Chez Josephine
Chez Josephine

Chez Josephine

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://chezjosephine.com/
  • Phone: 2125941925x
  • 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: American, French
  • 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 2125941925x
  • 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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Chez Josephine reviews from OpenTable diners
391 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.3
  • Food4.2
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4.4
    Noise LevelModerate
91% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
romantic (240)special occasion (184)neighborhood gem (177)fit for foodies (114)late-night find (90)great for brunch (61)good for groups (38)hot spot (34)notable wine list (34)great for lunch (31)vibrant bar scene (28)great for outdoor dining (15)kid-friendly (7)scenic view (4)Show More
  • Special night out
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    I took my wife to Chez Josephine for our 20th wedding anniversary. We were welcomed at the door by the friendly staff and shown to our table by the piano. The pianist was a very talented bluesy 50's style singer/player which added to the already warm ambiance of the restaurant. Our waiter, Max, was terrific. Our service was outstanding, well timed and the food was first class plus. The extra added touches by the chef, decorating our dessert dishes with "Happy Anniversary" written in chocolate around the rim was very thoughtful and touching. This is a very special restaurant which I would highly recommend for any occasion but especially for those special occasions where you want the absolute best for you and your family and friends.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good soup, terrible chicken
    disappointed
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    The onion soup was, as usual, delicious...A yen for fried chicken made me order that iconic dish..What a mistake.... the chicken was dry and difficult to cut....The corn bread, [a French version ?] was in edible as well. Perhaps that entire dish should be retired from the menu, despite its gentle price .
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  • FerHel
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This was the third time we went for dining in Chez Josephine with friends. Once again, an outstanding experience in a very pleasand and romantic place. The food was delicious and the service quite good. By the way, the piano player has a very good and plays beautiful music. A friendly night to remember.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • exactly as expected
    vegetarianVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    Piano music was too loud. Pleasant meals, seafood cassoulet was a delightful surprise.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • We had a great time!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    It was the perfect place to celebrate the 14th birthday of my daughter!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The Best
    Nunsense
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    You won't be disappointed. There is nothing negative about this restaurant.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Just ok
    Sassy
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Went into city for a girls day. Based on reviews and French cuisine, selected Chez Josephine. Was disappointed. Food was not as good as expected from reviews. Escargot was Luke warm and ordinary. Steaks were fair.
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  • Wonderful Evening
    JohnLynn
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We eat at Chez Josephine whenever we go to NYC and always find everything about it nothing short of wonderful. From being greeted at the door, being shown to our table, meeting our always wonderful waiter, and then the wine and food. A perfect experience I would recommend Chez Josephine to everyone.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent Experience
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We went to Chez Josephine before theater and arrived a bit late for a our reservation due to traffic. Our table was still waiting for us and they were able to take our order and feed us in a timely manner so that we didn't miss the show we were going to. The food was delicious and our server was attentive and friendly.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Loved it!
    JTwardVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    We loved the live piano music, and that started a great night. The waiter was attentive and knew the wine list well. He made some great recommendations. The food was excellent, and we loved everything!
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • CanadianslikeRubys
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    Beautiful restaurant with great history. The ambiance was superb. We came in for dessert after a Broadway show at the Amsterdam Theatre down the street. The desserts were delicious, but portions were very small for the price.
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Worth visiting
    parisele
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    This is restaurant that will never disappoint and definitely worth visiting. Exceptional service and staff, very good food and presentation, good décor and piano music. I cannot comment on the wine list as I am not a drinker, but both the salmon and skirt steak were very well done.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • My Favorite NYC restaurant
    SLED
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    Everyone in Chez provides outstanding, attentive service! If you have a show to see, they are sure to advise you of the best time to order and the best time to walk to the theatre. The location, right behind Port Authority, is so convenient and just a few blocks from Broadway Theatres and next door to great off Broadway Theatres. Food is fantastic with an eclectic selection of dishes from Josephine Baker's Southern favorites to Salmon grilled to perfection and more. The piano entertainment enhances the experience, so rare to find and so enjoyable. It is ALWAYS an enjoyable event to go to Chez. HIGHLY RECOMMEND!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great for Brunch
    BAAKRA
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We went for the fixed price brunch. The lobster bisque was very good as was the eggs benedict and profiterole. Service was attentive, it was clean, and the live piano was beautiful.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Good good and excellent service. Highly recommend this great little pace.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Epitome of NYC Theatre Restaurant
    Scotladdie
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Chez Josephine NEVER disappoints. Food, service and ambiance were spectacular. Have been coming here more than 15 years; would never be in NYC without going to Chez Josephine.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Good Standby
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Always fun to go here. Esp. like the piano player and the history of it. Food is sporadic.....some things i.e. the onion soup are very good and others i.e. the boullibaise (sp.?) are just o.k. Service is excellent.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • Josephine would be proud
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great spot for fantastic French fare, and a great wine list. Live piano music made for a lovely ambiance.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Before theater gem
    lid23
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    We went to Josephine's before show on Saturday night. Had 5:30 reservations were seated immediately and asked what time the show was. We had enough time to enjoy our meal and we were not rushed, We both had the duck it was very good.
