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Chez Josephine

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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1133 Current Reviews
Summary of Diner Ratings & Reviews
Overall 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
(1,133 Reviews)
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Rating Breakdown 1,133 reviews
5 stars
(591)
4 stars
(389)
3 stars
(109)
2 stars
(37)
1 star
(7)
Food 
4.2 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.2 / 5
Service 
4.3 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.3 / 5
Ambiance 
4.5 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.5 / 5
Noise Level
2.1 / 3
Energetic
Value 
4.1 / 5
(Outstanding) 4.1 / 5
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Chez Josephine Reviews List
Review 1 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Theater Food

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
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1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
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3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"This restaurant has always had good food but the service has gone down in the last year. The piano player was not as good as in days gone by either."
Dined on 2/10/2016
 2013
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 2 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Don't miss this gem

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"We had a lovely leisurely dinner and so appreciated the attentive service. We weren't rushed, and we enjoyed conversations with neighboring tables. The pianist was wonderful!"
Dined on 2/10/2016
 2006
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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Review 3 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 2/10/2016
 2008
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 4 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Enjoyed the restaurant the food was good

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Dined on 2/09/2016
 2014
Dined on 2/09/2016
 2014
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 2/09/2016
 2014
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Review 5 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 2/09/2016
 2016
Dined on 2/09/2016
 2016
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 2/09/2016
 2016
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Review 6 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 2/09/2016
 2010
Special Features: neighborhood gem, hot spot
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Review 7 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 2/09/2016
 2005
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 8 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Missing Jean-Claude

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"I have been going there for years and was afraid that when Jean-Claude (previous owner) died, that the place would change. Thankfully it hasn't. It is still as charming as ever. Live piano is great."
Dined on 2/09/2016
 2003
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion, late-night find
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Review 9 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 1/30/2016
 2013
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2013
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2013
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Review 10 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 2/07/2016
 2015
Dined on 2/07/2016
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Good service and good food. Dessert was excellent (profiteroles)."
Dined on 2/07/2016
 2015
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Review 11 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 2/07/2016
 2015
Dined on 2/07/2016
 2015
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
4 / 3
Energetic
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"We had a lovely brunch and the service was outstanding"
Dined on 2/07/2016
 2015
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, great for brunch, great for lunch, fit for foodies
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Review 12 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 2/06/2016
 2011
Dined on 2/06/2016
 2011
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 2/06/2016
 2011
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Review 13 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Reliable good food and elegant setting

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"This restaurant is one of my favorites in NYC. The atmosphere is old world elegance that transports you to the early 1900's. Beautiful paintings and memorabilia of the great Josephine Baker adorn the emerald walls. The continental menu is varied without being exhaustive. I lam fond of the Boudin Noir and the liver among others. The fantastic piano player ads an additional classy touch to the place. He can play like a dream (best to be seated away from the piano for a quieter time). Service is elegant and efficient - a well-trained team including the very friendly owner/manager who cheerfully greets you at the door. Don't miss this wonderful place."
Dined on 2/07/2016
 2005
Special Features: romantic, special occasion, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 14 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2007
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Review 15 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Loved it

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Dined on 2/06/2016
 2011
Dined on 2/06/2016
 2011
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"We went to Chez Josephine this past Saturday, and everything was great. The food is delicious, and we loved the live piano playing behind us. The inside is adorable as well, a little tight but perfect if you want that Parisian ambiance."
Dined on 2/06/2016
 2011
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem
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Review 16 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Excellent, as always.

