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1057 Lexington Ave, New York City, NY 10021 (Manhattan)
(212) 517-6400
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Ranked #2,312 of 11,777 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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Helsinki, Finland
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29 reviews 29 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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44 reviews 44 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 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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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 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
13 reviews 13 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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6 reviews 6 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 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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46 reviews 46 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
37 helpful votes 37 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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Reston, Virginia
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211 reviews 211 reviews
141 restaurant reviews
63 helpful votes 63 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014

The restaurant is situated in the Upper East Side on Lexington Avenue in NY City. The restaurant was full and reservation is a must. The staff is very friendly and pleasant. Our table was nicely situated in the dinning room. The linen was supper white. Our very friendly server took our order promptly. My hanger steak did not look very... More 

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Pewsey, United Kingdom
19 reviews 19 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

Paid a visit here as part of the Restaurant Week (which lasts for 3 weeks!). Great spot, the food was the best so far of the trip. So good in fact that I have booked to visit again on my last night.

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New York City, New York
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9 reviews 9 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

This is a French bistro on the upper east side that consistently provides a good meal and great service at a reasonable price. Outdoor seating in the summer which is always a nice touch. Good wine selection even by the glass. Chocolate Mousse is the best!

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New York City, New York
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101 reviews 101 reviews
39 restaurant reviews
55 helpful votes 55 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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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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