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414 W 42nd St, Frnt A, New York City, NY 10036-6806 (Hell's Kitchen)
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Ranked #335 of 11,751 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $41 - $80
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Cuisines: French, Continental
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Good for: Romance, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
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 St., Chez Josephine is a neighborhood gem. A tribute to legendary Josephine Baker, this Parisian bistro with live music and tantalizing menu exudes theatrical panache. One of New York's most romantic restaurants, a bit of Montmartre on 42nd St., the landmark jewel sparkles with an intimate setting of red velvet walls, a cavalcade of chandeliers and a blue-tin ceiling. The eclectic menu reinvents the traditional cuisine of the French bistro in an explosion of tantalizing flavor. Jean-Claude and Jarry Baker are your warm and welcoming hosts who treat you as family whether you come before the 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 feelthe magic of Chez Josephine.
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Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW credit card Amex Card Member Review

Chez Josephine is an excellent small restaurant on Theater Row. in New York City. Although iti is a couple of block from the heart of the theater district, it is well worth the small amount of time to find it. Both the food and the service are outstanding, and the decor (which is a homage to legendary American diva Josephine... More 

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Tel Aviv, Israel
4 reviews 4 reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

Thought this should be ok for pre theater, given its location, unfortunately, the decor, food and subtle pompousness brings it down. About 10 years too late for a facelift, the food was mediocre at best. Live piano too loud for the small room. When I arrived the Maitre'd asked to take.my coat, no ticket, no explanation. Since I and my... More 

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Oakville, Ontario, Canada
4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 10, 2014

We read such good reviews and really looked forward for our dinner last night after the theatre. The restaurant is charming, food is good, however the service is very poor. Our waiter was arrogant. We ordered a bottle of wine and needed to ask someone if we could have more. Our waiter eventually came and practically filled our glasses to... More 

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New York
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135 reviews 135 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 9, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Chez Josephine truly has its pre-theater act together. The staff verifies if you have tickets and when you need to leave. The kitchen is geared to provide good food and quick turnaround. They succeed.

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128 reviews 128 reviews
90 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2014 via mobile

7 for dinner and from the moment we arrived we were treated as royalty by Jean Claude and staff. Our meals were fabulous particularly the crab cakes and lamb. Our party enjoyed the filet, halibut, pork chop and shrimp. We will return

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Newtown Square, Pennsylvania, United States
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61 reviews 61 reviews
47 restaurant reviews
26 helpful votes 26 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 5, 2014

We had a table of 6 and were lcated in the window area - fantastic location if it is available. Wonderful restaurant. Although it is a french restaurant/bistro, there is something for everyone on the menu. The service, food and setting were all great. My main concern was whether we would be rushed (or feel rushed) by the service because... More 

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Ottawa, Canada
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10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We visit NY 1-2 times a year and have struggled finding a good and memorable pre-theater restaurant. Chez Josephine was a wonderful find! The moment we walked into the restaurant we knew were were in for a treat: lively vibe, a decor we could only describe as 30's Parisian, and live piano music. I had the grilled lamb (with truffle... More 

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new jersey
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8 reviews 8 reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

Had a romantic dinner with my husband. Food and wine excellent. We had the rack of lamb. Loved it. The piano player was so good. The décor makes you feel like you are in France.The Host was so nice, he made you feel like you were coming into his home. We will definitely be back.

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New York
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136 reviews 136 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
58 helpful votes 58 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

We've been here quite a few times, and they're consistently good: food and atmosphere best, service ok (depending on how busy they are, I suppose). We had a combination of their restaurant week menu plus some of our all-time favorites including escargots, onion soup, steak tartar; for entrees: fried chicken (one of the best in the city), pork chop and... More 

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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014

I came here with a party of 12 on a Friday in November.. The food... I got the Filet Mignon, it came with French Fries. I wish it came with a vegetable or salad but it was wonderful, absolutely amazing. The dessert... I ordered the Frozen Mocha Frappaccino, the best thing I ever had!! Our server...which I wish I remembered... More 

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Additional Information about Chez Josephine

Address: 414 W 42nd St, Frnt A, New York City, NY 10036-6806
Phone Number: 212-594-1925
Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Hell's Kitchen
Open Hours:
Sunday 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tuesday 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Wednesday 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Thursday 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Friday 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Saturday 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Average Prices: USD 41 - 80
Cuisine: French, Continental

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