We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Chez Josephine

Certificate of Excellence
$$$$
Neighborhood:
Midtown
Improve this listing
Map
Satellite
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Your filters are still active.
There are no pins in your viewport. Try moving the map or changing your filters.
Neighborhoods
Neighborhoods
Get directions
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.
212-594-1925
Website
Today
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Open now
See all hours
Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Description: The last of its kind near 42nd St., Chez Josephine is a neighborhood gem...
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.
read more
Good for:
Casual Dining
Romance
Large groups

TripAdvisor Reviewer Highlights

Read all 425 reviews
Visitor rating
  • 226
    Excellent
  • 129
    Very good
  • 47
    Average
  • 14
    Poor
  • 9
    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
Classic French Bistro in New York

This was a classic French Bistro with little tables and a very French atmosphere. On Saturday night they had a piano player that was out of this world. The food was great and the entrainment awesome.

4 of 5 starsReviewed April 18, 2015
floribel1
,
Carlsbad, California
Good for:
  • Romance
  • Large groups
Add Photo Write a Review

425 Reviews from our TripAdvisor Community

Date | Rating
  • Danish first
  • Dutch first
  • English first
  • French first
  • German first
  • Italian first
  • Portuguese first
  • Spanish first
  • Any
English first
Carlsbad, California
Top Contributor
197 reviews 197 reviews
98 restaurant reviews
84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2015

This was a classic French Bistro with little tables and a very French atmosphere. On Saturday night they had a piano player that was out of this world. The food was great and the entrainment awesome.

Was this review helpful? Yes
London, United Kingdom
Senior Reviewer
10 reviews 10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2015

We dined at Chez Josephine our last night in New York and found it a really fun cand refreshing change from everywhere else we ate - no over-sized plates of ubiquitous 'American favourites'. The staff were really friendly and the food great. If we hadn't been flying home the next day we'd have definitely returned. My husband ate a la... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Washington, DC
Top Contributor
61 reviews 61 reviews
26 restaurant reviews
34 helpful votes 34 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 12, 2015 via mobile

We like to dine at Chez Josephine before attending nearby off-Broadway theaters. We've never been disappointed. The pre-theater prix fixe menu is good value, but the kitchen can deliver anything on the menu within a curtain-time deadline. Service is solicitous and capable. Their evening pianist comes on duty early enough to entertain the pre-theater clientele with a delightful repertoire of... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Fayetteville
Senior Contributor
21 reviews 21 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 11, 2015

I was taken here for a birthday celebration before th theatre. Wonderful atmosphere, good food, great Tim had by all.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Top Contributor
164 reviews 164 reviews
105 restaurant reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 6, 2015 via mobile

This was a wonderful experience on all levels. The decor reminds you of old Paris, in line with Josephine Baker, whose restaurant this is. There was love music that made the evening even better. Food was great as was the service. We went after the theatre and it was an excellent decision. Highly recommended.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Bowral, Australia
Top Contributor
216 reviews 216 reviews
169 restaurant reviews
68 helpful votes 68 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 24, 2015

The food is amazing, gorgeous decor & atmosphere but the service is a bit slow. Beautiful menu full of delicious choices!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Beverly Hills, California
Senior Contributor
39 reviews 39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
14 helpful votes 14 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

Late night dinner after the theatre this quaint but old school, old French , over decorated perfect little restaurant bar for some live piano, and a late dinner . The waiter and host were very attentive and the food was really good!! Loved the atmosphere and would go back ! The lamb special was delicious....but really with five of us...each... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Senior Contributor
36 reviews 36 reviews
32 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed March 22, 2015

I live nearby and had never visited the restaurant and finally stopped by. The decor is really cool and consistent with expectations of the era. I was really hoping the food was going to be fantastic but is was just ok. There was a piano player that was playing contemporary covers. With all the great choices in the neighborhood, it... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Top Contributor
68 reviews 68 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 16, 2015

Had dinner on a Friday with a friend who had been many times. Food was good, very stable menu. Sat next to a gentleman who has been a regular for 15 years. The piano player was excellent! A cool history for the place. I think the atmosphere is a bit more interesting than the food. Service was excellent

Was this review helpful? Yes
El Cerrito, California
Top Contributor
86 reviews 86 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
51 helpful votes 51 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 15, 2015

Chez Jospehine pays homage to Josephine Baker and was founded and run for many years by her "adopted son" Jean-Claude Baker. While there was no biological connection between them, she was his mother and his restaurant continues to have two very large wonderful paintings of her. Jean-Claude died earlier this year and while I had been to the restaurant in... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes

Travelers who viewed Chez Josephine also viewed

New York City, NY
New York City, NY
 
New York City, NY
 

Been to Chez Josephine? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing
Improve this listing

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: 212-594-1925

Price and Cuisine

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

Restaurant Characteristics

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

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.
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

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Chez Josephine staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Midtown

Neighborhood Profile
Midtown
This is the iconic New York that so many visitors imagine before they visit - spectacular skyscrapers like the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building, iconic public buildings like Grand Central Terminal and the New York Public Library, and the non-stop hustle and bustle of the city streets. Fifth Avenue is a shopper's paradise where you can find every kind of store imaginable, with fashion brands ranging from the affordable to the ultra-fancy. Visit Rockefeller Center to experience towering Art Deco grandeur, and foodies will love the busy restaurants that stay open late in Koreatown. After dark, Midtown calms down a bit, but at any time of day or night it still feels 100% New York.
Explore this neighborhood