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Chez Napoleon

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365 W 50th St, Frnt 1, New York City, NY 10019-6605
212-265-6980
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Hours:
Mon 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Reservations

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  • 63
    Excellent
  • 49
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 5
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
great charm and classic french bistro

We had the prix fixe menu. It was remarkably good value especially for New York. I had the lentil soup, then rolled beef with veg. Service was excellent; friendly, helpful, informative. Desert was creme caramel; excellent - perfectly prepared. This restaurant has been around a long time and... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 10, 2015
MikeBirdman
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Acton, Massachusetts
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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141 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

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English first
New York City, New York
Contributor
15 reviews 15 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Good food and sweet service. But absolutely overpriced and feels quite dusty. Usually very busy with all the tourists before 8 PM, better to go after shows have started but as mentioned: overpriced.

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Barcelona, Spain
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6 reviews 6 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015 NEW

I reserved our table four weeks in advance in anticipation of the dining experience that awaited us. And it was a truly outstanding dinner. Between the three of us, we enjoyed the escargots, the mussels, the boeuf bourguignon, the veal scallopini, and, of course, the souffle. The preparation was perfect in every way, but it was the service and personality... More 

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New York City, New York
2 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

Chez Napoleon is more than just a dependable, reliable place...it is where memories can become woof and wool with your visit, as you return year in and year out with family, friends and new friends. The food is marvelous, and the portions realistic and right. The servers become a joy to see time and again. This is truly a jewel... More 

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Staten Island, New York
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34 reviews 34 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

The food is as close to a French home cooked meal as one can get in NYC Prices reasonable. Ambiance -old school, homey, nothing fancy. Came very early cause it was booked all night after six. Although they had a good prix fixe, we stayed ala carte focusing on the sauces There is a martini and wine menu with a... More 

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Acton, Massachusetts
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285 reviews 285 reviews
173 restaurant reviews
139 helpful votes 139 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 10, 2015

We had the prix fixe menu. It was remarkably good value especially for New York. I had the lentil soup, then rolled beef with veg. Service was excellent; friendly, helpful, informative. Desert was creme caramel; excellent - perfectly prepared. This restaurant has been around a long time and the whole ambiance was truly lovely and very french. The food was... More 

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Mount Pleasant, South Carolina
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5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 4, 2015

Pick the prix fixe option, and enjoy a top notch country French dinner. The restaurant has been there since 1960, and it's easy to feel and taste why. Efficient service, excellent wines, exquisite dishes. Perfect for the 6 pm show reservation!

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New York City, New York
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139 reviews 139 reviews
77 restaurant reviews
73 helpful votes 73 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 20, 2015

The interior is small and uninviting. Service is cordial and efficient. Bread was disappointing for a french restaurant. The veal dish consisted on two slices as thin as a turkey slice from a deli. Tasted ok but nothing great. The other dish was a beef in a brown sauce, a little on the heavy side but tasty. The table wine... More 

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New York City, New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 29, 2015

Chez Napoleon is a small, unprepossessing restaurant in the Theater District that has consistently excellent food. The interior is, well, a little dowdy. The staff are friendly and helpful, if sometimes stretched a little thin. You go here, however, for the food. It's the real thing. Really excellent French meals, with dishes representing the different regions of France, and all... More 

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New York, New York, United States
Top Contributor
116 reviews 116 reviews
99 restaurant reviews
39 helpful votes 39 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

If you like basic french food at an affordable price and a good bottle of red wine this is a place for you. Nothing fancy but real foods at a reasonable price.

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Fairfield
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49 reviews 49 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 8, 2015

In a small, intimate space on the 50th St. is this inviting gem of a restaurant. The décor will not bowl you over but the food and service will. Try the escargot and mussels for appetizers. Frog Legs and Beef Bourguignon were terrific main dishes. It's like eating at home with a very friendly staff and a great cook in... More 

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Restaurant Details

Location and Contact Information

  • Address: 365 W 50th St, Frnt 1, New York City, NY 10019-6605
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighborhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: 212-265-6980

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 35 - 35
  • Cuisine: French, Italian

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Good for: Romantic, Special occasions
Open Hours
Monday
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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