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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.)
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Closed now
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Sun 12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
Tue - Fri 5:00 pm - 12:00 am
Sat 12:00 pm - 12:00 am
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

Quaint restaurant with nice ambiance & piano bar. The food was quite good, although some better than others. Bolognese was very good, Trout Almondine was excellent, Crab Cakes were ok, Shrimp appetizer was excellent (although ridiculously expensive at 3 shrimp for $17).

Thank Ivangela
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A lovely evening before theater! The ambiance is Parisian and there is always soft piano music playing. We chose to sit upstairs, where the music is piped up, it is much quieter than the first floor so if you want a quieter dinner this is the place to be. I must note that one of the piano pieces was The... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

After numerous New York visits we came across the website for Chez Josephine and decided this would be something unique to try. Boy were we happy we gave it a shot! The musical talent here is second to none, from the incredible talent of Joseph Douglas on piano to the drop in guests, what a night! The service was impeccable... More 

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St. Petersburg, Florida
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

This night was originally planned as an Italian meal followed by Jersey Boys, but when we discovered Les Mis was leaving broadway, we decided to see it before it left. As we switched to a musical with French themes, so too did our dinner switch to French themes. We are a themey couple. I have to admit, Chez Josephine was... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Despite being saddened by learning belatedly of the death of Jean-Claude Baker, we had a delightful evening in the restaurant which is his creation. Start with the décor--you feel like you have magically been transported to the Left Bank in Paris. It is sumptuous with loads of Josephine Baker memorabilia. The service is attentive and helpful, and the food is... More 

1 Thank Knifeblade
Valencia, CA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Wonderful piano bar and dessert after a Broadway show. Excellent service and pleasant staff. Need to go back for dinner!

Thank jbs5665
Monmouth Beach, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Very interesting restaurant in the heart of the theatre district. Great fo pre theatre or late post theatre dining. Josephine Baker decor sets a great mood and the cocktail piano just adds to it. French bistro specialties with amazingly good pasta dishes as well.

Thank William S
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

As does his wonderful mother Josephine. JC was always so accommodating of our son who gets around in a power chair. His staff continues his zeitgeist. Sit down, order a drink and enjoy the wonderful ambience. And make it to the show on time. God Bless this wonderful place and its staff--we channel his and her spirit whenever we can... More 

Thank carol m
New York City, New York
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 15, 2016

We enjoyed good food and pleasant service in this smallish restaurant with a live pianist. Actually, we found that the piano interfered with conversation, but most people will find live music to be a delightful touch. The walls are decorated brightly with images of Josephine Baker, America's gift to France, because the restaurant was owned by one of her late... More 

Thank Carol K
New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2016

Went on our first visit to Chez Josephine before the theater on Saturday night. Food was very good. Service was a little off at times but okay. Waiter wasn't as informed as he should have been. They made sure to ask of we were going to a show and curtain time so they could get us out in time to... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
  • Value
    4 of 5 stars
    4.5 of 5 stars
Average prices
$41 - $80
French, International
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Romantic, Large groups, Special occasions
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
5:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 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: 12125941925
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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