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1057 Lexington Ave., New York, NY, 10021
at 75th St.
stumbled onto a gem
By nyathrt on 6/9/2007
after church my friend and i walked around looking for a brunch spot. we happened to see orsay and decided to give it a shot. glad we did! the prixe fixe brunch is a bit pricey (at $35 or so if you include orange juice and tip ) but the food and overall experience was great. the meal starts off with a bread basket full of muffins, scones and assorted jams. i had an omelet and my friend had the croque madam. everything was seasoned just right and the food was presented so nicely. service was kind and friendly (bit formal). we were stuffed by the end of our meal...i personally did not have to eat for the rest of the day.
By ftbm1983 on 3/29/2004
For my partner’s birthday I decided to plan a weekend in Manhattan. He is quite fond of French cuisine so my search began. After reading the reviews/ overview of Orsay, I made reservations. As a small surprise for my partner I further decided to pre-order dinner including wine. Bearing in mind I had never patronized this restaurant, I was a bit uncomfortable. Nonetheless, I made the reservation. I spoke with the staff on several occasions who diligently assisted me in devising a menu. They were completely polite, beyond helpful and quite efficient. The night of our dinner we were served with grace, extreme politeness and professionalism. The food was superb! I actually ended up ordering a third dessert! I was further impressed with the wine that was chosen for our special dinner. Also, the ambience was very “French” and jovial. I took a very big risk for a very important night, but the evening evolved into one of the finest dining experiences!
La France dans votre assiette
By Eponine on 1/8/2004
This restaurant his fabulous!!!! The food is excellent so frenchy!!!! The Decor is fantastic I loved it!!! Who knows the name of the manager of this restaurant??? i would like to congratulate him! I think that he's french isn't it???
Oh La La! C'est ci bon! (Non?) Vraiment!
By truly_sweet on 10/3/2003
It's about time we had a proper bistro on the Upper East Side. With a certain je ne sais quoi, Orsay has taken the old Mortimers and re-vamped it completely. The salmon tartare is terrific, and while pricey, the entrees were quite good. But the best part of all - is the beautiful terrace. It is just SO lovely to sit and relax on a bright sunny day on Orsay's balcony, drink in hand. Also a nice place to take Buffy, Mitsy, Bitsy and Maxi for a petit dejeuner. Too cute for words.
Adventures in Food in NYC
By foodadventurer on 4/4/2003
The Orsay is a spacious brass railed wood paneled bitro with a gracious yet informal staff. The food is innovative and of the highest quality, yet moderately priced. We especially enjoyed a smoked salmon appetizer surrounded by a creamy lightly spiced piece of feta that complemented the salmon without overwhelming it. A serving of beef tatare was refreshing and well presented. WE EAT WELL IN CA AND THIS IS A GREAT RESTAURANT!
The food is hit or miss, but the scene
By my2cents on 3/20/2003
is always crowded. Don't go for the food-go for the loud (very) true bistro atmosphere. I've had outstanding lobster salad, served properly chilled, and Dover Sole served improperly chilled! Ouch! At $35 don't you think the fish should at least be warm? Service is confusing; waiters are buzzing all over the place,but not sure what to do. More user friendly than Mortimer's (its previous incarnation) and a better place to take out-of-towners than Tavern on the Green.
Great if you know what you are doing
By dknyaq on 1/14/2003
Expensive, snooty, filled with image-conscious UES 30s and 40s. If you are part of that crowd and know what to expect, then this place is great. And regardless of the "scene" the food is terrific. If this is not your kind of scene -- STAY AWAY! P.S. The manager was VERY nice and accomodating after a busboy spilled some water on my date. Free drinks and a rush to the head of the wait list. And it wasnt the busboys fault. The place is CROWDED! on a Tuesday no less!
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