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About Chez Josephine
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.”
New York, NY 10036
Hours of Operation:
Open 7 days a week
LUNCH: Monday - Friday, Noon - 3 p.m.
DINNER: Monday - Saturday:, 4 p.m. - Midnight;
Sunday: 4 p.m. - 11 p.m.
WEEKEND BRUNCH: Saturday & Sunday: Noon - 3 p.m.
Between 9th and 10th Aves.
$31 to $50
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
Live piano music nightly and at Sunday Brunch.
Manhattan Plaza, 42nd Street and Dyer Avenue (between 9th and 10th Avenues),
1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R trains to Times Square-42nd Street, and A, C & E trains to Port Authority-42nd Street.
Banquet, Bar Dining, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine
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Chez Josephine Ratings and Reviews
Dining at Chez Josephine is welcoming and familiar even though in a big city. We were always made to feel at home. We are glad to see the great food, wonderful service and musical atmosphere live on. Hats off to Manuel and his fine team.
We truly appreciated the piano music when we were there last week.
Hadn’t visited for a few years, happily the experience is just as wonderful as I remember. Took my Valentine sweetie, his first experience . Place was full, a pre fix menu. Despite that, the service was excellent and the food delicious. Lovely entertainment, overall a great evening.
This was my 3rd or 4th visit and unfortunately will be my last, even tho it's extremely convenient to theaters next door. Service was poor: had to ask twice for drink, and then a split of champagne came, instead of a single glass at 50% more, entrees were originally wrong, had to search for waitstaff whenever needed. Then, the food was just ordinary: steak was tough, bread tasteless, fried chicken not good and came with stale blueberry muffin. And, where we were seated was right next to the pianist, who only took brief breaks between songs and it was so loud we couldn't hear each other. He played the entire hour and a half we were there.
Chose Chez Josephine as the restaurant to visit for New York's Restaurant Week. I must say it was a great choice, the ambiance for me though different was thankfully down to earth and inviting. The live renditions on the piano was beautiful. I tried everything I couldn't pronounce or had no clue what it was on the menu which was awesome. I loved the escargot which I had for the first time and the liver was yummy. Very great service and since some of the tables were so close it was fun to strike up a convo with the couple next to us. Awesome, all round!
The food was just okay. There were three of us who came here for restaurant week. We decided to order three different entrees and desserts just so we'd be able to sample more of the food at Chez Josephine. The beef cheek stew was the best entree. The fish was overcooked and the chicken was dry. As for the desserts, the blueberry (?) one was the best. I don't remember the name of this one though.
Unfortunately, our dinner at Chez Josephine was a disappointment. We'd never been there before, but our friends said it was great so we agreed to meet them there for dinner. Our waiter gave us menus then disappeared. He came back about 10 minutes later to take our drink order, which he got wrong. Then he disappeared again. This went on throughout the meal----never came back to fill our water, never came back to check and see if we needed drinks, nada. After 2 hours of this I finally spoke to the managers, who, to their credit, immediately sent another waiter to bring us water and the desert menus. They also brought us some complimentary glasses of Grand Marnier, which was a nice gesture but not really a bonus for my husband, who doesn't drink. Sorry, but I'm afraid we won't be going back.
I’d always been curious about this place and as I go to the theater often I will go back often now that I’ve finally been. The food was good (maybe not amazing but good.) And the whole experience of eating feels as if the other diners and you are participating in a special rite of some sort (the many large oil paintings on the walls and the live music add to this, of course!)
My friend and I wanted to go somewhere for Restaurant Week so I picked a French place. I read reviews that said that Chez Josephine is busier after the theater and for Sunday brunch. To our relief, the place wasn't packed like I thought it would be. I believe that the restaurant was understaffed because we did not see a host/hostess when we entered and waited for a few minutes until the waiter came over and brought us to our seats. Overall, we had a great experience. The service was a bit slow despite the fact there were probably less than 10 people at the time. However, I really enjoyed my food! The French onion soup was rich and filling while the duck confit was excellently cooked. My friend and I decided to share our desserts since everything seemed good. I will try to come back to see the live piano or for Sunday brunch!
We were meeting out Aunt from CA before going to the theatre. We wanted the proximity to the American Airlines theatre, good food and the ability to catch-up. The service was wonderfully kind and the food was delicious. The piano playing is a nice addition, but a bit too loud if your table is nearby. We will definitely go back, but I would request a table further away from the piano.
Food was great. We both had fried oysters and trout almondine. Both were excellent. Fried food not too heavy. The trout was pan sautéed and some of best trout we have had in years. The French wine (Sauvignon Blanc) that we had with dinner was great and reasonably priced. We ate before going to theater show at 7 pm, and the waiter /staff attended to our table promptly and efficiently. Piano player is also wonderful. Played mostly Bobby Short that night and did a perfect imitation. Overall a wonderful experience.
Chez Josephine was a delightful dining experience. Food was delicious and colorful. Music is soothing and accentuates the Chez Josephine motif. Broadway goers can be found here in full garb embracing the Chez Josephine ambiance. Music heightens as the night progresses with full band and singer.
We have not been back to Chez Josephine since the owner, Jean Claude, died a few years ago. We were going to theatre and decided to give it a try for dinner. What a pleasant surprise!
Piano was playing in the back - quite enough to talk, loud enough to be enjoyable.
Service was impeccable! It was not noticeable, but everything was just there, just right.
Food was traditional well-made French - good pate, onion soup, monkfish... Desert was outstanding!
We will be going back, and more frequently.
I had not been to Chez Josephine since the mid 90s. My brother’s birthday was coming up so I decided to make reservations, as he loves French cuisine.
Chez Josephine has not lost its sparkle! It still has that Old Paris venue feel about it, the service was excellent, the classic dishes top notch. Thank you!
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