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“Nice Place, cold food”
Review of Chez Josephine

Chez Josephine
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Ranked #689 of 14,592 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: US$22 - US$75
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Groups, Romantic
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, After-hours, Breakfast, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighbourhood: Midtown
Cross street: Between 9th and 10th Aves.
Transit: 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.
Description: 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.
Reviewed 16 August 2014

Nice place, but when you are spending some serious money you would expect your food to be hot.
Servers are polite.

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Thank Mike M
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Reviewed 15 August 2014

I think this restaurant is what New Yorkers imagine all restaurants in Paris must be like - romantic and a little OTT. The music was wonderful (piano and singer), food excellent (best steak we had in NYC) and service fast and charming. The decor is a little gaudy but it's part of the fun.

Thank YachtAccolade
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Reviewed 14 August 2014

I have been coming to Chez Josephine since shortly after it opened in 1986. Host Jean-Claude Baker, one of Josephine Baker's adopted children, has filled this intimate jewel box with glamorous images of his mother, the most famous dancer in the world during her heyday. The atmosphere is an utterly charming connection to days you thought long past - civilized dining in a gorgeous dining room, with beautiful live music.

The food is classic country French - boudin noir for the adventurous, a deliciously thick cut of Berkshire pork chop for the mainstream palate. Tiger ship is risotto with tiny perfect pearls. A rich and creamy lobster bisque. Or a perfect endive, walnut and roquefort salad. Simple, classic, flavorful, and elegantly presented. The dessert menu offers a small list of classics, like profiteroles, along with a sensational apple-rhubarb tarte that we devoured.

Jean-Claude is the consummate host, gracing tables with his witty conversation and dispensing kisses liberally to friends old and new. He has a rotating roster of talented musicians playing at the piano, filling the air with chestnuts from yesteryear. Honestly, it's like being in a film set in one of the glamorous supper clubs in Paris. I never tire of being here.

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Reviewed 10 August 2014

I was looking for something a little ' different ' from the usual near Times Square restaurants, and I certainly found it at Chez Josephine !

The room radiates a warm, red glow with subdued lighting. Our table, near the bar, was comfortable and well positioned to appreciate the surroundings.

Service was very friendly and efficient, and we both agreed that our dinner was as good as anything we had eaten in NYC. My Jumbo Shrimp starter and Calves Liver were both excellent.

The wine list is predominately French, but I chose an excellent dry white from Oregan.

All in all a lovely place for dinner. There is a also a pianist who added to the ambience. I will certainly go back !

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Reviewed 7 August 2014

really nicely welcomed as we entered and with no reservation we were shown to a wonderful corner table in the window ( for people watching). There was a piano which was a nice touch to an interesting restaurant. I had escargot's (not good) , french onion soup ( very good) and a filet mignon( quite good).
Everything from service to the food and all the in between things were very well done.
It's quite a cool little place . It took me back in time , in a good way, where I actually imagined what it might have been like for Josephine Baker, whom the restaurant is named for.
This is definitely worth your time and money and if you have read any of my other restaurant reviews you know I will nail them and save you the money!
Josephines is worth a visit!

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