stupidly over priced
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.
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.
Orsay is always reliably comfortable and good
Food j’s excellent
Exquisite French food in a lovely, classic atmosphere. Wonderful service and a great location. A real treat!
Perfect french bistrot !
Service could have been a little more attentive and the noise level was extremely loud. Food was good though.
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
Food is all good but not special
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
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.
Solid neighborhood restaurant with an old world touch.
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.
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.
The place is beautiful and the food is great. the only defect is the service; although correct, the garcons are quite arrogant.
We have dined at Orsay before. As always, wonderful place and food with Parisian feel
Food was adequate but actually very expensive for what we got.
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.
Food quality uneven. Very, VERY noisy. Used to be much better.........
Always love the ambience and food.
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
Always a wonderful meal!
Lovely brunch spot. Everything is delicious. Authentically French.
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.
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.
Thumbs up! Wonderful Dining Experience. Best prime rib and service ever.
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.
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.
Outstanding dinner and a wonderful option for New years eve! We loved our evening and the service was perfect
NYE s bit chaotic sitting. No champagne at midnight
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!!
Absolutely amazing food and very classy ambience. The service was also very good.
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.
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.
Perfect spot in a lovely neighborhood!!
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.
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.
Excellent food,service and location -steak tartare
Escargot a must.
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.