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Orsay

4.6
2515 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.

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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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • 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
What 2515 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.5
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4.5
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipsanta32claus
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service always very good salads onion soup my favs

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NatalieM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great upper east side neighborhood French!

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CMO1
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful service. Great outdoor setup with heaters but still enough open air. Food is very good, but menu seems to be getting a bit more limited(less salads available at lunch)

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MariaM
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

great roast chicken, mushroom soup no cream and good service

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vipMimi
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Two days in a row of good food, good service, comfortable setting.

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vipJayD
New York Area
146 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The outside setup was comfortable with good heat lamps. Food delicious as always and great wines by the glass. Look forward to them expanding their menu when they can.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Could use more outdoor heating

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vipwestsider
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They did an excellent job preparing and serving our 20th anniversary lunch outdoors, while protecting us with partitions and ensuring our comfort.

MD
MichaelD
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been going to Orsay for nearly 20 years and it's never disappointed. Best martini in NYC.

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Topagigio
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall1food5service4ambience1

Not good outdoors dining experience extremely cold!!!! Not going back😩

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vipAlisonT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’re disappointed that both the chicken and duck salads are no longer available.

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nydiner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and good service. For COVID they have a good outdoor setup next to the restaurant and on the street. Menu has been modified but still contains excellent classics such as beef bourguignon, steak au poivre, and roasted chicken. And for dessert they offer my favorite, floating island.

This place is a fine dining establishment so your meal will be on the pricey side, but I think it is well worth it.

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OPK1
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best outdoor dining on the Upper East Side. Food is amazing, service is excellent and you can sit on their terrace which is open and airy.

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FayeS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Not much to say except I will go there again with my friends.

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vipEffieP
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The hostess tried to seat me on a sidewalk table under a metal awning although I had over a week ago made the reservation requesting specifically the raised patio table next to a heater. Thankfully after I protested, a patio table materialized. But then, we were subjected to continuous drilling of plywood for the tent structure they were building on the sidewalk to accommodate more outdoor tables. I had to put my mask back on as I was breathing all the construction dust from this ongoing drilling. My friends were split up among those who could look past it and those who wanted to get up and leave. Ultimately we stayed and made the most out of this. While I understand that restaurants are in a hard place right now with the looming indoor shutdown this Monday and some have rushed to reinstall outdoor structures to compensate for the loss of profit, I still feel this could have been conducted at a different hour of the day or closed the restaurant for a couple of hours until the work could be completed. When we called the manager to speak to him about all this, he shrugged his shoulders nonchalantly and told us it is what it is and that this construction would go on all day all night (which I found ludicrous and disingenuous). We weren’t even offered a free bottle of wine or dessert to compensate for this horrible situation. I would never go back to this place and I won’t forget in good times who were the decent restaurants who took the health safety and comfort of their customers into account and who were the incompetent solely profit driven machines. This isn’t a time to mistreat your paying customers! I would have given 1 star but I felt bad considering food was good (although nothing stellar).

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vipsanta32claus
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always so pleasant..wonderful service with great food..salads always amazing. My preference

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vipPaigeB
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2020
Overall3food5service5ambience3

This is one of my favorite places. The food is always great. Yesterday (obviously for covid reasons) they had all doors and windows open when it was 34 degrees outside! Changed our orders quickly to two hot onion soups and had to get out of there quickly! Even with coats, gloves, etc., is was just not do-able! Brrrr!!!

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Paul
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Too cold! All doors open for COVID. Overcoats needed.

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vipsanta32claus
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on December 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great outdoor dining..food is always very good as well as excellent service

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Jochen
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent food. We were cold because we had an outside table (we requested one), and the overhead heaters weren't doing much. People at other outside tables didn't seem so cold - younger crowd?!

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vipMarilyn
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on December 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bread, Salad and tuna tartare excellent
Expensive

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EmmaG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is always wonderful, service excellent.

Just one comment the coffee was not hot enough.

Apart from that all perfect.

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vipDmitryV
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall3food2service5ambience5

Not bad ambiance , great waiter ! Pretty place , but food was just ok... not enough choices ... soup was sweet , fish was ok, bread crust hard to bite through , table leg was unsteady and they attempted to fix it but Could not .
I expected a lot more from such an expensive restaurant ..
Dessert and tea were good !

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vipGiGi
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service
Good distancing, heater, and air circulation outdoors

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Nycstylist
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I'm a downtown girl and rarely travel to the UES but when I do this is my go-to place. Service is excellent, food delicious and all covid-19 protocols are in place. The heaters are a nice touch. The one thing to be careful of (and this is no fault of the restaurant) is if you are sitting on the Lexington side be careful of oncoming traffic. The tables are basically in the street and you can hear and feel cars whizzing by as you're eating.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have always had such a wonderful time here and are so grateful to the kind staff for making this holiday a beautiful one for us.

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vipAnneD
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My boyfriend, parents and I had a lovely Thanksgiving meal here! The food and service were wonderful. The outside setup was great and safe.

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vipNomdevdt
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always

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vipTraceyT
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 20, 2020
Overall4food4service2ambience3

Food and service was very good but we asked to sit on the balcony where a table was open and were told no; probably because we are not regulars.

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vipuptowngirl
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely (and warm) outdoor seating

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vipIntheneighborhood
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

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

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vipAnewyorkeater
New York Area
77 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Ate outdoors. Table nice and food was good.

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vipFussbudget
New York Area
29 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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kath
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on November 12, 2020
Overall3food5service3ambience4

It was a very chilly day and raining so we asked to sit inside. We had to keep our coats on through lunch!

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

The duck salad Is delicious.

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vipTK719
New York Area
206 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
30 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!

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 4.6 stars by 2515 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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