Orsay

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$31 to $50
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French
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.

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Come celebrate Thanksgiving with your family. Choice from our "A la Carte' or our special "Price Fix Menu" including the traditional Organic Free Range Turkey and Trimmings. Large table available for the entire family.

Thursday, November 28, 2019

What 2274 People Are Saying
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UD
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Orsay was a charming French restaurant with turn of the century details in its décor and French inspired food. I had a frisee salad with egg and monk fish cooked Provencal style. We ordered the pumpkin soufflé for desert and it was something different as well as delicious. I would eat here again. The wait staff was very warm and I particularly want to document my appreciation for the Hostess who was so friendly and had none of the pretentiousness you often see when you walk in the door of a restaurant in NYC. Très bien! Merci!

OT
New York Area
105 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Vivre la France!
Enjoy very authentic french fare at this old world favorite. We had a great brunch although it was packed!

e
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They were really kind about having our children w us. Great service and food on top of that.

RS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely fabulous food. I had a Croque Monsieur that was out of this world. The bread and butter were stellar! Can’t wait to go back!

z
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was outstanding. Our server had a full understanding of their entire menu and excellent recommendations for wines based on our epicurean selections. The food and the ambience were also outstanding

EN
Denver
13 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exactly what a classic French bistro should be! Delicious food, tasty wines, finely crafted drinks and attentive service. We'll definitely be going back!

AC
Toronto
10 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Orsay is my go-to place in my neighborhood. The food is consistently good and I always receive a warm welcome whether I am dining alone or with friends or family. The bar is terrific as well. I recently brought my 85-year old father here for dinner and he loved it.

c
New England
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall2food2service1ambience5

I made a reservation for 8:40 and that had my crew of four waiting for over 30 minutes while they seated everyone else who walked in. It was obvious they chose people who looked elder and more expensive over us. I have been here for brunch many times and enjoyed it but this was incredibly rude and prejudice of them so I will not be returning. The steak was small and not special for $35 and a few pieces of lettuce. There are better French restaurants in the city.

AM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The service was above and beyond from beginning to end. They really made our anniversary dinner extra special with complimentary champagne and dessert. They were very kind and attentive, but never made us feel the slightest bit rushed.

PM
San Francisco
8 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Noisy and somewhat disappointing food at full price

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

All good! Burgers were fantastic! Waitstaff were super friendly.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had dinner here with extended family. The salmon entré I had was delicious. I think everyone was very happy with their choices. They have a nice children’s menu and delicious desserts. Highly recommend. Very friendly service. The ambience is lively French bistro. It’s very authentic and delicious.

MS
Atlanta
9 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The restaurant was outstanding.Eating out side was wonderful.Service was sublime as was the food.No downside.Loved it.

F
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Orsay is a little bit of Paris on the ues. After all these years, the ambience is still lovely, the food’s still wonderfully fresh and well-prepared and the service is great. Tres bon!

EM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Orsay is a classic. It is a neighborhood spot with quality food. Not a cutting edge scene, and that is a plus

M
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful lunch, and were well served by Carlos Robles. This restaurant has become my favorite place to dine with my sisters!

LB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and service was excellent. It was a little loud but worth the noise.

MT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I would recommend with the caveat that the noise level is way too much. If you are looking for a nice dinner with a friend or friends with whom you intend to have a conversation without yelling at each other, then too bad.

F
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Lauren was a great hostess!

