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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: 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.
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Good for:
Casual Dining
Romance
Large groups

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  • 223
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    Very good
  • 47
    Average
  • 13
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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
Great food, service a bit sliw

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

4 of 5 starsReviewed March 24, 2015
Gloria Jean R
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Bowral, Australia
Good for:
  • Casual Dining
  • Romance
  • Large groups
  • Breakfast/Brunch
  • Lunch
  • Dinner
  • Reservations
  • Late Night
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Bowral, Australia
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204 reviews 204 reviews
158 restaurant reviews
64 helpful votes 64 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!

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Beverly Hills, California
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39 reviews 39 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 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 

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31 reviews 31 reviews
27 restaurant reviews
6 helpful votes 6 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 

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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

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El Cerrito, California
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86 reviews 86 reviews
38 restaurant reviews
48 helpful votes 48 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 

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Camillus, New York
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15 reviews 15 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 11, 2015

Found this restaurant on the around me ap and so glad I did, food was amazing, as was service, from matride asking us if we had a reservation upon entering, sadly, we said no, he then asked jokingly if we had money, and when we said yes he said "welcome!" We were seated and were entertained by paint player, great... More 

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ny,ny
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18 reviews 18 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 10, 2015

Chez Josephine brings you back to an other time. The walls have beautiful wall paper and the atmosphere is warm and inviting. The food was excellent. My husband and I went for the 1st time during restaurant week and will surely be back. It is close to transportation, Javitts center and theaters.

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Arlington, Virginia
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17 reviews 17 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

After having some really good food in NY for a few days, the food here was just ok. The escargot was a bit gritty, the rolls were cold, the seating was tight. But we enjoyed all the old-style posters of Josephine Baker throughout and loved having the piano player on a baby grand close by, who just happened to play... More 

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Linthicum, MD
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158 reviews 158 reviews
88 restaurant reviews
136 helpful votes 136 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 9, 2015

We made reservations for 8:00 on a Saturday evening. When we called to reconfirm the day before, they thanked us profusely for doing so, saying that most people don't. We walked to the restaurant, but were across the street. We actually passed it without noticing the sign, and were a few minutes late because we had to retrace our steps.... More 

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New London, Connecticut
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13 reviews 13 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 28, 2015

Wow...I booked a reservation a few days prior because it's restaurant week in NYC. I had looked up menus & thought Chez Josephine had several items we would really enjoy and the price is only $38 for dinner ($25 for lunch). I had read online that the decor was very intimate and romantic. We couldn't make our original reservation time,... More 

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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: 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

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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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