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Orsay

4.6
2542 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
  • Staff temperature check required
What 2542 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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4.6
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4.5
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97% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipClausewitz
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service1ambience4

Our main course arrived in the middle of the first course. It was taken away and stuck somewhere. It arrived cold.

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KieranG
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience4

great brunch and outdoor seatin is very well organized

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SharonG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful interior. Classic French. Great for lunch or dinner.

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vipROBERTF
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great meal and service

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vipdurnan2
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food is consistently delicious. Portions are small - so don't bring a teenage boy.

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Eatingo
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Orasy is the perfect place for lunch or dinner. The food is simply wonderful and the service is outstanding! They anticipate your needs and fulfill your every expectation.

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Alfrazolam
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Can not reccomend enough. The service and the food was just perfect. Great selection of wines and entrees.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 21, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Food at brunch was very pricey and unfortunately disappointing. Outdoor table service was amiable but host was ungracious. Outdoor heater was ineffective. Disappointing as I have been a customer multiple times and this was a letdown.

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DebbieP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 20, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Great set up for outdoor with heat lamps. Food and service were very good.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Orsay and had another outstanding and memorable meal the other night!

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BPSchiff
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

All great, but even with only 25% filled, the restaurant is too noisy.

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nycesq
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent French bistrot...

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Went for Valentine’s Day with fiancé. First time at the restaurant and I love Paris. The food was great and the interior reminded me of a quintessential Parisian restaurant. Decent wine selection and bubble selection. Definitely would go back.

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vipLacey
Miami
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They did a great job and made Valentine's Day very special in these unusual times. Management and staff went the extra mile, food was very good, and all Covid protocol was followed precisely. Welcome back to being open again and thanks for a really nice evening.

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vipCarl
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience2

I’ve been to Orsay many times. Food and service were outstanding as usual. Only criticism is about outdoor dining, which we do for Covid reasons. The heaters are only slightly above useless. If you only do outdoor dining you might want to keep this in mind.

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Stan
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

- Got seated at the only table without heating
- Waitress said "tough luck" when asked to be moved
- Waited over 15 minutes out of the 1 hour reservation to be attended to
- Manager didn't seem to care about any of this

Whether I'm paying $400 or $40 for a meal, the place has to earn it. The service at Orsay isn't worth even $40, let alone more. Would not recommend.

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Jimm
New England
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dont ever ask me for contact tracing

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vipMichaelB
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything that you could want from a French Bistro; from excellent food to drinks to service.

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viptsnyc
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you! Excellent!

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vipAudrey
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

It was a lovely luncheon. Will be back again very soon,

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vipOpenTable Diner
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I loved this restaurant. I live in London and was in NYC for work. The best French restaurant I’ve been to outside France. And great value.

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vipNica
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, excellent!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Freezing on the patio. Heater did not help. Food was just okay

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vipJayD
New York Area
148 reviews
Dined on January 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Always love Orsay. We understand with the restrictions that the menu must be limited and everything was tasty. Look forward to more choices soon. Great wines by the glass. Friendly and nice service with sensitivity to safety. Most restaurants will box the leftovers to take home themselves. They gave us containers to box ourselves. It was nice and warm on one side of the cabana and cold on the other side, but we traded seats after a course. We will be back.

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AlishaG
1 review
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Really loved the food and the service! It was my first time dining there and I can’t wait to go back and try other dishes. Had the salad, steak frites and chicken, all were delicious. It’s cold dining outside even with the heaters, so be sure layer up.

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vipDocmd
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

The food is so delicious - delicate and delicious sauces and flavors. We loved the soup, tuna tartare, salmon, steak - and also the desserts, altho we miss the profiteroles.

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vipsanta32claus
New York Area
78 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service always very good salads onion soup my favs

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NatalieM
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great upper east side neighborhood French!

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MariaM
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

great roast chicken, mushroom soup no cream and good service

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CMO1
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Wonderful service. Great outdoor setup with heaters but still enough open air. Food is very good, but menu seems to be getting a bit more limited(less salads available at lunch)

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vipMimi
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Two days in a row of good food, good service, comfortable setting.

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vipJayD
New York Area
148 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

The outside setup was comfortable with good heat lamps. Food delicious as always and great wines by the glass. Look forward to them expanding their menu when they can.

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OpenTable Diner
London
2 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience3

Could use more outdoor heating

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vipwestsider
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

They did an excellent job preparing and serving our 20th anniversary lunch outdoors, while protecting us with partitions and ensuring our comfort.

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MichaelD
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I've been going to Orsay for nearly 20 years and it's never disappointed. Best martini in NYC.

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Topagigio
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall1food5service4ambience1

Not good outdoors dining experience extremely cold!!!! Not going back😩

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vipAlisonT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’re disappointed that both the chicken and duck salads are no longer available.

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nydiner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and good service. For COVID they have a good outdoor setup next to the restaurant and on the street. Menu has been modified but still contains excellent classics such as beef bourguignon, steak au poivre, and roasted chicken. And for dessert they offer my favorite, floating island.

This place is a fine dining establishment so your meal will be on the pricey side, but I think it is well worth it.

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OPK1
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best outdoor dining on the Upper East Side. Food is amazing, service is excellent and you can sit on their terrace which is open and airy.

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FayeS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Not much to say except I will go there again with my friends.

FAQs

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

Orsay is rated 4.6 stars by 2542 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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