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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Christmas Eve Special Menus & Offers

Enjoy Christmas Eve at Chez Josephine! Live piano music, Parisian ambience, a la carte menu and festive specials, including Pan-Seared Foie Gras and Bûche de Noël.

Tuesday, December 24, 2019

Christmas Day Special Menus & Offers

Celebrate on Christmas Day at Chez Josephine! Live piano music, Parisian ambience, our regular à la carte menus and festive specials. Serving from noon to midnight.

Wednesday, December 25, 2019

New Year's Eve Special Menus & Offers

Ring in the New Year with Chez Josephine. Enjoy a celebratory menu, live entertainment and Parisian ambience. Two Seatings: 5 p.m. $75+++, 3 courses / 9 p.m. $200+++, 4 courses, party favors, midnight toast. A 50% deposit required for 2nd seating.

Tuesday, December 31, 2019

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LR
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I absolutely loved the atmosphere here. The piano player was great and the service was outstanding.

M
New York Area
47 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service2ambience5

Food was excellent, atmosphere was lovely and the live piano p,Ayer was a real treat. Waiters were pretty indifferent but efficient.

OT
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A true gem that merges many things that my wife and I love, wonderful food.cocktails and ambience––along with beautiful piano music (tonight by Joseph Douglas) in beautifully decorated homage to the best of theatre, Paris and NYC that Lady Josephine embodied. C'est Magnifique!

OT
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great night in a fantastic atmosphere- would highly recommend to all. O tea

m
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Food and service was good and timely. It works well pre-theater. However music was loud and made conversation difficult.

I
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service1ambience5

My friend recommended this place and I came with my family to have my birthday lunch. The restaurant is nice, the food is good, but I was very disappointed with the service. The server Andy was not nice and friendly to us at all. He didn't really pay any attention, even though the restaurant was not busy, and I felt like we were unexpected guests at his house. I didn't think that I would receive that kind of service at this type of restaurant, to be honest.

SU
New York Area
43 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Mon Dieu! What has happened to poor Josephine's place since her relative-owner died and someone new took over?? It certainly looks like the same charming place it always was, there is still a piano-playing singer adding to the noise level, although sitting in certain areas made the din bearable. But the food? Tasty enough fish but plopped on a chunk of much over-cooked french green beans. My friend's pork chop was barely chewable. We started with a rock of a biscuit-like roll and needed numerous attempts to get a somewhat less stale piece of bread served with not enough butter for the two of us. My friend's coke with lemon was finally served near the end of the meal despite many requests. And that doesn't count the attempts to get a waiter's attention as they whizzed by without so much as a "How is your dinner?" or "May I get you something?" They were committed to not making eye contact with diners. A mess of a meal and loss of one of the few decent culinary outlets in the west 42nd Street theater area. C'est dommage!

PK
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience4

Food was tasteless, shrimp overdone. Risoto was bland. Needed salt or parm. Not enough pesto and shrimp needed steak knives to cut through.

OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service3ambience4

The lobster crepes and lamb chops were delicious. The wait service was uneven as if they were short staffed that night . Will be back.

MH
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere and great food at a very reasonable NYC price. Nice piano music and live singer too on the Monday we went.
Staff went out of their way to make our special occasion very memorable.

KH
Detroit
34 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was sensational, as always. It made my birthday very special.

SC
New York Area
114 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Had an excellent meal. Pate appetizer, roast duck entree, glass of good pinot noir. A very good jazz tried performed. Lovely evening!

AB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was awesome. We will be back next time we are in the city and will be recommending it to all our friends and family.

D
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant was exquisite. The food and service was top notch. I especially loved the French club vibe of the decor. The piano player was a nice touch as well.

RC
London
1 review
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We came to New York for Thanksgiving (we’re from England) and chose Chez Josephine for our Thanksgiving meal. Food and service were good and the live piano added a great atmosphere.
Staff are friendly and polite and our meal arrived in good time.

