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Chez Napoleon - anyone?

blueollie Dec 12, 2006 03:17 PM

Hi - i've lived in Hell's Kitchen for over 6 yrs and have passed this interesting little french restaurant many times, yet never tried it. Has anyone been to Chez Napoleon on 50th and 9th?


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    RGR Dec 12, 2006 04:17 PM

    Though it's been on my "go to" list for a long time, I've never managed to eat at Chez Napoleon because I most often go to the theater on Sunday, and they are closed that day. :-(

    I did a search and found one thread that included a positive comment in May of this year: http://www.chowhound.com/topics/23431.... Other threads dating further back are all positive as well.

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      LJW Dec 12, 2006 04:36 PM

      A close friend of mine goes there for her birthday every year. I've been once and thought it was very good. Cozy atmosphere, good food, and reasonable prices.

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        marlie202 Dec 12, 2006 08:28 PM

        I like it alot. Been eating there for years.

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          emgoodman Dec 12, 2006 09:22 PM

          I've been once and was utterly charmed by the place. The food was definitely good, although nothing groundbreaking. The service was terrific!!!! They have a good price fix deal as well.

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            maria_nyc Dec 12, 2006 10:11 PM

            IMO this place's atmosphere is pretty authenticly French (maybe the older French waitresses contribute to this.) If you seat in the second room (space is u-shaped) it's like being in a small Parisian bistro.

            The food is very reliable, not mind-blowing, but pretty solid.
            The prix-fix makes it quite affordable too.


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              xigua Dec 12, 2006 10:41 PM

              I live just half a block away and was there last friday. The room is cute in the cliched french bistro way which I actually love (le chat noir posters, edith piaf tracks etc), the service sweet but the food is only serviceable. Everything was a tad oversalted and the french onion soup was not thick enough and a pale yellow instead of a rich brown color. While its great when you live in the neighborhood or are catching a show, I personally wouldn't travel to eat here.

              1. Deb Van D Dec 13, 2006 09:23 PM

                I like Chez Napoleon and go there with the feeling that I am visiting an old friend. Nice ris de veau, good asparagus vinaigrette, terrific rognons dijonaisse (if that's your thing--it is mine), and if they offer blanquette de veau, it is worth a trip.

                1. AKR Dec 13, 2006 09:44 PM

                  Its good - try the crispy sweet breads

                  1. Up With Olives Dec 14, 2006 05:32 PM

                    I liked the place a lot -- very neighborhoody feel in what can be a tourist trap area, and the service was very pleasant. However, the food quality was very uneven. The chocolate mousse seemed old and was nearly inedible.

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                      blueollie Dec 14, 2006 09:01 PM

                      thanks, everyone!

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