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Chez Josephine

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414 W 42nd St, Frnt A, New York City, NY 10036-6806 (Between 9th and 10th Aves.)
+1 212-594-1925
12:00 - 15:00
16:00 - 00:00
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All hours
Sun 16:00 - 23:00
Sun - Sat 12:00 - 15:00
Mon - Sat 16:00 - 00:00
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Fair Haven, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 44 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We had a pre-theater dinner at Chez Josephine last night. The food was very good. The only miss was the onion tart. The salads, carrot/ginger soup, the tiger prawns, the Dover sole and the Amish chicken were all top drawer. The baked apple and flourless,chocolate cake for dessert were sinful. Nice piano player. The room is crowded, but manageable and... More 

Thank John H
Brooklyn, New York
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18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We went to Chez Josephine after a Saturday matinee. We told our waiter we weren't in a rush and enjoyed a leisurely dinner. We were a little apprehensive when we arrived being led to the upstairs dining room however, there were fewer tables upstairs than in the main dining room and the tables weren't stacked together as in the main... More 

Thank Gregg M
Cincinnati, OH
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 74 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Following a great show on Broadway we wanted a memorable dinner afterwards. Chez Josephine came highly recommended to us as one of the last truly unique New York dining experiences. The inside of the restaurant is beautiful with its bold red and green accents highlighted by candles. A warm and magical feeling. The pasta with mushrooms, truffle oil and sundried... More 

Thank sunseeker41
Copenhagen, Denmark
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27 reviews
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Cosy restaurant with great food. The prices is ok, but it is cheap. Live Music - piano and saxofon. The service was good. I will be back

Thank NilsLDK
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9 reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

this is a little gem food amazing staff very good not expensive at all décor fab will definitely return

Thank mandyann
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago

We have been going to this restaurant for years. Right in the theatre district, it is quaint and lovely named for the amazing Josephine Baker. There is lovely piano music and a french atmosphere. Service is great. Food was not as good as on previous visits, but their french onion soup is perfection. Just the way it should be served.

Thank jcgtune
New York City, New York
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 23 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

ok, the food was not really that amazing. We especially had a problem with the fish that was dry and tasteless... But the response when we let them know was mind blowing!! FIrst they got us 3 glasses of champaing. The waiter apologized deeply (although it was not his fault and we were not really upset) then the Maitre came,... More 

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Loch Arbour, New Jersey
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We had a wonderful dinner in this lovely restaurant...we so enjoyed the French decor and the soothing piano playing throughout the evening. There was a Prefix on Sunday evening but we ordered from the regular menu. The service was excellent!

1 Thank CWilusz
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I had a chance to have a table during my recent trip to New York. The evening was all about magic in the plate and magic in this iconic place. The live jazz music makes the evening delightful. One Dinner is not enough to discover all the menu. You will be amazes by the kindness of the team and the... More 

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Washington, Michigan
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 88 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We just happened on this by our hotel. Really good piano music while we were there. The service was super friendly and super slow. I would avoid the cassoulet - unless you know you like seafood sausage. We learned we do not like it. The lobster bisque was good.

1 Thank dalrutz

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
US$22 - US$75
French, International
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar Scene, Special Occasion Dining, Groups, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 - 15:00
16:00 - 23:00
12:00 - 15:00
16:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 15:00
16:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 15:00
16:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 15:00
16:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 15:00
16:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 15:00
16:00 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 414 W 42nd St, Frnt A, New York City, NY 10036-6806
    (Between 9th and 10th Aves.)
  • Public Transportation: 1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R, S & W trains to Times Square-42nd Street, and A, C & E trains to Port Authority-42nd Street.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighbourhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-594-1925
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.

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