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Chez Napoleon

4.5 of 5 stars 2 Reviews

365 W 50th St, New York, NY 10019
www.cheznapoleon.com
(212) 265-6980
 
The year was 1769. America was still under British rule and Napoléon Bonaparte was born in Corsica. Fast forward 190 years to the year 1959 in New York City where a tiny French restaurant named "La Gérbe D'Or" (the golden bushel of hay) shared the gro...read more
The year was 1769. America was still under British rule and Napoléon Bonaparte was born in Corsica. Fast forward 190 years to the year 1959 in New York City where a tiny French restaurant named "La Gérbe D'Or" (the golden bushel of hay) shared the ground floor of 365 West 50th Street with a tailor. The both businesses made way to make the full size restaurant now known as Chez Napoléon in the summer of 1960. Quite interestingly, originally, the restaurant's name was not dubbed after France's Emperor, it was actually the descriptive nickname of the first owner, the father of the Despaux family. He was known as Napoléon due to his short stature and even shorter patience. The restaurant thrived due to their location behind the then Madison Square Garden and their faithful clientele-base from the United Nations and news publications from Sixth Avenue. The Despaux family sold the restaurant ten years later, on Napoléon Bonaparte's Bicentennial year, 1969, to Yvette and her husband. Two years later, in 1971, a waitress named Jeanine de la Verrière joined the staff and quickly became head-waitress. In the early 80's, still under the ownership of Yvette, a waitress known as Elyane Bruno also joined the staff of Chez Napoléon. Soon Yvette wanted out of the restaurant business and put the restaurant up for sale in 1981. Elyane and the rest of the Bruno family jumped at the occasion to own this well established eatery and were declared the owners of Chez Napoléon Restaurant in 1982, and remain the owners to this day, a full 24 years as of January 2006. Since 1982 the neighborhood has changed immensely. What used to be the old Madison Square Garden was a huge block-long parking-lot for many years before transforming into what is now known as the Worldwide Plaza (a vast improvement), and what was once called Hell's Kitchen is now named Clinton. Ninth Avenue was once revered by some as a dangerous avenue, and now has been reinvented into a wonderful multi-ethnic strip of restaurants and shops. And there is Chez Napoléon, hardly unchanged for all those years, a staple of New York's Theater District, and proudly providing the most authentic French flavor and savoir-faire on this side of the Atlantic Ocean.
 
 

Business Details

Categories

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Caterers, Restaurants

Hours of Operation

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  • Mon 12:00 PM-10:00 PM
  • Tue 12:00 PM-10:00 PM
  • Wed 12:00 PM-10:00 PM
  • Thu 12:00 PM-10:00 PM
  • Fri 12:00 PM-10:00 PM

Specialties

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  • Fine French Cuisine

Payment Options

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  • American Express
  • Discover
  • MasterCard
  • VISA

Additional Information

  • Specializing in French Cuisine, Serving Classic French Home Cooking for Over 45 Years, Authentic French Dining Menu, Award-Winning Cooking Style, Offers Great PRIX - FIXE Menu, The Heart of France in... More Specializing in French Cuisine, Serving Classic French Home Cooking for Over 45 Years, Authentic French Dining Menu, Award-Winning Cooking Style, Offers Great PRIX - FIXE Menu, The Heart of France in the Heart of New York CityLess

