Excellent restaurant. Expensive
Excellent restaurant. Expensive but great for special occasion
7/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Very nice atmosphere a true French Brasserie. Friendly waiters good food but great deserts. Recommend the chocolate mousse and the crepes suzzettes.
7/24/2013 12:00:00 AM
Our local on the Upper East Side
We live around the corner on East 74th and we often come to Orsay for reliably good casual French cuisine and fine service. It is always full so you feel like you are in a "happening" place with lots of energy (and neighborhood celebrities) but there is no longer any pretentiousness and you feel appreciated.
7/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Terrific restaurant, great
Terrific restaurant, great food, great service. Beautiful surroundings. A wee bit expensive.
7/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Good food but nothing That
Good food but nothing That I would brag about, but i dont love all French. Service was excellent & the location and ambiance were nice. It was pricey for what is was but given the clientele & location it's expected.
7/31/2013 12:00:00 AM
Am I in Paris?
Loved the parisan feel fixe prix lunch was great value without sacrficing quality of food!
8/1/2013 12:00:00 AM
A good French restaurant in a great building. Nothing too fancy, just a good, anytime meal.
8/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
France in the UES
A salon comparable to any of the best restaurants of France, Orsay is a pure delight. The staff is proudly professional, not disparate individuals waiting for their Broadway break, and works seamlessly to provide a dining experience, not just a meal. The meal was a party in my mouth. Go - Enjoy!
8/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
We wanted a nice spot with good food for a leisurely meal. Aces on all counts. We hoped for outdoor seating ( looked charming and quiet ) but were dissuaded because of intersection jackhammers due to start up and instead given a lovely corner banquette table where we could sit side by side for easy conversation. Our lunch, the Restaurant Week offering, was delicious: the stars were the heavenly, gorgeous cold green pea mint soup and the delightfully old fashioned, decadent Floating Island dessert which I think was a star in the Katherine Hepburn movie Desk Set. The coffee was also excellent
8/6/2013 12:00:00 AM
Liked the restaurant. he menu was very good for restaurant week and the chicken liver salad was delicious.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
the fine food is complemented by rare and delightful art nouveau decor.
8/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
This was by far the best food I had during Restaurant Week. Everything about it was perfect.
8/10/2013 5:00:00 PM
Great food , wonderfull service.
Great food , wonderfull service. will definitely go back
8/13/2013 12:00:00 AM
We were approached countless times by the numerous hosts as to our meal. We were made to feel special. It was a friendly experience.
8/14/2013 12:00:00 AM
A True Gem
We had a wonderful time at Orsay. The food, service and atmosphere can't be beat.
We will be back.
8/15/2013 5:00:00 PM
It is always a lovely evening
It is always a lovely evening here. We all had the cold poached salmon which was delicious. The only issue is the tables are way too close and it is so noisy inside that we found ourselves yelling to hear. I forgot about that and quickly realized it is not a great place for quiet conversation.
8/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
We loved our time at Orsay. The staff was incredibly accommodating and helpful. The food was superb. The steak frites were amazing. Please try their bearnaise sauce it was literally the best I've ever had. We will definitely return.
8/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Second time in 2 weeks, love it more now, the food is original French food and the attention to detail is A+. Great all over...
8/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Food and services were excellent. We ate outside and it was lovely. We will be back.
8/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
Always a great meal
The food is always consistently really good. The vol au vent was amazing- great comfort food. Wines are nicely priced with the carafe a great value.
8/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
All neighborhoods should have
All neighborhoods should have a restaurant like this that's constantly serving good food with good service in such welcoming surroundings.
8/27/2013 12:00:00 AM
They get everything right.
We've dined several times at Orsay now, and it's achieving "hey, we're on the UE, lets hit Orsay" status. They get the expected brasserie fare right - frites, tartares, escargot, etc, and even the less-obvious entrees (monkfish with a sauce that hints of curry?) are well executed. Service was attentive without being cloying and it has all the trappings you'd expect. This last time around we had, in addition to the aforementioned monkfish, grilled sardines, escargot and salmon tournedos. Every dish was excellent and they got my salmon properly medium rare. Finished off with chocolate mousse, served (amusingly) from a giant soup tureen with creme anglaise and chocolate shavings. A reasonably price wine, and we left happy and sated.
8/29/2013 12:00:00 AM
Lovely Leisurely Luncheon
On an oppressively hot and humid day, we opted to sit indoors for lunch, passing on an otherwise lovely outdoor dining area. Happily, the inside was no disappointment; a lovely room in a beautiful Beaux Arts style building. Food is excellent in most all areas, superior in some. The dishes we ate spoke of long experience with the recipes. A notable luncheon entree is Lamb Navarin, which was absolutely fabulous, the lamb exceptionally tasty and juicy; the vegetables done perfectly. The french onion soup, though almost trite on some menus, should not be missed here. A lunch special with calamari, prawn and noodle was very nicely balanced and savory. Only the salmon terrine failed in tasting a bit heavy. The service is "quiet professional".
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Almost in Paris
Everything was wonderful. The food was excellent. Great choices. Everyone in oyr party of 4 enjoyed their selection. The service was superb. Attention paid for each detail.
8/30/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great neighborhood bistro.
Great neighborhood bistro. Very welcoming staff, attentive service and very good straightforward food. We go regularly.
9/5/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent tartares especially the tempura tuna. Great maitre d.
9/7/2013 12:00:00 AM
Excellent Parisian decor and food
Beautiful 'old fashioned' decorated restaurant that makes you feel like you are in Paris. The food was perfect, brunch was a great, delicious deal with bread, juice, appetizers, and entree for $29! The service was excellent as well, I definitely recommend.
