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414 W 42nd St, Frnt A, New York City, NY 10036-6806 (Hell's Kitchen)
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Ranked #307 of 11,673 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $41 - $80
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Cuisines: French, Continental
Hell's Kitchen
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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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Pittsfield, Massachusetts
5 reviews 5 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 24, 2014 NEW

I came here with a party of 12 on a Friday in November.. The food... I got the Filet Mignon, it came with French Fries. I wish it came with a vegetable or salad but it was wonderful, absolutely amazing. The dessert... I ordered the Frozen Mocha Frappaccino, the best thing I ever had!! Our server...which I wish I remembered... More

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New York City, New York
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32 reviews 32 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 15, 2014 via mobile

Everything about this place is wonderful: Jean-Claude is an impeccable host, the decor appropriately bright and rhythmic, the music delightful (and not overwhelming in volume), and the food truly delicious. I've had the best filet mignon in my memory here, in addition to the duck and the lobster which are also perfectly cooked. This is great for a special occasion,... More

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New Orleans, Louisiana
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36 reviews 36 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

We have eaten here for years, must recently a few days ago. Always good, always lively and fun. Walking into Chez Josephine is like walking into a Parisian jewel box. Jean-Claude, the owner, is always so welcoming, the service is very good and the food terrific. If you go late, a reservation is almost essential. This little restaurant has it... More

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15 reviews 15 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

We had lots of fun dining at Chez Josephine. The food was delicious and the live piano music was great. The decor is over the top, I felt as though we were in Paris in another era. Be sure to go around and look at all the memorabilia of Josephine Baker on the walls. Wonderful stuff!

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60 reviews 60 reviews
22 restaurant reviews
20 helpful votes 20 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

Jean-Claude's welcome is always warm, the décor is fun and lively, and the food is very good. Step through the doors and your transported to Paris with good service and predictable food. It's always a pleasure as we were reminded last evening to order some of the standbys and revel in the comfort of perfectly done chicken, a spicy pate... More

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New York City, New York
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47 reviews 47 reviews
31 restaurant reviews
436 helpful votes 436 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 30, 2014

It's not easy to offer the right type of decadence, but this place nails it. Incredible to think that this place is just off the horrible Times Square. The rather mythical Jean-Claude Baker, owner of the place (who sometimes will be wearing a silk robe, just because) helps you to your table with a beautifully affected yet real French accent;... More

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Chicago, IL
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103 reviews 103 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014

this restaurant is on 42nd St and a good choice for a pre-theater dinner. There is a price fixed menu which offers a nice selection as well as an a la carte menu. The restaurant looks very old fashioned - one can imagine being in a Paris restaurant in the 1920's and on. The food is typical French with an... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 26, 2014 via mobile

We stumbled upon this place whilst heading back from the pier. Inside the decor is opulent and the restaurant is cosy and bustling. Downstairs a pianist played the whole time. We arrived at 630pm. The restaurant was heaving with the pre-theatre crowd but they found us a table. I had the Maryland crab cake. Crunchy, full of crab, with a... More

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new jersey
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27 reviews 27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 24, 2014

From the minute that the owner, Josephine Baker's grandson (I think) welcomed us with a two sided kiss, to seeing the welcoming décor, I loved Chez Josephine. She was a chanteuse in France, and the restaurant was a tribute to her. They gave us complimentary cheese puffs which were made with gruyere and parmesan and were piping hot and delicious.... More

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Poughkeepsie, New York
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7 reviews 7 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 23, 2014

It's been a couple of months since my last visit to Chez Josephine, actually mid-August during Restaurant Week in NYC. This restaurant never disappoints and is on my "top 10" list in NYC. You would think that during Restaurant Week when the masses come to enjoy a prefix 3 course meal at a very reasonable price that the restaurant might... 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 - 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 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Average Prices: USD 41 - 80
Cuisine: French, Continental

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