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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.)
+1 212-594-1925
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Sun 4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
Sun - Sat 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
Mon - Sat 4:00 pm - 12:00 am
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Bristow, Virginia
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

Positives first. The live piano/clarinet music was nice. The waiter made excellent recommendations for wine pairing. The rack of lamb was pretty good. The white choc/choc mousse was great. Concerns: The restaurant's limited size a table 6 inches from us on both sides. Not romantic. My wife threw up less than 5 minutes after eating the lobster bisque and said... More 

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St Catharines
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We have been to Chez Josephine twice, the first time after going to see An American in Paris. The bar is small but the drinks are well made. The food is very good and reasonably priced and the atmosphere is French bistro. Get the book about Josephine which they sell at the bar, what a fascinating life she led.

Thank David S
New Haven, Connecticut
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We made a 5 o'clock reservation on a Saturday night, asked for a quiet table in back. For about 10 minutes there were only a few other people in the restaurant, by 5:30 it was almost completely full. A very knowledgeable waiter steered me toward the French onion soup, which was superb. The fried oyster appetizer was enough for a... More 

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New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

This was our first time here and we'll be back for sure. The food was delicious and larger than most french influenced restaurants....you'll definitely leave full and happy. We loved listening to the live piano player during dinner who played the classics. We'll be back!

Thank sacchetfam
Mohegan Lake, New York
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

I took my family here for dinner after a show at the Javitz Center and was fairly satisfied with our meal. It's a very small place with crammed tables and loud talking so no romantic conversations here. There is also a person playing a piano in the back of the restaurant but if you're sitting in the front like we... More 

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Teaneck, New Jersey
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Had a prix fixe restaurant week dinner before a Broadway show. The waiter asked what time our show was so that we had plenty of time to enjoy our meal. The menu was quite nice. The room is charming with a piano player playing jazz tunes. I had the mushroom ravioli appetizer which was delicious and the roast organic chicken... More 

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Queensbury, New York
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Josephine Baker would be pleased to see her tribute! Wonderful and intimate with tin ceiling and an amazing piano player in the background adding to the ambiance. Don't miss this if you're in the area. The service was impeccable. Food had a very nice presentation. We were fortunate to hit restaurant week with a fixed price for three courses for... More 

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Plainsboro, New Jersey
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Chez Josephine exceeded our expectations for a NYC dinner. We really enjoyed the vibe - true to a Parisian bistro in decor & ambience - right down to the jazz piano entertainment in the background. Friendly staff and attentive service. Definitely "cozy". Our table in the back allowed conversation, perhaps a bit more so than tables in the front/near the... More 

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Rhode Island
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 weeks ago via mobile

Atmospheric French restaurant which pays homage to Josephine Baker. We had a quick meal before going to the theatre. The service was excellent and the food delicious. I would like to return for a less rushed meal on another occasion

Thank yorkshireus
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 19, 2017 via mobile

Spent a lovely evening and had a great meal. Friendly staff and good service. We don't mind waiting for our meal as we are assured that it is cooked well. A great atmosphere and ambience. Well worth a visit.

Thank Malcolm P

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
  • Value
    4 of 5 bubbles
    4.5 of 5 bubbles
Average prices
$22 - $75
French, International, Vegetarian Friendly
Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Late Night
Restaurant features
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
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Bar scene, Special occasions, Romantic
Open Hours
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
4:00 pm - 11:00 pm
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
4:00 pm - 12:00 am
12:00 pm - 3:00 pm
4:00 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: +1 212-594-1925
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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