Orsay

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2253 Reviews
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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.
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RM
New York Area
208 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Always delicious - they know how to do it!

C
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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 5 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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 6 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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

EP
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
29 reviews
Dined on October 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous restaurant for a four person lunch meeting. Delicious!

OT
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

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

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 14, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

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
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

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

OT
1 review
Dined on October 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

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

r
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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

H
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They forgot my birthday 🎂

M
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

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

OT
1 review
Dined on October 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

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
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service

J
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

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
50 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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!

p
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 4

Special of short ribs was tough and fatty. Unbeatable. Matre d gave me s hard time when I brought this to his attention

LR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Rosh Hashanah

SH
San Francisco
28 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Orsay is fabulous, I love brunch on a Sunday when I visit NYC!

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on September 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Cool, historic restaurant on the upper east side right on Lexington Avenue. Went to brunch here and was a great overall experience. Definitely try the homemade sausage!

D
New York Area
456 reviews
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Very good dinner. Service excellent and so is ambiance. Reminds me of the brasseries on Blvd St. Germaine. We shared superb jumbo shrimp, I had the roasted chicken and my wife had an excellent steak frites. Prepared perfectly. Shared the profiteroles for dessert. Paired with a nice Macon Villages. Highly recommended.

FD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is just the perfect place for any occasion.
Service, food, vibe, managers and hostesses make this place special.
good job!!!

RM
New York Area
208 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

Usually LOVE Orsay. But all went wrong on this night. Made reservation a MONTH ahead for a special gathering of 8. Even stopped in prior to arrange best table location for that size party. When we arrived, they did not have a table ready. After waiting 15 min, we nudged them into setting another table because it was obvious our table wouldn’t be available for at least another hour. Once seated, the server was snarky and abrupt...and then mostly disappeared. It was even a struggle to get the bill. Roasted chicken for 2 guests was overdone and so dry. I was embarrassed bringing friends for this special evening. Expect more of my favorite place. Orsay let me down.

EI
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Love this place, great food and service as always.

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I always come for their tuna tartar but their green salad was very bland
Service was excellent because they left us to talk long after we finished our meal

F
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Good neighborhood bistro

OT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 4

Average. Service has gone downhill. Not locals more tourists.

OT
Naples
8 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed it as always!

C
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is my second time and never get disappointed. Food is delicious 😋

JS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic place for a family party! Everyone from ages 12 to 82 loved the food and the venue. Service was terrific. Thanks for a memorable evening.

e
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 21, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 5ambience 5

the ambiance and the exquisite service cannot be ignored!!
it's french food, so extremely buttery.
but disappointed with the quality of the food - ordered traditional stuff
frisee salad with bacon and egg --> bacon cut too big, not so nicely cooked - soggy and chewy
escargot --> i think this is just the quality of the american snails - nothing beats the real thing from france
steak and fries --> meat too thick and not tender, fries were too oily and "old"
food was def not the highlight, but orsay will remain my go to for french brasserie ues.

OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on September 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My husband and I were entertaining a dear friend from Chicago. We had a delightful evening and delicious dinner. The service was solicitous without being annoying. We enjoyed the experience and look forward to returning.

J
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We always enjoy Orsay, will be returning for their outstanding brunch on Sunday.

HF
Washington DC
6 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

As always, a wonderful evening at Orsay— my favourite restaurant in Manhattan—

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love it
Great food and service

LC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 13, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

A rip off.
Third rate quality of food.
My shoes were more tender than my stack and my wife's fish was dry.
We payed a fortune for terrible food.
Service nice. Extremely noisy.
I was there over 10 years ago... now I know why...

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