One if by Land, Two if by Sea
Food = bogey. Experience = par. Bathrooms = cold. Overall = par.
The place is very discreet from that outside and so romantic inside. Definitely a date spot to be wined and dined. The had the Valentine’s Day pre-fixe which was luscious.
This is a couples’ restaurant - easily the most romantic ambience of any restaurant in NYC! The food is perfectly proportioned and timed to spend the night enjoying the setting, the history and atmosphere. Still dreaming about the Burrata and Gnocchi not to forget the Beef Wellington! Fantastic Service too!
We got here and got sat down right away. The food was good overall but we weren’t impressed with the dessert. The beef Wellington and rack of lamb was amazing. Our server was tentative and engaged.
Fantastic for a night out. I highly recommend the Beef Wellington.
Went for valentine's day. Ambiance is very romantic, with a chandelier overhead, a live piano player, dim lighting and roses placed at each table. Waiters are very attentive. Appetizers were very good, but it was the entrees that were exceptional (we had the beef wellington and the lamb, and both were fantastic). That being said, it is too expensive.
We shall remember this night as our top 5 of our life.
We like to Thanks Marie for her gracious concerns
making sure our experience was outstanding.
The american rack of lamb the best ever had.
We coming back soon. Thank you.
Excellent night, great service, the most incredible beef Wellington in the world! Robert was our waiter and was spot on all night!
Not sure if we hit it on a tourist night or if the restaurant is past it’s prime, but the service felt accelerated and perfunctory. For example when food was delivered they didn’t know which side of table to present it. For a fixed menu of $160 plus gratuity you’d expect pretty flawless, refined service.
Really wonderful food. Go
We love One if By Land! We are always treated like royalty by the beautiful and gracious Maria and always have a delicious and extraordinary evening!!
V-day. Menu was average and expensive. Expected better given reputation
Our second time at “One if by Land...” and this time for Valentine’s Day, could not have been nicer! We began our evening arriving early to enjoy a drink at the cozy foyer in front of one of the two fireplaces with nice soft live piano playing. We enjoyed very good bartender service while near the bar. Then on to our dinner in the romantic dining room with our excellent waitress “Orchid”, who made us feel relaxed and unushed. The 6 course meal was delicious and we will definitely be dining here again and again. This is one special place, a hidden gem.
There was only one menu offered, which was peculiar and while the head waiter told us to take our time he hovered and kept asking if we had any questions. This was a 7pm reservation and we were all-in spending $700 on dinner for 2 so it was strange for us to have this experience. It’s a lovely restaurant and probably it was just an off evening.
Made a reservation but got placed facing the serving station on the upper floor. Food was great, not surprising, but well executed...would have been better if we were on the ground floor near the bar and the piano...underneath the chandeliers..!
Romantic setup. Exquisite food. Amazing service. A must go in NYC. And probably the best Beef Wellington you will eat... :-)
On their site they have few menus but I got there it was only v day menue. They didn't give any other options. It was $165 plus tax per person. It would have been nicer if the waiter asked and told us about other menus, if they had them. The initial waiter was rude but everyone else was nice and respectful. Wish we had the other waiter, especially the female one, seems like she was Europen. She was very nice...
Poor food / rushed service/ set menu was the only option /no other choice
Very romantic and the beef wellington was very good. They even brought out 3 desserts just because we couldnt decide between 2 of them. Really great place!
The food was ok, ok doesn't cut it for the price point.
Took my partner here for his birthday. I gave the restaurant a small notice via Open Table about the occasion and they did an amazing job to make the night special. They seated us at a great table and at the end, brought out a plate of delicious French macaroons and other small cookies with a candle and “Happy Birthday” written in chocolate. Food was amazing and service was exceptional!
We blew in--literally--on a cold and windy night and were warmly welcomed. It was my birthday and every effort was made to make it special. The service was excellent and attentive. We had planned to order the 7 course tasting menu, but found that the menu was changed to the Valentine's Week 4 course option. But the food was well prepared and delicious and I was happy that it was not rushed. My glass of Cabernet was a very generous pour and my pre-dinner cocktail was quite good. I appreciate that the tables are spaced well apart and that the candles and table flowers added to the romantic atmosphere. Although not on a culinary par with some other high-end restaurants (Le Bernardin, Aureole) we felt we got a great meal for the price.
Great experience. But I requested for two glasses of wine to be served to our table upon arrival and there wasn’t any when we arrived. This was a bit surprising given that I literally called the hostess on the phone an hour before to make the request so no one would forget. Again food was amazing but a greater attention to those smaller, personal gestures will elevate your current experience.
