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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KL
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful sunday brunch. Prix Fixe was great! Ambiance cant be beat, the live piano music, the décor.

OT
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, service, and ambience.

b
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

We have been here several times and except for one instance have had good experiences here. It was the first visit for my sister and her husband and they were very impressed with the food and the service. It always seems to be crowded which can be a drawback and sometimes the piano music can be overwhelming.

VA
New Orleans
10 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Lobster bisque was delicious. Chicken breast entree was creative and well seasoned. Bar seating was uncomfortable with little leg room and getting bumped into by guests entering and leaving the restaurant.

T
New York Area
257 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

So Good. The Prix-Fixe is great. The drinks are great. The staff is great. The music is great. The crowd loves the place as much as we do.

M
Austin
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall1food4service4ambience4

The piano was way too loud. Granted we sat near if, but half the front dining room is near the piano. There is a way to modulate. The player was banging the keys. He can play well so why the banging?

JM
1 review
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

the food and service was awesome ,as was the pianist that night

TE
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
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 on February 19, 2020
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 on February 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful evocative atmosphere and excellent food and service

G
New York Area
339 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
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
14 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2020
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 on February 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

JB
1 review
Dined on February 16, 2020
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 on February 15, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience4

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

BP
Baltimore
2 reviews
Dined on February 15, 2020
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 on February 15, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

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

MF
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
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 on February 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just perfect , food service
No waiting never rushed .

JV
Phoenix
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
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.

OT
Los Angeles
6 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

Valentine’s Day dinner was a prix fixe menu. Some things like mashed potatoes tasted frozen. We turned back one dessert because it tasted like some garlic had fallen into it. Otherwise was ok. I understand that night is a doozie for restaurants.

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 Febr