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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.”

414 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
French, American

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.

Cross Street:
Between 9th and 10th Aves.

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 594-1925

Website:
http://chezjosephine.com/

Entertainment:
Live piano music nightly and at Sunday Brunch.

Parking Details:
Manhattan Plaza, 42nd Street and Dyer Avenue (between 9th and 10th Avenues),

Public Transit:
1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R trains to Times Square-42nd Street, and A, C & E trains to Port Authority-42nd Street.

Executive Chef:
Frank Diaz

Additional:
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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Details
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

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Chez Josephine Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.5

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

87% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (115)
Live Music (94)
Romantic (91)
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Good for a Date (85)
Special Occasion (82)
Neighborhood Gem (68)
Good for Anniversaries (63)
Authentic (57)
Good for Birthdays (57)
Cozy (57)
Fun (45)
Fit for Foodies (40)
Creative Cuisine (28)
Quiet Conversation (27)
Late-night Find (27)
Notable Wine List (23)
Sunday Lunch (21)
Good for Groups (20)
Bar Seating (19)
Comfort Food (19)
People Watching (19)
Casual (18)
Business Meals (14)
Hot Spot (14)
Great for Lunch (14)
Great for Brunch (13)
Worth the Drive (12)
Handcrafted Cocktails (9)
Healthy (9)
Vibrant Bar Scene (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Disabled Access (5)
Scenic View (5)
Tasting Menu (5)
Afternoon Coffee (4)
Seasonal (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Local Ingredients (3)
Quick Bite (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Vegan (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
Spicy (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

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.
THANK YOU!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Romantic, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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·Dined 3 days ago

This is my favorite restaurant in all of NYC and my hubby and I go every year (at least) on our Wedding Anniversary. This year we celebrated ouur 38th there!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Worth the Drive, Authentic, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Live Music, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined 3 days ago

This was a beautiful place to come for wine dinner and dessert and especially for Valentine’s Day. The layout of the restaurant and the people working was amazing. And the food complemented together perfectly it was delicious

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·Dined 3 days ago

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.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Fun, Good for a Date, Live Music, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic, Romantic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

Happy to report after many years, decades since we’ve been to Chez Josephine, that the brunch there was an absolute delight.
Quality of food and service still quite high and the ambiance reminds one of charming past of the theater district.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

Good not great food. Live Piano music was fantastic. Service was top notch.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Romantic, Good for a Date, Good for Birthdays, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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!

Tags: Cozy, Good for a Date, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

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.

Tags: Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

Food was good. Service was unsatisfactory. I made reservation for dinner dinner same day but cancelled

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

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.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Good food and service - enjoyed our evening. We celebrated a sixth birthday which made it special.

Tags: Special Occasion, Fun, Cozy, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Live Music, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

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!)

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Fun, Authentic, Live Music
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 8, 2018

Glad to see that you are still serving the gougeres.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Cozy, Notable Wine List
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·Dined on February 8, 2018

Fantastic dinner at this great place. Live music was terrific. Will be back for sure !

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 7, 2018

A regular stop for us and our friends. Always relaible.
Excellent food and service. Warm and friendly.
Good value.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Live Music, Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 6, 2018

Excellent food and attentive service

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 5, 2018

Absolutely gorgeous setting, loved the live Parisian jazz music and fantastic menu options. I'm a Josephine Baker enthusiast and was swooning over the sumptuous interiors and mesmerizing paintings. You really feel like you've walked into one of her films.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for a Date, Romantic, Gluten Free Options, Fun, Pre/post Theatre, Live Music, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 5, 2018

I Love Chez. I have had some of the best meals there and the service is always excellent. This past week, the steak frites was the best I have had in ages. I strongly recommend Chez Josephine.

Tags: Cozy
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·Dined on February 4, 2018

The food was too salty for my taste. We were seated by the piano so it was really loud. Service was nice and was good value

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 4, 2018

Excellent food and service as usual but I miss the family element that was there. I understand none of the brothers have anything to do with operation of the restaurant. Too bad!!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on February 4, 2018

We were hoping for a good table but were seated by the chilly back door away from the music and ambiance. The waiter was excellent. The food was ok. Josephine’s favorite dessert was the highlight of the meal.

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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on February 3, 2018

I enjoy the busy but fun ambiance and love the live piano.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Live Music, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Charming, very good wait staff. Food was delicious, the atmosphere authentic and piano music was lovely. Fun experience.

Tags: Casual, Business Meals, Good for a Date, Neighborhood Gem, Fun, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Cozy, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

Visited for restaurant week dinner. Very nice ambience and great food with good portion. Sat right next to the piano which was a bit noisy so if you want a quieter seat, request it when making the reservation.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

I asked for a table near the piano and we all enjoyed the excellent pianist along with excellent, friendly service and food.
A very special NY experience

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Very adorable homage to the legendary Josephine Baker.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 2, 2018

Nice, cozy, good food and drink in a neighborhood that still short on options. It's also relatively quiet in an area that's only blocks from Times Sq. A very nice find.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 1, 2018

The restaurant was very noisy. The piano player very loud and annoying.
Would not return

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·Dined on February 1, 2018

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!

Tags: Cozy, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Quiet Conversation, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Loved the restaurant and they got us to the theater on time.

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on January 30, 2018

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.

Tags: Good for a Date, Healthy, Good for Birthdays, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Cozy, Fun, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Notable Wine List, Fit for Foodies, Comfort Food, Authentic, Live Music, Good for Anniversaries, Bar Seating, Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

Very nice lunch, comfortable and colorful ambiance, great Tuna Nicoise salad! Comfortable with nice, attentive service. Recommend for business luncheons as well.

Tags: Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Live Music, Afternoon Coffee, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 30, 2018

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.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre, Hot Spot, Romantic, Late-night Find, Comfort Food, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Enjoyed a delightful brunch at Chez Josephine before a Sunday afternoon theater. Excellent attentive service, great value for prix fixe menu. Piano music was also a plus. Planning to return for dinner soon. Highly receommended

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Special Occasion
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 (New England)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Great ambiance but food was average.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Wonderful restaurant. Food and service have been great every time we attend. Pianist was great. Took requests and has a big repertoire.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Birthdays, Live Music, Great for Brunch, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 27, 2018

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!

Tags: Notable Wine List, Business Meals, Authentic
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