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Date
Mon, 4/23
Time
10:00 PM
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Chez Josephine

4.5
4530 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Live Music
  • Romantic
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.”
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
French, American
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Hours of operation
Open 7 days a week
DINNER: Tuesday - Saturday:, 4 p.m. - Midnight;
Sunday & Monday: 4 p.m. - 11 p.m.
LUNCH: Monday - Friday, Noon - 3 p.m.
WEEKEND BRUNCH: Saturday & Sunday: Noon - 3 p.m.
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Phone number
(212) 594-1925
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Frank Diaz
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Cross street
Between 9th and 10th Aves.
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Parking details
Manhattan Plaza, 42nd Street and Dyer Avenue (between 9th and 10th Avenues),
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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.
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Entertainment
Live piano music nightly and at Sunday Brunch.
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Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Private Room, Weekend Brunch, Wine

Specials

Mother's Day Menus & Specials

Treat Maman to Sunday brunch or dinner at Chez Josephine, with live piano music and Parisian ambience. Open 12 Noon to 10 PM on Sunday, May 13, serving a $46 Brunch Prix Fixe ($25 kid's brunch) and $68 Dinner Prix Fixe. Beverages, tax and gratuity not included. Limited à la carte menu available.

Sunday, May 13, 2018

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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

What 4530 People Are Saying
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4.3
food
4.4
service
4.6
ambience
4.2
value
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91% of people would recommend it to a friend
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Chez Josephine takes you back to the kind of restaurant that New York City was famous for a generation ago. It is cozy, romantic and fun and is a destination in itself rather than just a place to eat before your evening event. The live piano and entertainment brings you back a time when romance was the order of the day. I had not been there in many years and had forgotten what a true Gem Chez Josephine is. Bravo to the management for keeping it true to its original nature. And the service is impeccable even if the food is only average for NYC. I strongly reccomend it for anyone in Love. K

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Eat here often when visiting NYC. Always delicious and never disappoints. Escargot is amazing and my favorite dish is the spaghetti bolognese. YUM! Can't wait to come back.

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4.0Dined 2 days ago

Fried calamari was excellent. Fried chicken was dry.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

We had an excellent time at Chez Josephine! The food was delicious and arrived quickly. The waiters were very friendly and attentive. They had a fantastic piano player on Saturday night and we got out early enough to be early for our Broadway show. Also the decor had a classic beauty to it. I would definitely go back! If you're looking for a nice date night that won't entirely break the bank, I highly recommend Chez Josephine.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Went with family while on a long weekend in NYC. Kids loved the great service and great food.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

We had 7 o’clock reservations and did have to wait for a brief time. It was extremely noisy at first but by 8 it had slowed down and conversation became easy. We could even hear the wonderful piano player as we ate and conversed. Our food was wonderful and felt very relaxed. No rush by anyone to feel we were spending too much time dining We actually did not leave the restaurant until after 10. A very enjoyable evening.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Delicious food, great service. Can’t wait to go back!!!

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Fair pricing. Local to hotel, short walk in Hell's kitchen. Great spot for a small business meeting. Wonderful old world atmosphere. Great food.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Very disappointing evening. We started out with the pate encroute which was pleasant. My son did enjoy his lamb shank and couscous (although the latter was on the bland side).My pork tenderloin ranged from cooked to perfection to a little on the underdone side. I had to send the sweet potato au gratin back as it arrived on that same plate barely lukewarm. Deserts on the prix fixe menu were fine but nothing special. The atmosphere is lovely and a pianist plays and sings. I shall probably give this another chance but can’t recommend it at this time.

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5.0Dined 6 days ago

Coming back to Chez Josephine is always a treat. Manny has continued to offer a warm welcome, an excellent menu, professional service and wonderful piano music. Merci, merci.

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Wonderful service, wonderful food, reasonable prices for NYC

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

The food was very good the service was OK the weather was a little slow but overall we truly enjoyed our experience the ambience is there it is a feel good place I would recommend to my friends

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5.0Dined on April 16, 2018

Lots of rain when we arrived at Chez Josephine! We chose it because of the piano music and fun ambience which we had enjoyed several years ago. The experience was relaxing, service good, and piano player joyful. Highly recommend!

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

This place wonderful. The piano player is so nice and the waiters were perfectly attentive. I go as often as I can and everyone I take there really enjoys it.

