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Chez Napoleon

#1,960 of 10,022 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
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365 W 50th St, Frnt 1, New York City, NY 10019-6605
Mon 5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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New York City, New York
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

And I have been a regular since then! Food is deliciously old French, as if my grandma was cooking it! The Moules Napoleon are amazing, same goes for the Sole Meuniere. but more importantly, Madame Elise and Madame Jeannine are always so lovely with us. It is like flying back home, but only few blocks away!

Thank Matt M
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57 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW via mobile

Solid and old-fashioned French restaurant in style and service and cooking. A lot of classic dishes, a few nice extras. Small wine list and decent house wine. Small place, feels very personal.

Thank Stefan S
Hartford, Connecticut
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6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

If I was French and living in US, this little gem would have been probably my home away from home. And it being one - it is my imaginary home dining room away from home when I am in New York. Having dined in hundreds of cities and by now at over thousand restaurants, Chez Napoleon will always have a... More 

Thank Joergalgan
Oakland, California
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 27 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It makes no sense to spend so much money to get bad food. The restaurant is very cute and old fashioned a flash back to old New York from the 50s. We love that history, but did not love the food. We had a steak au poivre that was swimming in a sea of black sauce that did not taste... More 

Thank Thomas V
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28 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

In the heart of the theatre district, a reasonably priced, very good traditional French restaurant. Daily prix fixe three course a very good value. The food is well prepared, tasty, and well presented. Good, friendly service.

Thank Bruce S
New Jersey
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31 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 14 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visited directly after a theatre matinee. Not that far to walk from the main theatres of Time Square. A reservation is a good idea as it is relatively small and popular. I have eaten in many French restaurants in France and a reasonable number in the US. This is not gourmet food but good solid cuisine that you find in... More 

Thank Time2travel2places
New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This restaurant founded in the 1960s is as close as you will get to a true French restaurant in France. It is modest, homey, and solid classic French food. The servers were friendly and it was "real" French! We spoke only French and not English. Its was just like being in France in the 70s.

Thank Yaksha
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2016

I was recommended from a very good friend of mine to visit this restaurant since I am French and to taste the best soufflés in town... I had a full lunch at the Napoléon restaurant and I was impressed with the variety of typical French dishes that this place has to offer... When I tasted the dishes, I felt like... More 

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new haven, ct
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 18, 2016

I have reviewed the food at CN before and it continues to be good, hearty, simple and French(and I too have travelled extensively in France as did one reviewer, evidently, who claims this is anything but French). Not haute cuisine French, just meat and potatoes, farmhouse French. Cornish game hen, eg., with only tarragon as a seasoning on its crispy... More 

Thank sullific
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

Was in the mood for French and recently tried out this spot for an afternoon lunch. My colleague and I spied the lunch menu on their website for visiting and were intrigued. Unfortunately though, when we got there, we were given the dinner menu and were told there was no lunch menu. I asked about a sandwich I had seen... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4 of 5 stars
Average prices
$35 - $35
Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Seating, Waitstaff, Reservations, Serves Alcohol
Good for
Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
5:00 pm - 11:00 pm
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

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

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This is the iconic New York that so many visitors imagine before they visit - spectacular skyscrapers like the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building, iconic public buildings like Grand Central Terminal and the New York Public Library, and the non-stop hustle and bustle of the city streets. Fifth Avenue is a shopper's paradise where you can find every kind of store imaginable, with fashion brands ranging from the affordable to the ultra-fancy. Visit Rockefeller Center to experience towering Art Deco grandeur, and foodies will love the busy restaurants that stay open late in Koreatown. After dark, Midtown calms down a bit, but at any time of day or night it still feels 100% New York.
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