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Chez Josephine

4411 reviews
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$31 to $50
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  • Pre/post Theatre (115)
  • Live Music (94)
  • Romantic (91)
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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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 4411 People Are Saying
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87% of people would recommend it to a friend
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vipLove2dineNYC (New York Area)
5.0  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.

5.0  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!

OpenTable Diner 
5.0  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

5.0  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.

vipOpenTable Diner (New York Area)
2.0  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.

jdunn (New York Area)
4.0  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.

Jimmy (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 10, 2018

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

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  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!

loopyx3 (New York Area)
3.0  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.

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

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