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414 W 42nd St, Frnt A, New York City, NY 10036-6806 (Hell's Kitchen)
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Ranked #337 of 11,840 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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 19, 2015 NEW

i really love this place, the vibe is great, you feel like you're in the 1920s, the ceiling is especially cool. Best recommendation is to late and miss the theatre crowd which is kind of elderly, so after 9pm best time

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Memphis, Tennessee
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10 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 18, 2015

We ate here last night and enjoyed the meal tremendously. We were seated upstairs and could still hear the live piano music. As with most restaurants in NYC, small, quaint and crowded. We had the lobster salad special and a black tiger shrimp as our entrees. The bread, unlike another review stated, was not stale but in fact excellent. Perhaps... More 

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12 reviews 12 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 15, 2015

Awesome decor on this french resturant close to the Broadway shows! We were there at 5 PM and felt a bit alone but after an hour - 45 min people showed up and there was a live piano playing. Food was okey, not the best, a bit expensive for what you get.

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Bridgeton, New Jersey
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7 reviews 7 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 14, 2015 credit card Amex Card Member Review

Very good service with well prepared food. A decent wine selection for wine by the glass was also available.

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9 reviews 9 reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 12, 2015

French onion soup is to die for! The spaghetti and meat balls is unexpected here and totally delicious. We take any and all family and friends who visit from out of town here. Live music is always nice to have. The owner always stops by our table and says hello to us. Great service and yummy, french food. It's a... More 

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new york
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30 reviews 30 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
41 helpful votes 41 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

We eat here several times a year, it is not grand dining nor even high fine dining BUT it is a cozy spot with wine and decent food. What's more, they have grand early dining. So, come in for French food and be rewarded with just what you ordered simple and well prepared. Just wish the bread was a bit... More 

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Highland, Maryland
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69 restaurant reviews
49 helpful votes 49 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Our concierge sent us here pre-theater and there is a certain New Orleans bordello quality with red lights that we liked. The food was good but $40.00 for a chunk of filet and french fries doesn't qualify as a pre-theater bargain so bear that in mind. Salmon was okay profiteroles okay also. very popular so maybe we were missing something

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

We had brunch before a Sunday Broadway matinee. It was certainly convenient from the PABT. We liked the place. It had a very nice atmosphere with a piano player. Had a truly French fee l and a pleasant staff. I have two comments: A waiter walks around with a huge platter of wonderful looking French rolls. I was prepared for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 6, 2015

Chez Josephine is kind of a throw back with a decor featuring the 1930s singer and entertainer Josephine Baker. A Victorian atmosphere. The food was good as was the service. Enjoyed the live music from a piano player nearby. All together it was a fun evening and met our expectations going in from the reviews we had read.

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West Pittston, Pennsylvania
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9 reviews 9 reviews
19 helpful votes 19 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2015

We ate here on 1/3/2015. We had a 6pm res. and were seated immediately. As other reviews stated, the tables are packed quite closely together....other than that, everything was perfection. Some of the best french onion soup we've ever had. My fiance got the filet mignon and I got the lamb special of the night and it was all cooked... 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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