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Orsay

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Upper East Side
French, Eclectic, International
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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: Breakfast/Brunch, Reservations, Late Night
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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Good for:
Casual Elegant

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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
Most recent review
Great for Lunch!

We had a lovely lunch today at Orsay. I have been eyeballing this place for years, not wanting to go in because it looked like a "Ladies who Lunch"/Housewives of NY hang-out. Today, I got over my issues and had a great (expensive), quiet lunch with the hubby. We had: 2 glasses of Cote du... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed February 16, 2015
Jaimee A
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New York City, New York
Good for:
  • Casual Elegant
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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New York City, New York
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116 reviews 116 reviews
80 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

We had a lovely lunch today at Orsay. I have been eyeballing this place for years, not wanting to go in because it looked like a "Ladies who Lunch"/Housewives of NY hang-out. Today, I got over my issues and had a great (expensive), quiet lunch with the hubby. We had: 2 glasses of Cote du Rhone - lovely Frisee salad... More 

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7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2015

I really like the atmosphere in here. The played good music that wasn't loud. It was classy. The drinks were good. Didn't try the food as we reservations elsewhere but the lady next to us ate and her food looked good. I loved all the woodwork upstairs. This was one of the cleanest bathrooms I saw my entire trip, which... More 

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Huntsville, Alabama
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248 restaurant reviews
119 helpful votes 119 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 15, 2015 via mobile

We were here for a private wedding brunch and had the upstairs room. The eggs Benedict was very good as was the salmon. It is a perfect place for a relaxing brunch in the Upper East Side.

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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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45 restaurant reviews
56 helpful votes 56 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

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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109 reviews 109 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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63 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 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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38 reviews 38 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 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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41 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 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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5 restaurant reviews
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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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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, Eclectic, International

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

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