by Rolande Toohey on
We ate here for my birthday when it was previously called Buddha Bar. We came before the dinner crowd came so the grand space felt like an intimate setting which was perfect for our date. Service was great. Pricey food (though the sushi was fresh!) and drinks were average. Decor is beautiful and chic which may or may not make up for the other inconsistencies.
by Jessica R. on
To begin, my review will be a bit skewed since I went with my coworkers, and we didn't have to spend a dime! With that... I had a blast! This really puts 300 (Chelsea Piers Lanes) to shame! I never thought I'd go to a bowling alley nicer than 300, but this was definitely it. I felt like I was at a club! Every lane has a giant screen playing music videos, with comfortable couches and waiter service for your food and drinks. There are a couple of pool tables, and then there's a whole bar area. That's really the big difference between Lucky Strike and 300. The bar area is huge, it's really like a lounge in its own right. 300's lounge area is quite small. If you're a competitive bowler, and your going just to bowl, I'm sure you will find this place pretentious and extremely overpriced. I'm not really a bowler, I'm more of a "let's get drunk with friends, dance on top of tables and go crazy while bowling" person, so this definitely hit my spot. Even though I didn't pay, it is very pricey, but you really couldn't expect it to be cheap seeing the layout. Yes there is a dress code, but again this is a more high-end venue, so I understand why they expect more from you. If you're looking for a low-key night, this really isn't for you. If you want to get drunk, dance, be silly and price isn't really a problem, then you will love this place.
by Tegan Marlborough on
I try to judge a place on the positives. This place is cool, the atmosphere is great, the wine list is very user friendly and offers some great values. It goes down hill from here. We sent back our mussels as they were extremely fishy and probably past their freshness date. Other appetizers we tried were blah at best including a poached pear with bleu cheese and candied almonds. Strangely the pair was served warm. 45 minutes later we were served our entrees. I had the braised lamb shank that could have used about 30 more minutes in the pot as it was tough and flavorless. Another picky point but part of the art of cooking lamb is to remove the silver skin fat layer before cooking. Instead it was left on and this stringy and tough layer had to be disected by me at the table. My companions had the hanger steak and fries. The mound of fries was cold, and the few scattered under cooked steak pieces were so pathetic looking on top them. I keep going back to One and to its sister restaurant Two as many of my friends plan birthday celebrations and other occasions there. I am utterly dissapointed each and every time. I want to like these places, I really do--but they need to tighten up the menu preparations, service, and overall experience for their guests. I mus tbe crazy, because this place is busy every night. I suspect much of the restaurant's short comings is due to the high volume they do, but other busy restaurants around town seem to handle it.