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Orsay

4.6
2682 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 & 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
Physical distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective equipment
  • Waiting staff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
  • Staff temperature check required
What 2682 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.4
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4.5
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93% of people would recommend it to a friend
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viprdjg
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb service @ ambiance. And the food was even better!

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vipParis4
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Great neighborhood cafe with good food, however the staff has “attitude” & always seem put out. In any time, this is not good practice, but especially now in post COVID NYC, humility and gratitude are a very important aspect of the dining experience. Truly unfortunate.

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vipWSNYC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always an excellent choice for dinner.

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Julie
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Service was outstanding. Outside seating was attractive and comfortable. Food was hit or miss. Tuna tartare excellent, burrata was so garlicky you couldn’t taste the cheese. Didn’t know that was even possible. Scallops were perfectly prepared. Vegetarian pasta was bland and a bit dry.
I’d go back if I knew what to order. Talented wait staff let down by the chef.

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TylerB
1 review
Dined on 16 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great Upper East Side lunch and dinner spot. Exceptional food and atmosphere.

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vipAnnZ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 16 June 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Not very accommodating.

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kbcdelicious
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on 15 June 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Always lovely lunch and dinner at Orsay. The outdoor terrace is delightful.

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LauraO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 June 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The restaurant is always good but service tends to be slow. It took quite a while for our server to come back between getting our drinks and taking our order. And then when our meal was cleared it was a very long time before he came to ask if we wanted dessert or coffee.

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vipECPii
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure to dine here. Steak tartare is amazing!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on 12 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent all around

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vipJerryBlade
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience4

Great local French bistro!

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MICHAELK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 9 June 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

As always, the food was great and so was the ambiance. The service was good. Lots of action here at lunch, and the people were very well-dressed and polite. Always a great choice!

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Eiocat
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 8 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a lovely lunch. The burger was grass-fed and the bun made in house. I’m picky about details and was very impressed with the friendly service and menu choices.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience1

It was a special occasion, we were meeting our future son-in-law’s family for the first time. Had a reservation for 7 people at 7pm; everyone was on time. At 8:30 I was asking when we would get our entree. It came 15 minutes later along with a very tepid apology. When my wife talked to the maitre’d he shrugged and told her a lot of people showed up at the same time
The room had to be 80 degrees.
Our bill with tip was closing in on a thousand dollars but we were treated like tourists.
We have been going Orsay for years, never going back.

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AnthonyC
1 review
Dined on 6 June 2021
Overall3food1service4ambience4

We ordered steak au poivre medium rare and it came well done, we sent it back and the next steak came back blue. After that we ordered the cheeseburger medium, but that also came back well done.

This should be a slam dunk steak au poivre, I was stunned that they couldn't get it right.

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EllenS
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent as always! Thank you!!

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OpenTable Diner
Pittsburgh
3 reviews
Dined on 5 June 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

A pleasant evening out with friends. The food was good and the staff were wonderful.

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vipJudyS
New York Area
196 reviews
Dined on 4 June 2021
Overall4food3service3ambience3

it is our neighborhood club, and we love it... they have been wonderful during this whole year

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vipAnnieS
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on 2 June 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

The service was spotty and rude. The soft shell crabs were so over breaded and over fried.

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vipChrisW
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 31 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Orsay is a little bit of authentic Paris in Manhattan, our favorite French bistro. My only complaint: a new notice on the table warning parties of two not to linger more than one hour. We didn't---but the thought of being rushed in a Parisian restaurant is beyond the pale. (One hour at a table is de rigueur; anything shorter is fast food.) I hope they get rid of this policy.

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vipLisaR
New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service with a lovely ambiance!

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vipmarkc
Phoenix
77 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

reliably good. great outdoor space. a little pricey for what you get but a favorite

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Mina
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Great Service, perfect bistro food - the best mussels I have had in years - perfectly cooked.

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viprory
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on 29 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great experience at Orsay! 🥂

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JulieC
Seattle
1 review
Dined on 28 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My brother and I took my parents here for an early surprise celebration of their 50th Wedding Anniversary, knowing with Covid, we can’t have a big to-do. But we wanted to mark the occasion for them in some way. From the beginning, the staff at Orsay was so helpful making sure on this (strangely cold) late May evening, that we had a warm spot. All light long we were well-attended by our server Max and then the restaurant surprised us all with candles on dessert for my parents and a round of champagne. Just a very classy move and added to the overall experience of delicious food, great ambience and classy service. Will be back for sure. Thank you!

