Received gift certificate for One If By Land
I will be having dinner this coming Sunday at One If By Land, Two If By Sea and was looking for any tips re: the prix fixe menu. From previous discussions, I understand that this is decidedly unpopular as a Chow destination. But since my typical meal is at home, usually including beans, with the occasional chicken or seafood (one gets the idea here)--and most of all since this dinner is a lovely birthday gift from my little brother just out of college--I'm confident that I will enjoy the evening, come fair weather or beef Wellington.
Thanks in advance for any positive suggestions.
Don't worry -- you will have a nice evening. The dishes I have tried have all been good (if not always great). And since this is a gift from someone, the main problem with this place will not affect you -- namely, that it is overpirced.
One if By Land is priced in the range of restaurants that are in a higher league (especially from the point of view of food alone -- the value one places on the setting and space may be enough to tip the scales for some diners), and I think this is what accounts for the abundance of negative posts on this board. But don't let that mislead you. This place is not Tavern on the Green. The consensus on this board is much too severe.
One dish I can vouch for is the pork dish, which is still on the menu. It was very good. The other dish I had, which is not on the menu anymore, is a lobster gazpacho -- which was very tasty.
That is, indeed, a thoughtful gift from your brother -- though it would appear that he does not read this board. lol In any event, a new chef was recently hired, so maybe toum's less negative opinion than most Hounds' is a direct result of changes for the better in the quality of the cuisine.
Happy Birthday and Bon Appetit!