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
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.
We go to Chez Josephine all the time. It is charming "old-time" New York and always a wonderful experience.
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!
The filet and scallops were delicious. Loved the live piano music. Really nice, relaxed atmosphere.
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!!
Reliable as always
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.
The food was good but the soup could have been hotter. The chicken was tasty but a little tough. The service was excellent.
Lovely and Parisian in every way. Definitely go!
Chez Josephine is WONDERFUL. THE SERVICE, FOOD and ATMOSPHERE ALL deserve 5 stars!
Wonderful authentic traditional French cuisine. Splendid decor. The prix fixe dinner meal is excellent value. Will go back!
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!).
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.
Weight staff could smile a little, we were all the way from Ca. Celebrating our 25th wedding anniversary and they could have cared less.
Awesome as usual! We always eat there atleast once on our trips to NY, and have tried everything on the menu and we have never been disappointed!! We even got our favorite front window table ! Till next time....
First time to go there can't wait to go back! Service was first rate. Food was delicious and memorable. Beautiful space decorated with Josephine Baker portraits. Live piano all added up to a great date experience.
The ambiance, murals, piano player all add to the enjoyment of really good food and good Wine at reasonable NY prices. Great location for pre and post theater. For some reason our waiter gave us minimal service. That was the only poor point in an otherwise lovely dinner.
There are a lot of mediocre restaurants near the Times Square area (i've unfortunately eaten at a number of them!!) however this is not one of those! From the moment you walk in - you're treated to a marvelous, energetic atmosphere. Service was attentive but not cloying and th emend was varied and DELICIOUS! No doubt my new favorite French spot in that part of town!
Arrived and was seated promptly. Lighting is dim to set a romantic tone which did make it a little difficult to read menu but other than that a lovely little restaurant. Food was good ...for starters we had the ravioli and hint king prawns... ravioli was excellent and a good size , my wife’s prawns were nice but not too flavoursome which was a shame. The main arrived soon after and didn’t disappoint... I had the special which was the veal chop which was cooked perfectly and my wife had the armish chicken which again was tasty and interesting. We were here to celebrate my wife’s 40th birthday which I had put into notes when booking and they remembered this buy bringing out a small desert for here and she even got a rendition of happy birthday by the on house pianist which was a nice touch. Overall a lovely experience and good value
Fantastic. Been there many times. It’s a favorite and a stable. Always great food, superb service and splendid atmosphere. That there’s delightful piano is pure gravy.
Absolutely lovely dinner. Live piano and the food was great. Only reason it didn’t get five stars was the waiter, he was lovely, however, probably over worked. He was super attentive and knowledgeable when he was with us but there were huge times when we needed drink refills and he just wasn’t around. However, again, I blame staffing not him. He was fantastic.
Very good. . Scallops a little salty. Duck and trout were great. Service very good. Piano was a little to loud. We were sitting close but he played wonderful music
I've not been for a while, and forgot how lovely and delicious the restaurant it. Elegant!
This is my favorite place to get together for a meal with friends. The service is excellent and consistent and the food is always good and at a great value. Plus the ambiance is très chic!
Sunday Brunch was both tasty and a good value with generous portions. Great ambiance and live piano music too.
W. Whenever the theater is nearby (usually also on 42nd Street) my Josephine (a wonderful coincidence) will insist on Chez Josephine before the show. We attend Broadway performances frequently and always enjoy the whole package - menu, service and warm/lively atmosphere.
Pre theater dinner.... it was delicious and we never had to stress that we wouldn’t be done in time. Will definitely come back
prix fixe is the way to go. Delicious, nice size portions, reasonably priced. live piano music is lovely, staff is great, conveniently located to theaters.
The staff was exceedingly helpful and professional.
Party of four- enjoyed our dinner, as usual. Some had beet salad, crab cakes, smoked salmon, bass and duck. All was very good! Would like a bit more glaze on the duck, and although wild rice should be “al dente”, I believe another minute of heat would greatly enhance the rice texture. It is extremely hard. The endive salad is always delicious, but we were disappointed that there was almost no dressing on it. Don’t know what happened. The staff is wonderful and very attentive! We really appreciate how accommodating they are, and friendly! The ambiance is also very special! Decor and pianist is perfect! Still one of our favorite places!
Wonderful sunday brunch. Prix Fixe was great! Ambiance cant be beat, the live piano music, the décor.
Excellent food, service, and ambience.
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.
Always perfect. Our favorite NYC restaurant.
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.