Chez Josephine

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$31 to $50
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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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TE
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great restaurant to listen to piano music and singers. Quiet after the theater crowd exits. Price fix dinner is a true bargain. Ample portions, nice selections. Very delicious. Wait staff excellent.

MT
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

I have written several times about the noise level in this wonderful small restaurant. The piano music is too loud and the extra speakers with the singer (not good) is intrusive and unnecessary.If they insist on having a piano player, the music would be much more appreciated if it were background and not miked. Nor does the singer need to be miked so that the entire place resonates with really bad singing. At least if part of the place could be a bit more isolated from the music it would give patrons a choice: we want to be able to talk to each other or we don't really care to hear what our table companions have to say, so let them be drowned out by loud singing and playing.

A
Milwaukee
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evocative atmosphere and excellent food and service

G
New York Area
337 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Josephine is one of the only restaurants I’ve been to that gets better year after year. We had a lunch of omelettes but the menu is extensive and the food is delicious. Also, the service and manager are great.

OT
Charleston
12 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very nice intimate, eclectic atmosphere with excellent piano playing in the background. Prices were extremely reasonable for NYC dining and menu offered varied selections. We found our waiter to be very pleasant, but not very attentive despite restaurant not being full with pre-theater diners. Would return again, though.

DD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What a wonderful dinner! And the piano music really made it a special evening.

JB
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

What a romantic place for dinner. Lovely piano music, a corner table for two. Perfect for our anniversary. Delicious rack of lamb! A special small intimate restaurant. Will be back!

OT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Aside from being seated by the door, everything was pleasant.

BP
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to NYC about once a year so it is always a special occasion when we go. We want good food and we found that at Chez Josephine

MZ
New England
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

An truly unique experience in NYC. The restaurant has charm and history. Unforgettable!

MF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Everything was good and the wait staff was attentive. It was very busy when we were there and iyou had to talk loud in order to be heard. This restaurant is a favorite amongst the pre and post theater crowd. They are known for their creme brûlée and it was very good.

KF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just perfect , food service
No waiting never rushed .

JV
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience3

The restaurant was very cold inside. Restrooms were upstairs up several steps. Tough for an older person which we are not. The service was just ok.

HH
New York Area
111 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Jean Claude is gone but not forgotten in this temple to his adoptive mother. A great choice pre or post theater.

SP
Jacksonville
6 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My wife and I have been going to New York at least once a year for 27 years and we start every trip with dinner at Chez Josephine the first night in town. It is a unique setting, the food is always spectacular, the service is fantastic and we wouldn't consider changing.

CE
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Dinner here is a delight, the theme is vibrant, live piano music and service was just right. great place to bring visitors or someone wanting a let typical New York experience.

AA
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Welcomed early. Took advantage of Restaurent week.. choices still interesting.

2
Milwaukee
11 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

After theatre dining. We saw a play from the late 60’s and transitioned to Chez Josephine for a French 40’s atmosphere. The piano music was divine-extensive play list and well played. (I should have practiced as a child). French Onion soup was exquisite. Lobster salad (half size was plenty) All in all a great evening. This was our second vid to Chez Josephine and we will be back.

PS
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! We loved the food and ambiance. So convenient to drive in from NJ.

OT
1 review
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall3food3service1ambience5

Beautiful space and music but service standards need an overhaul. Absolutely no personality from anyone. Every time the server or busser came to the table (from greeting to dropping the check) felt like a task and we were clearly annoying them. They felt like they didn’t want to be there or they were annoyed by our presence. Would dine again simply for the ambiance and to try more food...Though the service was far from deserving the gratuity left. A smile and a thank you goes a LONG WAY

JJ
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderfol experience food delicious. Thank you all . Wait staff very attentive

D
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Post theater.
Warm and cozy atmosphere; friendly service; live piano! Feels very French!

C
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 12, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience4

We are frequent users of Chez Josephine. As usual, food was good. The Sea Bass special was fresh and very tasty. Wine list is also excellent.

CG
Jacksonville
1 review
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely restaurant with references to Josephine Baker. You could pick this restaurant up and set it down in Paris and it would fit in perfectly. Delicious food, excellent wine list and outstanding service

TP
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

OUTSTANDING, Highly recommend the restaurant, service is excellent, staff courteous and helpful

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was prefect!

r
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience3

We had brunch before attending a show at a nearby theatre. I had a farmer's omelet; my companion opted for the prix-fixe brunch, primarily for the delicious-looking profiterole dessert. The food was fine, nothing super-exciting but quite good. We found the service somewhat unresponsive. There was a very large party in the dining room, and we understood that most of the waitstaff capacity was involved with them. But we had found before the party came in that the waiters were already not attentive. The location of the restaurant is good, and the ambiance is attractive; I might well return but would have to weigh the possibility of poor service before I do so.

OT
Charleston
4 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First time - good experience - rated food a 4 - mixed green salad was bland considering price - salmon good need option for salmon accompaniment instead of greens - will return and would recommend

JB
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on February 7, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Food was just so-so. The restaurant was somewhat empty when we arrived for a five o'clock reservation, yet service was painfully slow.

MO
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

The server was not friendly (this is the second time I have the same server so now I can say it). Except the service, this place still has a lot of charme.

D
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall3food2service2ambience4

Meh. The food was ordinary. Not bad but certainly not as good as I was expecting. The ambiance is fun; great look and the piano playing is a nice backdrop. Overall I had a good time since I was catching up with an old friend but this place may have past its prime. I doubt I'll be back.

YS
London
56 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

From start to finish, absolutely perfect!

OT
1 review
Dined on February 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The waiter was Very attentive. The meal was delicious.

OT
Miami
19 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's hard to find a more romantic & authentic "last century" restaurant with a live Piano Player, at a price that is affordable.

you must try it to believe it

great food and wonderful service

JG
Baltimore
17 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My husband and I had a memorable meal at Chez Josephine on a Tuesday evening before the theater. The service was very professional, the ambiance was pleasant, the wine was very nice and the food was excellent. My husband had the duck breast and I had calves liver. I rarely order liver but this sounded good and it was! Very tender and flavorful with a nice mustard sauce. The duck was also excellent. The decor is charming. We will be back when we come to NYC again.

FL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Wonderful food at typical NYC prices. Service is gracious. Need to give yourself plenty of time to eat if seeing a show. They do not rush you! Probably takes a while for entrees to be served because the food is so fresh!

KB
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is a wonderful restaurant in the theater district of New York. The live piano music, the history and unique character of the art on the walls, and the fantastic cuisine combine to create a outstanding evening for dinner with friends. I highly recommend this restaurant for anyone that wants to enjoy fine dining for any special occasion.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing!! Thank you!

AS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

What a pleasant surprise! Went on a Sat. after a concert . The room is soo charming and with the fabulous piano music it seems like you are in gay Paris. On top of that, the food was perfect. The swordfish special just melted in your mouth. Since we were not starving, I said I would share the fish with my friend. Two beautiful plates arrived which seemed to be much more than one order. No room for dessert, but will return. Left singing!

OT
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was absolutely a dream. The music was lovely and the food was delicious. Service was courteous and quick as well!

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