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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H
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful time. Loved meeting former owners brother and new owner. Both were lovely, charming gentlemen.

N
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place for Brunch in NYC. Reasonable price fixe menu with great selections. The ambiance is lovely and the restaurant is quite cozy. The staff are accommodating and friendly. Pianist during Sunday Brunch is fun but not too loud and doesn't impede conversation if you aren't sitting next to the piano. We will go there again.

M
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food3service3ambience2

They need to refine their menu and grace. Food was far from what it was. Service was attentive but abrupt. Singer and piano so loud it made difficult to talk. Not what it once was.

T
Houston
18 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Old world charm in a nyc institution. Always a delight to dine and listen to wonderful piano.

OT
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazingly cozy yet lively shrine to the great Josephine Baker. Delicious french food, beautiful decor and live music.

CC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing - everything was good the menu is full with great choices. Live music - what a treat.
It was good meeting the manager and chatting about the past.
Love love love

GG
Austin
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chez Josephine is one of my favorite restaurants in New York. I love half a dozen of their entrees, the service is awesome (they knew without my prompting that I’d just celebrated my birthday and brought a bd dessert accompanied by the piano), and every meal is fun. I lived introducing myself daughter Lily to the restaurant in this trip.

JV
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience2

I have always loved this restaurant, and I hope to again, but I had a very disappointing experience this past Saturday night. I arrived on time for a 6 p.m. reservation, but there were perhaps 20 people standing and blocking the narrow entrance into the restaurant. Apparently, we were all waiting to be seated, but no one was helping us. I eventually made my way to the front of this group, but the person there who usually seats us said he had nothing to do with it and directed me to someone else, who promptly disappeared and left us all waiting, with no information. I finally was seated, almost a half hour late, which was a problem given that we had a show to catch. However, things were so disorganized that I never got my reservation checked off, and then received a message from Open Table saying that I had never shown up. All in all, it was a very frustrating experience.

HG
Phoenix
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

What could beat real French onion soup and red snapper for main course. We sat under a poster for Josephine Baker. Dinners near us were polite and jovial. It made for a festive occassion prior to Yiddish Fiddler on the Roof.

S
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Very good food and great ambiance

RJ
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Super cute. It was tight, but expected from a NYC restaurant on 42nd st. Had lamb which was a bit gamey but also ordered escargot which was delicious. Dessert was perfect and piano guy was wonderful as expected. Will come again soon!

MF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good as always. Table was ready, prix-fix was very good and fast. Have never seen skate wings fully deboned before! Great!

OT
New Mexico
2 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A very lively place and the owner is an absolute gentleman! I will remember this experience always 😊

i
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Food interesting and tasty
Quiet piano music pleasing
Service was very good
Course more gluten free options

EK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

This is a fabulous restaurant for pre and post theatre but I was very disappointed by dessert. It was my birthday and I asked for the profiteroles without the ice cream but instead they brought me a bowl of fruit. Not what I asked for and it ruined the experience for me.

OT
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Never had a bad meal here.

e
New England
1 review
Dined on November 2, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is our favorite restaurant in the theatre district--and also the venue of our first date. Our heart is there. The food is lovely, the ambiance is funky and what a history! Love, love, love...

FI
New York Area
153 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service and piano player! Combination makes for a festive event every time we dine at Chez Josephine. Perfect for pre-theater or anytime.

MB
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! Absolutely love this restaurant. I decided to take some clients for lunch here. Clients loved the food, ambience and service and although they are from Wisconsin they added it to their list as a restaurant to come back to next time they are in town.
The owner Manuel is always very inviting. Greets everyone with a smile and when you walk in you always feel welcomed.

NY
New York Area
100 reviews
Dined on October 30, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food was ok, good service and nice music. Very nice decor and history.

