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Orsay Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.orsayrestaurant.com
  • Phone: (212) 517-6400 x0
  • Hours of Operation: Sunday Brunch: 11:00am - 3:30pm
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 11:30am - 3:00pm, Saturday: 11:30am - 3:30pm
    Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:30pm - 11:00pm, Sunday: 5:30pm - 10:30pm.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, Seafood, Prime Rib
  • Executive Chef: Antoine Camin
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Area, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We offer outside catering.
  • Private Party Facilities: Orsay has a secluded room for meetings & events. The room located on the second floor, can seat up to 70 guests. Designed with the same art nouveau private details as the restaurant, it is also equipped with integrated audio visual equipment for business meetings or to view that special anniversary video. Orsay also has a semi-private area on the 1st floor.
  • Private Party Contact: Melanie (212) 517-0015

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 75th Street and Lexington Avenue
  • Public Transit: 6 train to 77th Street, then walk south two blocks.
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: There is a garage on 75th street between Lexington and Park.
A word from Orsay
Designed by partner Jean Denoyer, Orsay strikes that difficult balance of sophisticated-chic in a warm convivial atmosphere. Dark mahogany raised paneled walls meet Art Nouveau styled arches in a deep, creamy butter color. The floor is a work of art, Italian mosaic tiles in warm tones of precious metals hand laid in a beautiful fan pattern that floats in waves across the expanse of floor. Banquettes with high wood backs topped with frosted glass panels provide privacy if wanted, and the low, soft lighting emanates from Art Nouveau period chandeliers that Denoyer had custom designed. A 20-foot long zinc-topped wood bar shipped in one piece from France, and French doors that spill onto the sidewalk terrace, completing the feeling that you are in the 9th arrondisement in Paris. This sophisticated and elegant Parisian-style brasserie marries modern French cuisine and classic brasserie fare. Orsay's award-winning wine list includes all 300 predominantly French and American varietals.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "Orsay is a neighborhood favorite of ours, in fact we met on a blind date there, and had our wedding lunch there. The management is welcoming and waiters congenial. Food has gone a bit downhill in the past few months. Maybe a new chef."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "At Orsay, you will be taken back to FRANCE. You will enjoy the food, wine, service, and décor what ever the time of day you arrive. Dining here is a MOST delightful experience."
    Dined on 8/22/2014
  • "The dinner service was wonderful and the ambience is very nice. The scallop dish could be a little more generous that four scallops."
    Dined on 8/19/2014
  • "We ate outdoors and it was lovely. The seating is on the avenue so it is fairly quiet a raised above the level of the side walk. The food is always good but they have raised their prices quite a bit... Very high for brasserie food!"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Had a lovely time for a birthday dinner. French classics were delicious"
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "We had booked for an early dinner, but got there even earlier than expected, and decided to sit at the bar for a drink beforehand. The Bar is a real beauty - made of nickel forged in France - and according to the Bar tender - just one of two such bars in NY). The whole restaurant has a totally authentic french bistro decor, and a charming ambience. We actually ate outside, and it was a really lovely sidewalk patio with flowers, and a great ambience of its own. It was restaurant week, and two of us ate off the restaurant week pre fix menu, and the other ordered al a carte from the main menu. The food was delicious, and we would definitely eat here again."
    Dined on 8/15/2014
  • "Though the food is good and the service adult...a warm afternoon or evening is the only time to go. While the tin ceiling and hardwood are reminiscent of Paris, the noise could only be NYC. The din is distracting from the atmosphere, in the extreme. Diners shout. Parisians keep their voices low. UPS woman clap their heels. Parisian woman glide. And so on. So eat on the terrace/porch, away from computer station, and enjoy yourself."
