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Orsay

1057 Lexington Ave, New York City, NY 10021 (Manhattan)
(212) 517-6400
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Ranked #1,983 of 11,620 restaurants in New York City
Price range: $41 - $80
Cuisines: French, Eclectic, International
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Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
Neighborhood: Manhattan
Cross street: 75th Street and Lexington Avenue
Transit: 6 train to 77th Street, then walk south two blocks.
Description: 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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English first
New York City, New York
Top Contributor
85 reviews 85 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 14, 2014

Whenever I eat at Orsay I feel...fancy. The staff treats you like you see in the movies. The food is generally presented ...fancy. The regulars look....well - not fancy - but like folks who probably often (used to?) go to ....fancy events. It has a bit of an older crowd - but put yourself in 1950s fancy mode and enjoy... More

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Weehawken, New Jersey
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21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 13, 2014

Good French cuisine. Their steak Tartar is really good. My wife took also a gazpacho she didn't like so much but I didn't find anything wrong. It is the second time we went there but both times I found the dining room extremely noisy. I don't mind the brasserie atmosphere but not for the price of a fine dining restaurant.

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Washington DC
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2014

We visited for Mother's Day brunch. They had a lovely prix fixe menu. The place was very busy, which made me believe that people really like this place. The service was efficient and friendly. The restaurant is open and airy especially with all the open doors/windows. We can't wait to go back for a regular lunch or dinner service.

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San Diego, CA
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72 reviews 72 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 30, 2014

We had quite a bit of a selection for our meal. Salads, sandwiches, soups, etc. There wasn't a bad thing served. We were on such a roll we all got dessert. Chocolate Mouse, Strawberry tart, tarte tatin, all of it was fantastic. Bread was fresh, fragrant and there wasn't enough to stuff down my throat. Very quaint looking place, clean,... More

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Philadelphia, PA
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155 reviews 155 reviews
65 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 22, 2014

We had seen this restaurant the last time we were in the city, but we had just eaten. It looked exciting, and it was filled with people. So, we made note and went there this past trip to NYC. We were very pleased with the meal and the service. We sat outside, which was perfect for a lovely spring day.... More

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Newton, Massachusetts
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23 reviews 23 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 27, 2014

The food was very good well Presented. I had Monkfish And My wife had chicken. The deserts were outstanding And excellent service. The Manager even flagged a taxi For us which is no fun on NYC

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New York City, New York
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220 restaurant reviews
243 helpful votes 243 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 25, 2014

From the splashy yet stylish entrance door, through the warm mahogany panels all around, combined with the elegant floor tiles in fanning out design, all reflected in the fittingly distressed mirrors all around, it states, no, screams Brasserie! Only better: most Brasseries in France, true to their Alsatian origin, concentrate on beer as the drink of choice while Orsay has... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 24, 2014

Having spent the morning at the Metropolitan Museum of Art we were ready for a nice lunch. THE best salade nicoise! Very good professional service. We will return on our next visit to NY.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

We were visiting the city and staying on the UES and decided to eat at Orsey. The place is quite typical French in both good and bad ways. The food was very good and I highly recommend their Tartar. However the service wasn't as attentive as you would expect for a restaurant in this price range.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

This is a great French restaurant that will not disappoint you. During this last visit we had Sunday brunch and it was delicious. If you are in the area, don't miss it.

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