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2.0Dined on April 14, 2018

food was good but the service left a lot to be desired---mistake was made twice on the bill and it still has not been corrected 3 days later--felt like no one knew what they were doing and my friend had to ask twice for a menu--felt as though they did not have enough help

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

I hadn't been here for at least 8 years and was happy to see that nothing has changed since Jean Claude's passing a few years ago. The food is still fabulous and the ambience is like no other. Good crowd and not noisy like most restaurants these days. It was a wonderful evening!

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5.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Wonderful escargots, delicious duck, scrumptious creme brûlée, tasty wine, charming, efficient unobtrusive service, lovely decor. I love this placeE

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2.0Dined on April 11, 2018

We had 2 orders of spaghetti Bolognese and the fried chicken. The spaghetti was so so. The chicken was very, very dry instead of being moist. The blueberry cornbread that came with the chicken was unremarkable. The rolls served before dinner, while warm, seemed to be a little stale.
The staff was very professional and courteous, and made sure that we were able to complete our meal in the limited time available before we had to leave for the theater. The restaurant setting is nice and would be good for a romantic dinner out.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

Our friends were delayed and we alerted the server, Ulises U; we still had to finish in time to make a 2 p.m. matinee. He did everything to make sure that our friends were able to order without a long wait, and that their meals arrived hot. We enjoyed the varied specials and some items on the regular menu; wine-by-the-glass was a winner as well. Thank you, Chez Josephine, and especially Ulises.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

The food was delicious and we were very happy with the service as well.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Great atmosphere and friendly attentive staff. Every meal and course had great presentation and tasted wonderful.

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

terrific brunch with wonderful music and gorgeous decor

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5.0Dined on April 8, 2018

My mother had a wonderful birthday so very grateful to the staff :)

Piano player and woman singing were amazing as well. We sat by the piano so was a little loud but overall great atmosphere and yummy food.

We will be returning to try different dishes!!!!

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

It is like a trip to Paris in the 1930s.... old school menu (escargots, onion soup, duck a l’orange, trout almandine) but with modern twists. Generous portions at low (for Manhattan) prices. Service was attentive but not obtrusive. Entertainment was in keeping with the ambiance.... first a piano player, then a French chanteuse accompanied by her own piano player. In 30 years my wife and I have dined all over the world. This was one of our Top Five meals.

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

The food and service was excellent!!

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4.0Dined on April 7, 2018

They forgot my wife’s birthday although they knew we were celebrating when they called to confirm. Joseph the pianist is awful & detracts from the restaurant. He should be replaced. We love everything else about Chez Josephine.

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5.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Terrific meal!

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4.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Very theatrical setting fit for 42nd Broadway scene. Music is a bit louder than expected but very fun vibe.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

This is one of our favorite restaurants. The ambience and music are wonderful, and the story of Josephine Baker is always delightful to experience. We look forward to coming back soon.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

This was the best meal and experience while on vacation in NYC.

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Always wonderful to return here. The food, the service, the ambience all terrific.
And Manny greets us with such happiness to see us again.
One of the best restaurants in the city.

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1.0Dined on April 5, 2018

We were very disappointed this visit. The quality of food preparation and recommendation from our server was substandard. We had the liver entree, which we both normally love elsewhere. We asked our server if it was thinly sliced and if medium well was best ( how we normally like it). He responded that it was thinly sliced and medium was the best preparation. We agreed to that. But it was thick sliced, underdone, with too much wine used during preparation, and not at all like it was described by our server. We would not order it again.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Warm, impeccable service in a gorgeous space filled with unique art. Our meal was yummy and the live music was magnifique!

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Great food. Very exclusive service. Life music waa great but a little too loud for such a small place. Overall, loved it. Would come back to try other dishes.

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

As usual, warm welcome, very professional service, excellent traditional French food.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Always a favorite ... and never disappoints!! Great food and a fabulous prix fixe menu too! The service is OUTSTANDING!!

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4.0Dined on April 3, 2018

This is an always dependable restaurant with delicious food, convenient to the theater district. I recommend it!

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3.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Really wanted to like this place, but the service was not great and my shrimp were very tough.

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3.0Dined on April 3, 2018

The place is extremely noisy ! To the point it’s not comfortable.

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5.0Dined on April 2, 2018

Absolutely love Chez Josephine! I had not been there in many years as I do not live in NYC anymore, so I was very excited to dine there Sunday night as I was back in NYC with my family.
Graet food and atmosphere and I love having the piano player.

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