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Chez Josephine, New York, NY

Chez Josephine

4.6
4.6
6433 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 45 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

  • Catering

    We are very excited to launch​ our Delivery and Takeout program after all these years. Times have changed and we are adjusting​ to the current environment and demand. Due to NYC Covid regulations, we have closed our restaurant for indoor dining. Instead, let us serve you at your home this holiday season. We are now offering Delivery within a 1 mile radius for guests who personally call the restaurant​ @212-594-1925 starting on Wednesday, December 16th 2020. Next week, we will add a partnership with Doordash, Caviar, GrubHub and Seamless to offer a wider delivery range.​ ​ Looking forward to hearing from all of you, thank you again​ for considering our services and continuing to be a loyal guest and family to Chez Josephine Restaurant. Happy Holidays to everyone.

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

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What 6,433 people are saying

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

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.5Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.3Value

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  1. JR

    JRay

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    My favorite retreat to old New York with a touch of Paris.
  2. J

    Jane

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    I enjoyed the restaurant week in Sunday lunch. I like the atmosphere, good music from the piano. My friends enjoyed the food together. I went there with my 3 months baby, they already prepared more specious table for my stroller. Thank you for your kindness.
  3. MT

    MarilynT

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A warn welcome at the door. An excellent table location. Attentive wait service. Delicious food. Lively piano/singing entertainment. A lovely experience in every way possible. I highly recommend Chez Josephine for a lovely evening.
  4. SD

    SaraD

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Fantastic pre-theater spot, generous restaurant week menu, fabulous cocktail menu. Will definitely be back!
  5. WT

    WineTime

    New England

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Cute, friendly place. Nice ambience. Helpful wait staff. Our three course dinners were all excellent. Piano player was a nice touch. Close to theaters. Would definitely return. Only negative, did not address special occasion (Birthday).
  6. DB

    DrBrian

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    3.0

    5 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    The food was just average, it is a nice looking place. The piano was ampliphied and overwhelming. It was assaulting and just dominated the restaurant. I actually had to ask them to turn down the ampliphier. The service was disjointed. We found ourselves looking over our shoulders for the next course. My vegan daughter has a pasta dish that looked tired and was drenched in water. Someone obvioulsy did not drain it very well. My steak was quite good. My wife said the escargot had no taste and was cold, the half roasted Amish chicken was average. Just this morning someone asked us where we dined pre thearter, I told her about our experience and she said she stopped going there because of the piano being way too loud. Go figure.
  7. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 9, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lovely all around!
  8. N

    Natasha

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is the 2nd time I've dined here. It's a great spot near theatre district and the food and service were fantastic both times. Cocktails are very pricey...but...that seems to be the case in most nice NY restaurants. My son loves the duck and I was very happy with the chicken stuffed with goat cheese. They always have a piano player which adds to the ambiance. Great place to go for a special occasion.
  9. SC

    SusanC

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall4food3service3ambience4
    The service was good but slow. The restaurant went out of calamari, and it took forever to get our food.
  10. G

    Gwendolyn

    London

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on August 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The restaurant is lovely and our waiter was courteous, kind, and efficient.
  11. LR

    LizR

    New Orleans

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect night out in NYC! This restaurant was recommended by someone who lives in NYC, and it did not disappoint. Five of us ate there and the whole experience was delightful. The staff was lovely, the food was delicious, and the live music was perfect. We had a table in the window, and I loved the whole experience. I will definitely go back and recommend it to anyone traveling to NYC.
  12. PB

    PamB

    Chicago

    36 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    36 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience5
    Excellent food... service.. wonderful atmosphere.... entertainment...
  13. A

    April

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious and service was great! A little gem on west 42nd Street
  14. DS

    DavidS

    Washington DC

    15 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    15 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    So awesome. The decor and artwork was beautiful. Food and service excellent. Nice piano music. Small and quant. If in NYC midtown a must.
  15. o

    owlman

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    5.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on August 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience. Great food, service and ambiance.
  16. GT

    GailT

    West Palm Beach

    20 reviews

    5.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A lovely evening. Even though it was restaurant week, we ordered the specials of the evening. I had Duck Confit which melted in your mouth. Very rare to see it in the states. Piano playing in the background was a wonderful addition. Thoroughly enjoyable dinner.
  17. LT

    LoveToEat

    New York Area

    41 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    41 reviews

    Dined on August 4, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a pleasure to have dinner at Chez Josephine!
  18. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Hawaii

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a joy! Beautiful decor and delicious food at a reasonable price
  19. BH

