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Orsay

1057 Lexington Ave, New York City, NY 10021 (Manhattan)
(212) 517-6400
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Ranked #2,015 of 11,659 Restaurants in New York City
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Price range: $41 - $80
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
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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Pewsey, United Kingdom
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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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8 reviews 8 reviews
8 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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95 reviews 95 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 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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35 reviews 35 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 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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73 reviews 73 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
46 helpful votes 46 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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194 reviews 194 reviews
94 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 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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27 reviews 27 reviews
26 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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464 reviews 464 reviews
228 restaurant reviews
278 helpful votes 278 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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12 reviews 12 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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