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“Great food, charming atmosphere”
Review of Chez Josephine

Chez Josephine
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Ranked #220 of 14,032 Restaurants in New York City
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $22 - $75
Cuisines: French
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Good for: Romantic, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Late Night, Breakfast, Lunch, Reservations
Dining style: Casual Dining
Neighborhood: Midtown
Cross street: Between 9th and 10th Aves.
Transit: 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.
Description: 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.
Reviewed October 19, 2013

The food and service were exceptional. Being greeted by Jean-Claude and accommodated without reservations, despite the crowd, was a rare treat. Staff made sure we were served in time to make our curtain call. The room truly feels like you're in Paris, with a great piano player,, and the drawings and mementoes of Josephine Baker are exciting. Don't miss this special place!

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Thank Jrryo
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Reviewed October 16, 2013

West 42nd between 9th and 10th Avenues has become a haven for off-Broadway theaters. These are all modern, clean venues that produce a wide variety of traditional and experimental theater experiences. Right in the middle is this restaurant, dedicated to Josephine Baker, and owned by one of her sons. It is fitting that the restaurant is associated with fine entertainment. The establishment predates the theaters by many years (it has been open 27 years as of the date of this review), so the fact that it survived what had been a rather seedy area for many years is a tribute to its staying power. We've had pre-theater diner here several times, and have enjoyed all of the visits.

The menu is mostly standard Bistro fare, but there are a few outstanding selections. My favorite is Lobster Cassoulet, a dish heavy on the shellfish (lobster, shrimp and scallops), but including a seafood sausage and black beans. Closer to a Bouillabaisse with beans, and excellent. The piano is in the center of the narrow venue; upon entering you are asked if you want a quiet spot, or one close to the piano. We chose "quiet", which was perfect, as the piano was clearly heard but not overpowering. The wine list is not overpriced and has a good selection of standard wines. Desserts are also varied and excellent, including a special on our most recent visit, a traditional baked apple with a sorbet on the side. Very autumnal.

Service was well paced, neither rushed nor negligent. We were asked our curtain time upon being seated, and the staff worked to get us out in time but without rushing us.

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Thank pdclarry
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Reviewed September 27, 2013

This restaurant tops in food quality, atmosphere and service. Set up like a French salon, complete with pianist, this places exudes atmosphere. Our meals were authentic and excellent, with attention from the staff to match. My tip is to make a reservation or wait for a table downstairs, as upstairs is like Siberia in comparison. All of this comes at at a price and main courses reach towards the $40 mark, however it is still good value for what it offers.

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Reviewed September 27, 2013

Being an ardent francophile, I was looking forward to having an authentic meal worthy of the areas where Josephine Baker lived in her many years in France. Unfortunately, the food turned out to be of mediocre quality. The dishes were obviously pre-prepared and heated up in a microwave. The starter pate was dry and of an indeterminable meat. The main course lobster cassoulet sauce (soup??) was watery and bland. We had no time to have dessert as we waited nearly an hour for our main course. We were obliged to leave quickly otherwise we would have missed our Broadway show. Only the decor was worth the visit. A word for Jean Claude, "Votre maman n'aurait pas admise de profiter de sa reputation d'une maniere si venale".

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Reviewed September 18, 2013

Chez Josephine is a restaurant dedicated to the late Josephine Baker. It has a colourful, vibrant atmosphere. The menu choice is varied and the food is excellent. My friend had eaten here before and wanted me to see the restaurant for myself. Chez Josephine is well worth a visit to soak in both the atmosphere and quality of their food. It's also a great place to spot famous people, we saw two whilst we were there.

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