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Chez Josephine
Chez Josephine

Chez Josephine Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://chezjosephine.com/
  • Phone: (212) 594-1925
  • Hours of Operation: Dinner: Tuesday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm; Brunch: Sunday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: French, American
  • Executive Chef: Frank Diaz
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Cafe, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Smoking Area, Smoking Area (patio only), Weekend Brunch, Wine
  • Private Party Facilities: Our front dining room, on the ground floor, can be rented and seats 70 guests. Our Jungle Room, also on the ground floor, seats 20 guests. Our Salon Marrakech, on the second floor, seats 30 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Dave Taylor (212) 594-1925
  • Entertainment: Live piano music nightly. Weekends: Sarah McLawler (vocals/piano), Jean Davis (trumpet), and Chris Curtis (vocals/piano).

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 9th and 10th Aves.
  • Public Transit: 1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R, S & W trains to Times Square-42nd Street, and A, C & E trains to Port Authority-42nd Street.
  • Parking: Public Lot
  • Parking Details: Manhattan Plaza, 42nd Street and Dyer Avenue (between 9th and 10th Avenues),
A word from Chez Josephine
The last of its kind near 42nd St., Chez Josephine is a neighborhood gem. A tribute to legendary Josephine Baker, this Parisian bistro with live music and tantalizing menu exudes theatrical panache. One of New York's most romantic restaurants, a bit of Montmartre on 42nd St., the landmark jewel sparkles with an intimate setting of red velvet walls, a cavalcade of chandeliers and a blue-tin ceiling. The eclectic menu reinvents the traditional cuisine of the French bistro in an explosion of tantalizing flavor. Jean-Claude and Jarry Baker are your warm and welcoming hosts who treat you as family whether you come before the show, after the show, for a leisurely dinner in-between, or a drink at the zinc bar.

Chez Josephine draws a crowd unlike any other in New York as food critic Bryan Miller noted when he wrote: The dining room is a confluence of the famous and the fashionable, the infamous and unsung-with every shade of skin on earth and indeed you feelthe magic of Chez Josephine.
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Diner Reviews
  • "charged us $16 for two opened bottles of water and not telling us before hand of the charge wine was a bit overpriced for the value $40 for pinot grigio . However the place is gorgeous and a great location for entertaining guests"
    Dined on 7/22/2014
  • "Excellent food, ambience,service, music. We loved this place, the piano and the food is a good combination"
    Dined on 7/20/2014
  • "Wonderful, Romantic and memorable. this is the kind of place you return to without thinking about it. We so enjoyed everything about it, the Music set the mood for love,"
    Dined on 7/19/2014
  • "My partner and I returned for another dinner visit to Chez Josephine and the food the service and Joseph at the piano brought us back to the romance of Old New York. The evening became a wonderful experience of three hours. We ate, drank and listened to beautiful live music. We were never rushed, but instead reminded to remain as long as we wished to savor the ambiance. The staff could not have been kinder or more professional and each member of the staff wished us a good night as we left. We love dining at Chez Josephine."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "We were sat right near the window, which was a good distance from the live piano music. It was the perfect background music for a delicious meal. We started with a carrot ginger soup and beet salad. The entree was a pan seared quail. It was all perfectly prepared and excellent. Highly recommend!"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Dinner on July 18 was in celebration of my daughter and my birthdays. We were seated a few minutes early. Staff very friendly and efficient throughout our time there. Our menu selections were well served, no issues with quality of food or service. Restaurant showed excellent customer service by serving our dessert with a candle and Happy Birthday spelt out on plate and the pianist rendition of Happy Birthday to You when other diners joined in. My daughter and I intend to return again. Thanks."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Great for dinner before theater. Very good price fix dinner"
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "Went to dinner for anniversary before seeing show "piece of my heart".The dinner/service/staff were all superb.We were late for our reservation,called to inform the restaurant and all was good. I would definitely go back the next time i am near the restaurant."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "From the moment I made this reservation, our experience was outstanding..I asked for a round table for 6 people. We were seated perfectly in the front next to a window. Jean Claude greeted us with warmth and enthusiasm. Our wait staff was impeccable, always anticipating our needs before having to ask. The menu was diverse and everything was prepared with perfection. Everyone enjoyed their meals. The ambiance was delightful. We loved this restaurant. If you have a chance, visit Chez Josephine."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "We love Chez Josephine. We have been here many times and the restaurant never disappoints. The ambiance with its french murals…the fabulous piano music playing in the background…the delicious food and the great service…a win win. Ryan our server was extremely accommodating…the escargot delicious. We had the price fixe menu which included salad, entree and dessert. There is so much to choose from! The soft shell crabs were outstanding. We can't rave enough about this wonderful restaurant conveniently located near the theater district. Looking forward to our next visit."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "Our experience at Chez Josephine was amazing. I reserved a table for four, through OpenTable, to celebrate my friends' 25th anniversary before attending a 7PM Broadway show on Sunday. Upon entering, we were immediately escorted to a very nice window table that looks out onto 42nd St.. Our waiter was outstanding from beginning to end. He confirmed our theatre plans, recommended great entrees and desserts and was very friendly and attentive. We ordered a variety of appetizers, entrees and desserts, including: Chinese raviolis, shrimp cocktail, duck, pork, shrimp risotto, spaghetti bolognese, white and chocolate mousse and death by chocolate. Every appetizer, entree and dessert was delicious. I highly recommend dinner at Chez Josephine!"