Not worth the price by a mile! They get you by having a Prix fixed menu where you are forced to order each person an app, entree and dessert. Totaling a very expensive dinner and the food is not even close to that price by a long shot. Won’t be returning and don’t recommend it! Very disappointing.
Maria and her team is always wonderful. We got engaged there four years ago and return frequently for America’s most romantic restaurant! Josh and Lisa
The food is just so so. They charge way too much. We regret spending $280 on a three-course prix fixe for two people. I don’t recommend this restaurant to anyone.
The best birthday dinner I’ve ever had. Great atmosphere, food, and service.
This was far and away the best restaurant I have ever been to. Great ambiance, excellent food, outstanding service. If you are looking to spend that special night with your special whoever, One if by Land, Two if by Sea fits the bill. My wife and I had quite an anniversary dinner experience for sure.
While this has always been one of my favorite restaurants in the city we were very disappointed. We had checked their online menu the day before. It said Prix fixed 3 course meal $79 and 5 course meal $109. When we received the menu, the price was 3 course for $108. When we addressed this with our waiter and then he told the manager, we were told they hadn’t updated their website. Such a poor response from a high end restaurant in the year of technology. It was my actual 60 th would have been much nicer if they apologized and honored it. They actually did adjust their website the next day! Just poor customer service. Such a shame!
The restaurant was beautiful but our server didn’t seem to know much about the food or wine.
Our reservation was later in the evening so it wasn’t too busy which wouldn’t make for an excuse on being unavailable.
Our server was nice just didn’t know anything about the options for dinner. Was tough to decide between the many options when your service doesn’t know what is on the menu.
When the food did come out, presentation was nothing special and the portions were enormous.
Upon leaving the host gave us the wrong jackets despite giving the correct card for coat check. Not exactly settling.
Needless to say, a romantic environment. The staff was friendly just without education for the job.
Great dining experience! Could not ask for anything to be better. Glass of wine sitting by the fireplace before dinner set the mood for a wonderful dinner overlooking a snow covered beautiful yard complete with statuary and white twinkling lights. Highly recommend for a dinner with people in your life that you love.
We went for our anniversary since it is known as one of the most romantic spots in NYC. Ambience was great, we were given a corner table with courtyard view and a special mini dessert.
We did the three course deal for both: portions were fine. My scallops were great, wife’s lamb was over cooked. Cocktails were good and the service was great. Overall, great experience but not sure it was worth the $.
I was a little disappointed they didn’t
Very nice. Excellent service and great decoration.
Food was very good including the Beef Wellington which was a delicious as always. Deserts were on the mark. Having read prior reviews we were initially told to consider dining in the “upstairs fireplace room” which is nice but not quite the same as being in the main dining room.
Great atmosphere and location, but the food did not match up.
Mixed reviews had me nervous about a reservation here. Restaurant had been recommended by hotel owner. I was not disappointed. Amazing experience. Would definitely recommend and will hopefully go back sometime. There was one child in the restaurant and she definitely needed to be called Dow, fortunately her party left shortly after we arrived. I would definitely not take a child to this restaurant.
One if by Land, Two if by Sea truly lived up to its reputation. The service is impeccable, and the atmosphere is intimate and cozy with a great historic vibe (without being stuffy), but the food is by far the star—and well worth its price. We had the beef Wellington, and it was butter soft and so flavorful. Do try the Horse & Carriage martini, with horseradish root, Tito's, olive brine and bleu cheese olives. Amazing. It was our anniversary, and they brought out a plate of macarons with "Happy Anniversary" written on it in chocolate with our desserts, which was such a sweet touch. I'll be dreaming about this night and meal until our next anniversary!
You need to manage your expectations and your experience at this restaurant yourself, as they will not do it for you.
We arrived early to have a drink at the bar but the hostess said she would seat us. She led us past the live piano player, past the main restaurant and up the stairs to what looked like their overflow room. Cheap chairs, bland decor, and even the flowers on the table were second rate compared to the ones in the dining room below.
It was essentially like being walked past first class on a plane and being seated in economy but still paying first class prices. If you are going for the 'romantic' experience call ahead and make sure you are sat in the main dining room.
If you are going for a fine dining experience, forget it. They don't have a sommelier, nor is the service up to fine dining standards - or perhaps this was also a result of ending up in 'overflow seating. The hostess barely spoke to us, as she chewed her gum, lighting the candle on the table, and they couldn't even be bothered to print out new menus, just pointing out to us that one of the dishes we chose was now done differently.
The food was fine and the old carriage house is very pretty but this restaurant is definitely a go to destination for the 'romantic experience' as they advertise on their webaite, which unfortunately they don't live up to.
Beautiful experience. Great menu (get the beef wellington if you haven't had it already) - be aware it's a prix fixe menu. Excellent service. Loved it.