Orsay

4.5
2048 reviews
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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.
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r
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

stupidly over priced

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Valentines Day

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h
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 1

From the very beginning when the maitre d could not find our reservation ( empty at 6 PM), the overwhelming feeling we both had was their only interest was getting us out as soon as possible. The staff was constantly RUNNINg past our table; a semi-chief, assigned to our section, came by 6-8 times to remove a glass or a fork or a plate just as we finished with the item. It was obvious that in our 80's, we had not ordered the expensive 3-4 course pre-fix, we had not bought a bottle of wine. Clearly, they were excited to replace us quickly. We have lived and eaten in NYC for 40 years, and never experienced this. So sad, because the room was attractive and the food was quite good.

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CS
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I’m Parisian and Orsay is my favorite French restaurant in NYC. Superb service and food. Love going there when I feel a bit homesick. They also have a lovely space upstairs for small receptions and private events.

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P
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Orsay is always reliably comfortable and good
Food j’s excellent

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MM
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Exquisite French food in a lovely, classic atmosphere. Wonderful service and a great location. A real treat!

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JC
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

Perfect french bistrot !

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Service could have been a little more attentive and the noise level was extremely loud. Food was good though.

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Chicago
7 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 4ambience 4

Orsay offers classic French, brasserie, style food in an Art Nouveau setting that looks very Parisian. The food though is not particularly good and prices are much too high relative to the value of the food. While the service is good, overall there are much better place if you wish to have French cuisine on the upper east side

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a
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Lovely space.
Attentive service.
Food is all good but not special

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CN
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

Good bistro cuisine in a nicely conceived restaurant. Slightly disappointed in the food (but just back from a month in France so...) but we will be back again soon to try more from the menu
Nice wine selection and attentive service was appreciated
Recommend

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L
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The huevos rancheros is amazing, which is pretty funny at a French place. Amazing. Also, the restaurant was very accommodating to the 10 month old diner in our group.

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r
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Solid neighborhood restaurant with an old world touch.

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n
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Would have given a 5 but they ran out of my preferred vodka and my martini tasted sweet even though I ordered extra dry, extra dirty. Overall the Martini was disappointing. My Tuna Tartare was fabulous.

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JP
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 3ambience 2

Was a bit disappointed by this meal given the proven reputation Orsay has been known over the years to uphold. We noted in both the reservation on Open Table and by calling in advance that we were celebrating our first wedding anniversary with them. This seemed to go completely unnoticed. They started by offering us seating at two terrible tables (one next to the front door during very cold weather; another in the back next to server’s station). For some reason they couldn’t get a gin/club soda drink order correct (sent back twice; once with tonic in it, the second with flat still water). Food was above board with escargots and steak frites as the highlight. What could’ve easily been a great anniversary was marred by simple lack of attention to detail.

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OT
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

The place is beautiful and the food is great. the only defect is the service; although correct, the garcons are quite arrogant.

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OT
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We have dined at Orsay before. As always, wonderful place and food with Parisian feel

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a
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 4

Food was adequate but actually very expensive for what we got.

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KL
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Our main course came before we even finished appetizers. Our oysters mysteriously went from $3.50 on the menu to $4 on the bill. Also, even though we noted on our reservation that we were celebrating our anniversary, there was no aknowlidgement. The restaurant is rather noisy. But all in all food was very good, service very pleasant and they corrected their mistakes promptly.

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d
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 2

Food quality uneven. Very, VERY noisy. Used to be much better.........

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M
Miami
27 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always love the ambience and food.

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J
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I love love love this restaurant the staff the manger Claude is such a great guy ! He makes you feel like your part of his family ! The food is outstanding! Never was disappointed yet! A hidden gem of a place character good food and great service and staff

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UE
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful meal!
Lovely brunch spot. Everything is delicious. Authentically French.

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PJ
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2019
Overall 1food 5service 2ambience 3

I made a 7:45 reservation.
My date arrived at 6:50 and stopped at the host station and gave my name. The hostess said she didn’t have any rez with my name.
I arrived at 6:55 and checked in with a male host. He did find the reservation in the system. He asked if we’d like to be seated now. I said we will be at the bar, could you please come seat us at the reservation time (40 mins later, so we could have a drink first) and he said ok. At 8:30 I looked at my watch and realized we’d not been approached by any of the three hosts. We went to the front and inquired and they all seemed utterly confused. They found us a table but why they couldn’t manage to seat us at our reservation time 45 minutes before that, I don’t know.
Also no one offered to take our coats when we arrived. I came back from the bar with the coats after finding my date.
And around 9:45 when we were ready to leave, we stood at the coat area for a minute or two while the hostess was busy changing her shoes in there. She looked up very flustered to see us. Perhaps she should be doing her personal tasks in the ladies room or a staff changing room. Or fired. It just seems a lot less elegant than it used to be. We won’t be back unless we hear things have been improved.
FYI this is my first ever negative review of a restaurant.