Customers Served

  • Residential

Languages Spoken

  • English
  • French

Certification & Affiliations

  • AAA
  • French Restaurant

Products & Services

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  • a Half Duck Served With Orange Glaze and Wild Rice
  • A Plain Grilled Sirloin Cut
  • Alcoholic Beverages
  • Appetizers
  • Ask Your Waitress for the Choice of the Day
  • More
  • Assiette de Fromages
  • Baked Clams "Josephine
  • Baked Goods & Desserts
  • Baked Mussels With Garlic Butter and Bread Crumbs
  • Bay Scallops in A Cream Sauce, Topped With Melted Cheese
  • Beer
  • Bouillabaisse
  • Cafe
  • Calf Liver Prepared Meuniere OR Lyonnaise (With Onions)
  • Canard A L'Orange
  • Cappuccino
  • Caramel Custard
  • Carre D'Agneau
  • Choice of Black OR Green Peppercorn Sauce
  • Classic French Onion Soup, With Melted Cheese
  • Coquille St. Jacques
  • Creme Caramel
  • Crevettes Marseillaise
  • Cuisses de Grenouilles
  • Decaf
  • Decaf Cappuccino
  • Decaf Espresso
  • Dessert Menu
  • Dine In
  • Dinner Menu
  • Escargots de Bourgogne
  • Espresso
  • Filet de Sole
  • Foie de Veau
  • Foie Gras
  • Frog Legs Sauteed in Garlic Butter
  • Grilled Onions and Melted Blue Cheese
  • Lapin "Marguerite
  • LES HORS D'CEUVRES CHAUDS
  • Little Neck Clams
  • Lunch Menus
  • Melon in Season
  • Moules "Napoleon
  • Moules Marinieres
  • Open for Lunch Mon-Fri
  • Pate Maison
  • Patisserie
  • Peach Melba
  • Prepared Meuniere OR With Almonds
  • prix-fixe menu
  • Ra
  • rack of Lamb Served With Green Beans and JUS On the Side
  • Reservations
  • Restaurant Francais
  • Ris de Veau
  • Romantic Dining
  • S
  • Saucisson Chaud
  • Saumon Fume
  • Shrimps in A Unique Tomato and Tarragon Sauce
  • Six Baked Little Neck Clams On the Half Shell
  • Six Snails in Garlic Butter, Served in the Classical Style
  • Soupe A L'Oignon Gratinee
  • Soupe Du JOUR
  • Steak A LA Guillaume
  • Steak Au Poivre
  • Steak Grille
  • Sweetbreads Prepared Meuniere OR With Mushroom Sauce
  • Veal Scaloppini Served With A Light Mushroom Sauce
  • Veau Forestiere
  • Warm Garlic Sausage Served With Warm Potatoes Vinaigrette
  • Wines
  • Less

Cuisine

  • French

Price Range

  • $40 to $60

Discount

  • up to 15%

In Business Since

  • 1958

Areas Served

  • My Metro Area

Ownership

  • Family Owned
 

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4 of 5 stars
May 25, 2011
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Chez Napoleon 365 W 50th St,
New York, NY 10019
USA
It's a medium priced French restaurant. Certainly worth the price. The staff and atmosphere isn't snobby at all. The wine selection is good and not shocking. Very welcoming and tastefully done. Most the sauces are bread dipping delicious. The last m... (More)
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5 of 5 stars
May 11, 2011
by G35
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Chez Napoleon 365 W 50th St,
New York, NY 10019
USA
Excellent Food Excellent Service. The staff is friendly and fast. Amazng drinks. This is a Must do. I went for mothers day with my daughter last weekend and had an amazing meal. I would recommed this restaurant to everyone.
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The year was 1769. America was still under British rule and Napoléon Bonaparte was born in Corsica. Fast forward 190 years to the year 1959 in New York City where a tiny French restaurant named "La Gérbe D'Or" (the golden bushel of hay) shared the ground floor of 365 West 50th Street with a tailor. The both businesses made way to make the full size restaurant now known as Chez Napoléon in the summer of 1960. Quite interestingly, originally, the restaurant's name was not dubbed after France's Emperor, it was actually the descriptive nickname of the first owner, the father of the Despaux family. He was known as Napoléon due to his short stature and even shorter patience. The restaurant thrived due to their location behind the then Madison Square Garden and their faithful clientele-base from the United Nations and news publications from Sixth Avenue. The Despaux family sold the restaurant ten years later, on Napoléon Bonaparte's Bicentennial year, 1969, to Yvette and her husband. Two years later, in 1971, a waitress named Jeanine de la Verrière joined the staff and quickly became head-waitress. In the early 80's, still under the ownership of Yvette, a waitress known as Elyane Bruno also joined the staff of Chez Napoléon. Soon Yvette wanted out of the restaurant business and put the restaurant up for sale in 1981. Elyane and the rest of the Bruno family jumped at the occasion to own this well established eatery and were declared the owners of Chez Napoléon Restaurant in 1982, and remain the owners to this day, a full 24 years as of January 2006. Since 1982 the neighborhood has changed immensely. What used to be the old Madison Square Garden was a huge block-long parking-lot for many years before transforming into what is now known as the Worldwide Plaza (a vast improvement), and what was once called Hell's Kitchen is now named Clinton. Ninth Avenue was once revered by some as a dangerous avenue, and now has been reinvented into a wonderful multi-ethnic strip of restaurants and shops. And there is Chez Napoléon, hardly unchanged for all those years, a staple of New York's Theater District, and proudly providing the most authentic French flavor and savoir-faire on this side of the Atlantic Ocean.