Chez Josephine

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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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L’amour toujours at Chez Josephine! Three-course dinner, $88 per person+++, plus beverages, tax and 20% gratuity. live piano music & Parisian ambience. Serving from 12pm to 12am. Regular a la carte menu not available.

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Wed 8:30PM - 10:30PM
Thu 8:00PM - 10:30PM
Fri - Sat 9:00PM - 10:30PM

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New York Area
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Staff and food at this establishment never disappoint......consistently good for the past 30 yrs I've been dining there

R
London
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall4food4service3ambience5

We arrived early for our 8:00pm reservation, in the hope of revelling in the mood and enjoying a couple of drinks at the bar.
We were barely in the door and we were given “the hand” 👋🏻 no seating available at the bar.
What a pity as we ended up spending the extra at another establish for the additional hour.

S
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Unfortunately the food was poor quality and overpriced. My wife had the rack of lamb and said it was the worst she had ever eaten. My dish, the spaghetti Bolognese was only ok. Piano music during dinner was enjoyable but didn't compensate for the food

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great service and nice atmosphere with the piano player.

SH
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Second visit to Chez Josephine. Love the Ambiance! The food is DELICIOUS! I had the Norwegian Smoked Salmon Eggs Benedict. I recommend it. Had a lovely time talking to the Pianist! The wait staff is attentive. We enjoy Chez Josephine very much.

WF
Baltimore
60 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and excellent service. Perfect place for a good meal if you are in the theater district.

c
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service e, excellent cuisine. Ambiance was created well and worked perfectly. We will return.

EM
New York Area
69 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food3service2ambience4

A New York classic with something for everyone. The piano music, the regulars and theater goers create a lively atmosphere with good food as a plus.

OT
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Great time, will be back

LS
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service4ambience5

The food was excellent, and the service (aside from being a little slow to get started) was also terrific. Although we were right on time for our 7 PM reservation, we waited about 15 minutes to get seated and the bar was so crowded, we could only stand at the front, coats in hand and wait. Once we were seated, the waiter was slammed and didn't get to us for several minutes. We weren't in a rush and thoroughly enjoyed the live music (the pianist was certainly a highlight of the evening). But it would have been nice to at least have a cocktail while we waited for attention. Once the theatre-goers cleared out, we received the excellent service we had anticipated. It was worth the wait! I suggest not making a reservation before 7:45 and be prepared to drop over $100 per person. If that works for you, then book it and ENJOY!

RA
New York Area
53 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food4service3ambience4

I love this place and go at least 3 times a year. But this time felt different and serves was not the same. I left without having desert and they fo the best creme burlee in NY.

p
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall4food3service4ambience4

We visited during restaurant week and were disappointed to see that the menu was not as interesting as the usual Prix Fixe deal. We began with pheasant pate, which was good (though the described fig accompaniment was not in evidence); we were surprised to find this is not made in the kitchen but outsourced. The sea bream was moist and enjoyable, with a tasty sauce, though ginger flavour was barely discernible. The lemon tart, from the a la carte menu, was disappointing, minuscule, covered with whipped cream and with a rather chewy texture (also outsourced?), though the accompanying ice cream was excellent. We wished we had stuck with the restaurant week desert. Our guest had fresh berries, which were excellent. The service was very good, as always. Unfortunately we were unable to enjoy the delightful French cafe ambiance or the Josephine Baker memorabilia as we were seated in a table in the window which, although quieter, rather isolated us from the rest of the restaurant. (I had requested a table away from the window when I booked). All in all, this was a rather disappointing visit to a favourite restaurant.

TS
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food4service5ambience5

I loved the piano player and the ambiance of the restaurant. We ordered off the Restaurant Week menu and found the appetizer and entree exceptional. We got out of the restaurant with plenty of time to make the 8:00 curtain. I will definitely go back to Chez Josephine on my next trip to NYC.

BL
New York Area
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Attentive service & delicious food all presented in front of a wonderful pianist before our show at the theatre-a definite must do!!!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant has it all. The service was incredible. The only hiccup was that I didn’t get my vegetables substituted as I requested. The food was excellent. The piano music was fantastic. I love the decor and ambiance.

c
Houston
217 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Good French food and very good service

LN
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Food was OK, the service and ambiance great....the desserts were great.

JG
1 review
Dined on January 19, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This restaurant exceeded all expectations! And the live piano music playing softly in the background perfected the ambiance. I will definitely go again on my next NYC trip

HS
1 review
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Beautiful piece of NY history. Has an elegant vibe and knows what its niche is and does it effortlessly. Excellent date spot. Attentive service. Some interesting menu items. Prix fixe well-priced. Feels like a NY institution.

