Chez Josephine

4.4
6246 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 6246 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

I took my friend here for their birthday and the cuisine, service and environment were truly wonderful!

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RAYM
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service, great music and great ambience.

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SusanC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service were great. Ambiance was warm and sexy. The live music was superb and made my night.

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Yldal
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service1ambience2

The food came out missing ingredients listed on the menu. The manager refused to do anything to make up for the mistake.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, perfect for pre-show dinner

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vipKatieB
Chicago
63 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came here for our sons birthday and it was a memorable visit as usual. The decor never fails to thrill with the iconic Josephine Baker murals providing a vibrant setting. The lobster salad had huge pieces of tender lobster, my guys had strip steaks that were delicious. And their green salad is like a pretty hat that you can eat. We are here for the week and St Jos shines brightly in our dinner rotation.

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vipBearatoneSEA
Seattle
24 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service4ambience5

A marvelous experience from start to finish!

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EllenC
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a pleasure. Love the live piano and songstress.

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Marlowe
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food4service4ambience5

You can’t beat the ambience or convenience (if you are seeing a Broadway show.) There was a live piano player, a singer and later a bassist joined them. The service was a bit slow but the waiter was very pleasant. The food was good, might have said very good but the side of Brussels sprouts were mushy/very over cooked. Would definitely return though if in the area.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite restaurant in NYC. ambience is immersive, the love music elevates dinner to a new legend, and the food is OUTSTANDING. Service is also on point. Can’t wait for my trip next month to get back!

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KennethL
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food, French Onion Soup, Crab cake for appetizers and the duck and chicken entrees were delicious. We also loved the ambiance, with live piano and lots of Louis Armstrong recordings during breaks. The staff was terrific. The restaurant was not crowded, as was at rather lats and any pre theater crowd was long gone.

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JosephG
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 7, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service, food and atmoshpere, wonderful piano player

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Chris
Chicago
2 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My expectations regarding the food were surpassed. The food was reasonably priced and was delicious. The house drink specials were made correctly and used quality ingredients. We were seated by the front window and reasonable accomodations were made for our small children. I look forward to eating hear the next time I am in town.

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vipDuff
Washington DC
34 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The is a charming French restaurant near Broadway that is open late. The ambience is warm, the food authentic and good and service is very friendly. The owner is a relative of the famous Josephine, who was an amazing woman of her time.

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vipJeffT
Tampa
13 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always special at this handsome establishment. And live piano combo! Very festive.

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AnneB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall5food4service4ambience5

Loved this restaurant, the ambiance, the food and the music was the perfect end to our fabulous New Years Day in NYC. We will be back soon.

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vipJeanP
Denver
8 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2022
Overall3food2service3ambience5

Great ambience. Lousy food.

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AnthonyJ
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As a New Year’s Eve Party, it’s the best in town, great music, intimate setting, fun people. Champagne for all at midnight with lots of flutes, bells and noisemakers for all. Chez Josephine feels like family by the end of the night. Had the best New Year
celebration there. Lots of couples and small families enjoying a gourmet 4 course menu created especially for New Year’s Eve. AND the food is superb all year thru.
This is where to go for a special occasion. They will take great care of you.

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LorettaF
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

This is a beautiful cozy restaurant. The food was fantastic but the dessert was served cold. I will definitely eat there again.

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience5

Birthday.
We got the 45$ food menue, the final bill with the tip and an additional side was 137$.
The food was a bit under my expectations but overall we had a nice time.

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DeidreT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, service, and quick, perfect just before seeing a show!

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great experience for my birthday would definitely come back!

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JimmyR
Tampa
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The ambience and decor are what first strikes you as you leave the streets of New York and step back in time to the Jazz era. The staff are friendly and very attentive. The food is excellent. I had the steak and she had the trout. Both were delicious. The whole experience is elevated by the piano man in the center of the restaurant playing a variety of jazz favorites and modern tunes with a jazz spin.

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BeatrizS
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience5

The inside of this establishment is what makes the visit worth it. Its dim lights and decoration, resembling a French cabaret, together with the piano music, add a touch of glamour to the whole experience. However, the food was somehow disappointing, considering the price that you are paying. To sum up: beautiful place, buy overpriced food.

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MyraS
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Had to wait for a friend. The staff allowed me to sit at a table, were attentive but not annoying. The piano man was great. The food was not as great as I remembered, but still quite good.

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JEANCLAUDE
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Diner was excellent as well as the service. Great escargots, and we loved the filet mignon and liver. We enjoyed the bomb glacée prâliné as a dessert. The ambiance with the piano player was lovely.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food, drinks, and service were all excellent! Prix Fixe menu has great options and was an amazing value.

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Elizabeth
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beyond amazing experience here! The waitstaff was over & above caring & attending to my every need. The decor is a shrine to the amazing Josephine Baker! The food was absolutely delicious! I will be returning there again & again.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chez Josephine is iconic. Our favorite place to go when in NYC seeing a show. The food is amazing ( try the waygu burger) and the ambiance is truly historic.

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vipMichaelJ
Sacramento
12 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A wonderful after theatre dinner, fabulous staff and beautiful interior!!

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AnitaS
1 review
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The experience was magnificent. It was like an other time, the musicians were amazing and the food magical ! I’ll return in every chance I get !

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vipPDCLarry
New York Area
82 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Chez Josephine, founded by Josephine Baker’s adopted son Jean-Claude Baker, is an outstanding French bistro in the West 42nd Street theater district (just west of 9th avenue). While the founder has passed on, the current management maintains the standards set by Jean-Claude. Decor is mostly posters and other artwork featuring Josephine Baker. The food is mostly what you would expect from a French bistro, although there are some specials that are worth considering, such as the imaginative Lobster Cassoulet. There is low music most of the time, and a live piano in evenings.

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

Bien le bonjour à Monsieur Jarry

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EleaB
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience3

Beaucoup trop cher pour pas très bon!!! Dommage!!!!

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edithM
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Food not awsome. Appetizer : baby greens, in fact just a salad 🙄. Waiters were not wearing a mask 😑. Gratuities of 20% automatically added.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

Restaurant qui n’a rien de français, pratiquement aucun plats français à la carte, des prix très très élevés pour une assiette de pâtes ou des gambas crues.
Nous n’avons pas bien mangé et nous avons payé très cher de plus le service n’est pas à la hauteur .

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Amazing atmosphere! Piano! Great food!

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WeylandD
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Belle expérience pour un premier réveillon de Noël à New York pour nous c'était notre premier voyage absolument magique 🗽💋

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JackP
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

Enjoyed ourselves. The food was very good but the service was off, long intervals between courses and our water glasses were left empty unless we asked to refill. So not rude service but just off. We really enjoyed the food and my wine was wonderful. The piano music was very nice.

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JonathanH
Houston
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent! The food and cocktails tasted amazing, my wife and I were out of town for the holidays and had a wonderful Christmas Eve dinner here. Great food for the value. Only negative point is that the only thing "semi boneless" about the Quail is that it didn't have a head, it was rather difficult to eat. 9/10!

FAQs

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

Chez Josephine is rated 4.4 stars by 6246 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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