JP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 22, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

I included in my reservation that this was a birthday dinner for my mother, mentioned it to the host AND the waiter and nothing was done - not that I was expecting a sing-along, but maybe "happy birthday" written on the plate is easy enough. That aside, the oysters were the tiniest and most flavorless I have ever eaten anywhere in the world. The escargot was classically flavored and as good as I've had in France. The Ahi tuna special was delicious though I was surprised it was prepared in "chunks" over a Mediterranean-seasoned pile of mashed potatoes. the coq-au-vin was also classically done, hearty and delicious. The "ile flottante" dessert was absolutely insipid. The meringue that is traditionally a blank canvas that comes to life with the creme Anglaise was as even lacking sweetness and left to its own devices in a pool of lifeless creme that tasted more of milk than of eggs, or cognac or even vanilla. That was a real bummer of a way to end a celebratory meal. The service was neither good nor awful. The waiter really was on auto-pilot. An empty cocktail glass remained on the table even after red wine was ordered with the main course, all the way until the end. And by the end of the meal, our plates clearly finished, the waiter must have passed by at least four times and it never occurred to him that he too is capable of stepping in to clear a table if the bus-person is not around. The table itself littered with bits of bread was never swept (which surprised me, as it is a standard way to prepare the table for the final course). Overall, this was a let-down for the first visit to Orsay. I might return with a craving for the coq-au-vin, but otherwise, I don't think it will be on my radar no can I reccomend it with confidence. I will say, however, that the friendliest member of the staff we encountered was the host.

RM
New York Area
208 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always delicious - they know how to do it!

C
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic neighborhood restaurant that never fails to deliver excellent food, great service and a tasty beverage. Highly recommends the oysters. Got to enjoy a nice evening with a dear friend who lives in the near me and this is a go-to-spot!

GG
New York Area
80 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

First time at Orsay for a birthday celebration....and it did not disappoint. Food was very good and service was excellent. It felt like a true French bistro. Loved it.

GE
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

I will recommend with caution

Be patient with slow service, be ready to talk loudly to your companions and expect good but not great food.

k
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Nice place for midday but very noisy for mostly middle aged crowd. Food better than average but bread with croque monsieur was soggy.

k
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food and service has been always consistently good, overall very plaisant Brasserie.

EP
1 review
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went to celebrate the retirement of a beloved client. The food was delicious and plentiful. We really enjoyed ourselves and ordered dessert too! I highly recommend Orsay for any occasion.

r
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous restaurant for a four person lunch meeting. Delicious!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

pretty mediocre French brasserie. Too bad, since the menu is so appealing.

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It would be nice if knowing that it is a birthday celebration, as it was stated in the reservation, the restaurant would have done a little something to acknowledge that.

A
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Nice lunchoen dining outdoors enjoying the last days before it's too cold.

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Typical french bistro, we felt just like in Paris !
Great food and loved the terrasse.

r
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I had the steak, yummy.. the waiters were great.. an enjoyable evening.

H
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They forgot my birthday 🎂

M
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Charming French restaurant! A neighborhood gem! Good for special events!

OT
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect place for lunch when you want to catch up with an old friend.

B
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 7, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a good choice for a relaxing dinner. Service is excellent from the moment you walk in.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service

J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The restaurant was out of their special entree - Duck orange - by 8 pm. The Poulet Roti was obviously cooked hours ahead of time and reheated by microwave before serving. The chicken tasted reheated and tasteless. The Fries were excellent. The Restaurant cut back substantially on the size of their tuna tartare “Japonais” appetizer and did not even serve a cracker with it. They did not offer a second piece of bread or refill everyone’s water glass. The busboys grabbed plates and wine glasses (with wine remaining) before everyone was done. The check was brought without anyone asking for it. In the past we would rated Orsay 4 stars, but this experience fell way below expectations. A disappointment all around.

l
Tampa
52 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Special because I dined here when it was under another name . I lived in the neighborhood in the late 60ties. Orsay’s is now the new kid on the block (not that new) i Found it beautiful and charming. My husband and I had s wonderful dinner of baked Dorado fish and to die for Cauliflower . We started with the perfect martini and moved on to Onion soup ( superb) and the mushroom soup. We ended our evening with coffee... chocolate cake and ice cream. Besides the delicious dinner the manager and staff were so very friendly and welcoming. We have recently moved from California to Florida. We look forward to returning to NYC and Orsay’s more often!

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