T
New York Area
249 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I can't believe that i ate everything on my plate. The turkey was superb. The entire experience was great. Always Love Chez Josephine

TN
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my favorite restaurants in NYC. Josephine’s is a colorful gem of sparkling vintage atmosphere and delicious fine dining. The staff remains as warm and welcoming as ever, keeping the spirit of Josephine Baker and family alive and well.

p
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

My daughter and I decided at the last minute to book Chez Josephine for Thanksgiving lunch, which turned out to be an excellent decision. We were welcomed warmly and the restaurant had a festive atmosphere. The food was very good: my daughter had the butternut squash soup, which she said was excellent, followed by a tasty standard Thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings - a huge plateful, much of which was taken home for next day's lunch. I started with escargots, no shells, so easy to eat, in a rich garlic and herb buttery sauce, and followed with scallops served with asparagus and truffled potato puree, all delicious. We both had tart tatin for desert, sweet and sinful. We greatly enjoyed the pianist who played many favorite songs. Service was attentive and friendly and we had a most enjoyable visit.

MR
San Francisco
167 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Our favorite theater district restaurant. I didn’t give it 5 stars this time because they didn’t automatically serve their delicious popovers, the piano player was 20 minutes late, and the pork chop has a bit too much fat on it. We still love the ambiance, the service, and the live music.

s
Washington DC
22 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service

C
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food4service3ambience3

As always, a comfy, colorful place to unwind after theater. Food is bistro fare, done well. Service very accommodating. Piano lovely but if you want to discuss the pay you’ve just seen sit toward the front.

E
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely atmosphere. Attentive service. Delicious food.

OT
1 review
Dined on November 24, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Getting together with cousins visiting. They love nyc but had not been to CJ. We met for brunch and it is now a favorite of theirs. Music was lovely, Prix fixe was perfect for the occasion along with bellinis. I see a lot of plays on Theatre Row, I’ll be in more often.

AL
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food4service4ambience5

A unique and wonderful place with beautiful decor, excellent food and a step into European charm!
A must!

W
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

A throwback in time but we loved it. Felt like being in Paris in the 30s! Service and food very nice with a varied menu which we liked. Piano added to the ambiance and of course, being next to the theater we attended was perfect.

P
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 23, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An NYC institution, always fun, with consistently excellent food and service.

F
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on November 22, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

We always love Chez Josephine, and enjoy the atmosphere & stellar waitstaff. We often get Elvira’s fried chicken - unfortunately, this time, it was extremely dry (usually always juicy & yummy). Hopefully, it was just a one-time mishap.

CK
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on November 19, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Pre theater and always a good choice. Delicious food in a beautiful setting.

MS
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on November 17, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always great with great atmosphere!

SC
New York Area
114 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Always enjoy dining at this temple to Josephine Baker with it's posters, portraits, piano music & very good food.

LM
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always love Chez Josephine. The piano music adds such nice ambience. The food is always delicious and the service is impeccable.

LW
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was our second time dining at Josephines. We have decided that whenever we go to a broadway show we are dining at Josephines. Everything was fantastic!

EE
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on November 16, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We’ve enjoyed Chez Josephine for years. During fall and winter months they have a charcuterie entree that includes a pigs knuckle which never disappoints. The delicious salmon entree was one of the most generous portions we’ve seen. Even the lovely Brouilly wine, served perfectly chilled, was exceptional.

DA
San Francisco
61 reviews
Dined on November 15, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chez Josephine never fails to be a wonderful night on the town! Great ambience, very professional service, and exquisite food. We love the special added touch of the live piano music. Chez Josephine is truly a NYC gem!

JR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Like entering a bygone era of New York that must be visited

RF
Washington DC
3 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our second visit and it was just as wonderful a dining experience as the first . I had the Fall Prix Fixe meal of Figs wrapped with Prosciutto, Garlicky Mussels and an apple tart. Every course was delicious and the service is prompt. Fun atmosphere and the pianist was superb. A great pre-theater option.

JE
New England
4 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We were a bit crowded, with diners sitting both sides of us. I had the filet mignon, which was perfect, however my husband had the lamb shank which had barely any meat on it. I liked the ambiance of the place but next time I'd try to get one of the tables off by itself rather than lined up next to one-another.

MF
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Had a very enjoyable evening at Chez Josephine. The atmosphere is excellent and the piano player was super. The food as good and what I expected. A fun evening.

H
New Orleans
3 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JM
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2019
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Confusion on arrival regarding my 530 reservation. Seated 20 minutes late. Food and service was fine.

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