Chez Josephine

4.5
5992 Reviews
$31 to $50
French

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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.”

Safety precautions

Cleaning & Sanitizing
  • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
  • Common areas deep cleaned daily
  • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
  • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
Social Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
Personal Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
What 5992 people are saying
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vipLuis
New York Area
211 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding all around. Wonderful brunch menu and incredibly priced. Full bar. Excellent service. Really outstanding food! Enjoyed the lovely setting, the comfortable pace and the feeling of being cared for. Everything was timed perfectly and presented beautifully... Thank you Manuel and Team for a wonderful afternoon... We’ll be back.

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Mark
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was good, the service was very attentive and the atmosphere was very nice. We had a nice evening and they had a live piano playing which we did appreciate. We enjoyed the cozy table with enough space so we felt safe. We would return.

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vipAdriA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and a nice surprise to have live piano music

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vipCarol
New York Area
89 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A New York gem, with a real French bistro menu and atmosphere.

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vipToddS
New England
1 review
Dined on November 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We went for brunch. It was superb. There was a live pianist. The food was great and the service attentive without being intrusive. There were very few people there, which was nice in terms of COVID... but baffling. This place deserves to be swamped

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EdwardR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great meal, relaxing environment and the piano music was perfect l!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was the perfect setting

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on October 24, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful a usual. Always a treat.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on October 23, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent. I used to go there 20 years ago. It still has that wonderful, unique charm.

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vipInsideoutNewYork
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food3service5ambience5

Great staff and great for birthday

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vipBarbaraC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place to celebrate our anniversary!

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vipToddS
New England
2 reviews
Dined on October 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had brunch and it was exceptionally good: rapport qualité-prix exceptionnel, as the French would say. The food and service were excellent, the price was very reasonable, the space is super--we had an outdoor table, but opted to take a window-side table inside, as no other tables were inside--especially inside, which is pretty and, for brunch, has life piano music. Truly a treat

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GeneA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place. Great service.

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vipchubbypillow
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on September 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was great. They've got accordion player! (⊙o⊙)

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Dany
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a nice experience and with live accordion music feels like you in Paris.
Wishing all the best to the staff and management.

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Alex
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2020
Overall2food1service5ambience5

The atmosphere, service, live music, and decor are wonderful (truly top notch). Unfortunately, the food is very very bad. I had a very rubbery NY strip steak and a very insipid wild rice. The duck was also not very good. The dishes need to be updated as they are old and flavorless. The quality of the ingredients also leave much to be desired. It is s shame that this place, having a fantastic history and a wonderful atmosphere, is not spearheaded by a chef that can do it justice. I will not be going again.

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vipdfpietra
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Lovely experience- great great service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I LOVE CHEZ JOSEPHINE. By far one of my favorite little restaurants in Manhattan.

We must keep the memory of Josephine Baker alive for all future generations.

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ClaudineM
1 review
Dined on August 30, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

My fish dinner with vegetables was very good. I wished that potatoes or rice were served with the meal. The bread did not seem fresh but everything else was fine. The crab cake with greens was wonderful although for the price of $18.00 I thought there would be two crab cakes because the cakes were small. The staff was accommodating with warmth and very friendly. I was given a large and beautiful drawing of Josephine Baker and champagne. We were serenaded by a soloist playing great accordian music.

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JoelD
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks were delicious. The staff was very attentive and made it a night to remember.

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Dany
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our evening listening to live accordionist and conversing with 3 French speaking
ladies.
Seating is a limited and just hope Chez Josephine will survive the Pandemic!!!
We will be back!!!

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vipBocca
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best restaurant in New York

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vipCarol
New York Area
90 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A one off! And absolutely the best. The addition of a bistro accordionist was a fantastic idea!

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Rich
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 3, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience2

Not the best place for outdoor dining and the food was quite expensive.

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Bitter
Baltimore
4 reviews
Dined on August 1, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience2

With the covid precautions, me and my date were very concerned when we arrived no tracking was confirmed or offered. We were sat at a table, and given menus from a table where previous patrons were seated. No hand sanitizer, or cleaning between patrons was seen.