9/7/2013 5:00:00 PM
A little bit of Paris
If you were a fan of La Goulue, you will be thrilled to know that their fabulous cheese soufflé is alive and well at Orsay. This is a cozy restaurant with a marvelous menu I think most people will really enjoy. If you are a fan of country French fare, you'll be in heaven.
9/11/2013 12:00:00 AM
Paris in New York
The real deal--ambiance, food, menu. Rather crowded on a weekday evening, but worth the delays in table service. Moderately priced. Excellent chicken liver salad, good salmon and dessert
9/22/2013 5:00:00 PM
What a treat, I felt as though
What a treat, I felt as though I was in France. The crab appetizer was superb. The cheese souffle was outstanding. I cannot wait to go back.
9/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
The service was excellent.
We had a lovely dinner to celebrate retirement of a friend.
We appreciated the excellent service and special dessert they served for the occasion.
9/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
Orsay is my go-to neighborhood restaurant when I need somewhere to bring a friend or business associate. There's basically a French bistro menu with a few specials and surprises, always delicious. Noise level is definitely "energetic" after 7-7:30.
10/9/2013 12:00:00 AM
Great neighborhood bistrot
Orsay delivers consistently good food and good service and I consider it one of my favourite restaurants in the upper East Side for easy, casual atmosphere and tasty French fare.
10/10/2013 12:00:00 AM
great french food
The Orsay salad was very good.
I had the trout and the salmon which was also very good.
Great service, friendly staff.
10/17/2013 5:00:00 PM
Awesome Frites and incredible Steak Tartare.
everything is just like being in Paris.
10/21/2013 12:00:00 AM
A little bit of France in NYC
Nice place. It is on my circuit. Never dissapoints
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
a fun lunch for 7
Orsay handled our number very, very well. The food was, as always, excellent. We were entertaining two folks from Alaska and they loved it (so did the New Yorkers, of course!).
10/22/2013 12:00:00 AM
Prime rib special
The primerib special is amazing the bulleit rye manhattans are great
And our server monica went above and beyondto give good service
10/23/2013 12:00:00 AM
Am I In Paris?
From the zinc bar, the lighting, the greeting when you enter...it's perfection. If you came strictly for the food...that's great too. But food without ambiance? At Orsay you have it all. If only I could go every day for lunch and again for dinner!
10/25/2013 12:00:00 AM
we will return
Came on a sat evening with my husband. we were seated in the room with bar which was too noisy. they immediately moved us upon asking for a quiet table. we sat in a side by side table in the back of the main salon. It was lovely. Service was attentive without being overbearing. The escargo were good as was the chestnut soup. The duck was excellent. the only disappointment was the pate which was fine, not great. the chocolate mousse dessert was also excellent.
10/26/2013 12:00:00 AM
My favorite brasserie
Been coming here for ages, almost always for brunch, but at dinner, everything is even better, especially the service. (I don't know if the waiters have been re-trained or if the dinner shift is simply more polite...a huge improvement whatever the case.) Food is excellent: soulful and satisfying, particularly the "cocottes" and steak. Who needs Balthazar with its impossible reservations?
11/2/2013 12:00:00 AM
A total winner
A friend had recommended for dinner after the auctions , and she was right. From the moment we arrived the hostess greeted us in a timely manner. They checked for our reservation and ask to follow her to our wonderful table. The place was buzzing with groups of people as well as romantics enjoying each other's company.
The food was super as were the cocktails. The whole experience was so enjoyable that we will be returning again this following week. If your in New York this is a must.
11/5/2013 4:00:00 PM
Orsay is a great neighborhood standby - always dependable, always good food, usually can get a seat. A bit of a European UES crowd but also some families with kids. Relaxed and elegant. The bar could improve it's liquor offerings - limited brown liquor choices.
11/8/2013 4:00:00 PM
Just like being in Paris
Orsay is an authentic French bistro on the Upper East Side. Many of the staff are from France while specialties on the menu include such French favorites as Steak Frites, steak tartare, French onion soup, bouillabaisse, oysters, salmon, duck in a Cassis reduction, braised lamb and much more. Be sure to order the cheese soufflé , as it is outstanding (though it requires a 25 minute wait and is only offered at lunchtime). The bar scene is vibrant and the restaurant offers a lovely outdoor dining area during warm weather. The décor features mahogany paneled walls, a mosaic tiled floor and cozy banquettes. The wine list is extensive with more than 225 American and French wines to choose from. Orsay is simply the best!
11/12/2013 4:00:00 PM
Parents should not bring infants
Parents should not bring infants to this adult restaurant.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
My wife and I dine here 3-4 times per year. We are made to feel at home, a home with first-rate food, every time.
11/15/2013 4:00:00 PM
As always, the food and and
As always, the food and and ambience did not disappoint. As per previous visits, as the restuarant became busy, the attention and professionalism of the floor staff declined.
11/19/2013 4:00:00 PM
Dining Solo UES
White visiting relatives, ventured out on my own and wanted French food Super friendly and efficient staff. Made me feel welcome. Love the decor. Reminds me of Paris. Food was very authentic French. Bread was tasty and warm. Enjoyed trotter-boneless pig's feet -would never have ordered but waitress recommend and i did like it. Cassoulet for entree was perfection.
11/21/2013 4:00:00 PM
Lively and Delicious
Meet for a mini family reunion at Orsay for brunch. While I was not in the mood for pre-fix, the menu was robust with many good offerings. The service was great, the food tasty and everyone had a great time.
11/23/2013 4:00:00 PM
I was very happy with Orsay…. Not only was the service fantastic but the food was also amazing! I had the onion soup and the hanger steak. Both perfection! and my date had the beef tartar and the bouillabaisse- both also perfect. Start to finish a great experience. Highly recommend!
11/29/2013 4:00:00 PM