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Chez Josephine

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French, International
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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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12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
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Hours:
Sun 12:00 pm - 9:30 pm
Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Dining options: Lunch, Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, 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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Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    Service
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    Atmosphere
    4.5 of 5 stars
Wall to wall Josephine

Had an excellent spaghetti bolognese. It wasn't as good as what I had in Paris, but that is really the only thing I have to compare it to. The creme brûlée was very tasty, but you can tell it's pre-made and flame caramelized on-demand. The main reasons I would go back are because the staff was... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 24, 2015
Kisha B
Good for:
  • Romantic
  • Large groups
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 24, 2015 NEW

Had an excellent spaghetti bolognese. It wasn't as good as what I had in Paris, but that is really the only thing I have to compare it to. The creme brûlée was very tasty, but you can tell it's pre-made and flame caramelized on-demand. The main reasons I would go back are because the staff was outstanding and the wine... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2015

I was with a party of 13 people and we needed to divide the bill. We were told that can't be done, but they can charge separate cards. Fine. After an overpriced meal of so-so food, we wrote down our individual items, added up the cost, added the tax and tip, and then they decided to change one of the... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

I don't agree with other reviews that the food is exquisite, etc etc. However, we had a memorable night thanks to the owner, Manuel. We went to Chez Josephine after the theater and arrived quite late - almost 11PM. The restaurant was almost empty, dark and mysterious. The decor is quirky to say the least - looks like a Polynesian... More 

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1 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2015

There is nothing French about this Restaurant, except for the names of the dishes. We went to Josephine's because it was near the Theatre and the Menu looked good. My spouse ordered lobster bisque for an entrée and crab cakes for main; she described the lobster bisque as tomato soup with a touch of liquid smoke; there seemed to be... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 6, 2015

Chez Josephine is a smart and convenient choice for pre-theater dining. The menu is extensive, with many French classics (escargots, lobster cassoulet) as well as crowd pleasers (like pork chops, crab cakes and fried chicken). But it's also a great choice for late night dining as the food is consistently good and the late night atmosphere is sophisticated. But on... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 4, 2015

We were immediately impressed by the charming decor. The wait staff was courteous and offered excellent service, ensuring we would arrive to the theater on time. We arrived during restaurant week and ordered from the prix fixe menu. This enabled us to sample several of their dishes. Everything was good. We especially enjoyed the escargot which we ordered as an... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2015

This is a real standby for us when we're in the theater district without reservations. They always seem able to seat us and, without fanfare, produce an excellent dinner with very good service. Some of the personal touch has been lost now that the previous owner has passed away, but the service and food are still on a high level.... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2015

If you want real French food in a typical authentic French restaurant, then this is the place. The food is outstanding, the service very good and the attentions of the owner, who constantly wanders around, second to none. There is live music from the piano every evening.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 18, 2015

Ended our trip to New York on a high here...cannot beat a live piano with such great food....excellent attentive service and the decor is just fascinating ...amazing!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2015

Stopped in here for my birthday without reservations and they seated us in the window right away! The pianist was amazing! So talented and even came around asking if anyone had requests. The setting was very 1930's Paris glitzy glamour with red velvet curtains, tassels, highly polished wood, lots of red and black, and so many risque paintings of Josephine... 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, International

Restaurant Characteristics

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Good for: Romantic, 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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