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We highly recommend this restaurant. We have dinner there every time we are in Manhattan. Always a treat. The staff could teach proper serving techniques. Never rushed, never lagging - their timing is perfect. They do not interrupt conversation; however, if you need anything, they are suddenly right there. Good suggestions and great service. Our food is always perfectly prepared; served hot; and delicious. The old-tiime elegance; relaxed but special atmosphere; and evening entertainment makes this a romantic and comfotable place to share a good meal or even to dine alone."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "A varied menu offers something for everyone & after the delicious dinners we enjoyed we will definately return to try what we didn't order. My rack of lamb was juicy & cooked just as requested .I wish I could make my vegetables as tasty as the zucchini that was served with it.Service was attentive & piano music throughout our dinner was delightful. My only dislike was the proximity of the tables. We were privy to our neighboring tables conversation."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "We had very good meals at Chez Josephine Saturday evening. We especially enjoyed the wonderful pianist who played throughout our dinner. We have found this restaurant to be very consistent over the 10 or so years we have been dining there. Unfortunately for us, we live more than 110 miles from Chez Josephine."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "Food was cooked well but not spectacular. Room decorations were dated, ambiance was dated and loud. Our server was excellent. If you are looking for a romantic place, this is not it. Overall middle of the road."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "I don't know how French our meal was but it was very good. The environment is beautiful."
    Dined on 7/9/2014
  • "3 of us came for a pre-theater dinner. We were asked when our curtain was (7pm) when we walked in at 5:30. We ordered and were told by the waiter that we would be out by 6:30, in time to walk over to the theater. The food did not arrive until 6:25! One of us ordered the prix fixe and they brought the dessert out with the main course because that was the only way it could be served. We left half our food and all of the dessert so that we could make the curtain. NO APOLOGY. NO DISCOUNT. WILL NEVER RETURN."
    Dined on 7/8/2014
  • "After a Sunday matinee, what a perfect place for an early supper before heading back to New Jersey! Cozy and romantic, we so enjoyed the piano playing old standards, show tunes and some surprises, too. A whole lobster out of the shell arranged artfully atop a bed of greens and sliced avocado was superb, as were the very tender braised lamb shanks with asparagus. We began with lobster bisque and the endive salad with bleu cheese and walnuts, both delightful, and rounded out the meal with their famous lemon tart brûlée. We sipped several cups of coffee to keep listening to the music - we hated to leave!"
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "A nice convenient place for brunch prior to a matinee, just down the street from theatre companies. Sunday prix fixe offered a nice selection for the price of $19.29, the year Josephine opened her first bistro in Paris. Cozy decor with Parisien influences and artwork and posters of Josephine. Dishes were nicely prepared with adequate portions for a filling, not overly stuffed meal. The spaghetti with meat sauce was very flavorful, the lobster bisque had a wonderful concentrated lobster flavor. Wait staff was very attentive and friendly."
    Dined on 7/6/2014
  • "An experience in ambience! Piano man is incredible!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "Great service .. Ask for Maxim... delicious food and a phenomenal piano player..Joe... Now one of our favorites in the city. Don't miss this one"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "My fiance and I went here for our early anniversary celebration. We were coming to the city to see, "IF/THEN", The first thing the matrie de said to us was what time our show began. I was impressed right away, that they wanted to make sure we finished our meal in time for the show! He took us to the table and that is when the magic began! Our waiter handed our menus to us and explained the specials. All of which sounded heavenly! I had the Lobster Bisque and my better half had the Tomato and Goat cheese appetizer. In one simple word, Glorious! We then had our main course. I had a Braised Lamb Shank and she had Roasted Halibut. The food and service was divine! We later chose to go back for dessert. We can't wait to go back again!"
