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Orsay

4.5
2765 Reviews
$50 and over
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. This elegant Parisian-style brasserie marries modern French cuisine and classic brasserie fare.

Starting August 16th we will kindly ask our guests to help us follow Metropolitan regulations regarding
COVID -19, proof of vaccination is required for all guests upon entry.

Support Orsay during COVID-19

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Contactless payment available
Physical Distancing
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 2765 people are saying
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evans
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4food5service2ambience4

I know things are tough with COVID and having staff. We just did not get attention when we needed it.

Adrian one of the Matre d was very good.

They also need better AC inside

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vipDavide
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall1food3service1ambience3

We have gone here many times over the years and are witnessing a steady decline in service and food. We made a reservation for outside seating, confirmed the day before, and when our friends arrived first, Maitre D insisted reservation had been made for inside and specific table. When I arrived- I asked them to check and he came back apologetic saying they made a mistake.
Appetizer of fried calamari were “soggy”, and very small portion. They used to serve great fries calamari. Main dish ordered was tuna tartare.and French fries Tuna tartare was brought with no toast or bread and no French fried. I had to ask for bread and it came with attitude- still no French fries. They finally brought French fries just as I finished my tuna. And the final straw was they were over so over salted, none of us could eat any.
When the bill cAme, I asked that we not be charged for the French fries as they came so late and were over salted. They Maine D said OK, took our credit cards, and when returned, the fries had not been deducted.
One of the worst dining experiences ever.

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vipPmc112
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was wonderful. The watermelon salad was light and delicious. The braised pork special was complex and flavorful. And the chocolate mouse at Orsay never disappoints.

The service and friendliness of the staff was amazing.

Thank you for a fabulous evening.

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StevenM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Orsay! Can always count on a great meal and experience.

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Eddie
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience4

food was wonderful, just what we hoped for. The service was awful, we had to ask for drinks, courses to be cleared and served. We were happy to leave

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NadiaD
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience4

So so, nothing special, expected a better service and food quality

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LisaM
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this restaurant. Always have a great experience. Food is outstanding!

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vipEffie
New York Area
104 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Overall, it was a very pleasant experience. Fun to be in a vibrant environment. Very French and appealing. Thank you.

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vipFair
Seattle
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite modern French restaurant in NY. Everything is excellent from food to service to ambiance. Love this restaurant.

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vipTrishtheplate
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our sever was so nice . We were dining with our children and grandchildren and she was so accommodating. Everyone who works there is just lovely

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Orianw
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service4ambience2

Very expensive. Lamb was immersed in sauce not what menu stated. Best part was strawberry pistachio tart

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

Food and service was very poor!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Dining with a friend for an ordinary lunch. The ambiance is always charming and the service is always attentive! There’s a wide variety of food
from which to choose and I’m satisfied with what I’ve selected‼️
Very authentic bistro setting! Always pleased to return!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Food was meh

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vipjamesr
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

One of the real old-timers that has managed to keep up all the nice traditions! Duck confit and cold salmon ballontin were excellent, as were the escargots! Service was attentive but not overbearing. Prices have gone up but that’s to be expected.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just loved it. First visit.

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vipgegandco
New York Area
97 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

C’était super !

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vipKateM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely meal outside for my non vaxed companion. Wine selection lovely. Pate was divine. Joss Stone sighting a plus :)

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Dottie
Houston
3 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch was great. We could enjoy a wonderful meal and importantly talk and hear each other easily. Service was superb.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a wonderful meal and amazing service. Chef Michael is the best!

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allenr
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food4service2ambience3

service was poor; and some prices were off the charts ( eg tequila $19 plus $4 for soda water ).

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vipAnnB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious Food. Outside dining was perfect. Fun for birthday dinner.

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vipNovagourmet
Washington DC
69 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Salty food. I came home and had to drink water the rest of the night. The escargot had a very salty parsley sauce. My bass was overcooked and the sautéed vegetables it sat on were overly salted. The decor is tired. My entree was brought out and my daughters was not at same time. I’d say who was cooking the food but it would be politically incorrect.

