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Orsay

1057 Lexington Ave, New York City, NY 10021 (Manhattan)
(212) 517-6400
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Ranked #1,836 of 11,597 restaurants in New York City
Price range: $41 - $80
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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Washington DC
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13 reviews 13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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
Top Contributor
72 reviews 72 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
43 helpful votes 43 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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153 reviews 153 reviews
64 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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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19 reviews 19 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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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419 reviews 419 reviews
220 restaurant reviews
236 helpful votes 236 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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11 reviews 11 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 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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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2014

We were visiting the city and staying on the UES and decided to eat at Orsey. The place is quite typical French in both good and bad ways. The food was very good and I highly recommend their Tartar. However the service wasn't as attentive as you would expect for a restaurant in this price range.

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Mexico City, Mexico
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21 reviews 21 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2014

This is a great French restaurant that will not disappoint you. During this last visit we had Sunday brunch and it was delicious. If you are in the area, don't miss it.

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15 reviews 15 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2014

The welcome was very good, the service excellent and the meal excellent too. The bill was reasonnable. So the ratio quality on price is very good.

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Paris, France
1 review
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 9, 2014

I love the frenche cuisine, served in this restaurant. Cosy atmosphere. Hope to return asap! Un grand merci

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