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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.
PRICE RANGE
$23 - $75
Special Diets
Vegetarian Friendly, Vegan Options, Gluten Free Options
Meals
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
CUISINES
French, European, International
FEATURES
Highchairs Available, Reservations, Seating, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Accepts Discover, Accepts Credit Cards, Table Service, Live Music, Jazz Bar
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Reviewed July 30, 2020

The boyfriend had some business that needed to be done and suggested we eat here. I wandered around the deserted inside and will definitely go back when entertainment is allowed. The salmon appetizer was great along with the omlette.

Date of visit: July 2020
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Reviewed July 25, 2020

We had dinner here during our stay in New York in March 2020, only a couple of days before the mandatory closure. The restaurant is modeled very faithfully and carefully after the Jazz Age and Josephine Baker's style in particular, in just about all aspects....The atmosphere is great, with friendly staff and great live piano music. Coupled with the great food and delicious wine, this restaurant is unmistakably a recommended visit when in NYC.More

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 16, 2020 via mobile

Lovely meal, well cooked. The seared scallops were just cooked - perfection. Staff were engaging and professional, the pianist added to the ambiance too.

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 8, 2020 via mobile

It was our fist time and really enjoyed the music and the food. You can understand geom the environment that the restaurant has its own crowd. We had shrimp coctail, steak and fries. They were okey. The music was very nice.

Date of visit: March 2020
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Reviewed March 5, 2020

Just like dining in Paris at a friends apartment. Very tastefully decorated in the era of Paris in the the height of the Jazz Age. his restaurant is an homage to Josephine Baker an amazing Black women who couldn't get recognition here in America because...of the color of her skin. Paris became her sanctuary and Paris embraced her. I had escargot that I haven't had sine I wars last in Paris and I transported back to my beloved city. Main entree was trout almondine . Cooked to perfection. My niece had French onion soup brimming with Gruyere cheese and lemon sole. Amazing. We shared a bottle of côtes-du-rhône, pierre amadieu, Truly amazing night and I had a wonderful dinner and to top it all off there is a piano player.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed March 5, 2020

One of my most favorite restaurants when visiting the city. A great menu with many selections and there is always someone playing the piano in the middle of the dining room. The music is mainly the American songbook - music composed by Gershwin - Porter...- Berlin to name a few. The restaurant keeps the memory of Josephine Baker. Ideally located on West 42nd Street along Theatre Row. Perfect for dining before or after the theater; as well as a Hell’s Kitchen haven for a leisurely dinner or quick drink at the zinc bar.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed February 16, 2020 via mobile

This restaurant has the theme of Josephine Baker, the brazen entertainer known for her revealing cabaret act. Painting and photos of her are everywhere! We came on Valentine’s Day for dinner. The engaging trio piano music, romantic surroundings, and agreeable service made our delicious dinner...even more wonderful. The fixe price menu offered fine choices, we had the veal chop and foi gras. Both were excellent. The server cosulted with the chef to guarantee the the gf options. The piano Is in the back, so be sure to request a table near it to enjoy the singer’s French songs. Tables in the front are near the door which blast cold air each time they open, so try not to sit there!More

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 15, 2020

The atmosphere was charming and intimate. The cockails were fun and tasty. The service was excellent and the food was delicious. There was also a pianist which lent a lovely, romantic touch to our pre valentines day dinner.

Date of visit: February 2020
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Reviewed February 12, 2020

A warm and welcoming experience every one of the many times I attended for a pre-theater dinner.The menu is workable and predictable - the kitchen never fails but for the fried chicken that is too dry for my tastes. The space is crowded and a...bit worn yet inviting. My constant companion (also named Josephine) and I really enjoy Chez Josephine.More

Date of visit: November 2019
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Reviewed February 8, 2020 via mobile

Went for restaurant week. Had a delicious meal. Chose the French onion soup for a starter. Crunchy GUI great taste. Followed with the pepper Adele pasta. I asked them to omit the chanterelles as I have a mushroom thing. Very garlicky very good would eat...again. Finished with a maple baked apple. Perfect ending. Only reason to be negative is the temperature of the restaurant was a bit warm.More

Date of visit: February 2020
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AdamG66
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.
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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.
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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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