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Chez Josephine

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Thu, 6/27
8:00 PM

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Certificate of Excellence2015 - 2019 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.
$23 - $75
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
French, European, International
Highchairs Available, Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, 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 3 days ago via mobile

As stated by others, the decor is excellent, evocative of Paris. The live piano music adds to the ambiance. The location in Theater Row is excellent if seeing a show nearby. The service could be better at this price point. It wasn’t terrible but it...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank B18NJ
Reviewed 6 days ago

The location of Chez Josephine is very good, on 42nd street near several off-broadway theaters. The ambiance of the restaurant is great - beautiful interior and feel like you're in Paris. The downstairs is a little noisy pre-theater, but we sat in the upstairs and...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank opalkramer
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

The most miserable team, manager with zero personality on duty , the female bar tender never spoke a word as I sat at the Bar. Then a B ranking by the health department, no engagement with the regulars. My god Manwel what has happened? You...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank David M
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

There were two extremes - the food was mediocre - and the prices were really high - the service was good - the wines by the glass were good We will not go back to this restaurant - I suggest one can find a superior...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank vincentb889
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I really enjoyed the ambience of this restaurant, and I can't wait to visit again. We only stopped on for an after show drink and appetizer, I ordered the country pate and it was very good. I so wish we had gone for dinner too,...More

Date of visit: June 2019
Thank Melissa T
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The restaurant is a homage to Josephine Baker, with an eclectic, Art Deco-esque decor. We came for brunch and chose the three course prix fixe option. Everything was fine, but nothing was truly outstanding. The service was very good, however.

Date of visit: April 2019
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Reviewed May 11, 2019 via mobile

I was hoping for a find however walked away thinking the food was average. It was particularly disappointing given the price. The server was however very attentive and I appreciated his service. The live piano was also a nice touch.

Date of visit: May 2019
Thank 64deeannp
Reviewed May 11, 2019

Chez Josephine is memorable - good, basic French cuisine embellished with all sorts of Josephine Baker memorabilia. The place was founded by one of Josephine's " rainbow children" Jean Claude. The decor honors her legacy and the food is consistently good. It is right next...More

Date of visit: May 2019
Reviewed May 7, 2019

The century old ambiance and risque paintings bring a delightful experience to all. The salmon was excellent, cocktails original, and service white glove! There was even a "celebrity sighting" at the next table!

Date of visit: April 2019
Thank webfoot19
Reviewed May 4, 2019 via mobile

I really loved this restaurant. The decor is very quaint and quite eye opening. The food was excellent. Our server was very attentive. My favorite though was the pianist, he was superb!!

Date of visit: May 2019
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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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