Chez Josephine

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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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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

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HS
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful piece of NY history. Has an elegant vibe and knows what its niche is and does it effortlessly. Excellent date spot. Attentive service. Some interesting menu items. Prix fixe well-priced. Feels like a NY institution.

BH
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks are always wonderful. The piano player is excellent as well.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place in New York City. Beautiful restaurant, live piano, lovely staff, great wine and food selection. I felt like I had teleported back to the 1920's. Just wonderful! 😍

KB
Chicago
58 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come to NYC twice a year and always make sure we get to Chez Josephine. It has a distinct jazzy vibe with live music most evenings and terrific decor highlighting Josephine Baker. The food is delicious, French and very consistent. Some people dine here pre theatre but we prefer to come at eight so we can settle in and soak up the rich atmosphere and lively service.

TM
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my birthday dinner at Chez Josephine. I loved it! The food was delicious. The drinks we're good and I Loved the live music ( piano, clarinet and singing). We will definitely go back!!

a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner experience before seeing Moulin Rouge. The service was top-notch, the lobster bisque was one of the best I’ve ever had (and I’m picky), and the service was attentive and superb.
Highly recommend!

MS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely place to go before or after theater. Wonderful piano music mostly of older show tunes. Nice background, but not intrusive. Prefix dinner is $42 with nice choices. Outstanding service.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a wonderful restaurant with ambiance. The service was excellent, and the food was very good.

They had a pianist there the night we went and it immediately set a tone - no pun intended - that was warm and effervescent.

The only criticism is that it was a hair louder than it should have been. The pianist, however, was grand (again, no pun intended).

OT
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My duck entree was fabulous. Other three diners really enjoyed their entrees. My sister was stuffed but still cleaned off bones of her lamb meal. We shared chocolate Ala Josephine chocolate dessert which was perfect. Waiters were prompt, friendly and courteous. We didn’t care for the escargot - too garlicky.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bei jedem NY Besuch gehen wir in Chez Josephine, es ist unser Lieblingsrestaurant hier. Der Service ist phantastisch, das Essen sehr gut und die Atmosphäre großartig. Außerdem ist die Musik sehr angenehm und passt wunderbar zu der Gesamtstimmung des Restaurants.

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OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My husband had the French onion soup and he said it was the best he had ever had. I had the trout amandine which was light and tasty. The string beans were cooked perfectly and were delicious.

E
Philadelphia
69 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This was my second visit to Chez Josephine. The waiters were very attentive and the food authentically French and wonderful. The 3 course daily specials are a bargain and the options are broad enough to satisfy all tastes. We especially enjoyed the skate wing and butternut squash couscous, asparagus soup and apple tart.

m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you Chez Josephine!
I Ioved every second of it as soon as i walked through the door !
The interior, as if I stepped back in time and was in the cutest French bistro, in the middle of Paris, the live music..who doesn't love listening to an amazing piano player! And the FOOD! I chose to order off the prix fixe menu for brunch...can not go wrong! All so amazingly delicious! And the service was exceptional..so thank U!
Order a cocktail, sit back and enjoy every moment!

OT
New York Area
134 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Eaten here 3 times. This was the best. Quiet upstairs dining room NOT next to the piano allowed for conversation. The onion soup, rack of lamb , my wife’s ribeye special and the tart Tatin all outstanding. And the little cheesy biscuits- to die for.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! Would recommend even with kids. Loved the piano!

DK
Baltimore
27 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time at this favorite spot.

W
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very positive experience. We were offered a choice and chose in the back away from piano. This was great as it was a very loud bar scene up front. Our table was quiet and we could talk but still here the wonderful pianist. The duck entree was perfect, but the salmon was served rare even though we asked for medium. The service was excellent even on a busy Saturday night.

T
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While I admit to being a bit prejudiced in favor of an establishment bearing Josephine (Baker’s) name, once there, I can say objectively that I was impressed........by the food and the service........and Josephine or not, who would return if the food were not delicious? Good vibe, good food.....and hospitable. A visit about once every two months may be my plan.

j
New England
12 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful ambience like a cafe in Paris. The presence of the pianist was a big plus.

SW
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Food is ok to try! Not bad but not a must to try in your life as well. However, the service is totally terrible, I felt like I owe 1 million dollars to the waiter.. I think he should improve on his communication skill and be more passion on serving.

AK
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, service great and location very convenient for our theater visit.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love love love Chez Josephine! Food is exquisite always! And the service is always great. My favorite little French place. The ambiance is very calm and perfect to enjoy a nice dinner.

OT
Kent
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve celebration

OT
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience4

The música, ambient and the food was Very good

L
Washington DC
37 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

In New York for the holidays, we enjoyed dinner at Chez Josephine. Between its classic French cuisine, its Art Nouveau decor and its Broadway culture (complete with a gifted pianist), this restaurant offers much of what makes New York shine. Thanks for a memorable evening!

B
Philadelphia
18 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food2service4ambience4

Chez used to be quite good, but in our last several visits, the food has become mediocre. As always, the ambiance is fun, the first floor very noisy and the second floor quietier and more intimate, but what has happened to the food?

EW
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I love Chez Josephine and have been going there since it opened. It NEVER disappoints. The ambiance is marvelous, as is the food. The wait staff is always friendly and accommodating.
It is a wonderful place to bring out-of-town guests for a fabulous New York experience. The festive atmosphere is perfect for every celebration.

L
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

This visit was a disappointment. The lamb shank was small and on the tough side, not falling off the bone; the service was only so-so. Maybe it was just an off day, but we're less eager to come back. And the room was very noisy with the piano.

B
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Consistently good food and service

DH
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There was a pianist, which helped to create an exquisitely energetic environment. The food was delicious!

AM
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely place to dine before or after the theater or if you're in the neighborhood. We enjoyed the ambiance, the food and the service was excellent. A real find! Try the escargots and tuna tartare for appetizers. The special fish of the day, halibut, was served on a tasty bed of roasted cauliflower and topped with sautéed mushrooms. My companions enjoyed the Long Island Duck and the filet mignon.

IG
Orlando
31 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

We arrived a little early for our reservation, but were seated relatively quickly. I expected more traditional French cuisine items on the menu but what we ordered was good. The service was just adequate. Our servers were not engaging and basically just dumped the food on the table. The whole atmosphere, except for the host, was very impersonal.

k
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience2

I had the duck did not have much flavor. My wife had the chicken she enjoyed it. Tables are much too close to each other. Will not return

OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful place! One of the jewelry of the City.
Can't wait to come back, the food, ambiance, staff, just excellent!

L
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and the ambience of the restaurant. Great food with live piano in the background paired with a little French wine it couldn’t get any better.

OT
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very enjoyable

PE
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was wonderful and the presentation was excellent. The servers were professional and courteous. The timing between courses was very good. We will definitely dine here again

y
Philadelphia
60 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience3

It was close to the theater, service was very good but food was just ok. Not sure how “French” the cuisine was, though.
Tight seating in first floor. Better seating upstairs. Very noisy.

L
Phoenix
88 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Very authentic little French bistro on the west side near the theater district. The lobster bisque was the best I’ve ever had. And the tuna tartare was also excellent. This is definitely a locals place, and worth the effort to get there.

l
Washington DC
16 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Quite a treasure. First time there and will be back again. Excellent French onion soup. Tuna tartare and beet salad both wonderful. Terrific spaghetti bologanese, filet mignonette and fried chicken! Attentive service. Loved the ambience! And the piano player!

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