patrons' food doesn't get cold so quickly after serving, and buy better wine. Surprised with all the gaffes for Michelin restaurant but I'd still probably go back.

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133 out of 265 people found this review helpful.

A New Level of Dissapointment

By stl on 9/3/2009

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 4
  • No, I would not go back!

Being a 12 yr Manhattan resident, I've grown to accept the highs and lows of eating out several times a week but my first visit to this so-called "classic" made me feel embarrassed that it exists in my town. 1) Waiter knowingly tried to switch my wine order from $65 pinot noir to $86 Etude. How do I know? His reply was "but this one is also dry". 2) Five of the six mains came out bone cold, after a 30-40 min wait after starters. This issue was politely raised and NOTHING was done to compensate 3) Service was slow and inattentive. Waiter chatted with older 2-top behind us for 5 mins at a pop several times. 4) Atmosphere is dated and almost gaudy - not rustic and classy as I expected. 5) All starter courses were tiny, e.g. buffalo a la plancha = Four 1/2" strips of buffalo jerky. We laughed outloud when it came out. For the prices they are charging, you have SO many better choices in town.

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127 out of 251 people found this review helpful.

Always great

By foodielover on 8/2/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

It's romantic, the food is great, the service is attentive, and the ambiance is amazing. Not only is the restaurant beautiful, but it also boasts a ghost! What could be more fun? I love this place, and I like it more every time that I return. By the ways, the desserts here are fantastic!

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105 out of 207 people found this review helpful.

wedding day

By nycpammie on 7/13/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

I was fortunate enough to live around the corner for 2 years and we ended every Friday and Saturday night at the bar enjoying the piano and atmosphere. We also dined there on many occasions and always had a memorable experience. What better place to have our wedding!!! It was a great time had by all of our guests! The staff went out of their way to make everyone feel special. Sam the chef did a superb job! We recommend all to consider this when planning any special occasion

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101 out of 214 people found this review helpful.

Great Food Terrible Wait

By csugden on 2/23/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

I am a continuing patron of this wonderful restaurant and I must say that the food has never disappointed me. Some if not all of the waiters are excellent. They make you feel like royalty. However, the past few times I have dined there I have seen the waiting time increase from 15 to 40 minutes for a table for two. Given that you have to reserve far in advance to get an early dinner on the weekend, my 40 minute wait for a table did leave some distaste for the entire reservation process. Their acknowledgement of the wait was noted, along with a larger table and a gift certificate for next time. I guess they are due one more chance...

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107 out of 226 people found this review helpful.

Disappointing...

By whiskerpudding on 6/27/2008

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • No, I would not go back!

Listed as one of the most romantic restaurants by Zagat's, we were initially very impressed by the ambiance and decor. Our server was delightful as well. The food, however, left much to be desired. Our meals were bland and unremarkable. To his credit, our waiter brought another dish for me, though I was not too impressed with that one either. We left without ordering dessert, and regret having made a bad choice for our romantic evening out. Afterwards, we stopped at Pinkberry and were happy to at least consume something that tasted good that night!

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124 out of 235 people found this review helpful.

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