    Dined on 8/14/2014
  • "The welcome we received as we entered the restaurant always sets the tone for the remainder of the evening. Orsay never fails to make its diners feel welcome. The Pinot Grigio was one of the best I've ever tasted. I always start with the escargot, which have never but perfect. This evening, I had the Hanger Steak with a peppercorn sauce & frites, which was perpared extacly to my request. This restaurant never fails to deliver a positive, pleasant experience every time I dine here."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "Being that this was the restaurant week menu, we didn't expect the most expensive items to be included in the selection. However, a selection with somewhat more variety (or the ability to substitute a less expensive item from the regular menu for the appetizer) would have improved our dining experience. It seemed that almost every item offered (especially for appetizer) had at least one ingredient that I either do not like or am not allowed to eat (for medical reasons.) Server was charming, and very good about answering all our questions. Some awkwardness when maitre d' repeatedly bent over to attend to elderly patron seated next to us. (Issue of his derriere "in my face.") Tables were too close together for him to be doing that."
    Dined on 8/13/2014
  • "As a group of four, we finished our visit to the Met early and decided to walk as it was a nice summer evening. When I called on the way to bump up the reseravation by an hour, the hostess was very accomodating - even remembered my name when we arrived. We sat at an outside table (no wait - we were lucky). The specialty cocktails were somewhat pricey and disappointing - better to go with a classic (martini or kir royale). Service was attentive. Excellent, house-made sourdough bread. I had roast duck from the 3 course pre-fixe - very well prepared. The pre-fixe menu was limited, so my wife had the broiled scallops served with an excellent risotto, which comes to the table in a covered copper pot."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Dinner for two at Orsay on Friday night was wonderful. Despite the Restaurant Week menu, I opted for a sole special that was well worth the price. Best I have ever tasted. Bottle of wine was reasonable and acceptable. Profiteroles were terrific. Will definitely return to Orsay."
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "I was recommended by a friend. The French food was delicious as was the service. I would highly recommend and will be back again."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "We arrived and all looked perfect. Beautiful night, great table outside, nice view. Thats where it ended. We went here because it was restaurant week and we figured, why not try something new. The menu that was posted on "Open Table" was not the current one. The waiter told us it had changed 3 weeks ago and he guesses it wasn't changed yet. The meals we wanted were no longer available so we looked hard to find substitutes. Found something we really didn't want but said were here so make the best of it. The Onion soup was just ok. The food was bland and the Apple Kobbler was awful. The wait staff was excellent, the atmosphere was wonderful but the food was second class at best. I would not go back but I am glad I tried it anyway."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "A good french restaurant, good food and service. You can eat outside if the weather is clear enough."
    Dined on 8/7/2014
  • "Everything was perfect and the service was excellent!"
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "We had a lovely evening at Orsay. The food was of a very high standard and the service efficient and friendly."
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "We order salmon filet and duck leg comfit on the restaurant week menu it was great. The salmon was cold and come with a very refreshing sauce and cucumber salad:) Duck leg comfit was tender and tasty. dessert was good, we order apple tart and chocolate moose"
    Dined on 8/4/2014
  • "Lovely bistro setting, food was ok a little disappointed with the overall presentation of duck breast came with turnips....thats all....the restaurant week menu may be the cause for that. Service was impeccable and when we had the duck cooked a little more (it was rare....really rare) they served us a top up glass each (4) of our selected wine,,,,nice touch."
    Dined on 8/3/2014
  • "It is a little bit of Paris on the Upper East Side. The ambiance takes you immediately to a brasserie in Paris. The service is attentive, and the tables generously set apart so you can actually have a conversation with your dinner companion! The menu is not extensive, but the food is consistently excellent. It's a great place for dinner alone as well, when you want to treat yourself to a nice evening."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Service was good but food was on the salty side. Need to lighten up to bring out the freshness of the food."
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "Good and attentive service. Accommodated our seating request. Did not rush us out. Had a great time. Will come back for dinner as well."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "surprised find, good foods, lighter than i expected for french"
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "We tried different offerings on the Restaurant Week menu and all were quite delicious. Outside seating is less noisy - the beautiful tiled interior is not sound-absorbant. Service was excellent."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Nice elegant place. We left the dog outside, the captain and the hostess helped us kindly to find a nice table next to him and gave him water. Attentive service. Food not outstanding but good quality, generous portion for restaurant week. Thank you."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Management was very accommodating, the food and it's presentation was great and everyone was very happy. The waiter, however, was a bit rushed and spilled water in my nephews' lap."
