Saturday, March 21, 2009

One If By Land, Two If By Sea

Last night, I had dinner with my best friend, Doctor Nut. We always like to go to our stand by, One if by Land, Two if by Sea. It's been our place to go since the last chef was there, Craig Hopson. But now he's left to work at Le Cirque and they've promoted the sous chef, Sam Freund. We got to meet him at the end of the night. He's sweet! Anyhow, we know this place is a romantic restaurant but we like the atmosphere. We always eat at the bar where there's a separate menu and where the bartenders (Mike, Venicia, Caroline) take great care of us. Plus, we can enjoy the piano player doing his thing at the front of the house. This time around, they didn't have the bar menu. They were doing the extended restaurant week menu ($35 for a 3 course meal). We dove in and split the dishes.
Guava Curry Margarita
Some bread to snack on Amuse bouche: Pureed Pear with Smoked Paprika Appetizers: Mushroom Soup with Creme Fraiche And Saffron Orzo with Duck Confit Entrees: Grilled Bavette Steak And Roasted Pork Leg Desserts: Key Lime Cheesecake And Rocky Road Fondant And Espresso Tasting And to end: Petit Fours
Everything was delicious. The Margarita was really nice. They were testing new flavors for the spring. The curry was very subtle so it didn't overpower the guava. The appetizers were good. My friend's saffron orzo was al dente and flavorful. But I liked my mushroom soup better. It was hearty and warm. The creme fraiche added a delicate richness. However, the entrees were the best. My steak was cooked medium rare. It was very tender and juicy. It came with some onions and mushroom and some whipped potatoes. But the steak was definitely the star of the dish. Even better was my friend's pork leg. It was nice and tender and juicy. A lot of times pork can come out dry. But it was great. The seasonal vegetables added a nice balance to the dish. Next up, desserts. I had the key lime cheesecake. It was great because it was surprisingly light for a cheesecake. I loved the lime flavor. The chocolate dessert was just okay. The cake was a little dense and wasn't very chocolate-y. It was better when you combined the maple ice cream with the cake. Oh and that's beer foam on the side. I wouldn't miss it if they left it off the plate. And we got an espresso tasting dessert to share. I really liked the creme brulee/pot de cream in the middle. It was delicious. It also had a espresso cannoli type dessert. It was alright. Definitely had better cannoli's in Little Italy. And now the petit fours. It was banana muffin, pomegranate gelee, butter cookie, and peanut brittle with sour cherries. The last was the best one. The sour cherries adding some acidity to cut through the sweetness of the brittle. At the end of he night, we got to meet the new chef, Sam. We thanked him for the delicious dinner. And reminded him that we would definitely come again...especially since it's been our go to place for so long.


One if by Land, Two if by Sea
17 Barrow Street
New York, NY 10014
(212) 255-8649
www.oneifbyland.com

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