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Orsay

#1,372 of 11,209 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Neighborhood:
Upper East Side
French, International, Eclectic
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1057 Lexington Ave, New York City, NY 10021 (75th Street and Lexington Avenue)
6 train to 77th Street, then walk south two blocks.
(212) 517-6400
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Today
12:00 pm - 3:30 pm
5:30 pm - 11:00 pm
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Hours:
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
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations
Description: Designed by partner Jean Denoyer, Orsay strikes that difficult balance of...
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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    Very good
  • 21
    Average
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    3.5 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
I love this place

Cool, nice and fresh food, wine, good atmosphere....I go every time that i came here in new york. I really recomend it.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 20, 2015
Elbia M
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São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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Long Island, New York
Senior Contributor
24 reviews 24 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015 NEW

Three couples all had a very good meal at Orso. The food was great, especially the panzanella salad, the calf's liver, the sausage pizza, the gigli pasta and the fish. The wine we ordered was very nice. Our waiter was very friendly and very helpful. I asked for the afagato dessert to be customized. It was no problem and delicious.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015 NEW

Try the steak and fries. Steak au poivre is great. The white wine is amazing too. Excellent. Beautiful place too. Five stars.

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Denver, Colorado
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16 reviews 16 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

Always great service, delicious food, season changes in the menu that keep regulars interested. Though the atmosphere is a bit loud, its a lively place that I heartily recommend.

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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 8, 2015

We have found Orsay to be one of the best, most prominent French restaurants in the upper east side 60's & 70;s, for lunch (indoors and outdoors) for brunch and dinner. Can't go wrong with a wonderful menu and excellent food. Try it, you'll be delighted

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Estero, Florida
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22 reviews 22 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2015

Very good Parisian type restaurant on Lexington Avenue. A bit pricey but that is to be expected. Very good for dinner and fantastic for lunch. Of all the French restaurants in New York City, this is the closest to an authentic French brasserie. Professional service and excellent menu. I have visited many times and it is ideal for an intimate... More 

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São Paulo, São Paulo, Brazil
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48 reviews 48 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

Cool, nice and fresh food, wine, good atmosphere....I go every time that i came here in new york. I really recomend it.

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Olivier L, General Manager at Orsay, responded to this review

Elbia, We are so proud to count you among our regulars, all the way from Brazil!! We hope that you have another trip to New York planned soon, the weather is beautiful and the terrace is booming! Best Regards, Olivier Lavielle General Manager More 

Top Contributor
173 reviews 173 reviews
111 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015 via mobile

Had lunch here with a good friend. This was my first time there, although my friend goes often and was greeted warmly. If I lived in the area it would be my go to place also. The food and service were excellent and you feel welcomed. This restaurant will not disappoint and they genuinely appreciate having you there.

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Olivier L, General Manager at Orsay, responded to this review

Debrah, We think you hit the nail right on the head with your comments; our number one goal is to provide excellent service and to make you feel welcomed. Thank you so much for dining with us and for taking the time to write your review. We hope that we will become one of your go to places on the... More 

Bronx, New York
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
15 restaurant reviews
27 helpful votes 27 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

went here for the Restaurant Week. Been wanting to visit this restaurant for a while but it's kinda out-of-the-way, far from office & home. The restaurant lived up to my expectations. the food, the ambiance, the service are all good! it's good Restaurant Week restaurants now do Saturdays :)

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Olivier L, General Manager at Orsay, responded to this review

Thank you for dinning with us during restaurant week, we know you had a lot of options and we’re glad you chose to dine at Orsay. We were so happy to hear that you we lived up to your expectations and we hope to see you more often now! Best Regards, Olivier Lavielle General Manager More 

London, United Kingdom
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12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 17, 2015

Even though NY has many French restaurants, this is as close as you can get to what you would expect from a French bistro. It looks original, with really nice decoration, serves great steak frites, and is really good value for money for the kind of restaurant it is. They have a reasonably good collection of French wines, with a... More 

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Gree
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14 reviews 14 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015 via mobile

Visited in the evening with 2 French people who both loved the restaurant. I had the shrimp risotto and onion soup, that were both excellent. Everyone enjoyed their dishes and the service was top notch.

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 1057 Lexington Ave, New York City, NY 10021
    (75th Street and Lexington Avenue)
  • Public Transportation: 6 train to 77th Street, then walk south two blocks.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper East Side
  • Neighborhood: Upper East Side
  • Phone Number: (212) 517-6400

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 41 - 80
  • Cuisine: French, International, Eclectic

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant

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.
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

Questions & Answers

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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