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Chez Josephine

414 W 42nd St, Frnt A, New York City, NY 10036-6806
+1 212-594-1925
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  • Excellent56%
  • Very good29%
  • Average10%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible2%
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French, European, International, Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
414 W 42nd St, Frnt A, New York City, NY 10036-6806
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Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

The restaurant was recommended by the concierge at our hotel. Great place. I had the shrimp cocktail and duck breast and my wife French onion soup and crab cake. Both were very good. Wait staff were very attentive without being overbearing. Highly recommend this if...More

Thank Trvlcam17
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I saw this restaurant whilst driving by on a bus and thought it looked quirky. We loved our meal here, I had escargot and a seafood casserole, both were absolutely delicious. My partner also enjoyed his duck. Relaxed atmosphere with a brilliant pianist and attentive...More

Thank nicolajac
Reviewed 1 week ago

An easy walk from the theater district, Chez Josephine offers very good French selections such as cassoulet, onion soup, escargots, choucroute royale as well as standards such as roast duck breast, steak, salmon, and fried chicken. It also offers a $42, 3-course prix fixe menu....More

Thank Ken07960
Reviewed 1 week ago

Go it has been fantastice for years only gets better the filer au poive is fantastic and huge and the french only soup is for real to die for Ive been probably 100 plus times through the years its always delicious

Thank Nathan S
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

Well, the piano player was absolutely fabulous!! The atmosphere is very nice. The location is really good. The staff were very polite and service was good. The food... average and not worth the price. My husband got easy dishes, that should have been great. He...More

Thank DrJWT
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

My daughter and I stopped in Chez Josephine on her 16th birthday a bit later in the evening. Initially it was to be a quick dessert stop...three hours later! That said, we stopped in on a whim and the host graciously found us a table....More

Thank scuba6
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

A bit off the beaten path, but a short walk from most theaters in the area. Ambiance is classy, but neat casual attire is acceptable. Restaurant is long and narrow, with tables not so close together. We like to sit at one of the tables...More

Thank NickyD0500
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Our second night In NYC we chose to eat French food. We were very happily surprised. Again it was Restaurant Week and we ordered from the special menu. We were not disappointed. The restaurant is narrow with seating at small tables on two floors. Staff...More

Thank OKaytoTravel
Reviewed August 16, 2018

I've been dining at Chez Josephine ever since Jean Claude opened the doors. I recently revisited during Restaurant Week 2018 and I was very happy to find that it's still the same fabulous restaurant paying homage to Ms. Josephine Baker. I took a friend of...More

Thank pkgreen2018
Reviewed August 16, 2018

A group of us, had the most enjoyable dining experience at Chez Josephine! The "food of love" was exquisitely prepared and presented to us, by Chef Frank Diaz. Everything that we had was sooo delicious!!!! We moaned in DELIGHT over each morsel. We all look...More

This is the iconic New York that so many visitors
imagine before they visit - spectacular skyscrapers
like the Chrysler Building and Empire State Building,
iconic public buildings like Grand Central Terminal
and the New York Public Library, and the non-stop
hustle and bustle of the city streets. Fifth Avenue is
a shopper's paradise where you can find every kind of
store imaginable, with fashion brands ranging from the
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Shawn H
July 11, 2018|
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Response from Carolyn B | Reviewed this property |
It's a full bar so I'm sure they can make anything. Why don't you research the drink and I'm sure they'll make it. There is a biography of Josephine Baker you can read.
Stacy Z
February 27, 2018|
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Response from PhiladelphiaPhillip | Reviewed this property |
The last time I was there, in spite of being assured there was going to be a piano player, there was not one, so I would definitely call ahead.
sal p
April 19, 2017|
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Response from Gregg M | Reviewed this property |
I would definitely consider this an upscale place, great for a birthday dinner. And certainly, wait for the theater crowds to leave.
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$22 - $75
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Highchairs Available, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Special occasions
Open Hours
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
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12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
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12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
4:00 PM - 12:00 AM
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: +1 212-594-1925
The last of its kind near 42nd Street, Chez Josephine is a neighborhood gem founded in 1986 by Jean-Claude Baker as a tribute to legendary Josephine Baker. This Parisian bistro offers live piano music and a tantalizing menu in an intimate setting of red velvet walls, a cavalcade of chandeliers and a blue-tin ceiling. Guests receive a warm welcoming and are treated as family whether coming before a show, after the show, for a leisurely dinner in-between, or a drink at the zinc bar.
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