Chez Josephine

4.5
6075 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
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
Physical Distancing
  • Limited number of seated diners
  • Distancing maintained in common areas
  • Extra space between tables
Protective Equipment
  • Waitstaff wear masks
  • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
Screening
  • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace
What 6075 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
3 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. Highly recommend the Manhattan and the scallops

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vipKenN
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Chez Josephine is as charming as ever. The food was good, though, not exceptional. Poussin was flavorful though the chicken seemed over cooked. Cocktails were delicious and innovative. The service was rather uneven. Very long wait for the entrée and then the wrong side was included. This was quickly remedied.

The wait staff was very hurried and seemed somewhat overwhelmed perhaps a staffing issue in this crazy post Covid environment.

In the final analysis, this place is still a New York treasure.

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candy
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience5

Would recommend for the atmosphere but the food is mediocre. Live piano is lovely and the cocktails were good!

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vipEmaVida
Toronto
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, friendly staff, food great as well. Piano in the background was perfect.

MB
vipMarkB
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Great ambiance and great food!
Don't miss it!

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Scott
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service, food, and atmosphere were spot on ... a fun night as always.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 19, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Reopening of Broadway.

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JosephineE
1 review
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love Chez Josephine! An amazing place for a unique dining experience! Between the decor and entertainment, I felt like I was in an old time French Bistro. The service was top notch, and the food was delicious! I will definitely be going back 🥰

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Merelymichael
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Fun pre-theater restaurant!
Had a spot by the window which made it fun people-watching.

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jonathanj
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic service. Lovely piano music. Steak Tartare was on the money.

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SWSWSWSW
1 review
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food is scrumptous! Love the onion and mushroom soups!

KC
KennethC
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on September 11, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

very enjoyable experience. Music and ambiance was wonderful.

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naomik
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

elegant atmosphere. Great food. Quiet corner table. Good music. totally enjoyable experience

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vipOpenTable Diner
Dallas
1 review
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Gabe the piano player was amazing And our waiter went out of his way to make sure everything was perfect This would definitely be my go to place if we lived here. But will definitely come back here every time we come to NY

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FridaM
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great atmosphere, and great service. Food was delicious!! Pianist was on point as well!

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kbeluso
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on September 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

The ambiance and service were excellent. The food overall was delicious although the escargot appetizer was a bit disappointing (a little too much butter and oil).

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vipKeith
Phoenix
27 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chez Josephine is a gem of a French bistro in the heart of the Theater District. The food is delicious, the ambiance is comforting and rich with texture, and the service is friendly and attentive. I’m a repeat client and I will be back.

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ReginaldW
1 review
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Celebrating wife birthday. Very romantic from the lighting to the cozy corner seating with a live pianist playing in the background. The food was delicious from the appetizer to dessert. The staff even serenaded my wife with happy birthday as they presented her dessert.

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vipJoni
New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We hadn’t been to Chez Josephine in ages and never for lunch! It was spectacular. The food was delicious, the service by Manuel was superb. He was warm, welcoming and attentive.
The ambience was transporting- We felt like we were in another more sedate era which was sorely needed in these turbulent time. We highly recommend Chez Josephine!

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viagalactica6
1 review
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It was a wonderful way to celebrate a birthday.
Thank you for making this a memorable day.
However, we were concerned that we were never asked our vaccination status.

KH
KarenH
Cleveland
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful meal while listening to some great music. American Songbook Sunday in English and French!

TD
TapDanzer
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was outstanding!

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ValentinaBow
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Most beloved restaurant. Food is outstanding and you will get top notch service. The live piano and show is the cherry on top of a great evening out! Viva la Josephine

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The space is beautiful but the staff and the service are beyond impressive! When you step into the venue, you feel as though you’ve gone back in time. The interior decorating is impeccable and the live music is phenomenal. You will have a great time!

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ArnieB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience3

The restaurant was greatly understaffed. I have to assume the kitchen was too.

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Toyon
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Very well-made French fare. Service is friendly, though they could use more staff. Live piano music

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vipJeff
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2021
Overall2food2service1ambience4

It's a fun, pretty place with great piano music. Unfortunately, the service is very bad. Although they called to confirm my reservation, they could not find it when we first arrived. Then we are seated with no menu and our first server is annoyed when she comes to take our order and we request a menu. A second server delivers the first course, and a third server delivers the second course. I chose the Restaurant Week 3 course menu. Suddenly another person takes my plate, utensils and napkin. and brings a check. I tell him I have not received my desert yet and we told the first server we need separate checks. He returns with the wrong desert. Corrects that and brings no utensils for the desert. I capture another server and get two forks. Then yet another person delivers one check. I tell them again that we need two checks. They separate the check and it's wrong. They attempted to charge me 14.00 for the soup that was part of the 3 course option. They corrected everything with a spirit of irritation instead of embarrassment about numerous mistakes. Although I like the ambiance and the piano music, it's not worth it.

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OpenTable Diner
Chicago
1 review
Dined on August 16, 2021
Overall5food5service2ambience2

The food was great! I had the shrimp entree and the risotto was delicious with it. I also tried the crab cakes and would highly recommend those.

The service was pretty bad. The waiters were nice, but we ate outside and they completely forgot about us. They weren’t good about checking in to refill drinks or anything.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 14, 2021
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Excellent! Great value- live music and delicious meal. Singer was absolutely great!

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Liza
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful experience highly recommend a visit. Try it.

OT
OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience4

I’ve been here a few times and always had a great experience unfortunately this time there was hair in my food very disappointed.

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YanaV
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My Favorite place in Midtown! Ambiance, music, food, service all are excellent!

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vipFoodieToni
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious and fabulous - would recommend this restaurant and will go again.

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Toyon
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

A smallish restaurant serving excellent French cuisine. Quiet, and comfortable. They could use some more staff, but maybe that's hard to get nowadays.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on August 7, 2021
Overall2food3service1ambience2

Went as a party of 4 for brunch during Restaurant week. Was not very busy but it took very long for our food to come out. Food was good. Also there were a lot of flies and gnats around the window tables.

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Sam1937
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious

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vipOpenTable Diner
Seattle
7 reviews
Dined on August 6, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

We are visiting New York and we were excited to experience restaurant week. The menu impressed us and the food did as well.

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vipAkikoG
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on August 5, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

I was drawn to this place for its cute ambience and history, but was a bit disappointed with the food and drinks. They are definitely charging tourist trap prices. The food was just a bit mediocre when compared to a similar price point of the same cuisine in NYC.
What ruined the experience was when my partner ordered his second drink, after not enjoying his first one much. I will admit my drink also wasn’t anything special (it was an inoffensive mango-ey margarita with a Tajin rim. Hard to mess that up.)He went up to the bartender and asked if they could make a sazerac, they answered confidently so he left an extra tip to the bartender and returned to the table.
When the drink arrived my partner said it was the worst sazerac he’s had in a very long time. I was still a bit hungry and wanted to order more food after our 3 appetizers and 1 entree, but his mood was so ruined about this place we had to leave and finish dinner somewhere else. He did not finish his drink.

If the ambience wasn’t so charming this would have been a 2 star review.

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HollyS
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A beautiful unique place. Fair price priceless history of the icon Josephine Baker.

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vipJackNYNJ
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful charming restaurant with a fun French atmosphere and great live music. Delicious food too!!

FAQs

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

Chez Josephine is rated 4.5 stars by 6075 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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