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Chez Josephine

4.5
4589 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Live Music
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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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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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Tue 8:00PM - 10:30PM
Wed 8:30PM - 10:30PM
Thu 8:00PM - 10:30PM
Fri - Sat 9:00PM - 10:30PM

What 4589 People Are Saying
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4.3
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4.4
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4.6
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4.2
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3.0Dined 2 days ago

Please don't have a drummer, the space is too small for that. So loud.

Service was great. Food was uneventful. Braised lamb shank wasn't tender and the couscous was just plain. Add some herbs or confetti of vegetables like zucchini, carrots etc.

Also, I'm being picky but please get a classier garbage can upstairs in men's room. A white Rubbermaid garbage can is tacky. Stainless steel is better and cleaner.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Transcends time — wonderful live romantic piano music. Warm slightly funky decor — One of our very favorite restaurants in New York City. It easily passes the test of time.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Amazing experience!!!

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4.0Dined 3 days ago

the soup was excellent, the fish not so great, dessert OK, but I would come back--love the atmosphere--pre-fixe good value

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

A theatre district classic that is consistently excellent for food & dining experience.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Parties were late because of traffic and staff were very accomodating

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

The farm omelette was the best ever with very fresh vegetables & gruyere; extra salad substituted for potatoes gracefully offered. Coffee excellent. Service not attentive at all. Otherwise I love eating at the Chez. If you have theatre tickets arrive at the Chez extra early or be willing to go to the bar if you want to drink more water.

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2.0Dined 6 days ago

The piano was so loud we could not have a conversation.It was my birthdaydiner so i was looking forward to a long and nice evening but we left without having dessert.

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

The restaurant is beautiful, and the french Rosé was super delicious. However, I hate to say that the best thing about Chez Josephine was the piano player. The food was just ok. It wasn't special. The lobster bisque was passable. The salmon was well cooked but a bit bland and the sauce was not much to speak of. The greens that came with it were slightly underdone for my taste. I did like the Crème Brulée but it was a little burnt, and it would benefit from some fruit. Overall I felt like this was not a restaurant that I would feel compelled to return to.

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Having known the history behind this restaurant as well as having met the former owner, Chez Josephine has been on my bucket list of places to eat for quite awhile. I went for lunch so the restaurant was not crowded at all. Andy was my waiter and he was attentive, but not intrusive. I liked my meal of chicken with roasted potatoes and spinach but was not overwhelmed. The chicken was a bit dry and somewhat bland (needed salt), but the sauce that it was cooked in really added flavor to the meal. I had a superb glass of merlot and the creme brûlée was delicious. There are at least two more items on the menu that I'd like to try so I will return. The French inspired Josephine Baker decor is very cool!!

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Lovely and perfect place for lunch. I requested a quiet and comfortable table and they accommodated us. Excellent food and service. Many thanks to the management for honoring our request . I live nearby and look forward to returning. Wonderful experience !

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5.0Dined on May 16, 2018

Drove into the city for a week vacation, and was pleasantly surprised to find this gem within walking distance of our hotel. We were warmly greeted upon entering and quickly seated. The menu was lovely, atmosphere charming and throughly enjoyed our meal and cocktails. Will be back and highly recommend to everyone.

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

Excellent restaurant and the music was fantastic!!!!

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5.0Dined on May 14, 2018

We came for an early dinner, post-theater matinee. Winning service--attentive, friendly, efficient, smiles all around. Shared the crab cake appetizer, which was excellent, with out-of-the-ordinary seasonings and light on the breadcrumbs. Also shared the entrees--the sea scallop special, served on a bed of braised leeks, and Josephine's favorite pasta Bolognese--both of which were nicely done--flavorful but not weighted down by heavy sauces. Finished the meal with the "chocolate heaven" dessert, which lived up to its name. The perfect background to this romantic evening was the live music, with the Piaf-style chanteuse. Felt like being in Paris. Been here several times, and it never disappoints.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

The piano background music makes this a special place

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4.0Dined on May 13, 2018

You go here for the atmosphere, not necessarily for the food. Excellent service, lovely piano music and a very interesting decor.

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5.0Dined on May 13, 2018

First time here and I would definitely return! Food and atmosphere were great! Service was good too but the server could have been a bit more attentive. No big deal for me but for some it might have been bothersome! Great way to celebrate a birthday! Piano and singer were great and friendly! Prices were also reasonable! Thumbs up for me!

