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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: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations

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  • 64
    Excellent
  • 53
    Very good
  • 18
    Average
  • 6
    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
Lovely old-style French restaurant, with casual atmosphere in Manhattan

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... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 10, 2015
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Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Special occasions
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English first
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115 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 45 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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37 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 7, 2015 via mobile

I don't get here as often as I would like! This little gem of a restaurant serves up a wonderful array of wonderful plates of old world French cuisine. If you don't start with the Moules Napoleon then start with the Escargots. Either way you will not be disappointed. The House wine is always good. I enjoyed the Rognons dijonnese... More 

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Traverse City, Michigan
2 reviews
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 5, 2015

Our son chose Chez Napoleon to celebrate his graduation from CU ... the mushroom soup was tremendous ... then our entrees were served with French fries. What?! It was explained that is the norm--or boiled potatoes (huh?). Swear the coffee was Folger's instant. Will not return.

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New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 190 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 1, 2015

A few friends--6--dined here before seeing Gigi. We wanted to continue the french theme, so we chose a french restaurant with a prixe fix. The menu was perfect and the wine list was excellent. We all enjoyed a great meal and a fun time

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Washington, Ct
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64 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015

It was our first experience in this old fashioned restaurant close to the theater district in Manhattan. Overall it was a pleasant discovery and we enjoyed the evening. Les mules to start were followed by asparagus soup for myself and a cold potato/leak soup for my wife. The main courses , rabbit for me and a rack of lamb were... More 

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New York City, New York
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18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 20 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

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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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 23, 2015

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
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 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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37 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 30 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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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 145 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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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 to 35
  • Cuisine: Italian, French

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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