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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 #401 of 11,578 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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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York, Pennsylvania
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8 reviews 8 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

Long weekend to NYC gave me a long wanted treat. I've wanted some French Onion soup for sometime, but am so picky, I haven't chanced it. Found CJ in the Theater District and figured if they can't 'do it right', no one can. Most places don't use all three broths (beef, chicken, veal) and don't properly caramelize the onions etc... More

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Dinas Powys, United Kingdom
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8 reviews 8 reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Walked past this restaurant on my early morning travels, and was impressed buy menu. Whilst have cocktail in Park ave tavern went on line to reserve table. Arrived 15 mins early, and shown to a 2 place table adjacent to piano player, who was playing rhapsody in blue. The decor and atmosphere just nice, the meal suberb, escargot succulent, the... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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15 reviews 15 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

This is a quirky place sort of retro French however the food is exceptional if not cheap....but it is close to Broadway. Service is good and friendly and very cosmopolitan. Facilities a bit French style! The lobster bisque was one of the finest I have encountered. Highly recommended in what is not a good area apart for fast food.

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Unbelievable, in the rude way we were treated this weekend on Saturday. We arrived to Chez Josephine greeted by the "Owner". My friend made a reservation 2 weeks ago yet no reservation was found. The owner informed us no reservation, sold out, cannot help - now leave. We were shocked at the rude tone of the owner who totally did... More

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New York
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

Upon our arrival for a 5:30 reservation, made by phone weeks in advance, Mr. Baker told us he "didn't have it," and could do nothing for us. We were stunned. He quickly turned his attention to the next party, to whom he said the same thing! After barking that he was the owner, and therefore, presumably, all-knowing, he essentially dismissed... More

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New York City, New York
Top Contributor
206 reviews 206 reviews
194 restaurant reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 21, 2014

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

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
12 helpful votes 12 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
7 helpful votes 7 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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