Chez Josephine

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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.”

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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

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MH
London
2 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A pleasant relaxed atmosphere, a refreshing break from the rush of the city and a step back into a by gone world

LI
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always fabulous food and service!! Entrees are terrific and the desserts are particularly scrumptious!

JS
New England
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

An old standby in the theatre district..this old lady is aging gracefully..It is a like marching back into Paris 1950...the service was wonderful...the waiters courteous and not at all pushing us to order..I personally enjoy my cocktail prior to dining which was no problem here..I order the prix fixed which was delicious and ample. For some it might be a bit drab but I was enjoying the marvelous piano player as he regaled us with a lot of oldies and of course took requests to notice much else.. A lovely evening in New York..

r
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and great service. Would go back again

R
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful evening. Great food, nice wine choices, personal service and good live music in an interesting setting

AH
1 review
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was delicious! The atmosphere was great. Definitely will recommend 😊

S
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food, wonderful service. The ambience is great with the piano player and decor. A nice break from the craziness of the area. Highly recommend!

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Excellent food, great ambiance, and live piano by an outstanding pianist! A thoroughly enjoyable experience!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Beautiful old NYC charm. Unique and romantic atmosphere. The food was excellent and the live piano music made me feel like I stepped back in time. I don’t know why I haven’t been here before?!

g
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had not been to Chez Josephine for many years. We decided to go there because we were going to see Fiddler and the restaurant is 2 doors away. It was a great decision. I took my 2 adult daughters and my 17 year old grand daughter. All of us were thrilled that we could hear each other talk. The food was very good, our server was helpful and lovely. We enjoyed the piano music. All in all it was a very positive experience and we will definately go back and bring friends.

S
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We enjoyed our dinner and the wonderful piano player.

s
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Everything was great- ladies room up a long flight of stairs/no provisions for people with disabilities

TC
Palm Springs
5 reviews
Dined on September 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

From the Baker's Dozen cocktail thru the Escargots to the Lobster Cassoulet with a Le Delice Josephine Chocolate Heaven finish, the meal was wonderful!

c
1 review
Dined on September 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 5

The chef cooks the food to perfection. The chicken is moist and the fish is not soggy or overcooked. They serve warm home made rolls with butter. The kitchen is very clean and so are the bathrooms.

h
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Fish cooked perfectly. Quality food.

RD
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Food was good but Elvira's Fried Chicken was a tad dry. Sunday piano entertainment was very good. Staff was very busy, flying about... had to wait quite a bit before we could order. After orders were in service proceeded at a reasonable pace. Loved the ambiance.

A
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent restaurant, service and food. Restrooms are a little difficult to get to for seniors with bad knees. I would have been happier without the piano playing.

S
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on September 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

We really enjoyed out brunch at Chez Josephine. The service is excellent, food was good and we loved the piano player. Will definitely return when in the area.

J
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great atmosphere, delicious food, and Joe at the piano makes this the perfect setting!!

OT
Jacksonville
5 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a great experience!

SC
New York Area
105 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure dining here. Love the atmosphere, the piano music & the food.

MB
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant. Great time always!!

SR
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Chez Josephine is a unique treasure. The decor is fabulous and the food is excellent. The staff is very friendly and treat you as good friends when you arrive. Once inside, all the hustle and bustle from 42 nd street disappear and you are transported back in time to enjoy a relaxing and delicious dining experience. The location makes it great for pre-theatre dining. I have been going there for many years now and I recommend it.

LM
Toronto
3 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

Lovely ambiance. Great live entertainment Food was average and as such a bit overpriced.

c
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

A wonderful old-school restaurant. Lots of ambiance and interesting food and wines. My chicken was a bit dry, but overall the meal was lovely. The service was warm and accommodating.

SC
New York Area
105 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had an excellent prix-fixe dinner ($42) Herring salad, lamb chops, delicious dessert. Fine service, good jazz pianist.

L
San Francisco
9 reviews
Dined on August 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every way. Had a marvelous birthday dinner.The ambiance is unique. The larger than life photos of Josephine Baker, the teal walls, black baby grand and colorful accessories create an intimate, festive backdrop to a culinary tour de force. From the escargot to the best lamb chops ever. The prix fixes menu was more than a value. It allowed us to taste our way through the menu. The service is flawless. A hidden gem on 42nd.

SS
New York Area
232 reviews
Dined on August 22, 2019
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 2

I ordered the omelette and asked the waiter twice to make sure it was well done as I hate runny egg whites. It came to the table runny and unappetizing. My daughter's salad was equally unappetizing and unappealing.

SB
Manchester
15 reviews
Dined on August 19, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

The prix fixe menu presents a limited choice, which is fair enough at this price point. Unfortunately the smoked herring was uneatably salty, but our waiter immediately offered to replace it with some excellent mushroom soup. The lamb chops were perfectly cooked and the merguez and the couscous complimented them very well. The raspberry soufflée was adequate as a dessert, but it wasn't a soufflée in any normal sense of the word. All in all a very pleasant, if somewhat uneven, evening.

R
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is our first time to Chez Josephine and we are thrilled to have such a special
restaurant to frequent. The food was exquisitely prepared, the portions generous and
most importantly delicious. The wine selection suited our palates, all four of us. We look
forward to returning

p
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance. Beautiful music. Good food. Impeccable service.

M
New England
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food was fabulous the service as well We sat up stairs which was beautiful and cozy

S
Los Angeles
12 reviews
Dined on August 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just Great as always. Loved especially the live piano music. Enjoyed the beautiful delicious prix fix menu. Large portions. Took some home. Thank you Jean Claude and all❣️💗

NM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite affordable French restaurant in NYC and conveniently close to the theater district. The food is good to excellent and I’m always treated like i’m special. I went alone and reserved a bar seat, but as it was early, I was given a table.

KP
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

The food is standard. Not as good as I'd hope it would be. No WOW factor. The service was good but could be a bit overbearing at times. The atmosphere was enchanting and the pianist was splendid. I'd recommend to a friend with the above caveat.

T
New York Area
230 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant week deal. Fernando, Sophia and Carlo took great care of us. Great live music. Smoked Herring and Lamb Chops were terrific

OT
New England
12 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

The lamb chops and duck were prepared beautifully and absolutely delicious. Best pre theater place!

m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

The Piano music added a nice touch to dinner. The food was excellent. Service was very good. Although the waiter was very pleasant and very nice, he did not ask if we wanted coffee with dessert.

AB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

i can always count on the charm, warm ambience and excellent service at Chez Josephine. being there makes me feel like somehow, i've magically wound up in Paris after seeing a show on 42nd St. and my friends and i always look forward to meeting there. merci Chez Josephine :)))

C
San Francisco
3 reviews
Dined on August 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I go to Chez Josephine when I am visiting NYC. The pianist is pleasant, the atmosphere relaxing, the food delicious. There is never a rush and I don't feel like I am in New York, au contraire!

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