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Chez Josephine, New York, NY

Chez Josephine

4.6
4.6
6578 Reviews
$31 to $50
French
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.

Chez Josephine draws a crowd unlike any other in New York as food critic Bryan Miller noted when he wrote: “The dining room is a confluence of the famous and the fashionable, the infamous and unsung – with every shade of skin on earth – and indeed you feel the magic of Chez Josephine.”

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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 45 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    French, American

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 594-1925

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Frank Diaz

  • Private party facilities

    Main dining room, on the ground floor, can be rented and seats 70 guests. Our Jungle Room, also on the ground floor, seats 20 guests. Our Salon Marrakech, on the second floor, seats 30 guests.

  • Neighborhood

    Theater District / Times Square

  • Cross street

    Between 9th and Dyer/10th Aves.

  • Parking details

    Manhattan Plaza, 42nd Street and Dyer Avenue (between 9th and 10th Avenues),

  • Public transit

    1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R trains to Times Square-42nd Street, and A, C & E trains to Port Authority-42nd Street.

  • Entertainment

    Live piano music nightly and at Sunday Brunch.

  • Additional

    Banquet, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

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What 6,578 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.6
4.6 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.6Service
  • 4.7Ambience
  • 4.4Value

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  1. HK

    HilK

    New York Area

    14 reviews

    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We’ve been going for years..ambiance of Old World NYC plus frequent piano entertainment can’t be matched! We had prix fixe pre-theatre and lobster bisque, quail, & boeuf bourgignon which were all delish! One of our true go tos when in the area! 😋🤩
  2. LL

    LewiseL

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    4 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food2service4ambience4
    I was disappointed in the croque monsieur which was dry and bland. And the French does had no salt at all on them.
  3. MV

    MarioV

    Fort Lauderdale

    8 reviews

    3.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    We return some dishes and coffee to be reheated and Benedict eggs were hard. No croissants available in a french restaurant
  4. MD

    MattD

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall2food3service4ambience1
    Live piano promised & advertised and no live piano
  5. K

    Kathy

    Minneapolis

    14 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    14 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We were on the upper level, no noise so we had a wonderful time sitting about the table. Out server was amazing giving us a better experience. Would come back again soon.
  6. L

    Lynne

    New England

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We had a perfect introduction to Chez Josephine and would with our a single doubt recommend to anyone The atmosphere is set by the piano bar as you enter We were seated upstairs so if you want to enjoy the live vibe of the piano bar, request to be seated downstairs but it was lovely and quiet upstairs which we enjoyed We had 5 star service. Our waiter was knowledgeable and attentive and made sure that we were served in a timely manner as we were heading to a show nearby I had the rack of lamb and my husband had scallops. The portions were generous and our food was delicious. My lamb was cooked to perfection. Our waiter checked in often but never rushed us There was nothing we didn’t like about Chez Josephine It’s perfect for date night Thanks for a beautiful dinner. We will look forward to visiting again soon!
  7. E

    Elphaba

    New York Area

    39 reviews

    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always a pleasure to dine at Chez Josephine !! Food is excellent. Atmosphere amazing.
  8. BC

    BasilioC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    just amazing we love that place my partner thanks so much
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Switzerland

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 28, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dinner and entertainment. Everything top notch
  10. A

    Arumen

    Monterrey

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Excelente la lubina chilena y el arroz con langosta
  11. C

    Carol

    New York Area

    118 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    118 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We eat here frequently. The food is wonderful and the atmosphere is a delight. One of New York City's gems!
  12. F

    Franbo73

    Philadelphia

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chez Josephene's is a lovely restaurant with good food and service. Often there is also entertainment too. We were celebrating my husband's birthday before attending a matinee. The waitress was a lovely warm person who really tried to please us. There was a varied selection of entrees and wonderful cocktails. We had the endive salad and the lobster bisque. The striped bass was excellent. My husband had the beef bourginon and really enjoyed it. The atmosphere of the place is very nice and its just a lively, and welcoming environment. I recommend it highly.
  13. A

    Adelaide

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 27, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We enjoyed every bite - and the piano music/singer was great. We'll be back for another Sunday brunch soon.
  14. MJ

    MichaelJC

    New England

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always love dining with you guys. The food is always delicious. The singer however needs lessons. Your old piano player was better. This guy did not know any old Songs , not even over the rainbow.
  15. JE

    JodyE

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This is one of my favorite restaurants in NYC. We take out of town guests here for a consistently outstanding experience. Food, service, and ambience is first class. And the topper is the live pianist. A nod to yesteryear when food was an experience and you could enjoy a conversation with the others at your table without screaming. Here you will feel relaxed and can enjoy! Highly highly recommended.
  16. P

    Pattykay

    Cincinnati

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We thoroughly enjoyed our dinner at Chez Josephine's. The food was marvelous and the service was fantastic. I was there 21 years ago and it's as good or better than it was then. I highly recommend Chez Josephine!
  17. SA

    SusanA

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Everything is always great at chez Josephine.
  18. n

    nicholasv

    New York Area

    144 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    144 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    Besides having to wait outside for a table in the cold then getting a table that fits 5 but not really 7 which we were! The waiters were not really attentive we got better service from the busboys . As per the food nothing to talk about . Not even the dessert was memorable. They promised macaroons for the table but they said they ran out sorry.. Not Happy
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    San Francisco

