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Chez Josephine

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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.
12125941925
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12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Fri 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Late Night, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff
Good for: Romantic, Large groups
Description: The last of its kind near 42nd Street, Chez Josephine is a neighborhood gem...
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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  • 279
    Excellent
  • 158
    Very good
  • 55
    Average
  • 17
    Poor
  • 13
    Terrible
Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
An Absolute MUST when in NYC!

Truly a gem in theater district - from the warm welcome by the owner ( we felt like long awaited family!) to the atmosphere that transports you to 1930's Paris - this place is authentic in every way. Joey on the piano adds to the ambiance and the food (trout and coq a vin) is icing on the cake... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed 5 days ago
Whitesoxjoe
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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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Philadelphia
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95 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 68 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

What happened to this place? My fiancé and I have dined here a few times, but our last visit was a disaster. We dine out often, are pretty laid back and don't expect perfection. I had the crabcakes ($34) which were dry and had almost no lump crab meat. My fiancé's pork chop ($29) was overcooked and dry. He would... More 

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Gaithersburg, Maryland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW via mobile

Truly a gem in theater district - from the warm welcome by the owner ( we felt like long awaited family!) to the atmosphere that transports you to 1930's Paris - this place is authentic in every way. Joey on the piano adds to the ambiance and the food (trout and coq a vin) is icing on the cake! Our... More 

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New York City, New York
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118 reviews
72 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 42 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 6 days ago NEW

The atmosphere, food, and service were all great. Can't believe I hadn't been here before! Would definitely recommend to anyone looking for great food in the theater district with reasonable prices!

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Regina, Canada
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago NEW

We don't get to NYC all that often but when we do we always find a reason to go to Chez Josephine and this time it was brunch. The prix fixe menu (19.99) was extremely reasonable (although the momosas added to the bill:-) The lobster bisque was velvety, creamy and full of lobster flavour and the poached eggs in the... More 

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Mountainside, New Jersey
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256 reviews
139 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 117 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

This restaurant is still one of stand-by's in NYC. Delicious food, competent service and convenient location. 4 of us dined here before seeing "Old Hats" (excellent) down the street. Cocktails were $15. A glass of Medoc $12.00. Price fixed dinner of 3 courses $38.00 - a bargain. The trout was excellent. A la carte salmon at $28.00 very good. Calves... More 

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New York City, New York
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21 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Chez Josephine has been around since 1986 so that says a lot!! They have live piano music every night for dinner and on Sundays for brunch. It is open until 1am so it is also a good spot to go after theater for a cocktail or tasty dessert! The people and food are excellent at Chez Josephine!

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Orlando, Florida
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25 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

If you want a smart evening out with wonderful EVERYTHING this is the place to go. We have been here MANY times and never left not feeling wonderful.

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Crossett
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 206 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

What a delightful experience. We wandered into Chez Josephine while waiting for an off-Broadway production! The food was most reasonable and delicious. We asked to be served rather quickly and were accommodated! Great staff! The bisque was very good. spaghetti was extrememly tasty., I would go again. r

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Manassas, VA
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8 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This was a delightful dinner. Fabulous decor with (very talented) live piano. The food is exceptionally good French bistro fare, especially good on a cold winter night. If I lived in NYC I would come every week.

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Ottawa, Canada
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13 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

The hotel staff recommended this restaurant to us and I'm afraid they had a problem the night we went. No food was served. People came and were seated, buns were distributed and...nothing. No explanation from the staff, just more buns. Did the chef meet an untimely end? Who is to know. People were looking at their watches and their theatre... More 

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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: 12125941925

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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.
Open Hours
Sunday
12:00 pm - 10:00 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
12:00 pm - 12:00 am

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