When it came to the food it was disappointing, my girlfriends French toast had mold on the fruit. This ruined our experience, I had the trout which was mediocre.

Their mimosas were enjoyable. I will not be returning

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Louga
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was nice to go back to Chez Josephine and celebrate mu friend's birthday. You can't go wrong with Chez Josephine.

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vipCarol
New York Area
90 reviews
Dined on June 27, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It was wonderful to see our old friends in our favorite theatre district restaurant. The only thing missing was theatre!

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TomL
1 review
Dined on March 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great little place with a fun, old time speakeasy feel. We opted for the 3 course menu with dessert, and were not disappointed. We were met with very friendly staff, and after a bit of confusion with the menu, were treated to a very nice array of food. While seated, there was a piano being played in the background, and it made the ambiance that much better. There were hardly any people there as everyone was running in fear of the dreaded COVID-19, and I would imagine that anyone wishing to eat there and experience it for themselves will need reservations.

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Perfect
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We go to Chez Josephine all the time. It is charming "old-time" New York and always a wonderful experience.

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ValerieL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This was my first time dining at Chez Josephine. The occasion was my mother’s birthday. The service was great, the food was excellent, and the ambiance was spectacular, especially since visiting Paris is on my mother’s bucket list. The waiter served her cake with a candle and the piano player played ‘happy birthday’ and everyone sang happy birthday to her. It made the evening special!

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MarkR
Kansas City
3 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The filet and scallops were delicious. Loved the live piano music. Really nice, relaxed atmosphere.

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Infrequentdiner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As someone who knew the restaurant's late co-founder, Jean-Claude Baker, I have had the pleasure of visiting the restaurant many times and of recommending it to others--who always reported it with high marks. The location, on Theater Row, and the wonderful paintings and images of J.B. herself would make the establishment a delight. However, the fare--which, in my humble opinion, has gotten tastier and more creative over the decades--makes every visit a joy. That it is also affordable, for a mid-price Manhattan restaurant, makes it truly remarkable. My only quibbles are that we were seated next to the piano and so weren't able to hear one another in conversation (Of course, how would the restaurant know that my friend was visiting from Israel and that she and I hadn't seen one another for some years?) as well as that on just one occasion in the spring have I been able to find the superb vichyssoise. Even so, this last visit, my companion and I were quite happy with the salmon and pheasant pate appetizers and the veal entree--not to speak of the baked apple with fantastic ice cream. (Nearly no place else in New York can one find a baked apple in this century). Co-owner Jerry Baker stopped at the table to introduce himself and to fill in a little of the restaurant's history, which Jean-Claude hadn't shared when he visited my dance history class at Barnard to speak about J.B. Mr. Baker also had a copy of Jean-Claude and Chris Chase's excellent biography "Josephine: The Hungry Heart," which I'd been happy to review on its publication for the Times. After dinner, my friend and I went to see "Come from Away," a show that delighted us and that, surely, J.B. herself would have loved. Thank you, Chez Josephine!!

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VVVVVVVVVVVVVVVV
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Reliable as always

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DoreenH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

When I'm in the city to see a show this is my go to restaurant! It's my best kept secret
even though I tell every one how special it is. The staff are welcoming the food is outstanding and the piano man entertains. Thank You again Chez Josephine always great dining with you.

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vipRonamark
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The food was good but the soup could have been hotter. The chicken was tasty but a little tough. The service was excellent.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely and Parisian in every way. Definitely go!

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vipJayEmme
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on March 7, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chez Josephine is WONDERFUL. THE SERVICE, FOOD and ATMOSPHERE ALL deserve 5 stars!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful authentic traditional French cuisine. Splendid decor. The prix fixe dinner meal is excellent value. Will go back!

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vipEnjoyEating
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Their prixe fix dinner menu never disappoints! There is always something for everyone (vegan, carnivore, pescatarian) and service always prompt without being rushed (unless you are going to the theatre!).

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vipLLMinNJ
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

We had a 7:30 show and too the opportunity to try Chez Josephine. The food was good, but not outstanding. Service was decently attentive and fast. The live piano is nice, but much too loud; hard to have a conversation.

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Chez Josephine offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 594-1925.

Chez Josephine is rated 4.5 stars by 5992 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.

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