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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.)
12:00 pm - 10:00 pm
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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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Portland, Oregon
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16 reviews
6 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We enjoyed a pre-theater meal at Chez Josephine. The maitre-d made us feel welcome, the wait staff was attentive, the food and cocktails were good, and the piano player was awesome! Such a nice touch to really up the ambiance, and the musical standards fit right in with the decor and many portraits of Josephine, herself. I would whole-heartedly recommend... More 

Thank LRRmom
New York City, New York
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5 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Blast from the past! Lovely service, food and entertainment, a real NewYork treasure ! Wonderful old world French decor

Thank booboo1963
Princeton Jct., NJ
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39 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 91 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

This is a very small restaurant filled with great charm relating to Josephine Baker. I was very appreciative that I was taken there for my birthday in a group of six. We were seated next to the piano player. It was a bit loud in such a small room. It was a request of the host for my party, so... More 

Thank desiwood
Austin, Texas
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21 reviews
8 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

We "found" this lovely restaurant on our last day in NY after passing it a million times...we wished we had gone in much sooner! The food and service were amazing! We were there for brunch so one of us had the omlette and the other the liver. We also split the pate (excellent!) and were surprised when our waiter brought... More 

Thank Elizabeth W
New York City, New York
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3 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 1 week ago

Friday night 8/12, met friends for dinner at Chez Josephine. Love French cuisine & have always wanted to try this restaurant, which has been around for many years. Went there for Restaurant Week, however, my friends decided to order from the regular menu. Very nice atmosphere (very French bistro) with live piano music. Steve & I ordered from the Restaurant... More 

Thank GaryandSteve
Miami Beach, Florida
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37 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

One of my pet peeves is when the wait staff either does not speak English or does not know the menu. Soup du jour was potato/leek and the waiter said it was cold soup. Actually it was hot soup but made well. Creamy but our only complaint was with much of the leek flavor. The house specializes in fried chicken.... More 

Thank Judith F
Brookville, New York
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11 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I have been going to Chez Josephine for years and this is my first review of this establishment. I did have the pleasure of knowing Jean Claude, the owner, who passed away a few years ago and while I do miss our interesting conversations and many laughs shared, I am happy to say that his legacy continues, with perfection. When... More 

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Asbury Park, New Jersey, United States
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3 reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Intimate and festive, this NYC gem of a restaurant offers impeccable service and delectable, delicious and memorable fare. A must visit! again and again ....

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College Station, Texas, United States
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10 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Food was bland, seated on top of people even though it was not busy. Lobster cassoulet was a let down sounded great but wasn't. Spaghetti bolgnese had no flavor tasted greasy. To bad we were looking toward to it.

Thank Stephanie A
Aberdeen, United Kingdom
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19 reviews
3 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Beautiful quirky restaurant with a wonderful ambulance and live music! The French food did not disappoint! There is however room for improvement as far as the service was concerned, more attention to detail goes a long way! The pianist however was outstanding and made our night! Would recommend to others & will return!

Thank Jane G

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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
Lunch, Brunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
Reservations, Private Dining, Seating, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Large groups, Special occasions, Romantic
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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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

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