Orsay

4.5
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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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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very pleasing menu in a beautiful room with wonderful service from beginning to end.

SF
Miami
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food2service3ambience2

French onion soup was bland, Coq Au Vin was horrible — blob of mashed potatoes with 2 precooked chicken thighs and a drumstick cooked fairly quickly with a spoonful of gravy. Mediocre experience.

MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Birthday brunch

M
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clearly a neighborhood hang-out with well-dressed couples and families enjoying the excellent value bistro fair. Polished staff works as a team to deliver an enjoyable experience. Within walking distance of The Met.

NN
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Orsay is a favorite standby for lunches or dinners. The service is great and the food is delicious.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great UES French Bistro

S
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The osso bucco is out of this world. Ditto the Parmesan grits. We loved the duck foie gras. And the best floating island creme Anglaise ever. The champagne is delightful. We have always enjoyed a great meal here!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Pretty good. Was worried about some of the bad reviews but found it to be a solid establishment serving traditional French fare, including the best steak tartare in town.

WC
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The should be commended -- all excellent. Nothing bad here. Just a bit noisy, with Old New York dark wood paneling style (hence the noise, I suppose).

JK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Orsay is always just perfect for classic French cuisine. Perhaps the best fries in NYC as well. I love the place and hit it once every couple of months.

OT
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to go to our neighborhood gem!

g
New York Area
88 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

C’est chouette !

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MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice family place as well as date night

PE
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

VERY NICE RESTAURANT.GOOD FOOD AND REASONABLE PRICES.IF YOU LIKE FRENCH FOOD YOU SHOULD VISIT

s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time there and we will certainly return. We tried it for Restaurant Week Dinner and everything was delicious. We went early on a Friday and the noise level was perfect til around 7 when it was full and loud.

j
2 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Was ignored after I sat and was waiting for my guest until I asked for a glass of wine. Wondered, were I a man, would that have happened?

TZ
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Old school, classic place. Older patronage. Wait staff was not that engaged/ too busy. Food was decent to good.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always Enjoyable

OT
New York Area
194 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It has become our delicious neighborhood Club, and absolutely a delight.

r
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Just a reliable nice meal and service. Wish wine was. It so expensive.

n
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent each time I dine at Orsay. Had the Restaurant week special this time. The beef bourguignon was savory and tender. The poached pair salad was a combination as lettuces, blue cheese and pear that was very satisfying. The service could not have been better. There is an excellent selection of French (and other) wines.

JL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you for making our dinner and evening pleasant for our guests.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience5

Food was mediocre and overpriced, it seems like Orsay’s glory days were in the past. Beautiful building though.

OT
Charleston
1 review
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Evening! Will always recommend it to others

RR
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very pleasant and classic French restaurant, as one would expect from the DeNoyer Group. Beautifully decorated and appointed, the menu is comprehensive, the food is quite good and the service is pleasant and professional. The maitre 'd team is especially considerate, and first rate.
I had dinner, followed by brunch the next morning, and expect to return to this dependable spot very soon.

A
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently delicious!

s
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful escargots and coqu van

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good bistro fare in Parisian setting. Excellent and friendly service.

NK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, when I dine at Orsay, I feel like I am in a wonderful Parisian Brasserie. The ambiance is charming, the food and service are exceptional, and the noise level is normal, so that one can have a conversation with your fellow diner, or group. I have eaten at Orsay both for lunch and dinner, and either meal is delicious.
The restaurant also has an excellent list of wine by the glass.
Nancy Katz, NYC

m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Felt like I was transported to a great bistro in Paris, bustling crowd at just the right noise. The staff was extremely courteous, attentive and efficient yet we never felt rushed. The food was delicious and portioned just right. There will definitely a return. Most enjoyable lunch!

H
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Restaurant Week Lunch exceeded expectations. I went alone but will visit again soon for business or pleasure

H
New York Area
118 reviews
Dined on January 20, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience4

We all had the chicken, which was average in my opinion. Not bad, but nothing special. Our side orders were not correct. Not sure if it was a language issue or just bad wait staff. I hadn’t been in some time and will not rush back as I found the dinner and service very mediocre.

s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

nice service, food well prepared, and good value.
I had hoped the tuna tartare could be made into a tuna burger, but that wasn't; possible

l
New York Area
145 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The menu looked appealing. In the past a shared appetizer has been split in the kitchen. This time we were told the kitchen would not do this. The monkfish was not served in a whole piece but rather was sliced and cooked and placed on a bed of beans. The food was so hot it must have been reheated in a microwave. The beans were in a sauce called tomato but was of a muddy brown color and tasted mostly of salt. The special baked apple dessert was a disappointment. a rather small, dried out apple with some nice ice and a bit of crushed almond. Certainly not worth the $14.00 but would have been unappealing at any price.

E
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. We took a long time over lunch and never felt rushed.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

I had a real issue with terrible sun glare. They could do nothing and did not offer to move me to a new table even when one was available . Waitress also neglected to bring part of our order.

SC
Washington DC
7 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A bit of Paris in New York. Masterfully prepared cuisine and a tempting array of wines, cocktails, and aperitifs. The beef melts on the mouth, the salmon is sublime, the oysters are plump, and the Negronis aren't too sweet. Orsay is everything you could want in a restaurant. Highly recommend for a lively night out and a great place for group celebrations. The ambiance is old world and chic.

MB
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Service is excellent. Excellent neighborhood restaurant. Will be back

E
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The special of the day was roast beef. They were sold out by 730

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always relaxed and great food and ambiance
I am a regular! Never disappoints

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