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“Nothing has Changed”
Review of Chez Noelle - CLOSED

Chez Noelle
Price range: US$25 - US$100
Cuisines: French
Dining options: Reservations
Restaurant details
Dining options: Reservations
Reviewed 22 July 2014 via mobile

My wife and I dined here about 25 years ago, and then again in May. Nothing has changed or been changed. The food is formal, classic French, presented by Rene with that classic Gallic humor. The decor hasn't changed in 25 years, either -- I mean, no one has changed the carpet, painted the walls, or done anything in the way of upkeep. The table linens are probably not from 25 years ago, though they could be; the tables and chairs probably are. (The place's darkness covers up much of this.). The coat room is unattended, and the waitstaff inexperienced. We went with my wife's parents, who are in their 70s, and they were clearly not among the oldest people there.

All that said, I'd gladly go back again. The food itself was excellent. If you can ignore (or don't care about) the extremely shopworn ambiance (the place has always occupied a crummy looking building next to the LIRR tracks and a bunch of auto body shops), the food is well worth it. If you can't, there are several classic French restaurants in Manhattan (think La Grenouille) where the food is at least as good, the decor and ambiance are unimpeachable, the service is sophisticated, and the prices are double.

Thank RDWilson
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Reviewed 7 June 2014

I have read some negative reviews that suggests the possibility of a worm hole upon entering this established restaurant that led the reviewer into another dimension as he or she turned the corner. We took no such turn. A knowledgeable and friendly Rene took our order, which we agreed would be the filet mignon. My wife had one, as did her mother. I had two, yes, two! Delicious! We rated the meal an 8.5 to 9.5! And that was accompanied by scrumptious mashed potatoes, topped by a diced, single spear of broccoli, which was more a garnish than counted toward my daily vegetable quota. We sat and enjoyed for over two full hours and were not rushed in any way, in fact, we might still be there sharing a single chocolate and banana tart with a copious bowl of extra cream, if we did need to return to Manhattan. Go and enjoy.

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2  Thank Eugene T
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Reviewed 11 March 2014

this restaurant has really good food that is properly prepared. For 30 years this place has offered high quality food. Although the restaurant name suggests it is a French restaurant and the maître di is French the food is continental with offerings such as Dover Sole, rack of lamb and long Island duck. The service is great. The only disappointment are the deserts.

It's a bit pricy so its not a once a week place unless you eat off their Sunday- Thursday fix price menu.

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Thank Portsenior
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Reviewed 25 November 2013

This must be one of the best French Restaurants in Long Island. Food is top quality and service is excellent. We always have a wonderful experience when we visit Chez Noelle. It is a must if looking for a first rate romantic dinner.

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Thank Maxito1938
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Reviewed 1 April 2013

WE have been there before with friends and liked it. Same experience this time. The cost is a little high but the food, service and ambiance were very pleasing.

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1  Thank fahmed
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