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Orsay

4.5
2879 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. This elegant Parisian-style brasserie marries modern French cuisine and classic brasserie fare.

Starting August 16th we will kindly ask our guests to help us follow Metropolitan regulations regarding
COVID -19, proof of vaccination is required for all guests upon entry.

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
Physical distancing
  • 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
  • Proof of vaccination required to dine indoors
What 2879 People Are Saying
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vipDavidW
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Great venue transports you right to Paris. True decor of a French bistro and a menu to match. Great renditions of classics like French onion soup, boeuf bourguignon and steak frites. A great but fairly expensive wine list as well. Attentive service. For some the atmosphere is a bit stuffy and the crowd is a bit old. Not really a "date night" place. The restaurant also has developed great outdoor dining spaces as well. Only real complaint is that the food can be very salty.

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vipNativeNewYorker
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience5

Always a great spot. Service is always excellent as is the ambience. Food is delicious! A little pricey for everyday dining, but perfect for meetings, dates and special occasions.

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Vann
London
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience5

Gorgeous atmosphere, friendly staff. Amazing fries!

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duncang
London
3 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience5

One of my favorite traditional French bistros in Manhattan

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vipHelen
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

Great location close to the Frick Collection. I had excellent tuna tartare and my daughter lived her Lyonnaise salad.

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vipsimonwillard01742
New England
18 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Enjoyed a casual business lunch, and the food and service were outstanding. One of my favorite places to dine on the UES, and bring my fellow foodies.

Le repas était délicieux!!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful experience as usual. Everyone is so attentive and super gracious. And of course, well the food… Top notch !

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience2

We came to this restaurant because it was recommended by The Michelin Guide as a French Restaurant in NYC. Regarding the food I had a Nice Scargot as starter and a Steak Tartar as a main dish and I have to admit that the meal was good for me. However my companion had an untasty Onion soup and a awful Garganelly pasta. We are ok regarding this issue because it may happen some time.
But the the service was not good . It really does not match that quality of the food due the following reasons
- the manager did not welcome us in a polite basis … the manager was rude because I don’t want to leave my coat at arrival and I took it to the table
- the manager was drinking a glass of bear at the front desk all
time
- while it s a French Style restaurant regarding the menu and the decoration they were playing Latin music all the time .. I was figuring that Mariachi singers and tortillas plus tacos may appear at anytime
- my tartar arrived before the fries I have ordered as a side dish…
- the service was really not good
- And then came the worst part of this history. Even after the bad service and all the problems mentioned above I still gave a 10% tip. At this time the beer drinking manager came to our table and said that in NYC it us usual to give a 20% tip.
I know that this is the usual amount of tip because this is the 16th time I travel to this adorable city… and then I listed all the reasons above to him. I wished him a happy new year and left the restaurant disappointed with all the lack of attention i got.
So if you looking for a good French restaurant go to Benoit Restaurant where the food, the service and the restaurant environment is AWSOME

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Wonderful service, delicious food, great atmosphere

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vipCupcake
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall3Food2Service4Ambience4

Disappointed. The Tuna Tartar was full of bread to fill it out. They don't give points for booking on Open Table.

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Fromtheheart
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2022
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Perfect ambience for lunch for a group visiting New York with fond memories of restaurants like Orsay -- neighborhood place, beaux arts building, traditional French food properly prepared and presented, impeccable and caring service.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

One of my favorite places! The only thing they could improve is to put a proper dark chocolate soufflé on the menu.

The salmon I had last night was tres bien!!!

A true classic uptown.

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ellenw
3 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall3Food3Service3Ambience3

we dined outdoors. not ideal. prices have clearly gone up and portion size down. soup or $16, really. it is convenient and good if you are in the neighborhood.

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vipMSEats
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Really good food and service as always. Highly recommended

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vipJoel
New York Area
113 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Very good food, fine service, a well-constructed outside structure, and a perfect Upper East Side location made for an excellent dining experience on New Year's Eve. Orsay is a local UES mainstay and it is easy to see why. The restaurant gets better every year. Go and enjoy!

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vipFoodienyc
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5Food5Service4Ambience4

Been here a bunch and always a good meal!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Chicago
10 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food and service excellent! Will definitely be back.

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UESLocal
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Food was fantastic, service was very quick and polite.

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bougie
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

My sister, her husband and my wonderful nieces and nephews had a marvelous time. The food was wonderful, our waiter was terrific , and it made for a wonderful Sunday night.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 18, 2021
Overall2Food5Service1Ambience3

Great food, terrible service. Drinks took forever and then came ten minutes apart. Soda was flat and they didn’t seem to care. Food was tossed on the table.