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Dined on 2/04/2016
 2011
Dined on 2/04/2016
 2011
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"Love the food and ambiance in this place. The lobster bisque is always wonderful and the fresh fish abundant and perfectly prepared. The wait staff are attentive and helpful. And I never tire of the wonderful camp feel of the place, not to mention the live piano player, etc etc. I'm so glad it remains a first rate option in this off-Broadway theatre district where I so frequently enjoy great threatre, particularly at the Signature. Give it a try if you haven't, and come back if it's been awhile."
Dined on 2/04/2016
 2011
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, late-night find
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Review 17 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Perfect brunch

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"We had a great time on our brunch. Great food, great service."
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2010
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, great for brunch, great for lunch, special occasion
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Review 18 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Fantastic French Bistro

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"Chez Josephine never disappoints!!! Food was fantastic as well as service.
Great place to go back on time. (In a good and nostalgic way)
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Dined on 2/06/2016
 2010
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 19 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

My favorite restaurant in NYC!

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Dined on 2/06/2016
 2015
Dined on 2/06/2016
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 2/06/2016
 2015
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 20 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 2/03/2016
 2014
Dined on 2/03/2016
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 2/03/2016
 2014
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 21 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 2/05/2016
 2015
Dined on 2/05/2016
 2015
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 2/05/2016
 2015
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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Review 22 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 2/05/2016
 2013
Special Features: romantic, special occasion
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Review 23 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Magical

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"Chez Josephine is one of my most favorite places on the planet!
To me, it's family, well actually a fantasy family. We all should experience as frequently as we can the magic that is Chez Josephine. The spirit of Josephine Baker and her beloved son Jean-Claude is still there, embodied in Manuel and the rest of the crew."
Dined on 2/05/2016
 2005
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 24 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Repeat Pleasure

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"We are accustomed to dinner at Chez Josephine as a pre-theatre venue but this restaurant is its own destination spot. The ambiance and service are lovely, warm and inviting. The food is dependably excellent. We look forward to our next NYC jaunt and another delightful evening at Chez Josephine."
Dined on 2/05/2016
 2007
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 25 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Lovely old charmer

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"I've wanted to go to Chez Josephine for years, but somehow never made it. Finally decided to go there for my birthday dinner before theatre. We were not disappointed. The ambiance is lovely old-New York and so full of character and timelessness. The food was terrific and the service was exemplary. Don't know why I waited so long to go there. Can't wait to go back!"
Dined on 2/05/2016
 2010
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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Review 26 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 2/05/2016
 2009
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, hot spot, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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Review 27 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Romantic dinner

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Dined on 2/05/2016
 2016
Dined on 2/05/2016
 2016
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"The location is great for a date. Romantic setup in a very classy atmosphere. The live piano makes it a very special and enjoyable. Would recommend."
Dined on 2/05/2016
 2016
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, notable wine list, fit for foodies
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Review 28 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

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Dined on 2/04/2016
 2012
Dined on 2/04/2016
 2012
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Ambiance 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
"Not impressed @ all. Will never go back. Cramped between two other parties, so we couldn't even talk. Waiter hardly said two words to us, although there were other waiters that were attentive to us. The food was okay but nothing compared to the price. I sent mine back and ordered crab cakes, they were excellent but not worth a visit back. We went during restaurant week but declined the paid for dessert we ordered because we just wanted to get out of the cramped place. I will say piano player was awesome! So disappointed after all the great reviews!"
Dined on 2/04/2016
 2012
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Review 29 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Dined on 2/04/2016
 2010
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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Review 30 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

dinner before show

Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
"i cant say that food was good. Its was ok, onion soup has too much onions and not enough cheese, calf liver was so tiny for the price and was on the bed of bitter kale grass. i was in better french restaurants in the city and not that overpriced."
Dined on 2/03/2016
 2011
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Review 31 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 2/03/2016
 2014
Dined on 2/03/2016
 2014
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 2/03/2016
 2014
Special Features: romantic, good for groups, great for brunch, special occasion, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 32 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 2/03/2016
 2010
Dined on 2/03/2016
 2010
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 2/03/2016
 2010
Special Features: neighborhood gem
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Review 33 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Dined on 2/05/2016
 2008
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Review 34 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 2/02/2016
 2013
Special Features: special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 35 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

