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
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.
The food and drinks are always wonderful. The piano player is excellent as well.
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! 😍
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.
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!!
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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.
Delicious food! Would recommend even with kids. Loved the piano!
Always a great time at this favorite spot.
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.
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.
Delightful ambience like a cafe in Paris. The presence of the pianist was a big plus.
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.
Food was excellent, service great and location very convenient for our theater visit.
Love love love Chez Josephine! Food is exquisite always! And the service is always great. My favorite little French place. The ambiance is very calm and perfect to enjoy a nice dinner.
New Year’s Eve celebration
The música, ambient and the food was Very good
In New York for the holidays, we enjoyed dinner at Chez Josephine. Between its classic French cuisine, its Art Nouveau decor and its Broadway culture (complete with a gifted pianist), this restaurant offers much of what makes New York shine. Thanks for a memorable evening!
Chez used to be quite good, but in our last several visits, the food has become mediocre. As always, the ambiance is fun, the first floor very noisy and the second floor quietier and more intimate, but what has happened to the food?
I love Chez Josephine and have been going there since it opened. It NEVER disappoints. The ambiance is marvelous, as is the food. The wait staff is always friendly and accommodating.
It is a wonderful place to bring out-of-town guests for a fabulous New York experience. The festive atmosphere is perfect for every celebration.
This visit was a disappointment. The lamb shank was small and on the tough side, not falling off the bone; the service was only so-so. Maybe it was just an off day, but we're less eager to come back. And the room was very noisy with the piano.
Consistently good food and service
There was a pianist, which helped to create an exquisitely energetic environment. The food was delicious!
Lovely place to dine before or after the theater or if you're in the neighborhood. We enjoyed the ambiance, the food and the service was excellent. A real find! Try the escargots and tuna tartare for appetizers. The special fish of the day, halibut, was served on a tasty bed of roasted cauliflower and topped with sautéed mushrooms. My companions enjoyed the Long Island Duck and the filet mignon.
We arrived a little early for our reservation, but were seated relatively quickly. I expected more traditional French cuisine items on the menu but what we ordered was good. The service was just adequate. Our servers were not engaging and basically just dumped the food on the table. The whole atmosphere, except for the host, was very impersonal.
I had the duck did not have much flavor. My wife had the chicken she enjoyed it. Tables are much too close to each other. Will not return
Wonderful place! One of the jewelry of the City.
Can't wait to come back, the food, ambiance, staff, just excellent!
Thoroughly enjoyed our dinner and the ambience of the restaurant. Great food with live piano in the background paired with a little French wine it couldn’t get any better.
The food was wonderful and the presentation was excellent. The servers were professional and courteous. The timing between courses was very good. We will definitely dine here again
It was close to the theater, service was very good but food was just ok. Not sure how “French” the cuisine was, though.
Tight seating in first floor. Better seating upstairs. Very noisy.
Very authentic little French bistro on the west side near the theater district. The lobster bisque was the best I’ve ever had. And the tuna tartare was also excellent. This is definitely a locals place, and worth the effort to get there.
Quite a treasure. First time there and will be back again. Excellent French onion soup. Tuna tartare and beet salad both wonderful. Terrific spaghetti bologanese, filet mignonette and fried chicken! Attentive service. Loved the ambience! And the piano player!