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Chez Josephine
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Today 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM
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Dear Mr. Jambon,
Thank you for being with us last night. Sorry that you were disturbed by my friend columnist Michael Riedel, who was sharing with me his radio interview from that morning.
I've been here for 28 years caring very much about the well-being of my friends and guests. Please give us one more chance, and I would like to welcome you back with a glass of champagne.
Have a great weekend,
Jean-Claude Baker
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414 W 42nd St New York, NY 10036
414 West 42nd StreetUSNew YorkNew York10036
$$$French Restaurant, Bistro
French Restaurant
Eclectic Restaurant
Piano Bar
Today 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM
Wednesday 5:00 PM – 12:00 AMThursday 5:00 PM – 12:00 AMFriday 5:00 PM – 12:00 AMSaturday 12:00 PM – 12:00 AMSunday 12:00 – 10:00 PMMonday ClosedTuesday 5:00 PM – 12:00 AM

A tribute to legendary Josephine Baker, this Parisian bistro with live music and a tantalizing menu exudes theatrical panache. One of New York's most romantic restaurants, a bit of Montmartre on 42nd Street, where Jean-Claude Baker and his brother Jarry Baker are your warm and welcoming hosts who treat guests as family. The eclectic menu reinvents the traditional cuisine of the French bistro. At anytime, you can experience what Jean-Claude Baker calls his “human cocktail” – a medley of celebrities, local color, and a loyal and devoted following from all over the world. 

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French staples pair with piano music at this opulent restaurant, a tribute to Josephine Baker.- Google
"Jean Claude is a great host and always makes you feel like an old friend."
"Small french bistro near port authority and close to American Airlines theare."
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Came here for dinner while visiting in New York, it was near by where I was staying and it had good reviews. I made a reservation for myself that night and the table that I was sat at was awkwardly at the front by the door in the middle of the walk way. Oddly I was the only person dinning by themselves, so that make it extremely awkward to be at such a weird table. There was a piano player and a singer that night and it was very very crowded. The food came out fairly fast, I had a nice sever he was very quick. I had the spaghetti bolognese and it was okay, the portion size was large. I also got the french onion soup and that was the best item that night. The bathroom is located up a very steep stairway in a tiny little corner. For being NYC and so many food options I was disappointed, nothing was amazing and it was pretty expensive for what it was. I had found other great options while in NYC and I wouldn't return here or recommend it to anyone visiting either.
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Kevin Chiu
a week ago
Wonderful food, great local French restaurant. A little crowded inside, but has a lot of character.
Barry Graham
9 months ago
Chez Jospehine is not just a restaurant, it is an experience. The owner is dazzling, the piano player is tanalizing, the food is scrumptious and the Old-Fashions are the best ! This is our favorite place to eat at in NYC. Last but not least, the waitstaff is incredible. When ever we visit this restaurant, we feel like we are "home". Highly recommend this restaurant.
Kari Miller
10 months ago
My husband and I have eaten at Chez Josephine a dozen or more times over the past fifteen years. (We live in Virginia.) The food is excellent. Service is superb. Meals are wonderful. Location great. We took some very "foodie" friends there one evening before the theater and they pronounced the cream of mushroom soup the very best they'd ever had anywhere!! Jean-Claude is really an Italian restaurant owner in a French disguise: he is always there, welcoming patrons, chatting with many of them, treating them all as if they were old friends. Many are.. We've met several of his friends, the banker who backed him in the past, Hal Prince who had a studio next door, his "brother" Jarry who'd come from Brazil to work with him. The restaurant isn't big but it seems so because of the mirror-wall at the back where the pianist is. The piano is always being played. The art work is of Josephine. We LOVE to go to Chez Josephine and will continue to do so when we're in NYC.
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Jon Suen
a week ago
One star as additional for the friendly staff and ambience. Food is decent, rich and provincial. Good value for the Prix fixe brunch menu on Sundays
Kari Schumacher
9 months ago
Thanks to the love and expertise of Jean-Claude Baker, Chez Josephine is simply the best restaurant in Manhattan! The wait staff makes an effort to be so well mannered and elegant in their approach to serving their customers. The restaurant is wonderfully unique in design, immaculately clean and the food is the closest thing you can get to perfection! My heartfelt condolences to the Chez Josephine family and all who loved Jean-Claude Baker.
Heather Lang
6 months ago
Went before theatre. An absolute gem in Manhattan. Perfect food and service.
Anna Klendar
6 months ago
Amazing ambiance, attentive and caring service, heavenly escargots (and other food) . Be prepared to time travel to Paris of beginning of 20th century