Chez Josephine

4.4
4777 reviews
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$31 to $50
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French
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  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
  • Live Music
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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Additional
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 4777 People Are Saying
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4.3
service
4.6
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Great service and food, would definitely come back. Regular prices are moderately high, but restaurant week price is worth it.

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

We went to hear Eric Yves Garcia, our favorite pianist/singer and he was ( as always) wonderful! What surprised us was how delicious the food was! Wonderful flavors, good service and fabulous music! Perfection!

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5.0Dined 2 days ago

Food was delicious 😋. Service staff very attentive. Ambience and live piano 🎹 was soothing. So sad to learn that original owner passed away about 3 years ago, but the staff seems very inspired to keep the tradition alive!

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Always great food - good price and a relaxing comfortable restaurant

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

The service was prompt, pleasant and professional. Every dish we ordered was delicious. We highly recommend this romantic and cozy French restaurant. We will definitely return for it’s beautiful ambience, great service and more delicious food.

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Our experience was superb. The staff was attentive and service was awesome. Food was delicious. Our table had the duck, pork chop, chicken, and trout almondine for main course. It was all delicious. Will definitely return.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Boyfriend and I went for our anniversary and it was definitely a great decision! The waiter was so nice and attentive and even had our dessert plate decorated with candles and “Happy Anniversary.” The piano player was a great touch and the food was delicious. Will definitely be back!

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

We had brunch before an afternoon matinee. The food was very good and the service was lovely.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

It was a wonderful experience: a very interesting decoration, a delicious duck, an excelent piano and flute musicians and a surprise, the presence of Judi Marie Canterino.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Service was very good. In my opinion food was good nothing that made it memorable. They don’t have good bread and they are french restaurant! On the bright side they have wonderful live music and the waiters were super accommodating.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Chez Josephine is a unique experience. Manuel Uzhca continues the tradition of Jean-Claude Baker by providing excellent food accompanied by wonderful music in an eclectic venue which celebrates the life and times of Josephine Baker. Great for pre or post theater or for a romantic date night this is a special New York experience. The list of celebrities who have dined here includes Jackie O, Harold Prince, Diana Ross, Billy Joel, Harry Connick Jr., Liam Neeson and Gloria Vanderbilt.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

This is a high energy sort of place. There is a pianist and he plays loudly and upbeat show tunes. We were seated close to the piano and conversation was challenging. However, if you are visiting the city, want something with lots of atmosphere this is a good choice. The decor is colorful- lots of artwork of the late Ms. Baker. The food is very good. we had a new waitress and she was very sweet but did not have a knowledge of the menu or bar list. thankfully, the rest of the staff was attentive and saw to empty glasses and such.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

Great food, good service and convenient to theaters. Dinner was a little late to come out before a show but this is not typically the norm.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

As always, the service was excellent, and the food was excellent as well. Our party of four included entrees of Swordfish, which both said was excellent; a Fried Chicken entree which was tastier than expected and appetizers that were quite filling and tasty.

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3.0Dined 5 days ago

Ambiance that remind french restaurants. Waiter could be more kind it looked like he was doing a favor. Calf’s liver and duck breast both very good and seasoned

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

Spoiled by v poor waiter service. Bar staff was great. Food average

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4.0Dined 6 days ago

Ambiance and service were lovely. Leg of lamb on Restaurant Week menu was terrible.

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Loved the entire experience! My friend loved it too.

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3.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Always a favorite. The service is attentive and the food good, all served at a pace I know I’ll make my show.

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5.0Dined on August 9, 2018

Overall experience was great but maybe bigger portions for the prices.

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4.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Piano man was awsome. Atmosphere and decor authentic. Owner present and attentive to your every needs. My choice ( lamb ) was excellent. Sea bass small could be more generous and sauce was a little too acid. Overall happy we went.

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3.0Dined on August 8, 2018

So I have to say that I felt horribly discriminated against by the mature d. I am a person of color who was dressed in jeans and was ignored by him ( he promptly attended to 2 women who walked in after me AND were behind me...). Fortunately, the rest of the staff we encountered, and the food, was beyond amazing (I must give credit where it is due)!

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4.0Dined on August 8, 2018

First time at Chez Josephine. Ambience was very elegant and the service was terrific. The food was very good and the cost was reasonable for a New York restaurant. They have a piano player providing dinner music to add to the ambience. Located near the theatre district and so it was convenient after the theatre.
I’d certainly recommend it to anyone looking for a good meal at a good price.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

We loved this place. Very je ne sais quoi. Snazzy, classy, delicious, great vibe.

