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“Excellent Food and Service! Romantic, Tranquil Setting! Jazz Brunch!” 5 of 5 stars
Review of One if by Land, Two if by Sea

One if by Land, Two if by Sea
17 Barrow St, New York City, NY 10014-3823 (Manhattan)
212-228-0822
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Ranked #1,174 of 11,751 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $41 - $80
Cuisines: American, French, Seafood, Contemporary
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Good for: Romance, Special occasions
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Fine Dining
Neighborhood: Manhattan
Cross street: b/w 7th Ave. and West 4th
Transit: 1 at Christopher Street/Sheridan Square. A, B, C, D, E, F, M at West 4th. See our website for detailed directions.
Connecticut
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175 reviews 175 reviews
131 restaurant reviews
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72 helpful votes 72 helpful votes
“Excellent Food and Service! Romantic, Tranquil Setting! Jazz Brunch!”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 12, 2014

We were here again for the Mother's Day Jazz Brunch at one pm. This is one of our favorite restaurants of all.

One of our party started with the Coupe d'Amour (vodka, blood orange, passionfruit, hibiscus, sparkling wine, candied hibiscus for $13). Yes that is pricey but not out of line for Manhattan and it was a wonderful drink, sweet and intriguing.

One of our party had the French toast, four thick pieces prepared just right and delicious. The other three all had the eggs arcadia (poached eggs, ginger-citrus hollandaise, house made buttermilk biscuits, lobster cakes). These were just grand, the lobster cakes and buttermilk biscuits are a base for the eggs. The table split the pretzel bread (asiago cheese topping!), the applewood bacon and the sausages. We love bacon and this was among the best we have, greasy and salty as bacon should be. The sausages were good but heavier in texture and content than I like - if you are looking for sage and classic American sausages these are not them. We had no room for dessert so it was coffee and cappuccino both were excellent. The tab for four for all this was 133 not including tip.

The service was, as always, excellent, attentive and unobtrusive. We stayed and talked for at least forty-five minutes after we were done and two of our party remarked on how peaceful it was and how they did not hover over you hoping you would leave and they could seat another group at the table as happens at some restaurants.

We have been here for family celebrations over the years and it is a wonderful place, truly. I think that 'ambiance' is overused these days but I must say that, in addition to the food and service, it is one of the main attractions of this restaurant. The staff is always cheerful and helpful, the decor is quietly elegant and at dinner it is quite tranquil, nay, romantic. About every other time we have been here for dinner there has been a marriage proposal at one of the tables, it is just that sort of restaurant.

The only caveat is that one should check a map before coming here if it is your first time and you are not familiar with the Village since it is on a side street. Sometimes cab drivers are unfamiliar with the address.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 5 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Sydney, Australia
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26 reviews 26 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
“Drinks only”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

We were recommended this by a friend and has a lovely NY feel, a pianist playing we sat at the bar and Jason our bartender was great, we had cocktails from the menu. However I wanted something more vodka or gin based which he made an amazing creative cocktail. I hear the food is amazing however you need to book ahead for the degustation menu.

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
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Glasgow, United Kingdom
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13 reviews 13 reviews
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Reviews in 9 cities Reviews in 9 cities
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
“Disappointed”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Went here for our 25th wedding anniversary was disappointed. The service was not great felt the waitress thought it was just a hassle to serve us. Food was ok just disappointed with whole night no mention that it was our anniversary even though they knew. Went to river cafe in Brooklyn for our 20th anniversary it was wonderful from start to finish and would have went back there in a heart beat but was still closed due to hurricane sandy

  • Visited November 2013
    • 3 of 5 stars Value
    • 1 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 2 of 5 stars Service
    • 3 of 5 stars Food
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London, United Kingdom
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“Beautiful Romantic Tranquillity”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 6, 2014

Our last night in the beautiful city of New York was finalised just perfectly at this restaurant. Stunning surroundings, exquisite food and fine wine topped our trip off nicely. A romantic haven on the edge of a bustling New York City. The pork belly was out of this world and closely followed by the rabbit and scallops. Main courses were just as delicious including the beef wellington(well worth the supplement). The staff were very charming and could not do more to help you. Peering out into the courtyard, the enchanted secret garden atmosphere makes this the perfect place for a romantic proposal. I certainly would have said yes!

  • Visited May 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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Santa Fe, New Mexico
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75 helpful votes 75 helpful votes
“A place you will always return to”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2014

We haven't been back to this Restaurant since we moved away from New York, but a even numbered (Oh horror!) birthday called for a visit. In my humble view one of those really romantic places with really great food. I had the fried oysters (Fab !) and the (must-be) Filet Wellington. All to die for ! The decor and the ambiance is nice old fashioned. When I read reviews about "overpriced" I would recommend that the reviewer look at some of the Sushi places near Columbus Circle that range in the 500's - Per person.

  • Visited April 2014
    • 4 of 5 stars Value
    • 5 of 5 stars Atmosphere
    • 5 of 5 stars Service
    • 5 of 5 stars Food
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