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    They overbooked and there was a huge line in which everyone had reservations. They did not take the names of those arriving and instead were giving table to those first in line. After waiting for 45 minutes I tried to complain and got yelled at in front of everyone by a waiter (the maître d was nowhere in sight). Once that happened we left and found somewhere else to eat. The whole experience was awful and very unprofessional. Needless to say I’ll never try going there again.
  20. T

    Timmmyk

    New York Area

    275 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    275 reviews

    Dined on November 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A very busy Thanksgiving with warm welcomes and excellent dinner. Great way to spend the holiday.
  21. I

    Ivon

    Orlando

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall4food5service4ambience5
    We made a reservation through open table and the guy at the “front” (we had to look for him) - maybe the manager/ owner (an older french man) disregarded us as we stood there for 20 minutes. We told him if he could check us in and he just walked away. My brother caught the attention of a Hispanic gentleman and he gladly checked us in and sat us right away as our reservation was made about 40 mins prior. Other than the encounter with the first man, everything was superb!
  22. S

    Swissmom

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful place to have our Thanksgiving dinner. Eventhough the place was crowded, service was impeccable. I had the turkey and my husband the rack of lamb, the food was delicious. The squash soup was rich and creamy. I had two desserts as my husband does not eat sweets, pear tart for me and pumpkin cheese cake for me! I give my Thanksgiving experience a A+.
  23. f

    feedme11

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on November 20, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    We really enjoyed the music. It was lovely and created a wonderful mood.
  24. f

    foodievickie

    New York Area

    148 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    148 reviews

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food4service4ambience4
    It was great to be back at Chez Josephine. Enjoyed the food and the live music.
  25. g

    greenwd

    Orange County

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    A25th Anniversary
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wonderful restaurant and fabulous food. It is a regular haunt for me when in NYC. The value for money is fantastic it’s not cheap but quality wins.
  27. MC

    MiddleC

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Good restaurant conveniently located. Would definitely eat here again.
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great great great why are they making me write a longer review I refuse
  29. M

    Misha

    Washington DC

    10 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Found Chez Josephine on-line and we were very lucky. It felt like Paris! The fixed price lunch was a terrific value, the food was excellent, and the service was great. Arrived at 2PM and was seated at a great window table. There were approx 6 or 8 other patrons at that time so the sound level was just right. Cocktails were perfect. Menu for fixed price dinner also seemed very reasonable and -if I had another day available- I would have returned. Strongly recommend Chez Josephine as a hidden gem for anyone looking for a tasty lunch or dinner in NYC.
  30. f

    foodisnotjustfuel

    New York Area

    30 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    30 reviews

    Dined on November 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Just exceptional on every level!
  31. l

    lel17

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious meal with live piano background. A treat.
  32. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Nashville

    1 review

    vip
    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 15, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Good food and cool pre-theater ambience but very pricey
  33. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great place have been going for years and it never disappoints
  34. E

    Elsie

    London

    35 reviews

    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on November 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Amazing atmosphere and decor with great food and excellent resident pianist. Very happy we choice to book here. Would highly recommend!
  35. FR

    FredR

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 13, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    The food was nice. French onion soup and lamb steak were delicious. The service was excellent. Live piano provided great ambience for dates.
  36. C

    Cleo

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    5.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Loved the ambiance and decor, food and pianist. Service was a,little slow but cordial. I highly recommend and will return .
  37. J

    Jennifer

    San Francisco

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on November 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Recommended by a local for our last meal in Manhattan. It was fantastic.
  38. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Excellent food and ambiance; service was friendly and conscientious of show times for nearby.
  39. IL

    IsabellaL

    Richmond

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on November 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    With my husband before the kinky boots show.
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on November 10, 2022

    overall5food5service3ambience5
    Lovely atmosphere and food. We had to wait a while for anybody to come get our check but other than that a fabulous evening.

Safety precautions

  • Cleaning & sanitizing

    • Surfaces sanitized between seatings
    • Digital, disposable or sanitized menu provided
    • Common areas deep-cleaned daily
    • Sanitizer or wipes provided for customers
  • Physical distancing

    • Limited number of seated diners
    • Distancing maintained in common areas
    • Extra space between tables
  • Protective equipment

    • Waitstaff wear masks
    • Diners must wear masks unless eating or drinking
  • Screening

    • Sick staff prohibited in the workplace

FAQs

Chez Josephine offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 594-1925.

Chez Josephine is rated 4.6 stars by 6578 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 45 times today
Google Map for Chez Josephine

414 West 42nd Street, New York, NY 10036

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Between 9th and Dyer/10th Aves.

  • Neighborhood

    Theater District / Times Square

  • Hours of operation

    Brunch Sat, Sun 11:00 am–3:00 pm Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–3:00 pm Dinner Daily 4:00 pm–10:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    French, American

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    Manhattan Plaza, 42nd Street and Dyer Avenue (between 9th and 10th Avenues),

  • Public transit

    1, 2, 3, 7, N, Q, R trains to Times Square-42nd Street, and A, C & E trains to Port Authority-42nd Street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Frank Diaz

  • Entertainment

    Live piano music nightly and at Sunday Brunch.

  • Additional

    Banquet, BYO Wine, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 594-1925

  • Private party facilities

    Main dining room, on the ground floor, can be rented and seats 70 guests. Our Jungle Room, also on the ground floor, seats 20 guests. Our Salon Marrakech, on the second floor, seats 30 guests.

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