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Chez Josephine

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Thu, 4/18
8:00 PM

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2018 Winner

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organic baby greens
fines herbes, lemon dressing
belgian endive
roquefort and roasted walnuts
roasted red and golden beets
american caviar, chive crème fraîche, horseradish
chinese ravioli
fresh goat cheese, roasted pine nuts
jumbo shrimp
slivered lemon, horseradish cocktail sauce
maryland crab cake
stone-ground mustard sauce
crispy blue point oysters
spiced aioli, curry dust, scallion, green apple
escargots à la bourguignonne
herbs and garlic
country pâté
tangy celery rémoulade, cornichons
steak tartare
quail egg, potato gaufrettes
wilted baby kale
truffle mashed potatoes
sautéed haricots verts
sweet-potato fries
garlic-chili spinach
pommes frites
shaved brussels sprouts
potato croquettes
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.
$22 - $75
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
French, European, International
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, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

what a charming place!!! my friend and i went there Saturday night around 9:30 pm, we sat at the bar and enjoyed amazing cocktails, appetizers, and music. there were two artists taking turns playing mischievous music but the music was not too overwhelming so we...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank yayoi m
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I was invited to dinner at Chez Josephine by friends. I believe they made reservations so no wait. Wait staff was very hard to understand language wise. Food was very good. I had the Fried Chicken, Sweet Potato Fries & Blueberry Cornbread. I tried to...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank 757missys
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

2nd time we’ve been here, did not disappoint. Charming, intimate atmosphere, lots of paintings and posters of Josephine Baker. Service is outstanding as was the food. For appetizers we had escargot and steak tartare, both excellent. Entrees were duck and trout almondine, also wonderful. There...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank lyndan254
Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Visiting New York City, went for a Saturday night dinner with reservation. ( recommended). It is meant to be based on the Josephine Baker era from Paris. It evokes it very well. Nice live music. Great service, a nice romantic dinner. We have been to...More

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank YugyRosie
Reviewed 5 weeks ago

From the nice setting with beautiful art display, soft music and the delicious food I feel this is the best you could ever wish for. Come here you wont be disappointing.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank thomasrV7841BZ
Reviewed March 6, 2019

i recently spent a week in nyc and ate here 3 times before the theatre (which i wish had been as good as the food at CJ.) with gorgeous art on the walls and beautiful music playing you can't get much better that this. the...More

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank sampeamon
Reviewed March 3, 2019 via mobile

We had an excellent meal here: escargot, duck, scallops, lobster, with a couple of bottles of fine wine. Service was friendly and attentive, the atmosphere is old school festive with a pianist playing standards and show tunes. Really top notch without being exorbitantly expensive.

Date of visit: March 2019
Thank GregMasters
Reviewed February 21, 2019

The staff were particularly friendly and helpful. The food was tasty. We especially recommend the beet salad. Right in Theater District, and the staff are very alert to show times. Important note: bathrooms are upstairs.

Date of visit: February 2019
Thank lifel0ngtraveler
Reviewed February 17, 2019

Beautiful authentic French place in the theatre district. It is owned by the son of Josephine Baker and memorabilia are all over. There is a genuine romantic charm to this intimate and well run establishment. The presence of Jean Claude, another son is sadly missed.

Date of visit: June 2018
1  Thank NewYorkHeather
Reviewed February 16, 2019

I have been to Josephine’s several times and never been disappointed. The restaurant is an old fashioned beautifully decorated place and the food reflects the atmosphere. It is a living memorial to Josephine Baker and her presence fills the place. There is a wonderful pianist...More

Date of visit: December 2018
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January 20, 2019|
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Response from AngelWilmslow | Reviewed this property |
I agree with everything everyone has says- it’s an odd layout. If it was quiet it would be ok but if it’s busy it would be difficult to put a buggy there and keep a little one occupied.
Shawn H
July 11, 2018|
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Response from X6263DHcarolynb | 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.
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