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Orsay

4.5
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2440 reviews
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$50 and over
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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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Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitising
  • Surfaces sanitised between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitised menu provided
  • Sanitiser 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
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 2440 People Are Saying
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4.5based on recent ratings
4.4
Food
4.5
Service
4.5
Ambience
4.1
Value
Noise · Moderate
95% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipHunert
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience3

Orsay continues to be excellent in spite of the draconian restrictions de Blasio has placed on restaurants. Although we had to eat in the makeshift room on the street, we thoroughly enjoyed the experience. Orsay has gone to great lengths to insure the safety of their customers so catching COVID was not something we worried about. (We were more worried about being harassed by BLM thugs who thankfully haven’t gotten this far uptown on the East side). Our food was excellent with portions that seemed very large. Service was excellent as usual in spite of the difficulties the wait staff had negotiating the tent poles and the street curb. We will be going back.

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vipNingY
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service. Thanks.

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localnerd
San Diego
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The setup for covid is excellent and the food was great. The staff work very hard to provide great service.

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CarolineG
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience4

Great atmosphere, good service and amazing freshly baked bread, but the salmon dish was so underwhelming that I only ate a few bites or it, and some of the macarons were stale.

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viplynnb
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Great wait staff.
Felt safe.
Well spaced.

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vipBhland1
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Probably the safest outdoor restaurant in NYC with plexiglass partitions between tables, couldn't even hear conversations of those on either side of us. Delicious dinner and excellent service.

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vipAlisonT
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on 20 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I loved the chicken thyme salad.

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vipHappytodine
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 19 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Once again Orsay has knocked it out of the box during COVID. The outside venue is really delightful, the staff, from the mature d’s to the servers to the breadservers were gallant, lovely, attentive and perfect. The French fries are as delicious as in Belgium - we were all delighted with our experience!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 17 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great service! Pretty outdoor seating. Amazing

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DebbieLynn
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always enjoy our neighborhood spot Orsay, but the way they've recently expanded their outdoor seating to also maintain the special French bistro feel it's always had is remarkable. Will definitely be back for many years to come.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great food and amazing service.

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vipDanaH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

I wntertain ans also go with my family every week.
Perfect spot!!❤️❤️

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Mimi
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 15 September 2020
Overall4Food5Service4Ambience4

considering this is outide dining it was pretty good. The service was excellent,
menu very small choices but the food is always good

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AnneB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Great restaurant in this time with proper distancing.

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vipECPii
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always a quality experience with great wine choices and excellent food. The steak tartare is beyond!

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vipNeighborhooddiner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall1Food2Service1Ambience4

Made a reservation and it was not honored until 15 minutes past the time that was reserved. We gave our order in quite a bit later someone came over to ask us if we had ordered and we told them we already had. So clearly communication was not happening there. I was most annoyed by a rather blasé Response to the fact that they did not have a table when a reservation was confirmed. I would not go back. Or so food was just average.

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OpenTable Diner
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on 13 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful menu... had the duck confit salad! Really enjoyed our brunch!

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Frenchgourmet
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

The food was very good, and the staff very attentive. The prices are on the high side, especially for wines, but overall, the experience was a success.

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vipHappytodine
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Orsay has done a really nice job of expanding their outside venue, lined with wonderful flower holders/dividers, it almost feels like you are eating in Paris or Amsterdam at an outdoor café. I hope they get some heaters for the winter so we can continue being outside. The service and the food was very good starting with the bread and continuing on to the hamburger and duck salad that we ordered

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viptsnyc
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 12 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Always great staff and cuisine.

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vipKatharineR
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 11 September 2020
Overall5Food3Service5Ambience4

Unfailingly delicious tuna tartar, and wonderful wine. Steak pretty good, too. We were a party of five and had a lovely evening. Our server was excellent - friendly, helpful and attentive. Everything is so hard for restaurants at the moment, but I'm glad we chose Orsay - they've doing a fine job with good outdoor space, and we will come again.

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AndKar
San Francisco
13 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Love the Oyster! very attentive service and Covid safe!

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vipEebee
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was lovely to sit outside. The service was wonderful and the food was very good.

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vipJeanBaptiste
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 6 September 2020
Overall2Food5Service4Ambience1

Orsay was a restaurant I loved going to before the pandemic. But I will wait until the pandemic passes to return . These restaurants that think dining on avenues in NYC next to traffic is a pleasant experience are delusional. Who wants a bite of bavette followed by a whiff of exhaust from a truck 18 inches away . Orsay even had lots of table on the side street empty that for some reason were not available to us even though we have gone there regularly and even gave them some $ when the pandemic started . I know they are struggling but fill up the side street first then warn diners the exhaust may be a little much on Lex . As always the food was delicious though a little less brisk in service which I understand considering ..

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vipscrod
New England
218 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

delicious food- the steak and salmon were fabulous! Nice outdoor dining set up

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vipKdining
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall3Food5Service2Ambience4

Great food but service could have been much better. Very unfortunate.

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Outoftowner1
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Excellent dinner
First rate service and quality

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mikhailr
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 5 September 2020
Overall2Food2Service4Ambience2

The quality of food in Orsay today is seriously lower than previously.

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JohnM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 1 September 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Spent an elongated time with a friend for lunch. Great food and service. Never rushed. Very enjoyable time.

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vipFranz
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on 1 September 2020
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience4

I had a special Porchetta on a bed of green lentils with figs and huckleberries. Very rich but delicious. Maitre'd was very accommodating and moved our table to a better location at our request. We had a lovely lunch. Thank you.

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vipDetg
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 31 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

A birthday dinner

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vipFussbudget
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Outside dining works well.

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JaneC
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

It was lovely. We were very happy with our table, service and food. The staff were charming to us. I had roasted chicken and it was plentiful.

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vipLSMD
New York Area
66 reviews
Dined on 29 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Orsay has taken every precaution in the fight against Covid to make their diners feel comfortable. Food was delicious and service was excellent.

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vipGaryJ
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Superb service, as always!’

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vipuegdsw
New York Area
104 reviews
Dined on 24 August 2020
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Orsay has created a terrific ambiance outdoors from Lexington Avenue around the corner to E. 75th Street. The halibut is a lovely well constructed dish, with unique features such as a well matched pesto, and a smattering of carrots, green beans, and small artichoke hearts. The escargot were great and the bread a very high quality. The floating island dessert was exceptional. Eating outdoors at Orsay during Covid-19 was a treat.

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vipChrisW
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 23 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Our experience was very pleasant and the food was delicious.

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vipGeRi
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2020
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience2

It is unfair to ask for an honest review when we are dining in the street under a temporary cover.

Dining during a very warm evening and the icing on the cake was a $300 check. As to the quality of the food, only one of the four entrees was on the mark. My burger was overcooked as was the salmon and the short rib pasta dish was dry and needed olive oil

All in all, a very disappointing evening

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vipDKay
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2020
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Orsay did a great job considering Covid rules. Only request is that all tables have some lights. If not on veranda of restaurant lighting was missing. Had to keep my cell phone light on to see my dinner. Thank you!

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vipAlMc
Las Vegas
18 reviews
Dined on 18 August 2020
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience3

The only problem is that because of COVID-19 we had to sit on Lexington Avenue. If I had known, I would have requested 75th Street seating.

FAQs

Orsay does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates.

Orsay is rated 4.5 stars by 2440 OpenTable diners.

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