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SM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 5

They are very accommodating.

The menu is classic French Bistro fare- very well executed- but my lamb shanks were a little dry and had some Cinnamon coating which is unnecessary.

The noise level on the banquette seating is fine, in the center of the restaurant it will be hard to hear. Our service was mixed- some really skilled staff, some brusque.

But it is a lovely interior, a great atmosphere and mostly good food. I would go back.

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FG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Thumbs up! Wonderful Dining Experience. Best prime rib and service ever.

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C
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Wasn't very crowded but waitress was a little unfriendly and only sparsely visited our table. We had to flag someone down 3x for water refills and coffee updates. Otherwise, the food was lovely as usual and the noise level is never terrible.

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TS
Memphis
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We visited on New Years Eve. It was very busy and the staff seemed overwhelmed. They did not greet us when we arrived. I had to ask who to speak to concerning our reservation. They had us wait without seating for a table to be made ready. This was somewhat frustrating.
Once we were seated, they took care of us well until dessert. They seemed to have forgotten us.
The food was delicious and well presented. I would recommend this restaurant despite the service. I would like to believe the lack was due to it being New Years Eve.

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C
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding dinner and a wonderful option for New years eve! We loved our evening and the service was perfect

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 3

NYE s bit chaotic sitting. No champagne at midnight

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p
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My boyfriend and I came here for NYE dinner and Orsay did not disappoint. We both got the pre-fixe menu, starting with a hamachi tartare cucumber cup and a mini puff filled with truffle cheese. I didn’t think the meal could get better, but it did. I got the house smoked salmon that had a vinegar-y flavor to it and was delicious. Steven got the lobster with puff-pastry that was so rich and decadent. He got the veal loin and I got the halibut, both fantastic. And the dessert of trio of chocolates was amazing. The middle meringue was the best, with dulce de leche and chocolate sauce to scrape up.

The whole meal was amazing, and the service was fantastic. My only complaint was they brought out our first appetizer when we weren’t done with our mini pre-appetizer. We knew they were trying to get people in and out, but we said we wanted to take our time and they were fine either that.

We’ve been three times now and we will be back!!

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OT
Vancouver
3 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely amazing food and very classy ambience. The service was also very good.

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OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent!!!
Highly recommended

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L
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We attended a theater performance, and Orsay was in the neighborhood. What luck for us! We had a lovely dinner, and will keep it on our "list" for when we are in the Upper East Side.

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RW
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

The duck in orange sauce was a good example of how to properly drain out the layer of fat below the skin, but the duck was obviously reheated. It did not have the succulence or flavor of a duck fresh from the oven or the rotisserie. Very bland and semi-dry. The sauce was flavorful. It was accompanied by a "wild rice cake" that was about 80% white rice. No discernable wild-rice taste, and quite dry and compressed. The coq au vin was so-so, nothing special. We asked before ordering if it was authentic, meaning was it a rooster and not chicken? "Coq" means "rooster". The server replied that it was chicken, and she was unaware of this meaning, as she did not speak French. No complaint there, neither do we, except that staffers ought at least to know the meanings of the French terms on the menu. We mourn the passing of Le Boeuf a la Mode, an East Side French restaurant where the cooking was blazingly fresh and flavorful.

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P
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A GEM!!!
Perfect spot in a lovely neighborhood!!

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l
New York Area
127 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

The current menu lacks appeal. The coq au vin was underdone. We were never offered additional bread and the bread plates were rapidly removed. Our server was not at all gracious and bordered on rude. The decaf cappuccino seemed to have been made with stale coffee. Usually a good restaurant, perhaps an off night.

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a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Belleruche cotes du rhone a superb wine. The cook forgot our appetizers, so when the main course arrived, we cancelled the appetizers. The waitress and maitre d' were most apologetic and filled up our glasses with the wine. We plan to return to see if we like the appetizers. The main fish course was fine.

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r
Las Vegas
19 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food,service and location -steak tartare
Escargot a must.

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MR
New England
6 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2018
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Stupidly expensive ($100 + for 2 bowls of soup, 2 small salads a bottle of water and 1 desert ... no alcohol) plus I was sick after lunch despite having an iron stomach. I will not be back.

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