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Orsay

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Upper East Side
French, 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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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, Late Night, Lunch, 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
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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
Parisian Atmosphere, Parisian Prices, But Not Parisian Care

Sunday brunch at Orsay was enjoyable. Yes, the ambiance is redolent of a Paris bistro and the service is generally good--in that sometimes rather cloying French way. The food is good, though hardly spectacular, and portions can be on the smallish side which tends to make prices proportionally high... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
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Newton, Massachusetts
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Newton, Massachusetts
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101 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Sunday brunch at Orsay was enjoyable. Yes, the ambiance is redolent of a Paris bistro and the service is generally good--in that sometimes rather cloying French way. The food is good, though hardly spectacular, and portions can be on the smallish side which tends to make prices proportionally high. I was disappointed by the lack of attention to detail, however.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 20, 2015

In Los Angeles, our home city, there are almost no French bistro type restaurants, so we thought we would give Orsay a try. What a lovely, homey place.The service was attentive and professional.As for the food ,I ate more than I should, including a superb tarte tat in .The roast chicken was one of the best I have ever had.... More 

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great neck n.y.
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2015

this restaurant is a pleasant surprise. It is always busy and yet the service is really amazing. They have a real French menu and many of the waiters are French as well. I highly recommend the Tuna Tartare, easily one of the best dishes on their appetizer menu. All the food is fresh and they have a special for the... More 

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 11, 2015

A Friend and I visited Orsay recently. We came specifically for a very light fare. I ordered the cheese souffle, complements to the chef! The souffle was delicate and delicious. The profiteroles was the creme de la creme of excellence. Orsay has a classy,sophisticated, upscale vibe. The charm is well worth the price of admission. The staff was prompt and... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 9, 2015

Came for brunch with another couple and enjoyed the ambiance and meal but the food was just good enough - not worth going too far out of the way for. I had to ask for a coffee refill 3x. Coffee was weak. Tasty mushroom quiche but the quiche crust was too thick and hard and the contents on the runny... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2015

We ended our 5 day NYC with an early Sunday dinner at Orsay. The food was very good - two of us had the hanger steak with pomme frittes, and my husband had their beef short ribs which were melt in your mouth. Outstanding service and reason prices for a very nice dinner out.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 15, 2015

Amazing French restaurant, with a Parisian style. You forget that you are in NY once inside the place. The food was excellent and perfectly cooked. Every dish was incredibly tasty and perfect size. Try the duck and the tarte Tatin, amazing! The service was very good and they don't rush you like in other NY restaurants.

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Sydney
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2015

We had been here a few years ago upon the recommendation of our hotel, The Surrey, and loved it. It has a fantastic Parisian bistro feel, great service and excellent food so, obviously, was on my top list to visit again. It hasn't changed and still offers wonderful service and fantastic food. The chicken, ribs and beef tournedos were all... More 

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 3, 2015

We were looking for a little bit of Paris in New York and found it in the wonderful restaurant that combines exquisite food, solid service and good value.

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New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

I love Paris and I love New York. On this particular day in June, I am in both worlds at once with incredibly charming service, delicious cappuccino, and selection of mini pastries..it's the Gourmand selection on the dessert menu...best lemon tart I've ever had!!! The crust is so nicely baked to a beautiful, well-done brown colour. The lemon curd not... More 

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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
  • Price Range: $ $ $ $
  • Cuisine: French, 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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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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