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Sunny
Austin
2 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic French Bistro -- a perfect place to go for lunch after visiting the Frick on Madison. We ate inside since we were fully vaccinated from COVID. Yes, they check your vaccine cards so be prepared if you are from out of state.

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NoName
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Waiter took a long time to take a drink order, then the drink took a long time coming, making everyone wait. Service was generally slow. Staff otherwise friendly.

Scallops were undercooked. I like sashimi, but scallops are best when cooked through but not dry. These were way undercooked.

On the recommendation button, need a "maybe".

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vipHeleneT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

All good. Food, service, ambience. A very reliable place In uncertain times.

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vipTonyZony
New York Area
41 reviews
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Chilled tomato and artichoke soup was amazing. Chocolate mousse and macaroons were excellent. A little pricey, but would go again.

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WilliamB
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Orsay was okay but disappointing because steak frites not on menu

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vipIrishfe53
New York Area
203 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An early Sunday evening family dinner with shared dishes and two people with allergy restrictions. A happy delicious meal enjoyed by all. Everyone liked everything - prosciutto and melon, foie gras torchon, roast chicken, filet mignon with pepper sauce, cold salmon, green beans, warm bread with lightly salted crust, raspberry sorbet. Fine wine list.

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SuzieQ
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

old world decor, attentive wait staff, delicious food expertly prepared. What more can you ask for?

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vipNatalie
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Frankly, I was disappointed and feel Orsay has been majorly slipping lately. I have lived in the UES for 10 years and love French food having also spent meaningful time in Paris and NYC. I have frequented Orsay for a few years now considering its 5 block proximity to my apartment. The prosciutto melon is a "must avoid" and perhaps shame on me for ordering it. The prosciutto was crunchy and thick and I wanted to send it back. The seabass was "okay." The French onion soup had too much cheese, if that's even possible. The mussels were still quite good. The staff, while attentive, was pretty pushy at times. I just do not get that "better than the rest" experience at Orsay anymore, especially considering their prices hang with some Michelin experiences in NYC.

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MICHAELK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a lovely dinner with a friend at table #17 on a Wednesday evening during August. Great food with a great friend... What could be better? I wish the restaurant weren't so noisey, though. Hard to hear conversation. That's the downside of a successful restaurant in NYC, I guess. Nice to see NYC coming back!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved sitting outside there. Much better service than most restaurants today. Food is reliably excellent.

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vipCarol
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on August 9, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience4

The food was not very good. The service was slow. The place looks nice though. Very noisy by 6:45 pm.

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Lilly
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great experience, food was excellent and service was lovely

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vipJoelS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great, charming restaurant. One of our go to’s. Wish that the menu was a bit bigger. Ideal outdoor dining site.

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vipMCinDC
Washington DC
10 reviews
Dined on August 8, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We were a party of 3 women and we were seated an des

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secret
1 review
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

outdoor dining is lovely. service and food were impeccable.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

We have to this restaurant many times over the years. When we arrived the host took us to an outdoor table. I asked if we can sit on the terrace but he all but ignored us.
The service was good though sketchy.
The food was very good.
Prices were as I expected.
I would go back again.

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GAPUptown
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We reserved for 3 @ 1:30. 2 of us arrived 15 min. earlier to get a good table. Told waitress we wanted to wait 'til our friend arrived before ordering. Meanwhile, many other people arrived & she didn't check to see if our 3rd person arrived & took their orders first. I had to go to the front desk to request menus after our 3rd had 15 min. After we ordered, we waited 30 min. to get served. BTW, we went there for the $39 special for 3 courses. There were only 2 choices for both appetizers & entrees, which we didn't like, so we ordered from the main menus.

FAQs

Orsay does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Orsay also offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 517-6400 ext. 0.

Orsay is rated 4.5 stars by 2765 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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