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Orsay

4.6
2640 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.

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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 2640 people are saying
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4.6based on recent ratings
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JulieK
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Had a nice brunch there Sunday. Shared chicken liver pâté and had the crust less quiche. Overall it’s was good,

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viprdjg
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating a delicious taste and touch of Paris! Highly recommend!!

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vipMichelleF
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Orsay is usually one of my faves but this last time fell a bit short on the food front. They seemed to be a bit overwhelmed during lunch and that may have contributed to it.

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vipManhattanDiner
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall2food2service1ambience4

Outdoor seating area is appealing, but Orsay seems to have raised their prices and altered their lunch menu so there are limited options for anyone not wanting to spend at least $30 for small portions of mediocre food. On top of that, surly waitress messed up order. Would not return.

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suzannem
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service2ambience5

this is an iconic and delightful slice of Paris in NY. Worth the trip every time we come to the city. Delicious French food with sidewalk dining that makes you feel like you're "in" the neighborhood. But our server was unusually"off" he was short-tempered, not engaged nor the least bit charming, almost put upon by having to serve us. Perhaps a bad night? But then to slam down the dishes at our place and dismiss us to another server for the completion of our meal? Really atypical for this otherwise perfect spring evening dinner.

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vipKing
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

They put 6 of us around a too small table and the four top next to us was quite loud and probably were over served.

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vipGlutenfreeMom
Philadelphia
21 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was so wonderful!

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CarolM
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience3

The food was incredible. And considering it was Mother's Day, everything was amazingly fresh and well prepared. Overall, we had a lovely time and a wonderful, albeit pricey, experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went on Mother’s Day. Everyone was lovely and helpful. The food was delicious and presented well. Thanks for a lovely experience.

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Emma
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 8, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Overpriced and food not impressive. chicken was dry / bland and peppercorn sauce had weird taste. The steak was tasty

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vipNativeNewYorker
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on May 7, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a favorite spot for special occasions and celebrations. The food is delicious and the team there is wonderful.

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vipPilarV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was very good, service was friendly and helpful.

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MICHAELK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 6, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great food, as always, and good service. It was a lovely day, and a lovely lunch, by all accounts!

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vipMenachemR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Excellent food, excellent service - highly recommend it

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I go here twice a week. My local spot.

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KathyC
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience3

We had a 6PM reservation, and due to COVID we were told we had 1 hour to dine at an outdoor table for 2. Our waiter asked for our drink orders before we had even settled into our seats. We then ordered a cheese plate to share and two main courses. The unappealing cheese plate arrived with 4 small slivers of cheese and a gangly sprig of elderberries. No honey, or jam, or nuts, olives, nothing to make it special. We asked for someone to identify the cheeses, but no one came and we ate three of them ( uninspired) and the 4th, a hard wedge of yellow rind was too hard to cut or Cleve. We asked for it to be replaced and the maître d' came to the table, told us we didn't understand that it was a parmesan, and said he wouldn't replace it. After we both looked at him incredulously, he delivered another sliver of cheese and laid it on top of my husbands bread dish. After this embarrassment, we waited until 7:25, and still hadn't gotten our main courses. Those around us were eating, so there was clearly a mistake with our dinner. We cancelled the dinner and asked for our check at 7:30. We received an unadjusted check for $68.00 for the drinks and cheese and no apologies or courtesies and left vowing never to come back. We could never recommend Orsay based on our experience.

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vipPaigeB
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my absolute favorite places. Good always great, staff always courteous!

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JudyBigAppleGal
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 2, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Great service. Fresh yummy seafood. Dinner and Sunday brunch were very nice. Must try!

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vipMikeK
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great food and service. It is our neighborhood 'go-to" . They have done a great job making patrons comfortable with excellent partitions and table distance. It has the effect of making the space more intimate.

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vipSAL1
New York Area
58 reviews
Dined on April 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very nice "outdoor dining" situation. We were comfortably separated from other diners, out of the wind and had one excellent experience. The fresh baked bread is an extra special treat. Fries could be a bit crisper - but overall meal was great.

