Orsay

4.5
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2358 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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PD
Charleston
9 reviews
Dined on 12 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Exceptional!!!

FN
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 11 March 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

A rat ran across the restaurant when I was there. I will never eat here again

U
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Terrible service and the food was bad. Two of us had the chicken and it was overdone and tasteless. The frisée salad was basically a bowl of salty bacon. Very disappointed. We are locals and will never return.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 4 March 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fabulous! Food was terrific and great authentically French ambience.

v
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Good food and service!
Drinks could be a little better but overall a good experience

HM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good food, good location, a bit noisy, wine by the glass overpriced

T
Atlanta
33 reviews
Dined on 29 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderful spot that actually feels French! I love the atmosphere, the food is great and the specials are always interesting. Brunch is lovely too. I highly recommend this lovely spot.

PD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very beautiful restaurant. Excellent food. The noise level, however, made it extremely difficult to have a conversation. Additionally, as if it wasn’t noisy enough, they had to add some loud music to the mix (if you want to call what they were playing “music”).

RP
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good French bistro food as always. Good wines by the glass help.

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 28 February 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Well prepared main course and dessert. I recommend the salmon.

OT
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on 27 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Stellar from the moment the host welcomes you. First class service, food and atmosphere. One of favorite spots on UES.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on 25 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious and it felt very Parisian, but it was very expensive.

A
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently delicious! Lively atmosphere and friendly service. My favorite local spot.

M
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on 21 February 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

I go to Orsay every few weeks. Yesterday’s lunch was disappointing and not up to usual high standards.

P
New York Area
183 reviews
Dined on 20 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Beautiful restaurant, very pricy. Good food, but not at that price

SB
New Orleans
2 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Helped me to select a better wine bottle than initially chosen. They had great attention to detail. The food came out timely and hot and was delicious. Will definitely return.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 18 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very pleasing menu in a beautiful room with wonderful service from beginning to end.

SF
Miami
8 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

French onion soup was bland, Coq Au Vin was horrible — blob of mashed potatoes with 2 precooked chicken thighs and a drumstick cooked fairly quickly with a spoonful of gravy. Mediocre experience.

MB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 16 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Birthday brunch

M
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Clearly a neighborhood hang-out with well-dressed couples and families enjoying the excellent value bistro fair. Polished staff works as a team to deliver an enjoyable experience. Within walking distance of The Met.

NN
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on 15 February 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Orsay is a favorite standby for lunches or dinners. The service is great and the food is delicious.

OT
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great UES French Bistro

S
Washington DC
36 reviews
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The osso bucco is out of this world. Ditto the Parmesan grits. We loved the duck foie gras. And the best floating island creme Anglaise ever. The champagne is delightful. We have always enjoyed a great meal here!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 14 February 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Pretty good. Was worried about some of the bad reviews but found it to be a solid establishment serving traditional French fare, including the best steak tartare in town.

WC
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 12 February 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The should be commended -- all excellent. Nothing bad here. Just a bit noisy, with Old New York dark wood paneling style (hence the noise, I suppose).

JK
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Orsay is always just perfect for classic French cuisine. Perhaps the best fries in NYC as well. I love the place and hit it once every couple of months.

OT
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on 11 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to go to our neighborhood gem!

g
New York Area
89 reviews
Dined on 8 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

C’est chouette !

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MB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 7 February 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Nice family place as well as date night

PE
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

VERY NICE RESTAURANT.GOOD FOOD AND REASONABLE PRICES.IF YOU LIKE FRENCH FOOD YOU SHOULD VISIT

s
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 6 February 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our first time there and we will certainly return. We tried it for Restaurant Week Dinner and everything was delicious. We went early on a Friday and the noise level was perfect til around 7 when it was full and loud.

j
2 reviews