One if by Land Two if by Sea, West Village, NYC


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Food: ☆☆☆

Service: ☆☆☆

Ambiance: ☆☆☆☆☆

Cost: $$$$

One if by Land, Two if by Sea, is one of the most romantic restaurants in New York City. Housed in Aaron Burr’s carriage house, this West Village beauty exudes elegance and true charm.

One if by Land was established in 1972. It serves classic and contemporary American and Continental cuisine. One is served by a bevy of tuxedo-clad waiters, who move you through your meal with distant efficiency. Replete with fresh flowers and candles on each table and a working fireplace and live piano music makes this the perfect spot to pop the question!

With all this magic in the air, one can almost overlook the how the food disappoints. There’s nothing exciting going on the plate here. Though there are attempts to infuse global flavors into the foods, there in no buzz being created in the cuisine served. The food is good but really boring!

Still, One if by Land, be my top pick to go to, if I wanted to impress someone or just spend an evening soaking up the ambiance. Oh – to be transported to that perfect space of enchantment, is in itself, worth its weight in gold.


Here is some of what we ate:


Celery Root Espuma


Cauliflower Veloute


Chestnut Tagliatelle with  Venison Ragout    


Hake, pine broth, shitake, egg



Braised Short Rib kombu dashi, Korean glaze, local radishes, sticky rice


Maple ice cream, with bacon infused chocolate sauce and caramel popcorn


Dulce de Leche Fondant with Coffee Ice Cream