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5.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Chez Josephine is an adorable eatery in the theater district. Good food, cozy atmosphere, and attentive service make this a great destination. The live piano player provides nice background music.

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3.0Dined on August 8, 2018

Ambiance: Ambiance was good. Nice piano music at the back after 9m. Small place, period decoration, felt cozy and intimate. Good for a date.

Service: FAIR. Our service was initially good. However, our waiter, although nice, brought us a Chardonnay stating that it was the one that we had ordered. Unfamiliar with the menu, we believed him. He never explained that the one on the menu was unavailable and that we had to get other one.
Thankfully, It was a good wine and they charged the same price.

He left mid service (his shift ended ) and said that another waiter would tend to us. The next waiter, some whose name starts with a G (Gio or something similar) behaved like a rookie. When the head waiter came to ask if everything was ok, we asked him who our waiter was. He pointed to the new guy, who came and had to even his name. We had to ask our plates to be removed every time (from appetizers to dessert). We also had to clear the crumbs from our table, even when other waiter did this for the table next to us. For such a small restaurant and few people after a rainy evening, not acceptable.


Food: GOOD. Spectacular liver pate. Good lobster bisque. Trout good, Sea Bass very good, not over cooked, soft and skin properly seasoned.

Value: Spent around $190 foe 2 persons. Compared to Balthazar, not worth it.

Conveniently located around the corner from YOTEL and steps from POD Hotel.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

We enjoyed eating at Chez Josephine. The lobster bisque was excellent; one could really taste lobster. We had the lamb and trout almondine and both were very tasty and presented well. There was a man playing the piano which was very entertaining. We liked the atmosphere of Chez Josephine. The wait staff was superb. I recommend this place before or after a show.

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

It was a first time visit for 2 of the 3 of us and Chez Josephine did not disappoint!
We had great seats, within an arms length of the piano. The musician in the group enjoyed it very much.
The music, the food and the service were all great. The serving size was larger than I had remembered in the past - the salmon was almost twice the size you would normally see at many restaurants in the city.
Chez Josephine's was a great way to start the evening before catching a show.
We'll be back!

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5.0Dined on August 7, 2018

We come here all the time. great food, great service and a real NYC/Paris feel.

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5.0Dined on August 6, 2018

Excelente atención y comida.
Hicieron de mi cumpleaños un momento para recordar!
Totalmente recomendado

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

It was lour first dining at Chez Josephine and it was wonderful. Service and food were outstanding!

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

The Sunday Brunch was excellent. The food was wonderful. The piano music added to the ambiance, and the service was friendly, helpful and polite.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

Wonderful pretheater brunch! Ordered from price fixe menu which was lovely. Pianist was terrific. Loved the cozy, local, neighborhood vibe. Definitely recommend. Everyone who served us made us feel welcome and appreciated.

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5.0Dined on August 5, 2018

I went here with my teenage son and we both thought it was outstanding. Great food, service and ambiance for a Sunday brunch. And they even made him a hot chocolate (although not on the menu) - and he’s in college :). Would happily recommend Chez Josephine to any type of diner.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

One of the few “excellent” affordable French restaurants in NY. In addition live piano music and singer an weekends A beautiful unpretentious decor. I had the Escargot and duck (off the bone) and my friend had the cheese plate and pork chop.
Can’t wait to go back!

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2.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Service was extremely slow. Management seemed oblivious to the poor flow of the restaurant in serving their customers. Seating was prompt but after that nothing else was timely. Delays followed delays, including getting the check.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Will always be My favorite little neighborhood ‘gem’. Jean Claude Baker would be very proud to know his restaurant lives on as wonderful as ever! Bon apetit!

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1.0Dined on August 4, 2018

I was beyond disappointed with this experience. We went to the restaurant for my moms 60th, which I told them, and it was just awful service, just average food. Apparently their computers were down so we were waiting for hours to get menus, to get the food - just a train wreck. When the food came, the salmon and shrimp were over cooked. We asked for gravy for the mashed potatoes and waited thirty minutes. We were going to get dessert so my mom could have a birthday treat and it took 20 minutes to get the menu, and when it was clear our server was never coming back, we decided to forgo dessert. The saving grace of this restaurant was the piano player and the bus boy who was super polite and consistently refilled our water glasses. Won’t be back again.

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3.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Good place for a pre-broadway show.

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5.0Dined on August 4, 2018

Amazing meal! Chef Claude actually came to our table to see if everything was to our liking. Entire staff was attentive to our needs including helping my mother who is in a wheelchair.

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