BH
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food and drinks are always wonderful. The piano player is excellent as well.

OT
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My favorite place in New York City. Beautiful restaurant, live piano, lovely staff, great wine and food selection. I felt like I had teleported back to the 1920's. Just wonderful! 😍

KB
Chicago
58 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We come to NYC twice a year and always make sure we get to Chez Josephine. It has a distinct jazzy vibe with live music most evenings and terrific decor highlighting Josephine Baker. The food is delicious, French and very consistent. Some people dine here pre theatre but we prefer to come at eight so we can settle in and soak up the rich atmosphere and lively service.

TM
Atlantic City
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We celebrated my birthday dinner at Chez Josephine. I loved it! The food was delicious. The drinks we're good and I Loved the live music ( piano, clarinet and singing). We will definitely go back!!

a
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic dinner experience before seeing Moulin Rouge. The service was top-notch, the lobster bisque was one of the best I’ve ever had (and I’m picky), and the service was attentive and superb.
Highly recommend!

MS
Washington DC
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Lovely place to go before or after theater. Wonderful piano music mostly of older show tunes. Nice background, but not intrusive. Prefix dinner is $42 with nice choices. Outstanding service.

OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

This is a wonderful restaurant with ambiance. The service was excellent, and the food was very good.

They had a pianist there the night we went and it immediately set a tone - no pun intended - that was warm and effervescent.

The only criticism is that it was a hair louder than it should have been. The pianist, however, was grand (again, no pun intended).

OT
1 review
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My duck entree was fabulous. Other three diners really enjoyed their entrees. My sister was stuffed but still cleaned off bones of her lamb meal. We shared chocolate Ala Josephine chocolate dessert which was perfect. Waiters were prompt, friendly and courteous. We didn’t care for the escargot - too garlicky.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Bei jedem NY Besuch gehen wir in Chez Josephine, es ist unser Lieblingsrestaurant hier. Der Service ist phantastisch, das Essen sehr gut und die Atmosphäre großartig. Außerdem ist die Musik sehr angenehm und passt wunderbar zu der Gesamtstimmung des Restaurants.

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VH
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Old NY. Service was friendly without being obtrusive. Menu varied, drinks good, great atmosphere.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

My husband had the French onion soup and he said it was the best he had ever had. I had the trout amandine which was light and tasty. The string beans were cooked perfectly and were delicious.

E
Philadelphia
71 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

This was my second visit to Chez Josephine. The waiters were very attentive and the food authentically French and wonderful. The 3 course daily specials are a bargain and the options are broad enough to satisfy all tastes. We especially enjoyed the skate wing and butternut squash couscous, asparagus soup and apple tart.

m
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Thank you Chez Josephine!
I Ioved every second of it as soon as i walked through the door !
The interior, as if I stepped back in time and was in the cutest French bistro, in the middle of Paris, the live music..who doesn't love listening to an amazing piano player! And the FOOD! I chose to order off the prix fixe menu for brunch...can not go wrong! All so amazingly delicious! And the service was exceptional..so thank U!
Order a cocktail, sit back and enjoy every moment!

OT
New York Area
136 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Eaten here 3 times. This was the best. Quiet upstairs dining room NOT next to the piano allowed for conversation. The onion soup, rack of lamb , my wife’s ribeye special and the tart Tatin all outstanding. And the little cheesy biscuits- to die for.

OT
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food! Would recommend even with kids. Loved the piano!

DK
Baltimore
27 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a great time at this favorite spot.

W
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Very positive experience. We were offered a choice and chose in the back away from piano. This was great as it was a very loud bar scene up front. Our table was quiet and we could talk but still here the wonderful pianist. The duck entree was perfect, but the salmon was served rare even though we asked for medium. The service was excellent even on a busy Saturday night.

T
1 review
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

While I admit to being a bit prejudiced in favor of an establishment bearing Josephine (Baker’s) name, once there, I can say objectively that I was impressed........by the food and the service........and Josephine or not, who would return if the food were not delicious? Good vibe, good food.....and hospitable. A visit about once every two months may be my plan.

j
New England
12 reviews
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delightful ambience like a cafe in Paris. The presence of the pianist was a big plus.

SW
1 review
Dined on January 2, 2020
Overall3food4service1ambience4

Food is ok to try! Not bad but not a must to try in your life as well. However, the service is totally terrible, I felt like I owe 1 million dollars to the waiter.. I think he should improve on his communication skill and be more passion on serving.

AK
1 review
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was excellent, service great and location very convenient for our theater visit.

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