One if by Land, Two if by Sea

I have lived in New York for the past 13 or so years and in this time, I've amassed quite a list of restaurants that I like to refer to as "Quintessential Old New York" places. Each of these places at some point was nothing but a mention in passing by a friend or colleague, but has become so elegantly intertwined into why I think New York is such a magical place.

Lucky me was enjoying some cookie decorating at a holiday party last month and found myself talking to the owner of one of these fabled places, One if by Land, Two if by Sea.

From the glowing fireplaces, resident pianist and lush flowers abound, One if by Land was once the carriage house of Aaron Burr and has become quite a popular place for engagements and intimate weddings.

photo by Shanna Ravindra from New York Magazine

If we were planning an event here, we'd recommend you close the restaurant so that you have complete access to using the entire space. When using all three dining rooms, the space can fit about 130 guests or 100 with the use of just the main dining room. There's also a lush backyard garden - perfect for newlywed portraits!

photos © Dave Cross Photography Inc. Packages include a cocktail and hor d'oeuvre reception, 3-course dinner, floral arrangements at each table and a live pianist. Carpet in the main dining room covers a dance floor and the also has a sound system, should you want to pipe in live or recorded music throughout.

photos © Photo Pink

If your in search for an intimate and stress-free venue that exudes that old New York, One if by Land, Two if by Sea should definitely be on your list of spaces to consider. I adore their food (you must try the Beef Wellington) and really think that adding key personal details, any wedding there can be spectacular.

For more information, contact the general manager, Rosanne Martino.

Posted on January 6, 2010 and filed under Decor, Entertaining, IG Recommends, Old New York.