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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, Lunch, Late Night, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff

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  • 74
    Excellent
  • 56
    Very good
  • 19
    Average
  • 8
    Poor
  • 6
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4 of 5 stars
Rustic and comforting french food

Very small and intimate with good classic french food. The owners and servers are French so expect a little attitude - in a good way! - along with your meal. Delicious with fairly large portion sizes. House wine is drinkable although there is a good wine list. For something different try the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 15, 2015
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Orlando, Florida
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25 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Don't think you can rush this place .Take your time and savour the wonderful ambience and food. You could be in France. We always go here on Valenties day. BUT BOOK.

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Thank SHAUN W
Alabama
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99 reviews
73 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

As somebody previously mentioned a true gem in Hell's Kicthen! It's like if you were teleported to small town french diner! It made me feel so French that next time someone invades my country I'll be the first one to pull up the white flag! The food is fantastic and all of it was delicious! The staff consists of middle... More 

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Thank Pablo_Hudini
Sydney, Australia
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18 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2015

We booked a pre-show dinner for three here after reading a recommendation in the Rough Guide New York. Upon arrival we immediately noticed the musty and unpleasant smell. I'm not sure if this was a hygiene issue or the aged, dated fixtures & fittings. Upon ordering drinks, we were surprised to learn that they don't even have lemonade. You would... More 

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Thank M_Coxell
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75 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 15, 2015

Very small and intimate with good classic french food. The owners and servers are French so expect a little attitude - in a good way! - along with your meal. Delicious with fairly large portion sizes. House wine is drinkable although there is a good wine list. For something different try the Cassoulet. Also wonderful are the Moules Napoleon, the... More 

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Thank welcomehomeworld
Austin, Texas
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25 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2015 via mobile

When you walk in it's a bit musty smelling and very tight. The bar would barely sit a person comfortably without being bothersome to the table next to it. However, there is more seating around the bend. Again, it's a tight seating but at least more tables to choose from. We started with the house red, very delish. We had... More 

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Thank LeaK33
California
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51 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2015

The atmosphere of Chez Napoléon is that of small-town France, which is to say charmingly old fashioned. The minute we walked in earlier this month we sighed and imagined that we were back in one of our favorite French eateries. The food was French, the décor was French, and people spoke French: delightful atmosphere. We decided to have the prix... More 

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Thank Catullus
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2015

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.

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Thank Courtney H
New York, United States
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311 reviews
273 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 18, 2015

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 

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Thank Harvey M
New York City, New York
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90 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2015

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 

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1 Thank Karen W
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93 reviews
60 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 52 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 

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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 have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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