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Chez Josephine

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Midtown
French, International
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414 W 42nd St, Frnt A, New York City, NY 10036-6806 (Between 9th and 10th Aves.)
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.
212-594-1925
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5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Description: The last of its kind near 42nd St., Chez Josephine is a neighborhood gem...
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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
This is a good choice in the theatre district

This is a real standby for us when we're in the theater district without reservations. They always seem able to seat us and, without fanfare, produce an excellent dinner with very good service. Some of the personal touch has been lost now that the previous owner has passed away, but the service... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed July 29, 2015
Carolyn B
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Bloomingdale, NJ
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
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Bloomingdale, NJ
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015 NEW

This is a real standby for us when we're in the theater district without reservations. They always seem able to seat us and, without fanfare, produce an excellent dinner with very good service. Some of the personal touch has been lost now that the previous owner has passed away, but the service and food are still on a high level.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

If you want real French food in a typical authentic French restaurant, then this is the place. The food is outstanding, the service very good and the attentions of the owner, who constantly wanders around, second to none. There is live music from the piano every evening.

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Oldham, United Kingdom
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Ended our trip to New York on a high here...cannot beat a live piano with such great food....excellent attentive service and the decor is just fascinating ...amazing!

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Dunn, North Carolina
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 25 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Stopped in here for my birthday without reservations and they seated us in the window right away! The pianist was amazing! So talented and even came around asking if anyone had requests. The setting was very 1930's Paris glitzy glamour with red velvet curtains, tassels, highly polished wood, lots of red and black, and so many risque paintings of Josephine... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Some of the food was excellent (truffle pasta, truffle mashed potatoes). Some was sub-par (undercooked salamon). Apart from the food, the service was extremely unfriendly. The bus boys were friendly, but our waiter was condescending and behaved like we were a thorn in his side, even rolling his eyes at us at one point. Our ticket was $300 for five... More 

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Milwaukee, Wisconsin
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 21, 2015

A friend had taken me to this restaurant when I visited NYC for a weekend. This was unlike anything I have been to before. With a man playing the piano who was right next to our table. This was my first experience with French Food and I am officially hooked. The restaurant was beautiful from the decor to the plates.... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2015

went there years ago, but I still remember the savory goodness of each meal. So sensual and just perfectly soothing to your taste buds. I went there with my cousins and a lady friend for a Sunday Lunch, and I had the Salade Nicoise, Tuna, Peppers, Potato, Eggs, Olives, Haricots Verts and French Onion Soup. After which I had some... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 17, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Lovely restaurant, felt like we were in Paris - nicely prepared food. Great service - felt like belle epoque paris

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 10, 2015

Visited restaurant on strength of reviews. Very disappointed. Pleasant surroundings nice background music from pianist but food very ordinary and overpriced

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 4, 2015

Sitting in the plush red banquette at Chez Josephine it is easy to imagine you will walk out into the night and be in Paris or New Orleans or New York where this restaurant actually is. It is a tribute to the legendary Josephine Baker from its paintings to the man on piano named Joseph who plays it with his... 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>  > Midtown
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, International

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Restaurant Details

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
  • Neighborhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: 212-594-1925

Price and Cuisine

  • Average Prices: USD 41 - 80
  • Cuisine: French, International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Large groups, Romantic

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.
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

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