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Chez Josephine

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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
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5:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Breakfast, Late Night, Reservations
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.
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  • 48
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  • 15
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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Wonderful dinner

Went here for dinner after attending a show next door. We were pleasantly surprised at how good the food was here. We had salads and onion soup as appetizers. Our group had shrimp, chicken, salmon and filet mignon for our meals. I, personally, had the filet mignon and it was the best I've ever had... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed May 31, 2015
bpol
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Rexford, NY
Good for:
  • Large groups
  • Romantic
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Rexford, NY
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54 reviews 54 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
18 helpful votes 18 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 31, 2015 NEW

Went here for dinner after attending a show next door. We were pleasantly surprised at how good the food was here. We had salads and onion soup as appetizers. Our group had shrimp, chicken, salmon and filet mignon for our meals. I, personally, had the filet mignon and it was the best I've ever had. Everyone enjoyed their meals immensely.... More 

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Riverdale, New York
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8 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 29, 2015 NEW

The food at this theatre district mainstay has remained consistently good over the decades. I was here for my birthday dinner before the theatre, and Chez Josephine did not disappoint. It's not cheap, but it's not overly expensive either.... Well worth the price...

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2 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2015 NEW

Bad temper waiter who see to many people, average food quality, nice piano ambience and decor, won't come back again...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

My husband and I are always looking for new places to go. We had seen an ad for Chez Josephine in a magazine. It just so happened that we were going to see an Off-Broadway play right next door. We made reservations for after the show. When you walk in you are transported to an old time speak easy. The... More 

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Waco, Texas
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25 reviews 25 reviews
17 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015

The french onion soup and escargot was hands down amazing. I loved the chandeliers in this restaurant and live music from the pianist. You could go here for a romantic dinner. We had a girls trips and enjoyed it immensely.

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Miami Beach, Florida
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41 reviews 41 reviews
25 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 20, 2015

We met friends here for dinner before heading to a Broadway play. Located near Times Square, this eatery provides a toney place to enjoy a meal. The staff were very attendant, and while we were squashed in a bit at our table, the food was good, the noise level acceptable - you could hold a conversation with ease - and... More 

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Durham, United Kingdom
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2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 17, 2015 via mobile

Very different from the rest in the city. A little pretentious in its ambience but nice idea with the pianist. More staff than customers the night we were there which for a Saturday night was a surprise. We all chose the special starter of tomatoes with feta and balsamic which were not on the menu so price unknown. We're shocked... More 

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Old Hickory, Tennessee
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92 restaurant reviews
60 helpful votes 60 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 16, 2015

For our Friday night date we went to Chez Josephine, named for the legendary Josephine Baker. We sat in a quiet upstairs dining room beautifully decorate in Art Deco style. Excellent service and a delicious meal. Maryland crab cake appetizer, French onion soup (best since France) and artisanal pasta with wild mushrooms and black truffle. Lemon tarte brule for dessert.... More 

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Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates
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247 reviews 247 reviews
187 restaurant reviews
208 helpful votes 208 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 13, 2015

I love this place!! I don't know why it is usually empty. They have someone play on the piano while you sit and enjoy one of the better steaks in NYC. Wine selection is ok, service is great and the food is excellent... I also really love and appreciate the decor of this place... pass by and try it yourself!

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Charleston, SC
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46 reviews 46 reviews
23 restaurant reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 2, 2015

One of the few really good restaurants in the theatre district. Live piano music, top notch food, excellent friendly service, lots of friendly tourists.

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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: Large groups, Romantic

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

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  • Do you have gluten-free options?
  • Is there a dress code?
  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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