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Chez Josephine

4426 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Pre/post Theatre (118)
  • Live Music (99)
  • Romantic (95)
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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French, American
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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.
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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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Live piano music nightly and at Sunday Brunch.
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Gift Card
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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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 4426 People Are Saying
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4.3  based on recent ratings
Noise · Moderate
87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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OpenTable Diner (Los Angeles)
2.0  Dined 3 days ago

It’s been four years since my last visit and with the exception of one dish, the food was no where near where it used to be. This will be my last visit to one of my old favorites.

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

This place was phenomenal! The service and the food were impeccable as well as the cocktails. The pianist was extremely talented. Can't wait to return!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 4 days ago

Good food nice ambiance with live piano music

iconoclast (Denver)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

A wonderful experience from the moment we were met st the door. The staff was friendly, accommodating, professional; the food was superb; the ambience, elegant; and the music fabulous. A memorable evening!

Maureen (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

We frequently have brunch here on Sunday and are never disappointed. Reservations honored with quick seating. The staff is lovely. The food is delicious, and the piano player just adds to the ambiance. Love this restaurant for brunch.

vipReneeMarie2014 (Miami)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

Food, service and and atmosphere very good, of course, we will recommend and be back soon.

vipChelsea (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

It is always so wonderful to go back to Chez Josephine. It is always the same as the years pass, and yet as fresh as new.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 5 days ago

Chez Joséphine is a real treat, we enjoyed it tremendously. Our server Valentine was so gracious and helpful. We will be back!

vipElizabeth (Charlotte)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner here. We ate at a table near the piano and enjoyed delightful music with our delicious food & excellent wine. A very festive spot!

LucyAtable (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

Very good food at a reasonable price. Service is friendly and prompt, and you can’t beat the offbeat kitschy ambiance. The piano player is wonderful!

vipCaptD (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 6 days ago

As a survivor from the original Theatre Row (both myself and Chez Josephine) it is always a welcome moment to walk in the door from 42nd Street, especially with the evening piano adding to the ambiance. Food French and reliably excellent, drinks stiff, decor scandalous.

vipLove2dineNYC (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 7 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.

IngridG (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

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!

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

Excellent food service live music. First floor can get crowded. Upstairs more intimate and one can still hear the live music

1.0  Dined on February 15, 2018

I didn't have the chance to dinne. When I made the reservation it didn't mention at all that the restaurant would work only with valentine's day special menu. A closed 85 dollars menu! We just got to know that by the time we were seated and they handed the valentines menu. The restaurant was packed, really loud music, and the waiters running around like crazy. We decided to leave since we were not prepared for that situation. It's a shame, since the restaurant was really well recommended. They should have announced that on the website, or by the time you make the reservation, warning about the special menu in that day.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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

Sandracw (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 14, 2018

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.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  Dined on February 13, 2018

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.

jdunn (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 11, 2018

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.

vipScenic2 (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 9, 2018

We came here for NY restaurant week and was amazingly surprised. The food was very good, and special. The French union soup had a generous layer of cheese on top and a thick layer of unions at the bottom which was very satisfying. The best part of the prix fixe menu was the beef cheek that we had never seen elsewhere. The beef cheek was tender and stingy at the same time and very tasty. The live piano music was a plus for the evening.