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Very enjoyable evening at Chez Josaphine. Very tasty food and great wines. The music entertainment was excellent. They had a very good piano player also who tickled the ivories and played all of the favorite American standards.

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3.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Food very average and service was horrible.
Tale note that a Chicon au bleue à la Belge is really not like that.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Staff was professional and kind. Very very attentive! The food was very good.

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2.0Dined on May 12, 2018

Music was too loud for the size of place it was. I could not hear the conversation at my table. The tables are too close together, trying to fit too many tables in a small space.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

We always have a great meal here. The food is amazing and the servers are very friendly and knowledgeable.

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5.0Dined on May 12, 2018

I love Chez Josephine! The food is always delicious and the service is terrific!
I can’t wait to go back again!

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3.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Food is just ok - over-priced for the quality. Location location location if going to Playwrights Horizon or Signature or Theater Row. Design is fun - Josephine Baker theme is well done. If you make a reservation - ask to be seated away from the piano - classic interwoven melodies but too loud

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

Great service, great food, great decor.

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5.0Dined on May 11, 2018

We booked this restaurant in the theatre district before seeing a play on broadway! It was a great location. The food was delicious and the live piano player was fantastic! I highly recommend this place!

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4.0Dined on May 10, 2018

We ordered two lobster casserole casserole and the sauce flavor seems not enough. The crab cake portion is small too. Restaurant ambiance is good and the live music played by the pianist was nice. It is still a good restaurant you should try.

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1.0Dined on May 10, 2018

Terrible decline in what was a wonderful restaurant- dry tasteless chicken. Sides served cold, bread stale ! So sad to experience this decline

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Chez Josephine is a great pre-theater restaurant where the food, service, and ambience can sometimes be better than the play that follows dinner.

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5.0Dined on May 9, 2018

The food was excellent. Very good presentation. The wait staff was helpful in choosing menu items. Water glass was always full. My wife and could hear each other talk. The cocktails were some of the best.

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3.0Dined on May 9, 2018

Everything was pretty good, nothing really stood out as great.

My pork chop was severely overcooked and dry, for a thick double cut bone in piece of meat at the price I paid, this should not happen.

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5.0Dined on May 7, 2018

Another great evening at Chez Josephine! We happened to be there when Chez Josephine was celebrating 30 years of Jacques LeTalon performing there. The food was really good - but the music and the atmosphere were amazing. Just another friendly, delicious evening at Chez Jo. :)

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Excellent service and magnificent meal.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

I have been to Chez Josephine many times and have always enjoyed the food and the ambience.
Excellent place to dine.

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5.0Dined on May 6, 2018

Kind of a progressive dinner, we went to Chez Josephine for drinks and dessert.

Drinks were great, the desserts were fantastic! We had Chocolate Dream and the Lemon Tart. Raspberry sorbet came with the Tart and both were very, very good. Chocolate Dream was rich with dark chocolate.

Service was excellent. Ready at hand but not obtrusive! Highly recommended!

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4.0Dined on May 6, 2018

This was our first time there and although the food was very average the ambience, the piano players, the entertainment were fabulous. We will definitely go back and try it again. We had a fillet and lamb both had very little seasoning on it we had to ask for salt. Both were cooked perfectly though. The escargot had spinach which did not seem to go very well with them, very little garlic and were slightly overcooked. The onion soup had burned cheese would you permeated through the soup. If you could get around the barn taste it was very good. Our waiter was fabulous and extremely attentive. We will go back to try it again and hope for better food but loved the restaurant.

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2.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Very poor experience, will not be going back. Service very slow and not attentive. Food just ok, although chicken was over cooked and “cornbread” was more like stale pound cake.

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Excellent service. The escargot was great. We were late but the maitre’d was so gracious.

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4.0Dined on May 5, 2018

We enjoyed many aspects of our dining experience-the decor, history of the restaurant and food. We were lucky to have the table next to the piano!

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5.0Dined on May 5, 2018

Wonderful restaurant for pre theater. Great lunch/ brunch special. Terrific omelette and
appetizer and desert. Have been and will continually go to Josephine’s for lunch and dinner when in the area.

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