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AlisonG
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

We were a part of 6 for dinner at the end of their service time - 9:30 pm. They could not have been nicer. Service was great. Food and Wine excellent.

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vipChrisG
New York Area
109 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

A real treat! Delicious food and prompt service prior to a show.
Worth the relatively high price. Yum!

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vipBruceT
Milwaukee
10 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall3Food3Service2Ambience4

Well, Orsay has been a consistent go to place, but this time it was really a disappointment of lunch! The service was really troubling thought out the lunch. Also, there were 3 of us and on person plate arrived, about 8 minutes later the second one arrived and not what he ordered and than my lunch arrived after asking what happened! Anther 5/7 minutes went by and then had to ask for the side dish that never arrived…. Hopefully it was an off day!

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vipEsq54
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience4

Very dependable. Always enjoy eating here. I was able to introduce a friend this time.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

The food and the service was amazing! Great place to go on a date or dinner catching up with friends. 100% will be back!

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vipjcalda
New York Area
128 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall4Food3Service4Ambience3

For being a French restaurant the choices didn't reflect the theme. The food was good, the location was good for us as we went an Off Broadway theater right around the corner. It has lots of outdoor seating.

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Choq
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 11, 2021
Overall5Food4Service5Ambience5

Outdoor space is charming and very comfortable.

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vipLogistician
New York Area
123 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience5

Overall, the experience was very good. The food was as rated, very good. The service was a bit tardy. Whether it was because of the full house, or short staff it was difficult to tell, but everyone did try their best to satisfy all needs. We will continue to frequent this great place.

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likesquiet
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on December 8, 2021
Overall4Food5Service5Ambience3

The service was excellent.
The food was delicious and the portions were more than adequate.
We were seated in the bar area that had a very high noise level. Would recommend
the main dinning room.

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vipPeteD
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience4

My wife has fish which was dry and i had beef Bourgeoning - the beef was dry not moist. The food was not exceptional for the price

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vipScottE
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on December 7, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Friends celebrating the holidays. Couldn’t have had a better time. Waitress was the best. So friendly and helpful. The food was wonderful. Many thanks for a joyful evening

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 6, 2021
Overall3Food3Service4Ambience3

Steak was not good. Service was good. The place felt like it hit its peak 20 years ago. Wouldn’t be on my list of NY places to return to.

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vipFoodieinNYC
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall4Food4Service4Ambience3

Had a fantastic time, but outdoor seating could use a few more heat lamps as it got quite chilly even though only in the 40's outside. Otherwise food and service were excellent!

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AnnH
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 5, 2021
Overall4Food4Service5Ambience4

It was nice to be back at this brasserie. The ambience is definitely Parisian which is nice in these days of restricted travel. The service is excellent. The servers have the right balance of friendliness and discretion. I enjoyed my eggs norwegian and truly loved the poached artichoke. I haven't had a whole artichoke in a while. The balsamic vinaigrette was very tasty. The artichoke had been expertly prepared (tender, no hint of choke). Overall a good Sunday brunch experience. Great french comfort food.

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vipChrL
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall2Food3Service1Ambience1

There was some type of party that took over the bar area with nobody wearing masks and crowding over people like us that were seated at tables adjacent to the bar. We didn’t get bread or our order taken for over 45 minutes and couldn’t hear each other speak (due to large group of people). Food was not spectacular, which it what should be expected for the price.

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vipKathy2go
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall1Food3Service1Ambience2

We were VERY disappointed about our nite with friends there. It was noisy with the tiled floors n we had to flag with waitstaffs for ordering everything. On top of that, besides missing utensils of every dishes that they served, they completely forgot one entry without apologizing n coming to check if everything was alright?! With the price that they charged, they really should do better than that!

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MyrnaF
1 review
Dined on December 4, 2021
Overall1Food4Service1Ambience1

Except for the food which was fine, in decades of dining here and abroad, I have never been so rudely treated in a
restaurant-without any cause on my part. With only two waiters to serve a packed restaurant, their grumpiness.was
perhaps understandable, but there was no excuse for the
maitre’d: hostile, insensitive and absolutely neglectful.
I do not intend to return to subject myself to such unwarranted conduct.

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AlfredG
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall4Food2Service4Ambience4

The food was OK with one exception: The Escargots were TERRIBLE !
Wrong spice combination and WAY TOO MUCH GARLIC.
Offensive ! The chef would have been thrown out of the kitchen in Paris!
You better fix this problem!
Alfred Goossens

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall4Food2Service3Ambience4

57 dollars for a small thin burnt steak. Horrible

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sheric
1 review
Dined on December 3, 2021
Overall5Food5Service5Ambience5

Delicious food, great service. A friendly place to enjoy lunch

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 4.5 stars by 2879 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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