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Chez Josephine

414 W 42nd St, Frnt A, New York City, NY 10036-6806 (Hell's Kitchen)
212-594-1925
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Ranked #295 of 11,642 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $41 - $80
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 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
Neighborhood: Hell's Kitchen
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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New York City, New York
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206 reviews 206 reviews
194 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014 NEW

I've always loved this restaurant and I'm so happy it has survived all these years. Jean-Claude takes such good care of his customers. We had a wonderful table, excellent service and beautiful food. Visiting here is always festive and you can feel you are in another time when dining was indeed a lovely experience. The live music is sublime. This... More

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Arundel, United Kingdom
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21 reviews 21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 15, 2014 NEW

So pleased we decided to visit Chez Josephine, nothing absolutely nothing could be faulted on our visit, so much so that we tried to go back for Dinner on the Monday but sadly they were closed. The piano quietly playing the eclectic mix of Patrons, and the service and then of course the food - ah the food! We had... More

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Los Angeles, California
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8 reviews 8 reviews
30 helpful votes 30 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 10, 2014

Chez Josephine is almost a NYC institution near the theater district, yet somehow manages to retain undeniable lovely old Parisian charm, great bistro food and impeccable, attentive service. Our food was delicious (escargot, steak and pommes frites for me, endive salad and grilled salmon for my husband) was perfectly timed, the wine was fairly priced, the piano music delightful and... More

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Boca Raton, Florida
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37 reviews 37 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 7, 2014

Out of towners from Boca Raton, we ventured to the Big Apple for a couple of days. After reading readers recommendations of restaurants in the Times Square area we decided on Chez Josephine for our first night's dinner. We had a 7;00 reservation with no time constraints. We were seated immediately away from the piano player as requested. Dinner could... More

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Lake Bluff IL
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19 reviews 19 reviews
11 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

With almost-naughty murals and reliable french food. Most people go here to eat before or after theater, as it is in the theater district. However, we go at 8:00 so we won't be rushed. Jean Claude, the owner, has greeted and fussed over his guests for years. If you are a first-timer, be assured he will be delighted to welcome... More

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8 reviews 8 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 5, 2014

the decor was very moulin rouge and fun, the service was delightful, and the menu was interesting. we have had better food at like restaurants in the dc area, but perhaps we should have ordered their special-josephine's favorite spaghetti

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Monmouth Beach, New Jersey
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2014

You are greeted warmly and eagerly upon entering the restaurant. The tables are set in such a way that the activity is apparent and exciting. The menu allows for appetizer portions of the pasta dishes which we really enjoyed and the "shrimp risotto" was delicious. We hail in from the Jersey Shore for an occasional matinee and Chez Josephine is... More

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Southbury, Connecticut
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3 reviews 3 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014

From the minute you walk in you are pampered by the staff and surrounded in comfort. The food is delicious and well priced. Try the Bolognaise it is excellent with the seemingly never ending sourdough rolls (delish!). The piano player at the baby grand is the perfect accompaniment. A Theater District Treasure!

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4 reviews 4 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014

This is a NY treasure from the very charming owner Jean Claude Baker (Josephine Baker's son), to the decor and ambiance, the piano music and excellent wait staff, ll charming bartender, very good food and reasonable prices this place has it all. We have now been here several times when going to the theatre (give yourself at least two hours... More

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Saint Louis, Missouri
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6 reviews 6 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014

Food was very good. Tbere was a piano player that was nice..The atmosphere was unique and appealing. Great before the theatre.

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