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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 #311 of 11,622 restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence 2014
Price range: $41 - $80
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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82% Recommend
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Reston, Virginia
Senior Contributor
40 reviews 40 reviews
28 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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Toronto, Canada
Top Contributor
53 reviews 53 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
97 helpful votes 97 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 19, 2014

Before coming to New York I called up Chez Josephine Restaurant to make reservations for dinner as I wanted to make sure I can reserve a table right across the piano player. I wanted to have the same wonderful experience I had last year when I had dinner at Chez Josephine. It was lovely. It was Saturday evening and the... More

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Gilmer, Texas
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21 reviews 21 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 12, 2014

Chez Josephine was a wonderful Restsurant. We were greeted when we first entered and were catered to until we walked out the door. Exceptional waitstaff, great food, wonderful piano player , nice atmosphere, not too noisy (even though we sat very close to the piano). Courteous wait staff and the owner came by our table several times to check on... More

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New Orleans, Louisiana
5 reviews 5 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

Like most, we were going to a show that evening and they made it doable and without stress. Food certainly good, atmosphere also and the same for service. Overall a good experience and though a bit pricey, it is part of the deal when you go out into that world of Broadway shows and such. I guess it will be... More

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Charlevoix, Michigan
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36 reviews 36 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 7, 2014

We made our reservations in what we thought was plenty of time before theatre. THEN, found out that theatre started at 7:30, not 8:00. Furthermore, traffic to the theatre district was horrendous so we knew we were not going to arrive early. We called and then said not to worry, they'd be waiting for us and all would be fine.... More

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Floral Park, New York
12 reviews 12 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014 credit card Amex Card Member Review

My wife and I went here solely because it is located just outside Playwrights Horizons, where we were seeing a show after dinner. We were pleasantly surprised! I reserve 5 stars for my top favorites ever, so I mean well with the 4; my filet mignon was terrific. The service was very attentive, and they accommodated our desire to get... More

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Alexandria, VA
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509 reviews 509 reviews
227 restaurant reviews
317 helpful votes 317 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

We went here after a matinee theater showing of Rocky. Rocky was spectacular. Unfortunately Chez Josephine was not. First, it is a very challenging place to visit because the piano player does not know the work softly. Second, 2 out of 4 of us definitely did not like the food. My wife was particularly unimpressed with a noodle and sauce... More

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Copenhagen, New York
4 reviews 4 reviews
4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 24, 2014

Chez Josefine provides exellent food and service in a nice an cozy atmosphere, and the waiter is attanding to you as if you are all VIP guests

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 20, 2014 via mobile

We had a great dinner w/ our daughters upon a recommendation from a sales clerk. Great atmosphere and charm. In the theater district & she said you can sometimes see performers dinning there after their show. Food was incredible and service was great. Highly recommend it!

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paoli, in
15 reviews 15 reviews
12 restaurant reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 12, 2014 via mobile

We had dinner last week here. I had the fish special it was prepared perfectly. Nice wine selection. I will be back. Very nice place.

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