Once upon a time, I was gallivanting through the West Village when I stumbled upon a big wooden door.  Being the ever curious girl that I am, I went ahead and entered said wooden door to see what kind of magic it held inside.  Magic was right. I entered a room that looked like it didn’t even belong in New York City.  It was old and quaint and had twinkling chandeliers dangling from its soaring ceilings.

I still didn’t know where I was until I asked the bartender. He informed me that I was at One If By Land Two If By Sea. I had heard of it, but had never gone.  It was supposed to be one of the most romantic restaurants in the city and now I could see why. I bid the bartender adieu and vowed that some day I would return to this magical place with my very own Prince Charming.

Flash forward seven months, and I returned to One If By Land Two If By Sea this past weekend for their Sunday Jazz Brunch.  I couldn’t imagine anything more “old” New York than listening to jazz over bellinis in such a beautiful place.  They have several delightful options on their brunch menu (served from 11:30am-2:00pm). I ordered the brioche French toast (with carmelized bananas, toasted pistachios, and creme anglaise) and my handsome companion ordered the leek and bacon quiche.  Both were delightful in two very different ways.  While his was hearty and savory, mine was like eating dessert for breakfast.  I must say that the combination of delicious food, great music, and overall ambience was exactly the way a Sunday should be spent.

One If By Land Two If By Sea

17 Barrow Street

New York, NY 10014


How does a curious girl get dressed for a magical brunch with her very own Prince Charming?  For a place like this, I would suggest elegantly casual with a touch of feminine romance.

Billabong October Beanie, $22

Madison Marcus Long Sleeve Lace Blouse, $238

J Brand 901 Low-Rise Skinny Velvet Jeans, $185

Black Rooster Vienne Bootie, $125

Juicy Couture Alice Plaid Coat, $448

Happily ever after…