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Orsay

4.5
2483 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, 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.

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
  • Sealed or wrapped utensils used
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking

Featured specials

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Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Dine in
Starting Nov 26, 2020

We invite you and your family to our table to celebrate the Holidays with a Special thanksgiving's menu $75 per person (Beverages, tax and gratuity are not included). Please note that our usual a la carte will not be available. (Menu available online)

What 2483 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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vipuptowngirl
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely (and warm) outdoor seating

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vipIntheneighborhood
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Staff attentive. Moved table due to small child. Staff very courteous...

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vipAnewyorkeater
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ate outdoors. Table nice and food was good.

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vipFussbudget
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdoor dining set up well.

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GuillermoV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best bloody marys. Awesome tuna tartar. And Best eggs benedict in town

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samw
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 13, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

I eaten on outside on the porch several times. Excellent and friendly service, good food - definitely a go to neighborhood place to dine

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vipAlisonT
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The duck salad Is delicious.

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vipTK719
New York Area
170 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Orsay has some of the most authentic French cuisine in NYC. I had a lovely salad, a delicious wild halibut, and decadent chocolate lava cake for dessert. The servers treated me very well, even though I'm not one of their UES regulars. A great place to go for the ultimate NYC French restaurant experience.

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vipPeterS
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Perfect French bistro with delicious food, great wine and outstanding service!

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vipBarbS
New England
88 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was fabulous! The service and wine was perfect!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor dining with plexiglass between each table.
Served perfectly the way Orsay always was before the pandemic. Lovely afternoon!

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vipPaigeB
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just love this place. Have never had a bad meal here! 👍

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KSAWasHere
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Orsay in the middle of a pandemic? Sure, why not? Although the menu has contracted, this UES establishment's culinary and service standards haven't changed in the least. Enjoyed outdoor seating, first-rate service staff, and unforgettable food and wine as always.

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MargotW
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a lovely dinner. Your outside dining was COVID perfect.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Rushed us out. Very rude staff. Super expwonsive.

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vipsanta32claus
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service

So welcoming and hospitable..outdoor setup is lovely..

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vipSusanA
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Didn’t honor our reservation.

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vipcarol
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous food terrific service and comfortable ambience. What more could you ask for. Hope you keep those outdoor spaces with more heaters for weather yet to come!

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vipLulu
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of the best on the upper East side. I have had New Years Eve dinners there for the last 5 years. An elegant place.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great and romantic I. The taunt

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viponlyone
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on October 31, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was great, service and food was perfect!
I will definitely come back again!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Totally wonderful!

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Darcy
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

It was 38 degrees outside, the first really cold day. The outside terrace was open, as were the street tables. The door to the restaurant was open, blowing very cold air from both on the inside table I was assigned, right in front of the door - it was Absolutely freezing. I asked to be moved, nothing available, understood. But that table should Never have been allowed. I and my guest walked out. Even with a blanket and our coats on it would have been unbearable and we would have paid to freeze.

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vipSpangleNYC
New York Area
93 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful outdoor setting w plentiful heat lamps. Service was very attentive and food was excellent: tilefish special was outstanding and moist, pepper steak was flavorful. All dishes were also visually attractive. One of the most comfortable settings as the weather cools because of the heating, extensive canopy, lucite divisions between outdoor tables. Whole sides of try he restaurant open up, so even the spaced indoor tables seem very safe. Just a terrific dinner!!

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vipRobertB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I live Next to the restaurant so it is very convenient to me and the staff is very accommodating.

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vipAnewyorkeater
New York Area
77 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

I ordered chef special dish of an open faced smoked tuna sandwich. It was awful. Tasted like eating a cigarette.

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Kadobright
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Tends to be a bit pricey, but the quality of very good and staff very responsive.

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vipMama
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience3

Neighborhood favorite. Nice job during Covid. I felt safe

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vipMSEats
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent dinner - outdoor dining was well planned with heaters and plexiglass separators. Food was delicious with excellent suggestions from the staff. Definitely a favorite.

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FrenchICSW
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As usual, a great experience. The person assigned to my table had to leave I guess, but immediately Sean took care of all before I realized it, with the utmost courtesy and smile under the mask. The menu is delicious comfort elegant food that reminds me of my childhood. The service is always extraordinary. I have been coming here for years and was my mom’s fav when visiting NY. Both management and staff are excellent hosts. Every person I invite here makes it their favorite too. Great for business or relaxation. C’est magnifique.

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kikino
Louisville
5 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The BLT-A sandwich is my favorite for lunch and I usually have half to take home for dinner or a snack later.

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vipAlexis2
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outdtanding in every way!!!

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vipSwanbaby
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on October 16, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Food was excellent, service was perfect and I felt they took the necessary precautions regarding covid.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Terrible music ruined the ambience of this potentially great space.

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vipEugene
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 11, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience1

The food is ok, not bad, but standing outside when you have a reservation is absolutely not. So, tables are standing on the noisy street from both sides of the restaurant, and the atmosphere like personnel is in the hurry. The overall service is good but not like I would like to come to this place again. So it is just OK.

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vipMindyL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Wonderful place - consistently good food and service

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KathyM
Miami
2 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

As usual, the food was delicious, the service professional and charming and it was still warm enough to eat outside which is very pleasant. My guest was equally impressed. However, I dislike digital menus and think that you should offer paper menus to anyone who asks. (I did not, this time, but will next time). I can't be the only person who would like to look at all of the possible entrees at once.
Thanks

KathyM

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vipcandicel
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

The outside table set up is lovely. We were taken right to our table on time. The service wonderful. Such a great spot.

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Ginster
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 3, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience5

Normally I would give Orsay a higher rating. We have been coming here for years. We had a reservation this past Saturday night for my brother's birthday.

Orsay did a good job distancing the tables. We sat inside near the bar. They were spaced out well. It was not particularly busy inside. It is a beautiful restaurant. The music was perfect.

Unfortunately, the service was sub-par. Our waiter was unfriendly from the get go.We ordered two glasses of wine and waited a good 10-15 minutes for it. The bartender who dropped it off was warm and friendly. When my brother arrived he ordered a bottle of white wine and a glass of red for his wife. They also waited quite a while. We all order appetizers and entrees. The food was good. The normally delicious bread was stale. The waiter and another server did not even place our dishes in front of us. They just dropped them on the table. It is hard to see people's expressions when they are wearing masks but even a mask could not hide our waiter's disdain. It was a disappointing night at Orsay.

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vipMimi
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An overall pleasant dining experience each time I've been to Orsay.

FAQs

Orsay does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

Orsay is rated 4.5 stars by 2483 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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