    Dined on 7/29/2014
  • "Orsay never fails to please. Service is impeccable, particularly at the front desk. Steaks and pomme frites are top notch. Highly recommend."
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "Food was good and beautifully plated, staffs were friendly, but noisy"
    Dined on 7/25/2014
  • "The maitre d was very friendly, however wait staff lacked warm feel, and was rather abrupt. The food was very good, and prix-fix restaurant week was even better! The chocolate mousse was the best addition to an overall pleasant lunch."
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "I had already had lunch at Orsay several times. On this occasion, I invited a friend to lunch so that we could celebrate her special birthday. Everything was just perfect. Merci mille fois!"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Wonderful neighborhood longtime stalwart. Will not disappoint. Friendly staff with respectable affordable wine list."
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Service, ambience and portions were all gracious. I don't use the term generous for portions, makes you think of a Red Lobster. The food here was to perfection, portions were enough to leave you satisfied. Classic French cuisine. Service was attentive. Seating was a little of everything. You could be directly outdoors, by the large open doors or completely indoors. Atmosphere lively while still being able to hold a conversation across the table."
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "This was my second time dining at Orsay. The food was spectacular but the unfortunate part was the road construction right next to our table. Once that's complete, it will be wonderful. Definitely a great restaurant."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "Perfect lunch. Delicious, convenient, and excellent service. Well done..."
    Dined on 7/10/2014
  • "It's our first time dining there. The waitress was attentive and at first, it was quiet enough to have a conversation until after 7:30pm, it became too loud to hear each other. So, we decided to have coffee and dessert elsewhere. The food was well prepared. Tables were a tad close to each other. Very popular place!"
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "I have been here many times before, and while I have never thought the food was brilliant, the ambiance and the service brought me back. However, my most recent visit will definitely be the last. The food was mediocre, and our waiter kept forgetting to come back after we ordered! We gave up on the cookie plate with coffee because it never arrived after two requests! It is very obvious that the restaurant prefers to cater to the "in-crowd" and not to regular people who just want a good meal that is worth the very high prices."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "Especially in the warmer months when all of the doors are opened, if you squint--can pretend you are in Paris leisurely dining with friends. The warm welcome at the door along with consistent bistro food and competent service can always be depended upon for brunch, lunch or dinner. Your brunch omelette will be fluffy, your lunch salad nicoise perfectly seasoned and your dinner steak au poivre or a juicy half chicken will all be enhanced with a well priced bottle of wine."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "We've eaten here several times and the food has always been excellent. The menu is not too extensive, but certainly varied enough that anyone can find something to their liking. The escargot were fabulous and the giunea hen for two was delicious. We will definitely return."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "A family favorite in the neighborhood, with menu sophisticated enough for the grandparents and a great selection for kids. Perfect for a family dinner with accommodating if somewhat haphazard service. Heats up later in the evening with more action in the bar and couples/dinner parties."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "Met a client and our meal was wonderful and the service was very good. Only the two gentlemen in charge went to their repeat customers and chatted up a storm. We didn't rate I guess."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We had a very early reservation in order to be back by 8pm so perhaps the crowd is not indicative of the restaurant at 6 pm. The maitre'd and hostess greeted us as if we were regulars when it had been our 2nd time in 5 years. We got a table outside; waitress was professional. Overheard a mishap at another table where a skirt got snagged on a chair and the manager made amends right away. Husband got a glass of water spilled on him. It happens; no big deal, it's just water and at the end of the meal, manager apologized for not coming over sooner and comp'd a glass of dessert wine. Unnecessary but much appreciated as it says a lot about the service. Food excellent but rich. We'd be back again. Should add mussels to menu."
    Dined on 6/30/2014