Since 1960, Chez Napoléon restaurant has been a favorite culinary destination in this neighborhood when it was teeming with many classic French restaurants catering to voyagers disembarking from cross Atlantic ships docked at the Hudson River piers at the west end of 50th street. For many years to come, past the “Westies” and “Hell’s Kitchen” periods, Chez Napoléon remained steadfast as a small, yet tenacious restaurant, much like its namesake, that would stay true to its foundation of serving authentic and satisfying French cuisine, like from back home, on the outskirts of the Theatre District.
It was in 1982 that the Bruno family – actually the third, yet longest, family to own Chez Napoléon – came to stylize, craft, and perfect a menu that showcases and represents most regional specialties throughout France’s broad culinary delights. This is largely thanks to Chef ‘Grandmere’ Marguerite Bruno’s unique know-how of bringing home styled Sunday night dinner, French comfort food from the home kitchen and into a small restaurant setting.
Such classic favorites present on the menu include: garlicky escargots, savory onion soup with melted cheese, decadent duck foie gras, our signature steak au poivre, tasty frog legs, the ever popular beef bourguignon stew, the eventful Bouillabaisse fish stew, our specialty dessert soufflés, and so much more! We also boast very unique, hard-to-find dishes such as: veal sweetbreads, veal kidneys, wild boar stew (when in season), and even calf’s brain served with black butter – reserved for the more adventurous and daring of foodies!
At Chez Napoléon we pride ourselves in offering a hyper-traditional French dining experience that will transport you to the small French restaurants by the banks of the Seine in Paris. Diners who return to this landmark restaurant time after time seek not just to be fed in a hurry in time for a Broadway show, but rather to take the time to relax and enjoy a well crafted meal that will please any taste and palette.