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Chez Josephine, New York, NY

Chez Josephine

4.6
4.6
6703 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
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.”

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 72 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    French, American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 594-1925

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Frank Diaz

  • Private party facilities

    Main dining room, on the ground floor, can be rented and seats 70 guests. Our Jungle Room, also on the ground floor, seats 20 guests. Our Salon Marrakech, on the second floor, seats 30 guests.

  • Neighborhood

    Theater District / Times Square

  • Cross street

    Between 9th and Dyer/10th Aves.

  • 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.

  • Entertainment

    Live piano music nightly and at Sunday Brunch.

  • Additional

    Banquet, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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What 6,703 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.6Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. MP

    MarinaP

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great experience! Will be back! Our friends were grateful!
  2. L

    Lani

    Atlantic City

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was a truly remarkable dining experience! The food, the ambience, the wonderful staff, and performers, and the fabulous cocktails all made for a perfect birthday celebration of a very best friend.
  3. WB

    WillaB

    New England

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We arrived fifteen minutes early and were met with a warm welcome. The service, cocktails and live French music made for a wonderful evening. Authentic food and service that is hard to find these days.
  4. m

    mrbrew1963

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent dinner tonight. Great way to end an evening after a show. A+++
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We had a show booked at Birdland so we booked this place . What a find great ambiance, good service and lovely food . Unexpected treat was pianist , just right not too loud but nice. Star of the show for was French onion soup for starter, bouef bourguignon for main and apple tart a la mode for dessert. We’ll be back on our next visit to town
  6. RK

    RifkaK

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Ambience is wonderful, food excellent, drinks expensive!
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Loved it! About 20 years since I have been to chez Josephine and now I’m wondering why I haven’t been back sooner it was wonderful
  8. JL

    JoanneL

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    4.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 30, 2023

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The French Onion Soup was so delicious. It's a must have.
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    5.0

    9 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect meal!! Very happy with the service.
  10. JS

    JSB4

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Came with my daughter for Sunday brunch. Nice atmosphere, good food and service.
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. Loved the live music and ambiance. We were celebrating a bday and the waiter arranged for the singer to come upstairs and sing happy birthday. A lil pricey as our bill for eight came to $1000 with cocktails and three bottles of wine but it was a great experience nonetheless. Would definitely return.
  12. CH

    CHERYL

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 29, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chez Josephine’s made for a memorable night for us—outstanding food, service, and entertainment.
  13. D

    Diningoutinac

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed everything about this restaurant- food was delicious and Steve ice was great
  14. B

    Bellamom

    Baltimore

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 27, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great find in NYC theater district. Very good food and service. You can’t beat the ambiance. An extra we didn’t expect: Live piano/vocalist. Very nice.
  15. I

    Ishtvan

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent staff and support throughout great food etc
  16. H

    Heather12

    New York Area

    55 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    55 reviews

    Dined on January 25, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Restaurant week lunch .An exceptional value. I had the pate, duck confit which was crispy and delicious . The praline glacé was wonderful. The restaurant is beautiful. Just a feeling of being in Paris. One should not overlook this gem in the theatre district.
  17. LK

    LarisaK

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was very romantic experience. The French music was nice and not disturbing. Food was amazing.
  18. TB

    TammyB

    Sacramento

    18 reviews

    5.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on January 24, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Really enjoyed the piano and the spicy margarita
  19. JE

    JER1

    St. Louis

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall5food4service5ambience4
    We had lunch at Josephine and used the restaurant week lunch menu. The French onion soup, poached sole and the apple tart were delicious.
  20. KW

    KurtW

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 23, 2023

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Dined here for the 2nd time. Food is delicious. The piano player makes the atmosphere even more nice. Will definitely come back.
  21. LM

    LMLNYC

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service, wonderful food, a must in New York!
  22. GN

    GreatNeckDoctorCouple

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delightful! Just delicious. Live piano and sax
  23. QB

    QueenBea

    Chicago

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 22, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Jacques et Marie make the experience fabulous with their music.
  24. T

    Tyson

    San Francisco

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Great night. Food was good Evan though our escargot never came. We had the specials which were NY strip and the black cod w mushroom risotto. The latter was excellent. The steak was very good also. Great ambiance and feel to the place. Definitely will be back.
  25. h

    holtm

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 20, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely French restaurant on Theater Row. Worth a trip pre or post show.
  26. UM

