Orsay

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2217 reviews
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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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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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J
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

We always enjoy Orsay, will be returning for their outstanding brunch on Sunday.

HF
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

As always, a wonderful evening at Orsay— my favourite restaurant in Manhattan—

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Love it
Great food and service

LC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2019
Overall 1Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

A rip off.
Third rate quality of food.
My shoes were more tender than my stack and my wife's fish was dry.
We payed a fortune for terrible food.
Service nice. Extremely noisy.
I was there over 10 years ago... now I know why...

RM
New York Area
204 reviews
Dined on 9 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

LOVE this place!!! Coq a vin - absolutely amazing!!!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

The waiter seemed edgy and false

B
Washington DC
28 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 2

Our order was wrong three times. Some of the food was cold by the time the rest of the food came. Everyone ate at a different time. Others around us were having the same problems.
The food was not good which is a disappointment because it was so good before

B
Miami
25 reviews
Dined on 8 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

The brunch was fabulous. The Croque Madame was to die for

SU
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2019
Overall 2Food 2Service 3Ambience 4

A disappointment and don't know that I can recommend. Got their early (6PM) and by the time we ordered they ran out of their nightly special (Dorade)!!!! I ordered halibut, which was overcooked and my friend ordered red snapper which showed up as a minuscule piece of fish on a bed of greens. An appetizer cheese plate had tasty cheeses but also small amounts of cheese for $23! Their menu is pretty but bloated with print listing all the ingredients of every dish but is quite limited in scope and very expensive for what you get. The service was semi-attentive (very quick to remove an empty wine glass and ask if you want another) but need to ask for bread or other items. Not sure it's still under original ownership when it was known as a fine place to dine on upper east side. Still seems to be very busy on a Friday night but, under the circumstances we found, not sure why.

MT
Miami
5 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Animated brasserie with consistently good food, nice atmosphere and good service.

MP
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

So reminiscent of eating in Paris-food is really good, service is attentive, but it’s the atmosphere that makes this place special

GM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 September 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Memorable evening at Orsay where service, food and overall experience were first rate.

t
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 3Ambience 5

Always spot on perfection for a Sunday afternoon. The chilled pea basil soup w shrimp and escargot were a yummy delight on a warm day. Bottomless iced tea was brewed to perfection.

This sunny sidewalk cafe is a must-do every time I visit the city

DS
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Good food. Good service. Good ambience. Good wine.
Enjoyable time was had by all

LM
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I always return to this restaurant because the food is so delicious! Service is attentive and the noise level is low. Love this place!

l
New York Area
64 reviews
Dined on 28 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I love this place. It is like being in Paris. The steak tartare is amazing. I had the poached salmon one of the best I have ever eaten. The Wednesday prime rib special looked too good to believe. It is not cheap maybe
$100 per person I thought it was worth it

C
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 2Food 3Service 1Ambience 4

Service very poor. Four different people tried to take my order and then ignored me. Took me at least 10 minutes to order a glass of wine. Service at Orsay usually very good and perhaps this failure was a result of vacations.

RP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 27 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Decent bistro fare. There are better bistro's in NYC, but this one is not as cramped as most others. Service is attentive and professional. Not my first choice but on the list.

OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on 24 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Food was decent but not for the price. Duck wasn’t marinated long enough to taste and orange flavor and it didn’t have enough sauce to compensate either. Chocolate moose was good. Rest was just ok.

GO
San Francisco
16 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2019
Overall 2Food 1Service 2Ambience 3

The escargot was terrible. No garlic. Way overpriced. The chef has obviously never eaten in a French restaurant.

T
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

The sole is delicious. Next time I’d get the sauce on the side

WC
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2019
Overall 3Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Pricey, very good food & service, good ambiance

MW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

We were very well looked after and had a quiet table. Food was nice as well as the service. Ambience very pretty. It feels really French.

L
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2019
Overall 5Food 3Service 5Ambience 5

Great waiter, food was good not great, great ambience
Mediocre value

EM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 19 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Dinner with Grandma who does not hear well. They placed us at the perfect talk. Food was excellent. Service was incredibly attentive. We love this place. It was our third time there and it never disappoints.

CK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This is my go-to restaurant on the Upper East Side. An excellent value for your franc. The owners are present and accounted for and keep an eye out to make sure every customer is well taken care of and treated like a King. The waitstaff are professional and deliver lighting-fast service, but are intuitive enough to know if you're having a special occasion and can easily slow things down to a more romantic pace. Lastly, this restaurant is the only remaining successor to Swifty's left on Lexington Avenue. Social types and power brokers dine with families outside on the side patio or at the bar to broker deals. Highly regarded by anyone in the know.

DB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 15 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I already told friends about the wonderful experience. I love Restaurant Wwe!

L
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on 14 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

Wonderful , busy spot with lovely shaded outdoor dining. Great during restaurant week. Always make a ressie

MP
Sydney / NSW
19 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Very good experience.

D
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Seated outside. Staff was really great. Service was good. Food was amazing.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 13 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Excellent, as always!

B
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 3Food 3Service 4Ambience 4

Great outdoor dining, ambiance and service. We took advantage of the weather and sat out. Very pleasant and and nice upscale clientele. The chilled pea soup and the French onion soup were great. Artichokes vinaigrette was not as good as other times the leaves were rather rough. Would not recommend huevos rancheros, stick with French meals. Overall quite pleased the same

h
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 11 August 2019
Overall 4Food 5Service 5Ambience 4

Food and service were great, but one thing put a slight damper on the morning. We had requested outdoor seating, but were told it was unavailable. However, there was an open table for five right outside for the duration of our meal, and only a small walk away from our indoor table. Seemed a little silly to not honor our request when a table was right there in front of us, especially when it was a birthday brunch (which we also indicated).

But otherwise great and will be back.

JM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 3

Food was good. The staff were very friendly and nice. Great location.

e
London
19 reviews
Dined on 10 August 2019
Overall 5Food 4Service 4Ambience 5

A perfect place for lunch and dinner in the summer with friends and family!

JL
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 9 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Whenever we go to Orsay we have a great time, I always love going there with my friends. I was there Friday and the service and attention was excellent, yet I went back Sunday and I was completely unsatisfied, the service was very bad and we had a waitress who had such arrogant attitude and was not cordial at all, that truly upset my friends and I.

JK
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

I really liked this restaurant - the food was excellent, the ambiance charming. I'll definitely be back!

t
Las Vegas
8 reviews
Dined on 3 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

This delightful sidewalk cafe transports you to Paris with its attentive staff inventive menu and chic guests. It is a repeatable visit every time we’re in New York as it is consistently wonderful

The chilled pea soup and truffle salad were perfection on a day with a 96 heat index. The passion fruit iced tea was refreshing but not cloying.

TD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 5Food 5Service 5Ambience 5

Fantastic dinner and great service. This was my first time dining there and I’ll be back! The food was wonderful!

l
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2019
Overall 4Food 4Service 4Ambience 4

Orsay is a neighborhood favorite especially when we want a taste of Paris! This time it was a lunch of perfectly poached cold salmon a with a crisp rose chaser. Crusty bread and tap water were offered without asking.The service was efficient and leisurely. The manager took the time to visit many tables to see if all was well , and it was the perfect way to spend a few hours with good friends on a hot NYC afternoon.

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