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127 Lexington Ave, New York City, NY 10016
212 685 1888
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  • English first
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English first
Top Contributor
76 reviews 76 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed February 7, 2014

Outdated decor. Friendly chef. Mediocre food. Not particularly clean. Pretty stiff prices. It's a time warp kind of experience.

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Lebanon, New Jersey
16 reviews 16 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed December 8, 2013

We, like many other reviewers, stumbled into this place on a Sunday morning after trying to get into Penelope's which had a huge wait. I have to agree with all the other reviewers who rate this restaurant as terrible. It is exactly as they say. The whole place is bizarre and if you eat here you will not forget it... More

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New York City, New York
1 review
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 16, 2013

The "chef" displays his status by dressing like Chef Boy-ar-dee. This should have warned me. I ordered the french toast with caramelized banana because of one of the reviews that was posted in the restaurant. The waiter was pleasant enough, but the full order of french toast, which was half a piece of bread with some banana, both floating in... More

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Vancouver, Canada
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29 reviews 29 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 12, 2013

The food, decor, ambiance, of this place is really quite bad. Then again, maybe I just don't get it. The food is in a time warp. Expect large, sloppy dishes with 'stuff' on your plate --- no clean, sharp flavors or carefully blended tastes here. The saving grace? The polite, outgoing, and accommodating demeanor of the chef, Frederic. He's closing... More

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Albuquerque, New Mexico
12 reviews 12 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2013 via mobile

My husband and I were looking for a nice place to eat Sunday brunch on our vacation to NYC. Our hotel recommended Penelope's which unfortunately had an hour and a half wait. We decided to look around and discovered Chez le Chef. Our first clue to the quality of this restaurant should have been the utter lack of any customers.... More

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11 reviews 11 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2013

Chef Frederic prepares delicious food, mostly French but some German. While not cheap, this restaurant is quite reasonable in comparison to the majority of French restaurants in NYC. On a recent visit to the city, I ate there for the first time on a Sunday, and returned on Wednesday. Both times my guest and I had a very happy experience.... More

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Brooklyn, New York
3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2013

Coming from the Midwest, my wife and I were feeling a little unimpressed by the New York city culinary offerings that we hoped would be, quite frankly, beyond our expectations. Overdone lambchops, burnt pizza, and surly service were just some of the experiences that we had during our foodie week in the Big Apple. Of course, this was before we... More

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New York City, New York
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84 reviews 84 reviews
57 restaurant reviews
22 helpful votes 22 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 3, 2013

We live in the neighborhood and just stopped here for brunch. We had a great time. The decor is fun and homey. There was an accordion player with live music. The food was excellent. My husband had the framers omelette which he loved. I had the homemade bread with over easy egg and ham - lots of flavor and I... More

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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34 reviews 34 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
25 helpful votes 25 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed October 9, 2012

We, like many, stopped in here after the wait at Penelope's was longer than we could wait for Sunday brunch. At first we thought the quirkiness of the wait staff and the fake flowers and crazy decorations was sort of charming. We quickly learned otherwise. Our waitress was genuinely scared of the chef, who wouldn't even let her take our... More

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 23, 2012 via mobile

The reviewer who said send your enemies was right. Disgusting. Food was all undercooked. The decor is from granny's attic - dried flowers with 20 years of dust. How is this place still operating in NYC?!? I read the reviews & went anyway. Don't make the same mistake.

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Address: 127 Lexington Ave, New York City, NY 10016
Phone Number: 212 685 1888
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City
Cuisine: European

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