    UlrichMiller

    New Orleans

    29 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    29 reviews

    Dined on January 19, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    What an exquisitely charming bistro that is an absolute jewel box paying homage to Josephine Baker’s Paris. 1980’s NYC bistro inspired by 1930’s Paris style, a time capsule that is a delight amongst many of the cold restaurants of the 2020’s. I brought my mother here to celebrate her birthday after a night at the theatre. We were promptly greeted by the very friendly Mâitre d, who took excellent care of us and got us a great table right in the front window. We had a lovely bottle of wine and a cheese plate to start, then moved on to entrees and dessert…and dessert drinks, and after dinner drinks. Can’t wait to come again!
  27. TK

    TK719

    New York Area

    530 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    530 reviews

    Dined on January 18, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dining at Chez Josephine is always a magical experience. The room is absolutely beautiful, the food is delicious and the service is outstanding. The piano adds such a special touch. I look forward to returning very soon.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 17, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Supposedly restaurent week didn’t start until next day even though they already had restaurant menu presented
  29. M

    Michelin

    New York Area

    129 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    129 reviews

    Dined on January 16, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chez Josephine is a throwback, in a good way, to dining from decades ago. But with food that is solid and modern. Most of my party had the halibut special and it didn’t disappoint. The salmon was cooked perfectly and well enjoyed. The ambiance with a piano player was just the right touch
  30. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    103 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    103 reviews

    Dined on January 15, 2023

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    The music & ambiance was the real experience.
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Philadelphia

    4 reviews

    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    We went on a Saturday night, and the staff seemed very overwhelmed by the volume. I suspect that they were having labor shortages, and this contributed to a friends atmosphere.
  32. S

    Stacia

    Baltimore

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wow, wow, wow! I made the reservation for a women's weekend in NYC and dinner before Six. It did not disappoint! The ambiance is wonderful - the art, decor and music create a magical environment. Dinner and drinks were delicious. I had the scallops, my friend had the duck. The pink panther cosmo was a special twist on an old favorite and the wine was delightful. Alfredo was our waiter and he was beyond amazing. We watched how he took care of the customers and scanned the room to make sure everyone was taken care of. He was a delight to talk with as well. I also bought the book, The Hungry Heart, a 500 page biography of Josephine Baker (buy it at the bar but you may need an assist from Alfredo). Would definitely go back - it was the perfect pre-show experience but I won't restrict it for the show experience only! Loved, loved, loved Chez Josephine!
  33. RC

    RobertC

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on January 14, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Every aspect is fine and the pianist and Chantelle added to a wonderful experience.
  34. MB

    MarkB

    New York Area

    24 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service. Excellent Food. Great ambiance.
  35. MS

    MinnaS

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on January 11, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    You can always count on chez Josephine for good food , quiet pre matinee lunch, good food and good value for your dollar
  36. R

    Robin

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 10, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    If you’re in the neighborhood, or even if you’re looking for a place to eat that’s quite lovely and the decor and ambiance is perfect I highly recommend this restaurant…And the piano bar at dinner time is the cherry on top.
  37. p

    pastieri

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall4food3service3ambience5
    Was also very appreciative of the fact they were open for lunch on a Monday!
  38. JG

    JGNorthernVA

    Washington DC

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on January 9, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fantastic! The food is exceptional and the service excellent. We chose the Prix Fixe menu, which was perfect and reasonably priced. This will become a "go to" everytime I'm in NYC
  39. HG

    HilaryG

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Impeccable service and food was clean, delicious and top notch. And by clean I mean clean flavors! Beautiful atmosphere with waitstaff that made you feel like you could sit for hours if you wished to. Food came quickly and price was as to be expected for such quality all around. Highly recommend the trout almondine and creme brulee!
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on January 8, 2023

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    We celebrated my daughters 18th birthday and the food, service and atmosphere were all amazing. We especially loved the personalized dessert and the singing. Thank you for making our night perfect.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Chez Josephine offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 594-1925.

Chez Josephine is rated 4.6 stars by 6703 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 72 times today
Google Map for Chez Josephine

414 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between 9th and Dyer/10th Aves.

  • Neighborhood

    Theater District / Times Square

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    French, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • 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.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Frank Diaz

  • Entertainment

    Live piano music nightly and at Sunday Brunch.

  • Additional

    Banquet, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 594-1925

  • Private party facilities

    Main dining room, on the ground floor, can be rented and seats 70 guests. Our Jungle Room, also on the ground floor, seats 20 guests. Our Salon Marrakech, on the second floor, seats 30 guests.

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