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Dined on 2/02/2016
 2008
Dined on 2/02/2016
 2008
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Ambiance 
1 / 5
(Poor) 1 / 5
Noise Level
Energetic
Energetic
Dined on 2/02/2016
 2008
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Review 36 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 2/02/2016
 2007
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 37 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 2/02/2016
 2013
Dined on 2/02/2016
 2013
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 2/02/2016
 2013
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, fit for foodies
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Review 38 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 3/06/2015
 2009
Dined on 3/06/2015
 2009
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 3/06/2015
 2009
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, great for brunch, hot spot, special occasion, great for outdoor dining, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 39 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
"Chez Josephine has the best and affordable brunch. Great atmosphere! Love the live piano player."
Dined on 1/31/2016
 2012
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Review 40 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

Chez Josephine is Magnificent

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Dined on 1/31/2016
 2010
Dined on 1/31/2016
 2010
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"A visit to NYC would not be complete without a visit to Chez Josephine. The atmosphere would be enough, with the gorgeous original art and posters depicting the storied Josephine Baker. Founded by her adopted son, this charming hideaway just happens to be one of the closest restaurants to the Javits Center. But once you're inside the doors, you are worlds away from the hustle of the city streets. The discreet service and delightful food never disappoint."
Dined on 1/31/2016
 2010
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, great for brunch, special occasion, fit for foodies
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Review 41 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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Dined on 1/31/2016
 2014
Dined on 1/31/2016
 2014
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/31/2016
 2014
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, great for brunch, special occasion
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Review 42 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Dined on 1/31/2016
 2011
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Review 43 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/31/2016
 2014
Special Features: romantic
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Review 44 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5

Disappointed

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Dined on 1/29/2016
 2012
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2012
Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
"My husband and i wanted to try out French cuisine so we chose Chez Josephines and were kind of disappointed. The restaurant itself is nice and cozy, beautiful piano playing, great service and a nice wine list. However the food was not that good. The apps seemed ok but our entres were bland. My husband had the Trout almondine and said the potatoes tasted like they were instant and the string beans not so fresh. I had a pasta dish that was on the bland side and tasted like it was meat sauce out of a can. Overall it was nice to try something new but we wont be going back."
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2012
Special Features: notable wine list
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Review 45 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5

Food 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Service 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
Ambiance 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
2 / 5
(Fair) 2 / 5
"extremely disappointed this time around in all regard"
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2006
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Review 46 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/30/2016
 2005
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2005
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2005
Special Features: fit for foodies
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Review 47 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

A pleasure

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Dined on 1/31/2016
 2016
Dined on 1/31/2016
 2016
Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
"The ambience was perfect and felt truly Parisienne. The staff were helpful and the pianist a pleasure to listen to."
Dined on 1/31/2016
 2016
Special Features: romantic, great for brunch, special occasion
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Review 48 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

Food 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/30/2016
 2012
Special Features: romantic, neighborhood gem, good for groups, great for brunch, scenic view, special occasion, fit for foodies, late-night find
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Review 49 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5

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Dined on 1/05/2016
 2015
Dined on 1/05/2016
 2015
Food 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Service 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Ambiance 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Noise Level
Quiet
Quiet
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Dined on 1/05/2016
 2015
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Review 50 for Chez Josephine
Overall rating 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5

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OpenTable Diner Since
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2009
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2009
Food 
3 / 5
(Good) 3 / 5
Service 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
Ambiance 
5 / 5
(Outstanding) 5 / 5
Noise Level
Moderate
Moderate
Value 
4 / 5
(Very Good) 4 / 5
"I came here for restaurant week. Ambiance was great, but the food was only mediocre for the price, even considering the lower price I paid for restaurant week. The onion tart was delicious, but the croq au vin wasn't exception in any way. The apple tart dessert was both too sweet and tasted kind of burnt. The environment was great however. There was a talented piano player who played Broadway hits throughout dinner. The staff was attentive and polite. Maybe I just got the wrong things for dinner, or at least the offerings for restaurant week were disappointing."
Dined on 1/29/2016
 2009
Special Features: romantic, special occasion
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