N
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This was such a classic New York experience; my friend and I enjoyed our meals and our dining and chatting was accompanied by piano playing that wasn’t too loud and which contributed to the fun classic atmosphere. Plus my fish was fresh and delicious - it was skate (very French!) Lots of fun and easy to go quickly next door to Playwrights Horizons for a great theater experience as well.

b
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2019
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Nothing really unique about the food. Just OK. I would not come back.

PA
Chicago
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall4food2service3ambience4

A lot of small details that will add or drop value to it, to start with the butter was hard and cold, not asking for drawn butter but if you’re giving it with bread I expected to be soft, onion soup was ok, nothing over expected, patê tasteless and garnish was whatever you can buy in the supermarket, piano music was great, wine selection was ok if you don’t want to spend on wine, we went there because my wife wanted french food, but according price-quality-value, should be better places.
Only good detail they sent us an anniversary dessert, not the best apple pie i ever had but was ok.

AP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We took the kids to chez josephine in between the 2 part harry potter and the cursed child. We enjoyed explaining who she was, ate a great meal and enjoyed the live pianist.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

The gentleman who seated us, grudgingly seated us at our requested table in a near empty restaurant and asked where we were from. Never really understood how that was relevant.
Service was sluggish - ketchup had to be requested multiple times before we got it.
Coffee was tepid, most likely an earlier pot was warmed up and served.

f
New York Area
71 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always this venue is inviting with a varied and moderately priced menu . Only negative is the restrooms are up a steep flight of steps and therefore not accessible to many.

A
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A lovely pre-theater brunch spot. Consistently good food and service and decor is a joy. Music accompanies your meal.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2019
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Vraiment je ne recommande pas du tout , oublié dans notre coin , on a appelé le garçon 5 fois. On nous a pris finalement la commande au bout d’une heure
Plats très moyen et addition sale
On nous a pas dit au revoir ni raccompagner
Vraiment très très déçu
JF

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P
Washington DC
17 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The service was very good and we received our meal quickly which was great for pre theater dining. The only issues: the piano player is too, too loud. People were asking to switch tables farther away from the piano and we were 3 tables away and could not have any conversation. The bathroom is up a long, steep flight of stairs—-no handicap access , so be aware. The food was very good, but a bit high in price.

D
Philadelphia
161 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lunch pre theater was very nice. My husband had his favorite- escargot- and they were delicious in a nice pesto. Then he had a crab cake sandwich served with delicious sweet potato fries and a side salad, which was also very good. My farmers omelet served with a side salad and fries was excellent. Service was excellent also.

JJ
1 review
Dined on October 21, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Anyone who has ever appreciated the talent of Josephine Baker should make this pilgrimage. So glad I did.

AS
Minneapolis
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

First time at Chez Josephine and definitely will come back! The ambience with the piano player was lovely and the service and our dinner was wonderful!

LY
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 20, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is my second time eating at Chez Josephine.. Love the atmosphere.. Great service food and value for the money.. they have a great brunch.. Plus I love the music ...I would eat there again anytime..

T
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fun experience. One of our favorite after-theater dining spots.

OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, excellent service, delightful music, fun decor, perfect location. It’s easily the best restaurant near Times Square!

JR
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An amazing experience!

P
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on October 19, 2019
Overall3food4service2ambience5

The service was very inattentive and the wrong item was delivered for my lunch. It took 10 minutes to pay the bill. Food was very good, but lack of service does outweigh the experience.

g
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my go to restaurant when I am in the area because they always have a pureed soup and they are very accommodating to my needs. People who are with me like it too.

OT
New England
9 reviews
Dined on October 18, 2019
Overall4food5service3ambience3

Food was fantastic, but the service was spotty.
The “greeter” was grumpy and sat us next to another couple, literally 3inches between the tables (one of which spent the entire time on the phone) when the rest of the restaurant was completely empty.
Food took a while to get to the table, but was very tasty.
Escargot was wonderful, but Creme brûlée was average at best.

B
Los Angeles
25 reviews
Dined on October 17, 2019
Overall5food3service3ambience5

Always wonderful. Pianist and singer really fun and engaging.

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