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Orsay

4.5
2490 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
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
What 2490 people are saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
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vipGiGi
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service
Good distancing, heater, and air circulation outdoors

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Nycstylist
Tampa
11 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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 5 days ago
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 5 days ago
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
76 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2020
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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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
14 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The duck salad Is delicious.

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vipTK719
New York Area
174 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
28 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.

FAQs

Orsay does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

Orsay is rated 4.5 stars by 2490 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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