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Chez Napoleon

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365 W 50th St, Frnt 1, New York City, NY 10019-6605
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Mon 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
They Deliver a Delicious Liver

The last time I was to this restaurant, the waiter told me this restaurant serves really good innards. I decided to try them on this visit, so I ordered the liver with onions and I have been happy ever since then (last night). If you like liver with onions, try theirs, really good. The small... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 1 week ago
Harvey M
New York, United States
Good for:
  • Special occasions
  • Romantic
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English first
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Delicious find on my last visit to New York. Great classic French food - the mussels and the duck confit were some of the best I've had. Service was friendly and attentive without being intrusive. I was there for lunch, but I'm looking forward to coming back and trying this place as a pre-theater dinner.

Thank Courtney H
New York, United States
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256 reviews
223 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

The last time I was to this restaurant, the waiter told me this restaurant serves really good innards. I decided to try them on this visit, so I ordered the liver with onions and I have been happy ever since then (last night). If you like liver with onions, try theirs, really good. The small portion of mixed vegetables that... More 

Thank Harvey M
New York City, New York
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90 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Chez Napoleon is a great pre-theatre dinner restaurant. The food is classic French. A great Fois gras appetizer. The veal for a main course is tender with a light mushroom sauce. A great grand monier soufflé for dessert is the icing on the cake. And the wine list has wine from my favorite French region. Reasonable prices and close to... More 

Thank Karen W
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85 reviews
56 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 20, 2015

An amazing find for the streets of New York. We stumbled across this restaurant and wasn't disappointed. The food was very old French village with all the taste class and style you would expect. The staff are very traditional and friendly and give you that taste of French hospitality. It's old fashion deco and quant style fit perfectly and we... More 

Thank Niki K
Wellsville, Pennsylvania
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12 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 20, 2015

If you're in NYC but want to have dinner at a bistro in Paris, this is it. One of the last of the Theater District French restaurants, and definitely the best. Eat whatever is written on the blackboard.

Thank Bilander
Scottsdale, Arizona
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42 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 12, 2015

We love French food and this turned out to be a find while staying on west 50th. We will definitely go back. We had the frog legs one night and went back the next night for rabbit and soft shell crab. All were prepared nicely. Gave you the feel of being in France. The service was very good. Definitely a... More 

Thank Ash2002
Houston TX
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31 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2015

If you're looking for nouvelle cuisine or the latest celebrity chef, this should not be on your radar. Pick this place on the outskirts of Times Square for pre-theater or if you love old school French fare. The interior is dated for sure, and the bartender is the guy people have mentioned in previous posts. Come here for the food-... More 

Thank AussieHoustonTX
Oakton, Virginia
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16 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2015

We have been dining at Chez Napoleon for the last 10 years and have always had a great meal. The wait staff has been there forever and always provides top notch service. If you like mussels, this is the place to go, They are served in a big copper pot with lots of French white sauce. This dish never disappoints.... More 

Thank Clif-Lorraine H
Avon, Connecticut, United States
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333 reviews
236 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 194 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2015

Having lived in Paris and visited France numerous times, we needed a French "fix," and Chez Napoleon is as close to a French brasserie as one could expect in NYC. Though the bread is not a classic French baguette, it was served with a lovely red wine vinaigrette for dipping. The same vinaigrette was served with the endive ($11) and... More 

Thank Linda K
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117 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 10, 2015

5 adults enjoyed a wonderful mid-week French dinner. Restaurant is small and casual , located close to the corner of 9th Avenue. Been in the neighborhood since 1960. Reservations strongly suggested. Service professional and very pleasant, from two servers who have been at the restaurant for many years. We could not have been more comfortable. Delicious breads placed on the... 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: Special occasions, Romantic


Open Hours
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm

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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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