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1057 Lexington Ave, New York City, NY 10021 (Manhattan)
(212) 517-6400
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Ranked #2,227 of 11,869 Restaurants in New York City
Price range: $41 - $80
Sun 11:00 am - 3:30 pm
5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Mon - Fri 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
Mon - Sat 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Sat 12:00 am - 3:30 am
Cuisines: French, Eclectic, International
Upper East Side
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Restaurant details
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Elegant
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
5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Visiting Orsay is the closest feeling that your in Parisian restaurant. The restaurant is a beautiful french bistro filled with mostly regulars for lunch. At first you are made to feel like your not one of them until you order a nice expensive bottle, not a glass, of wine. Immediately attitude changes. Salad, hanger steak with perfect french fries, was... More 

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76 reviews 76 reviews
43 restaurant reviews
54 helpful votes 54 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015 via mobile

We ate a late lunch there. Three of us had the roasted chicken, a half chicken au jus. It was as good as any bistro in Paris. The ambiance reminded us of a Paris bistro. The cost was not outrageous: $23 for the chicken with deliciously crisp French fries. The cookie plate for$13 was worth it and was a satisfying... More 

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Washington, Ct
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108 reviews 108 reviews
55 restaurant reviews
59 helpful votes 59 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 10, 2015

The place has been recommended by many but for us was something new. Indeed there was no disappointment. We had lunch there, with family members on a busy Saturday afternoon. The place was packed to the rims and very noisy. The service, was, however very attentive and obviously they are prepared to serve as many people as the can accommodate... More 

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Warwick, New York
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86 reviews 86 reviews
63 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

My wife and I had dinner here the other night and it was fantastic. Service was great as was the atmosphere. I had the vension special which was wonderful and my wife had the hanger steak. She couldn't stop talking about it! Wine selection is really good as are the desserts.

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Helsinki, Finland
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

Just simply said, delicious. Service and food where great and it is not too expencive. I liked the athmosphere. I would recommend this.

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Abcoude, The Netherlands
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49 reviews 49 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

After Mortimer which was our favorite restaurant in NYC when we lived there on the corner of Orsay it is nice to be back again. The interior has not been changed which was nice to remember those days of Mortimer's BUT Orsay is fantastic (it must be the location). We were here for lunch. The service is excellent and so... More 

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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

We spent a delightful evening at Orsay with family for Thanksgiving dinner. The traditional American fare was offered, but we all opted for various French favorites cooked so elegantly that it was as if we were experiencing the French favs again for the first time! Magnifique!

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Hyde Park, New York
15 reviews 15 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2014

I was so very happy to eat at Orsay yesterday,because the quality of experience reminds me of Benoit bistro owned by Alain Ducasse in Paris.This place looks charming from outside and has very smart looking patrons. The host is young and very friendly.The windows are screened from the street by white lace curtains and dining room has wood and glass... More 

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Leamington Spa, United Kingdom
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Visited the restaurant a couple of weekends ago when I was in NYC with my god daughter for her 18th birthday. It is incredibly expensive - in particular the side orders and drinks. There is also an expectation that the tip provided will be 20%, which on top of everything else makes for a VERY expensive night out. There are... More 

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Cambridge, MA, USA
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48 reviews 48 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2014

This Manhattan bistro resembles La Coupole in Paris: big, noisy, classic bistro fare. The food is on the whole decent but overpriced. My blanquette de veau was nearly inedible, but by son's steak tartare was good, as was the appetizer of snails. You won't be thrilled if you know French food, but you won't leave angry either. Sorry, that's the... More 

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Additional Information about Orsay

Address: 1057 Lexington Ave, New York City, NY 10021
Phone Number: (212) 517-6400
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Manhattan
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:00 am - 3:30 pm  5:30 pm - 10:00 pm
Monday 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm  5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Tuesday 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm  5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Wednesday 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm  5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Thursday 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm  5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Friday 12:00 pm - 3:30 pm  5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
Saturday 5:30 pm - 11:00 pm  12:00 am - 3:30 am
Average Prices: USD 41 - 80
Cuisine: French, Eclectic, International

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