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vipDianaB
Frankfurt Area
16 reviews
Dined on 27 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I live nearby, and Orsay has long been one of my favorite neighborhood restaurants. I came for dinner with two out of town guests, and we all were very impressed. The atmosphere is one of a Paris brasserie that has been around since the Belle Epoque, which is particularly great now, as we can't go to Paris in person. The menu is perfect for the place, and the food is delicious (the foie gras, the tuna tartare, the onion soup and the burger are particularly recommended). The service was friendly and attentive.

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vipmisterart
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on 26 May 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience2

Lousy table rushed service indifferent staff

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vipJessicaR
Los Angeles
33 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Luis and the rest of the staff at Orsay took great care of me and my friend, Christina. We started with oysters and the burrata appetizers, both fantastic! Rose champagne for that course. For dinner, I had the moules frite and omg that kefir lime sauce is out of this world. I was even dipping the fries in it. Christina had the salmon and said it was perfectly cooked and she loved the mustard sauce. We had a lovely bottle of Sancerre with our mains. We split the strawberry pistachio tart for dessert and it was the perfect end to a lovely meal. I look forward to returning soon

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vipNYCMom
New York Area
74 reviews
Dined on 25 May 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

While dining at Orsay is a bit costly, it is always a wonderful experience. The food and drink are truly delicious and the atmosphere makes you feel like you are in Paris.

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vipMaryS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 24 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The staff at Orsay is excellent !! Friendly, professional and courteous
The ambience is beautiful and the food great !!
We had a wonderful time !!

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vipMpsp
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

We enjoyed our food although we miss the Sunday roast beef special and wish they would bring it back. Only disappointment was service not being up to the professionalism of prior visits- had to ask for refills of water, no plate brought for shells from a mussels dish until we asked and more along those lines.

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ReginaS
1 review
Dined on 23 May 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This luncheon was for my family and was the first time since the pandemic that we had a meal in NYC. Perfect spot for it. The patios were open but, divided by plexiglas. We are all fully vacinated and felt very comfortable. Lovely food, great service and Orsay will remain on our list of favorites.

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RoseP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Disappointing visit to Orsay last night. Service was rude and we felt rushed. The onion soup was not warm enough, and the steak au poivre, always a favorite, was very disappointing. The meat was very hard, and not cooked as requested. We were sitting outside, and it was a very warm night, to the point it was uncomfortable.
Overall, not as expected for the price and type of restaurant.

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TomB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Excellent food, attentive, and courteous service.

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vipRich
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Why, at 5 PM with the restaurant pretty empty, the maitre d' felt he had to seat us next to a crowded large table of adults in baseball caps and noisy children was beyond comprehension,. When we asked for a different table he moved us two tables further away as a sort of concession Orsay has good food and ambiance but an attitude problem.

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vipJessicaB
Charlotte
1 review
Dined on 22 May 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Our latest visit to Orsay was very disappointing…we’ve gone here for years and only had great experiences up until today. It was always an expensive treat, but worth it! The menu was reduced which was fine, but the meal was so disappointing. I ordered the mussels which took almost an hour to arrive and we’re over cooked to the point of disintegration-and were very fishy. The service was a little disappointing for the amount of the bill, but overall, it was just kind of a let down for the total amount and the high regard that we hold this place to based on past experiences. Sadly, this will be our last time at Orsay.

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sheryl
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

food was just okay, but for the price it was it should have been excellent.

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viprdjg
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on 21 May 2021
Overall5food5service3ambience5

Service was not up to par.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Atlanta
2 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall3food4service2ambience3

The staff seems quite overworked and stressed and rude to customers.

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vipFrances
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on 20 May 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

Very good three hour luncheon with my friend. Tiny portions of good food. Excellent wine. Professional, if perfunctory, service. Would I go back? Yes!

FAQs

Orsay does offer delivery in partnership with Postmates. Orsay also offers takeaway which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 517-6400 ext. 0.

Orsay is rated 4.6 stars by 2682 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 bookings at the moment.

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