    Special Features:
    romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • Spectacular Dining!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    Went during Restaurant Week and had their specials, food was absolutely decadent! Loved the skirt steak which tasted more like filet mignon and the soft-shelled crab dish was great as well. Food is presented very beautiful. Atmosphere is terrific with the addition of the piano bar. Jean-Claude is a most welcoming host!
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem, hot spot
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Food is awesome but waiting time is a little long, probably due to restaurant week. Unlimited bread will make sure you are full ,especially when you have french cuisine
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, romantic, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Chris4593
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    Super service. Weird decoration. Wine selection is poor for a French restaurant. Typical French food. Really good. Beef was fantastic. Fries with them were a block of salt. Weird looking place. Live piano player is outstanding. Worth going back just for him
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Guenet
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Fun! Very friendly staff, delicious food. My favorite is the lamb.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week
    dianefeVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Came here for the restaurant week special which was not so special. The cost of the three courses I liked was almost equal to the off the menu price so I saved my money and calories by ordering off the regular menu.
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  • Consistently outstanding
    Jerseygourmet
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    We have not been disappointed in our three visits to Chez Josephine. Always outstanding service, very pleasant live piano music, excellent cuisine. A bit pricey (the wine is definitely overpriced) but in line with the typical cost of high-quality dining in the theater district.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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  • Outstanding!
    RiosVIP
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Always a pleasure to dine at Chez Josephine, Excellent service, food and ambiance.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect!
    casey155
    Dined on 8/10/2014
    Celebrated multi family birthdays in the upstairs dining room and a great time was had by all. I am sorry that the waiter didn't introduce himself, or I didn't ask, as he was charming and professional as we were a group of 7 chatty people. The drinks and dinners were all met with overwhelming praise as my concern (never having eaten there before) was that this might be a tourist trap and would be overpriced for the meal but it wasn't and the evening was a great success, including the birthday dessert with candle and song.
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    good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always amazing
    SeanGVIP
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Favorite restaurant by far - service is always top-notch (Jack at the bar, Julio, Dennis, Jean Claude, of course, and everyone else) and incomparable; the food exquisite and consistent; and the live piano ranging from jazz, Gershwin, Porter, and Sarah McLachlan. True dining institution for many reasons.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    The air conditioned was a little too cold, we had to chance to a table which was not so good as the first one to have a nicer temperature.
    Special Features:
    romantic, scenic view
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • It could have been spectacular, but
    BakerFan
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Luckily I arrived early because even though my assistant made reservations on OpenTable and I called to confirm the day before, there was no record of my reservation. However, Jean Claude found me and my guest a nice table (Jackie O's, I was told). I requested on the phone and again in person that two copies of his bio of Josephine Baker be brought to the table. I asked JC if he would come by and autograph them and he assured me he would. When I requested the books after the main course I was told that JC had left for the night and no mention of my request had been made. Disappointed, I bought one copy of the book for my guest. I already had an unautographed copied from Amazon for $4.50. Still it's a special place and I will return, wiser.
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    romantic, late-night find, hot spot, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Celebrated our 19th Anniversary, dinner was excellent!
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    romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • geraldincarolina
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Intimate, caters to theater goers. Superb atmosphere, ambiance, and service. Upon arrival they ask if you are attending the theater and time of performance to insure that you will not be rushed with your meal. Wonderful live piano music was an added treat.
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    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great post theater dinning!
    Acantal
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Although the restaurant was a bit difficult to find (it's small facade is dark and passed unnoticed at first), it had great ambiance, nice piano and good food, with some of the most traditional French dishes you would normally expect, but some novelties as well. Great end of night for us!
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    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The French experience
    Francie
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    I have been here several times and each time is wonderful from the piano player to the fabric on the walls to the paintings of Josephine baker in her traditional costume - this is a little taste of the left bank of the 1920's
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Magnificent
    Luvit
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Love it. A true gem. Not disappointed at all. It is always a joy to be there. Waiter was not overbearing and thanks for letting me ask for the bill and not have it shoved in my face like other restaurants.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mary m
    Mary
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    Thank you for a wonderful time. The service was great and the food even better. My favorite place for a pre theatre bite.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A great find
    DebDon
    Dined on 8/7/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our meal. We had the soft shell crabs, which may have been the best we ever had. Service was excellent. They knew we were going to a show, and they were awesome in getting us our food quickly without rushing. The piano player was a very nice addition. Will be going back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not what I hoped for...
    conversationalistVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The decor is amazing, and the pianist works hard. I have all of the old vinyl Josephine Baker, and heard this place had more of that zest. Alas the food lacked zing, presentation, and flavour generally. Regulars are treated differently - as one would expect; but it is hard to get anyone to show more than perfunctory interest in you as a client - so how would you become a regular. The next to me table broke a glass on my foot, but while it was assiduously cleared away from the floor I ended up with some in my shoe - a lesson that one needs to make more of a fuss and be more careful. This was the most exciting part of the evening - I could not see bringing anyone here to eat. A drink yes, drink in the decor - you bet.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Romantic
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    A great date place with romantic ambience and had a delightful piano player
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    romantic, special occasion, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great for Pre Theatre Dining
    DCvisitor
    Dined on 8/5/2014
    A neighborhood staple. Good food, good drinks, attentive wait staff. Perfect for pre theatre meal.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate