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Chez Josephine

414 W 42nd St, Frnt A, New York City, NY 10036-6806 (Hell's Kitchen)
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Ranked #364 of 11,649 restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Price range: $41 - $80
Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Sat 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Cuisines: French, Continental
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Good for: Romance, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Reservations, Late Night
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Hell's Kitchen
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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Towson, Maryland
3 reviews 3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

I run a restaurant in Baltimore Maryland, and I love French music, culture, and cuisine. One of my customers told me I have to check out Chez Josephine's if I ever go to NY. I went last month with my daughter, and I felt like I was traveling back in time. The service was impeccable, and the red velvet and... More

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5 reviews 5 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
2 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014 NEW

Nice place, but when you are spending some serious money you would expect your food to be hot. Servers are polite.

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London, United Kingdom
4 reviews 4 reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 15, 2014

I think this restaurant is what New Yorkers imagine all restaurants in Paris must be like - romantic and a little OTT. The music was wonderful (piano and singer), food excellent (best steak we had in NYC) and service fast and charming. The decor is a little gaudy but it's part of the fun.

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New York, NY
Top Contributor
74 reviews 74 reviews
41 restaurant reviews
45 helpful votes 45 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2014

I have been coming to Chez Josephine since shortly after it opened in 1986. Host Jean-Claude Baker, one of Josephine Baker's adopted children, has filled this intimate jewel box with glamorous images of his mother, the most famous dancer in the world during her heyday. The atmosphere is an utterly charming connection to days you thought long past - civilized... More

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Top Contributor
51 reviews 51 reviews
33 restaurant reviews
28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 10, 2014

I was looking for something a little ' different ' from the usual near Times Square restaurants, and I certainly found it at Chez Josephine ! The room radiates a warm, red glow with subdued lighting. Our table, near the bar, was comfortable and well positioned to appreciate the surroundings. Service was very friendly and efficient, and we both agreed... More

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Senior Contributor
23 reviews 23 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 7, 2014

really nicely welcomed as we entered and with no reservation we were shown to a wonderful corner table in the window ( for people watching). There was a piano which was a nice touch to an interesting restaurant. I had escargot's (not good) , french onion soup ( very good) and a filet mignon( quite good). Everything from service to... More

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Long Beach, New York
2 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

Restaurants are not only about the food. My experience at Chez Josephine, this past Sunday, reminded me of something I had not experienced in awhile....service and ambiance with genuine (verses pretentious) graciousness and style. My husband and I, as well as a group of long time friends, were attending a birthday party. We arrived promptly at 1:00 and were escorted... More

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New York City, New York
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24 reviews 24 reviews
24 restaurant reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 29, 2014

Chez Josephine is very convenient if you are going to one of the many theaters located in the same block of 42nd St. between 9th and 10th Avenues, probably the best restaurant in the area. We went on a Saturday, and it was very crowded, so we chose one of the few tables outside, which was pleasant enough despite the... More

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Bagshot, United Kingdom
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
16 restaurant reviews
16 helpful votes 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2014 via mobile

Really impressive! Wonderful French atmosphere with excellent service. The food was 1st Class. Best duck I have ever tasted and the onion soup was so French. Good French wine and classic French cheese board. What can you say BUT get there to enjoy classic French cuisine - awesome!

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Reston, Virginia
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40 reviews 40 reviews
29 restaurant reviews
10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 20, 2014

A friend in our group chose Chez Josephine's as a dining spot & he was spot on. What a beautiful little gem. The atmosphere was very comfortable & a bit over the top but then so was Josephine. The food was exquisite. For our meal we had the escargots - fantastic! - the country pate melted in your mouth and... More

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