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Dennis
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Watch out. They don't have menus. They have that dopey little box with spots on it that you can't read; you're supposed to have your phone take a picture of it and read the menu from that little screen on your phone. If you resist, at least they'll bring you an iPad-sized device that has their menu on it.

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RobertaS
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My friends and I enjoyed the evening very much. From the superb bread with salted butter to my unbelievable (really) cheeseburger & fries, it was a great experience.

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vipGinger
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Dined outside because of Covid-19. Much more pleasant in their beautiful dining room.

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Mace
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very nice classic French restaurant on the UES. They've done a great job accommodating for Covid restrictions and we felt very comfortable while there. Shrimp bisque was good but a bit on the thin side while the Tricolor salad was fresh and tasty. But be prepared to open your wallet for the experience; Orsay is not inexpensive.

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vipAedesigns
Miami
29 reviews
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful Sunday brunch with friends and family on Sunday. It was a superb venue with delightful food, and great service....a perfect combination

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MalcolmT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

It is a good standard. I always enjoy being there.
The accommodations, even under Covid were very good. I had a salmon which was cooked perfectly.

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vipVickiS
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful place, great menu, delicios food, fabulous service. Can not eat to go back, time and again

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viprdjg
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on April 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An absolutely beautiful, delicious, relaxing weekend lunch in a perfect French setting! Not to be missed!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outside dining perfection. Food and service amazing. I had the escargot and burrata cheese w white asparagus. Decor and heaters outside. And crowd was excited to be there.

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SholehA
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Service was excellent and no pressure how long we sat for lunch
They didn’t try to kick us out
Cream of mushroom soup amazing as well as steak au poivre

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stoneef
San Francisco
4 reviews
Dined on April 22, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Generally good food. When busy service is a little lax.

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vipEmmaG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had been meaning to try Orsay since I moved in around the corner and finally did so on Wednesday night. We had an 8:00 PM reservation but they were able to accommodate us inside at 7:40, which was great. The service was incredible - our water glass was never empty and multiple servers checked on us several times throughout our meal. Our food came quickly without feeling rushed and was delicious. The dressing on the mixed green salad was phenomenal and the escargot was cooked perfectly. Our wine was similarly delicious and rounded out our meal well. We will definitely be back!

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Stephanie
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on April 21, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

As a French expat, when I crave French cuisine, it has to be authentic, delicious and in a gorgeous decor. Check on all counts with Orsay! The Art Deco transports me to Paris, in one of my favorite brasseries there, and the food is impeccable as well. Service with a French accent adds to the atmosphere of authenticity. I had to have the Ile Flottante, a divine chilled vanilla custard topped with a cloud of poached whipped egg whites covered in almond dust. So worth it.

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vipGeordy
New York Area
172 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Good setup for pandemic. Choices limited, different than “before “ menu and pricier. Waiter was all over me while waiting for my friend, then absent when we wanted to order wine, then wanted whole order, when said not ready, absent again, and again when wine in bucket not right next to us needed refills. They were rather busy, but suit types walking by seemed not to be much help., to us or wait staff.
But food tasty and waiter pleasant when present.

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Betty
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Love the food and the ambience. I wish there were a few intermediary kinds of offerings for lunch, somewhere between having soup or an appetizer, and having a full entrée. There is the burger, but for people who do not eat red meat, that’s a limitation. Maybe some special sandwiches would be nice.

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vipMargo
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on April 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good neighborhood restaurant - bistro menu
Consistent good service, food and lively atmosphere

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UnionSqJ
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place for a nice, quiet brunch or dinner. I have been here several times with friends that live in the area. A French bistro style combined with excellent service, tasty nicely presented meals, and a great wine list make this place a gem.

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CambridgeCrew
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great outdoor setup

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CHRISTOPHERw
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

food was cold, escargot cold, fries cold, artichoke overdone and cold, bottled water + glassware smelled like wet dog

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vipPeterB
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on April 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a tres francais brunch experience.

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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 2640 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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