Chez Josephine

4.4
6195 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 6195 people are saying
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OpenTable Diner
Salt Lake City
1 review
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Absolutely delicious food and amazing ambiance! The Josephine Baker memorabilia was an added plus. Tres bon!

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vipluvnapa
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service was very good as was the food. Escargot and the Duck Breast were outstanding. The piano player is a nice touch. Atmosphere is dark and romantic.

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SeaHawk
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

The food was good but not great. They were out of French Onion soup which is a staple for a French restaurant so that was a disappointing start. It is a very limited menu of you do not eat seafood.

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JohnC
New England
16 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food4service3ambience5

Very atmospheric - almost defines what a bistro can be. And despite having only 3 servers on the floor the service was more than acceptable given that the place was at capacity. A lovely, festive brunch.

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Nevis
New Orleans
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a fun place. Lively and noisy. Great service and good food! Piano player and strolling singer. A must for Mew York!

NB
vipNealB
Los Angeles
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience2

Reservations are meaningless. Made one and waited 25 minutes for the Maitre D’.

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TandJ
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food2service2ambience3

25 minutes late from our reservations, food was late so we had to eat quite fast to make our show. And waited in the cold outside for 10 minutes waiting for others on front of us to be seated. They were clearly overcommitted for the evening

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NancyK
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Superb service ... the food was outstanding...,, a beautiful way to relax from a busy day and recharge for the evening. We LOVED everything. The music added to the ambiance. We remarked that for a bit we thought we were in Paris

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MarkT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall3food5service2ambience4

Food was good. Was short staffed so service was very slow

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RhondaG
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was very good, mildly seasoned. Servers were very attentive.
The unexpected treat was LIVE piano music quietly playing in the background. Overall, 5 stars. I would return.

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vipBarbaraG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Loved the lobster ravioli!!!

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Penelope
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was well prepared and presented. Timing was impeccable since we had to make a show. The dining experience was great

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vipPerplexed
New York Area
62 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall1food1service1ambience4

Wow! Something terrible is going on at Chez Josephine. The only good thing we could say about our experience is that the decor is charming and the piano player played nicely. The service and food made us wonder if they are going out of business. We arrived a little before 11:00 am for an 11:15 brunch and were the second group in the door, so the wait-staff had nothing to do and the kitchen was obviously not backed up. We waited a half-hour before a waiter strolled up to take our order. After waiting for forty five minutes we were just about to blow the whole thing off and leave when three orders appeared , with the fourth order missing entirely. Fifteen minutes later, as we were putting on our coats to leave the restaurant, a luke-warm ham and cheese sandwich (pretending to be a croque monsieur) appeared at our table. Very clearly it had been forgotten when the first orders were cooked and then hastily slapped together in the kitchen. the person who ordered that meal only had time for two bites before we had to run off to make our 1:00 pm curtain time. One had the impression that this restaurant is going under. The waiters appeared to have been pulled in off the street and given no training. The chef appears to be AWOL. We'll never go back.

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katherineW
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We came for a pre-theater dinner and it was just incredible! We sat in the window seat and it was perfect! Great service and food and drinks or the incredible! Highly recommend this restaurant!

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vipFoodquest
Chicago
23 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Very surprised that none of staff wore masks

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vipalbieh
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

this is a first class, totally new york experience. the service is super, the ambience is charming and the food outstanding. the cassoulet is special and the chicken and trout almodine devine! Piano player adds to the atmosphere of warmth and excitement!

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ScottW
Dallas
9 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Chez Josephine has a vibe like no other place in NYC. The food is excellent, but the place itself is sublime. Baroquely colorful interior and that black grand perched in the middle. Fab with a capital F.

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andreac
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food4service5ambience5

We had a great time. Love this touch of Paris in NYC.

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vipArabrabwl
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

On the occasion of Josephine’s reinterrment in the pantheon in Paris, we returned to Josephine restaurant. The dinner was excellent and the service coul not have been better. I love the decor!

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Shelley
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner last night. However, we had made a reservation for outdoors and when we arrived it wasn't available due to lack of heaters. But they gave us a private room in the back which was great.

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Jendra
Las Vegas
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Andres (the manager I believe) was LOVELY! They were clearly understaffed (pretty normal these days) and he never got stressed, was so pleasant and dedicated to good service, and friendly and warm. Was a lovely experience.

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ColleenE
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall3food4service3ambience4

It was very disappointing to find out when our reservations were at 11:45 a.m. the restaurant did not open until noon. In addition the chef wasn't even on the premises. He was running late. We had a Broadway show at 2 p.m. and need to leave by 1:30 and received our food at 1:20. Needless to say I do not believe we will go back. However the food was good and prices were very reasonable. Check in before you arrive.

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Chelo
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious! The service was extremely attentive and the piano in the background was great!

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JamesW
1 review
Dined on November 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a great pre-theater dinner. Service led by Alfredo was excellent.

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vipMLK17
New York Area
98 reviews
Dined on November 28, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant is such a gem. Haven’t been there is decades and it’s still as marvelous an atmosphere as it was back then. Service was attentive. Food was enjoyable.

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dissapointed
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall3food3service4ambience5

Good ambiance and service. Live music was also pretty good (although a bit loud), but the food was very disappointing. Mediocre at best.

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DennisS
1 review
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

We had reservations at 5:45, and tickets to an 8pm show. Service was dreadfully slow. Food did not arrive at our table until 7:27. Food was good, but had to inhale it in order to arrive on time to the show.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

There were 5 of us. The service was great, the food was delicious. One member of our party was late and they could not have been more gracious!

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OpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The quail was awesome and so were the cocktails..I had the spice margarita.. the duck was really good as well.

JM
vipJMinSF
San Francisco
17 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Lovely restaurant with beautiful piano serenade and good food. If you or a guest have difficulty with stairs, suggest trying another restaurant - it’s a steep climb to the restroom.

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vipAnonymous
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Loved it glad to go to one of our favorite restaurants.

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TimothyC
Minneapolis
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great time! Great service! Great food! Great piano!

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NancyR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on November 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My granddaughter and I had the most delicious lunch in a cozy nook by the window. Our waiter was great and we loved everything about the restaurant. Will definitely return.

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Beajoe
Houston
28 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Everything was awesome! Food was great and staff was super nice. But I have to say that the best thing was Luis the young pianist playing amazingly! He is really special. Made our night so so so especially romantic !!

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vipTimmmyk
New York Area
272 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A great Thanksgiving dinner. A nice crowd, great music, great drinks. Great atmosphere, great service.

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MicDenBur
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

An elegant and nostalgic atmosphere with delicious food excellent service.

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pinklamb
New Orleans
15 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thanksgiving dinner was spectacular. We enjoyed a seafood meal that started with the crab cake appetizer, followed by entrees of Chilean sea bass & seared scallops, and finished with apple tart. The Cote-du-Rhone wine was a perfect complement. Professional service and the live piano music was a nice touch. The ambiance is always amazing. Chez Josephine never disappoints!

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YanaV
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite neighborhood spot. Food, ambiance, service, live music - everything is great!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Just phenomenal! ♥️

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OpenTable Diner
1 review
Dined on November 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

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

Chez Josephine is rated 4.4 stars by 6195 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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