    Dined on 7/5/2014
  • "First time at this restaurant. The owner and staff made you feel right at home. The piano player was perfect for the surroundings. Appetizers were very disappointing. The crispy oysters were mushy and the steak tartare not very good. The main courses, duck breast and the special fish dish, seared grouper, were cooked perfectly. The ambiance for pre-theatre was perfect."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "I was very pleases with the food, the service and the ambiance. There was a pianist playing lovely music. I look forward to dining there again."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "It is always lovely to be greeted by Jean-Claude the gracious host at Chez Josephine! The food never disappoints. I had Lobster Bisque and a wonderful cold Lobster Salad that was accompanied by fresh crisp greens and vegetables. My friend had Boudin Noir, with Olive-Oil Crushed Potatoes and Apple Compote. We were both very happy with the food and ambiance. This is not my first time there and nor will it be my last."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "Piano player helps create a romantic atmosphere. The service was really great. We were 45 minutes late - called to let them know, and they were so accommodating. I had the calves liver, which is generallyn hard to find. It was just okay. It was accompanied by mustard greens which I had never tasted before - and never want to taste again as I don't particularly like vegetables that have the harsh taste of mustard. So it was not a great with the liver."
    Dined on 7/3/2014
  • "A while since we were here but it's still all we remember. A place with real personality and friendliness that is often lacking in New York today. We were welcomed like old friends and thought the food and wine excellent and good value. A place everyone should visit at least once. Great after-theatre spot."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "Not the best food we've ever had (but very good). When you factor together the food, the personal welcome from the owner, our warm and efficient server, the decor, the ambiance, the beautiful piano music, the whole New York vibe….we had an amazing experience. Highly recommended. We had an unforgettable evening."
    Dined on 7/2/2014
  • "This is one of my favorite restaurants. Good food, live music, wonderful ambiance. I missed Jean Clause - he was in the Hamptons - but it is a wonderful place for meeting people from NJ who are parking across the street or at the PA."
    Dined on 7/1/2014
  • "We entertained clients at Chez Josephine and it was perfect. The food was very tasty and the service was excellent. Panio player was lovely also."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We arrived with friends and wanted to have time to enjoy the food and chat. They thoughtfully asked if we wanted to be close to the piano. While we did want to enjoy the music, we also wanted to enjoy our friends. We were able to accomplish both over a very good meal thanks to the thoughtful question!!"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "We have going to this restaurant frequently. The food is consistently good and the service is prompt. My only criticism is with the service: there are occasions when waiters have been intrusive. Rather than wait for a pause in the conversation or waiting to be acknowledged by the people at the table, the waiter abruptly interrupts the conversation to ask if everything is alright or to take the order. That's our only criticism of an otherwise wonderful place."
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "As always the food and service are wonderful. We also got to the theatre easily."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "I never miss a chance to book a table whenever I am in NYC. This restaurant has very much a local vibe and does not feel "touristy" at all. The food is delicious and the menu has a great variety ranging from haute cuisine to comfort food. The service is usually impeccable, although, this time around it was quite slow (1 hour before getting our main course). Unfortunately this meant we had to forgo desert since we had a show. I would still go back since this was the only negative experience in over 10 years of going there...everyone has a n off day every once in a while."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "As usual, the food, ambiance and music all combined for a great after theater experience. Make sure Chez Jospehine is on your list of place to visit in NYC. Wish it was in our neighborhoo because it would be our neighborhood haunt."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We've dined here before and loved it. This time was terrible. Service was awful and food mediocre. Piano player and Maître D were the only redeeming factors. We are going to give them one more chance."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We loved the ambience. The piano player was fantastic. Food was great. Overall a very memorable evening. Thank you."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "While I normally would not take my kids out for a meal at this type of restaurant, we were on vacation in New York so the five of us decided to give Chez Josephine a try for our "big night out." The food was amazing and the service was excellent. It was no problem to have our eleven year old daughters and fourteen year old son along. They all found something they liked and while it was expensive, it was worth it!"
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "Had dinner here before a play and it was fantastic! The restaurant is rather small, but they make up for it with an energetic pianist and wonderful decorations. Got in and out in less than an hour, and made it to the play with plenty of time to spare."
    Dined on 6/26/2014
  • "This tribute to the adopted Mom of the owner (Josephine Baker) oozes with atmosphere, from the huge paintings to the ever-present pianist. It does a rapid-paced pre-theater business, and the food choices, whether from the three course prix fixe or a la carte menu, are all delicious. The location, west of 9th avenue, is ideal for the off-Broadway theaters on that block of 42nd street, but a little out of the way for most other theaters. The full house empties at 7:45, and then the pace is more relaxed. We love this place."
    Dined on 6/25/2014