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Posted by Judy on 09/25/2013
What a treat! Just had an amazing lunch, we shared the crab salad which was beautiful to look at and so delicious, then we shared the cheese soufflé which was superb and finished with the burger and fries, the burger was cooked to perfection and the fries were outstanding. Great atmosphere. Cant wait to go back.
Posted by Bragg on 03/01/2012
My wife and I have found Orsay to be consistently excellent. We have never left unhappy and despite living in a city with an abundance of great restaurants, we find ourselves returning to Orsay on a regular basis. (As a side note, if you are fan of steak, tuna or salmon tartare, Orsay knocks all three out of the park -- and their homemade bread is out of this world!)
Posted by Ernest on 02/09/2012
Pounding rock music that they refused to turn down should have been the first warning. The sluggish service is frustrating. The food CAN be good, but is it worth losing your voice just trying to yell over the crowd, which is yelling because they refuse to turn the bad music down? This is supposed to be an evocative, classy bistro, and its decor gives one that initial impression. Things plummet after that. Too expensive for such a ruined experience.
Posted by G on 09/25/2010
In the modern world, there's little to no reason you'd have suffer a bad or unsatisfying meal. With a quick check online, you'd have a hard time not finding exactly what you want in NY. Last night I was winging it and the one night I rely on my old world restaurant seeking skills- look, locale, bustling crowd, price, etc- I failed. Orsay has all the look, location, clientele and menu you can ask for in a semi traditional French brasserie like setting, however, it's wasted. It was fairly pricey heartless fare. The meal; in my case, a skirt steak, was a tasteless, supermarket grade cut waked in an arranged puddle of somewhat overpowering truffle oil laced au poivre. On the other hand, my wife's lamb terrine (an entree disguised as an appetizer) was delightfully good. She always gets the better plate. Bottom line, from the Land O Lakes butter on the table to the odd and (again) tasteless escargot to the greyish Cafe au lait finish, I wish I remembered Pascalou on Madison. Pass on this place, it's another soul-less money grabber.
Posted by GMom on 08/27/2010
It's easy to be suspect of a restaurant that it looks like it comes out of 'french bistro' central casting, but once you shake the jaded ny'er off yourself and allow yourself to enjoy, this place is a treat. Have only been for lunches but truly have had nothing but stellar food. Nothing terribly new and trendy - but classics that are terribly good. Today the lunch special included a Lyonaisse Sausage in brioche and t was amazing! Had the strawberry vacherin for dessert and it was just magical.
Posted by Anonymous on 02/07/2010
Bottom line for me: food is OK, atmosphere is a bit weak for me (it was way too bright for me taste), the real problem is the service. Service was painfully slow at every step. It took forever just to get menus. Even longer to order drinks. Longer still to get the drinks and bread. I won't go on about dinner, dessert, etc. I think you get the idea. I can tolerate busy waitstaff, but, this was way beyond acceptable.
Posted by ally's dad on 02/04/2010
My son had a doctor's appointment and was hungry afterward (what a surprise). We walked into Orsay without a reservation - place was surprisingly almost full. We were given a very nice table. Far from criticisms in other reviews, all servers were very pleasant and did their job well. My son started with onion soup and I had escargots. Both were excellent. There were 12 large escargots in a great parsley butter sauce for $12. Would have been considerably more in Paris. Bread very good and replaced promptly whenever L. "hooverized" the last piece. We both ordered roast chicken. I asked if the kitchen could make us only dark meat. The server came back and said while it was not usually served that way, they would do it - impressive. We shared a very good chocolate mousse. Great espresso. 2 bottles of fizzy water - $116 with tip and tax. Luncheon specials would have been less. We loved our lunch and would go back in a heartbeat. Amities Gourmandes, ally's dad