Chez Josephine

4.4
5353 reviews
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The last of its kind near 42nd Street, Chez Josephine is a neighborhood gem founded in 1986 by Jean-Claude Baker as a tribute to legendary Josephine Baker. This Parisian bistro offers live piano music and a tantalizing menu in an intimate setting of red velvet walls, a cavalcade of chandeliers and a blue-tin ceiling. Guests receive a warm welcoming and are treated as family whether coming before a 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 feel the magic of Chez Josephine.”

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Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Treat Maman on Mother's Day for brunch or dinner at Chez Josephine, with live piano music and Parisian ambience. $50 Brunch Prix Fixe and $70 Dinner Prix Fixe (beverages, tax and gratuity not included). A limited à la carte menu will also be available. Serving from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Easter Restaurant Specials & Reservations

Enjoy Easter brunch or dinner at Chez Josephine! We are offering our regular menus along with Easter specials. Serving from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m.

Sunday, April 21, 2019

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Sun 4:00PM - 4:30PM 7:30PM - 10:00PM
Mon 7:30PM - 10:30PM
Tue 8:00PM - 10:30PM
Wed 8:30PM - 10:30PM
Thu 8:00PM - 10:30PM
Fri - Sat 9:00PM - 10:30PM

What 5353 People Are Saying
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B
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This is one of the few mom and pop type restaurants that has survived in mid town Manhattan. We have been coming here for over 30 years and it is basically the same. We love the ambiance which is warm and inviting and the service was excellent. The food was good but not outstanding.

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LB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 4service 2ambience 5

Never before have I been asked to change tables while our meal was underway to make room for a larger party. I found this shocking and unacceptable.

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LI
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

We tried this on a recommendation from an acquaintance. Though nice, we probably will not return, as we have other favorites when attending a play in the low 40's of the theater district.

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MH
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 5

Great ambience. Good food. Service was a little slow, feel like our main course was forgotten about. My eggs Benedict has been under the warmer for a while. Had asked for sauce on side, but it was on the eggs. Did not have time to return. Food was good though.

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g
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It's always a delicious dinner!

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JV
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food as always. Lots of choices. Good wine.
Cozy and welcoming. Lovely music. Good ambience.

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JS
1 review
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 5ambience 5

Our experience at Chez Josephine was superb! It was such a pleasure to be in such a celebratory space with a superb positive vibe. It really has an intensely New York City feel with an overlay of European charm. We look forward to returning.

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SG
Las Vegas
16 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

This is my 3rd or 4th visit and I will come again. Love the atmosphere, the friendly and efficient service, the comfort food, and the wonderful live entertainment that really makes it a special place. Has a total "feel good" vibe including the limited bar area.

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KB
1 review
Dined on April 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed the meal and experience at Chez Josephine as a special treat

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SM
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Ate here years ago and thought it was much better in the past . Would not go back

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JR
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was my birthday

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LF
New York Area
238 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was superb, and the service was friendly and prompt. We were a bit close to the piano, and so it was a bit loud for us. The tables are very close together, so if you're not in a friendly mood, go somewhere else. The restrooms are up a flight of narrow steps. Not sure if they have an accessible one on the main floor, but they need one.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 3service 4ambience 5

Great for pre-theater

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JM
Tallahassee
32 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Pre Theater Dinner its always great visiting Chez Josephine I highly recommend this restaurant

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Excellent option pre Sunday matinee. Fantastic service, reasonable prices for area and great food. Would go again.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great Birthday dinner before going to see a Broadway show. Loved the piano music and food was fabulous. Service was excellent. Will be back!

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L
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

Food was delicious and a wonderful surprise since we had no expectations. The big bonus was the terrific pianist who played such beautiful, nostalgic songs.

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CG
Baltimore
5 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Perfectly charming. The general manager and the server could not have been more accomodating! Wonderful dining experience

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L
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chez Josephine was incredible! The wait staff, Manuel, decor, food... all perfect! Thank you for a great evening!

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R
New York Area
131 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delightful restaurant with excellent , beautiful served by an excellent staff. From the time we were greeted at the door to our departure, we had an enjoyable experience

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M
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chez Josephine is one of the best restaurants in New York City!

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MD
Baltimore
9 reviews
Dined on April 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful choice. One of my favorites in the midtown area.

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GG
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on April 2, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was great! Service was excellent.

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WH
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a wonderful experience!

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E
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

A wonderful French bistro, great for a pre- or post-theatre dinner or a romantic date. This restaurant, formerly owned by Jean-Claude Baker, the adopted son of Josephine Baker remains in good hands several years after his passing. There is a live piano playing jazz standards; and the food, atmosphere and service are all excellent.

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DL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place with amazing ambiance! Love it :)

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DJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our favorite place for a romantic dinner in NYC. Highly recommend!

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SV
Charleston
2 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

It was a wonderful experience. The food was outstanding along with the service. We will be back!

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D
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Great atmosphere, servers were very friendly, and got us in and out in a timely but I rushed manner in order to make a show at 8 pm

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JA
Miami
23 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 2food 5service 1ambience 1

Food was okay. I had the fried chicken and my wife had the spaghetti. I also had a crab cake as an appetizer but it was very Bland. The problem is that the tables are so close together, one feels quite claustrophobic. The lady sitting next to us had strong perfume and I couldn't even smell what I was eating. The service was also poor. The first time they filled our water glasses was when they brought the check. In the Theater District, there are so many other choices. We cannot recommend this restaurant.

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SJ
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food at a surprising price, wait staff very mindful of pre-theatre dinners, and attentive without hovering. Definitely new go to in Theatre District.

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F
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As always, great service and food in a wonderfully atmospheric setting.

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OM
New Orleans
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were visiting from New Orleans and noticed that Chez Josephine had live music so made reservations. The food was great, the staff friendly and efficient, and we loved the piano player. Not to mention the Josephine baker themed decor! We had such a good time that we went back the next night.

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DJ
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 3food 1service 3ambience 3

Worst Lamb Shanks we have ever had. No flavour and Salmon was over cooked, how can you cook gravy with no flavour for the steak. Do not recommend it for the price.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Boy was Josephine’s disappointing. We went for pre dinner , and they did get us out in dinner. The food was fine, but very imaginative or inspiring. The service was abysmal, I would almost say downright rude. To top it off the food rating is a B - there is no reason Togo anywhere that does not get a A. Not what I remember from years ago.

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DA
New York Area
185 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is absolutely my favorite restaurant in the City - and I go to all of them. But when I have theater tickets, especially ones next door, I am at my CJ. I miss Jean Claude very much but he would be proud of how well everyone is keeping up his traditions of old world hospitality. I especially loved that the host remembered me when I returned after the theater for drinks. He even brought over an extra bar stool. Keep up the good work!

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OT
Los Angeles
20 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 3ambience 5

They play piano while you have dinner and fantastic lights and atmosphere , good for date !

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LC
New England
7 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food, good service. I didn't like piano playing, but that's why a lot of people eat there. Was trying to have a quiet meal

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v
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on March 27, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

We enjoyed a meal after a Broadway matinee. My husband had lamb chops and I had black striped shrimp. Both dishes were tasty and the serving sizes were ample. The service was attentive but not obtrusive. The decor was dated and dark in the back of the restaurant. It was brighter in the front section.
I would return because the food was good as was the service.

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