    BruceH

    Atlanta

    24 reviews

    5.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on August 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This restaurant has been on our go-to places whenever we go to New York and it lived up to our expectations once again, The food, service, and ambiance all were outstanding.
  20. PG

    PinaG

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    My friends and I went for a night out, the food was ok, but when the check came it turned into a messy situation. Rather than splitting the check evenly, each of us were charged different amounts that didn’t even add up to what we were supposed to pay. They didn’t do anything to ease the stress of it, and what should have been a fun night out turned into a disaster. Now I’m having to work with my bank to resolve an issue that never should have happened in the first place. Just because of this, I don’t want to go back.
  21. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Washington DC

    16 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 31, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    Amazing food! Great French ambiance and homage to THE Josephine Baker. Our server Ulysses is the best. Great, friendly service! My birthday felt special.
  22. w

    wendie

    Baltimore

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Lunch outside Excellent wait staff
  23. JC

    JarydC

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    4.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Nice restaurant, attentive staff. Two of our party ordered from the Restaurant week menu, and two from the main menu. The Restaurant week menu was alright, but the two dishes we ordered off the regular menu were excellent.
  24. YL

    YeziL

    New York Area

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience2
    Food does not worth the price. Our server had a bad attitude
  25. i

    ilesina

    New York Area

    52 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    52 reviews

    Dined on July 29, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    It was very swanky. Food was good, portions were good. Drinks were pricey- $20 a pop. Service was good. We had a great time And would return.
  26. CJ

    CarolJ

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I had not been to Chez Josephine for a long time and was very pleasantly surprised that the ambiance, food and service were still very good. It is conveniently located in the theater district, is close to Port Authority and many subway trains.
  27. MH

    MrHarris

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on July 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great French spot for a quick bite prior to a Broadway show.
  28. MM

    MajaM

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went there for our anniversary, had an amazing night. The food was delicious and not too pricey, the service was good and there was live music. And the ambiance was great, Chez Josephine is definitely one of the most romantic restaurants in NYC!
  29. LS

    LSYC

    New York Area

    26 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    26 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A delightful meal. The watermelon feta cheese arugula was refreshing. The lemon sole was perfectly cooked.
  30. EB

    ElizabethB

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    We came here because they have Souffle as dessert on the Restaurant Week menu. It was NOT a souflle --it was a cold custard!!
  31. J

    Joseph

    New York Area

    65 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    65 reviews

    Dined on July 23, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Terrific every time!!
  32. JL

    JeffL

    Philadelphia

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Went there for the first time during Restaurant Week and was pleasantly surprised. The food was excellent and the service was outstanding. I can’t wait to go back and try the regular menu.
  33. KL

    KarenL

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It was perfect! Delicious food and wonderful atmosphere! We loved the piano and the singer, perfect romantic atmosphere!! Will return!!
  34. p

    pluckman

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Memorable ambiance with good food and fair prices. The artwork and live piano give it a special feeling.
  35. M

    Mystery

    Naples

    44 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    44 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall4food4service3ambience5
    Excellent food for restaurant week. Waiter could’ve been more attentive or was had to ask for water. Quality of food was excellent
  36. MS

    MinnaS

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on July 20, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always good
  37. CB

    ChristineB

    San Francisco

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 18, 2022

    overall3food3service4ambience5
    There was a piece of metal in our dessert. They said they were sorry about it and offered 2 drinks instead
  38. LS

    LindaS

    New Orleans

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Outstanding charming delicious Best duck and filet mignon. Beautiful piano music. Gorgeous decor.
  39. A

    Agnes

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    2.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on July 17, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience3
    A disappointing experience, with food less than mediocre. Service was a mixed bag, with several, seemingly inexperienced waiters trying to do their best.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 16, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience5
    Amazing atmosphere with love music. Truly a wonderful experience.

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 6433 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 45 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, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 594-1925

  • Catering

    We are very excited to launch​ our Delivery and Takeout program after all these years. Times have changed and we are adjusting​ to the current environment and demand. Due to NYC Covid regulations, we have closed our restaurant for indoor dining. Instead, let us serve you at your home this holiday season. We are now offering Delivery within a 1 mile radius for guests who personally call the restaurant​ @212-594-1925 starting on Wednesday, December 16th 2020. Next week, we will add a partnership with Doordash, Caviar, GrubHub and Seamless to offer a wider delivery range.​ ​ Looking forward to hearing from all of you, thank you again​ for considering our services and continuing to be a loyal guest and family to Chez Josephine Restaurant. Happy Holidays to everyone.

  • 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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