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

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
"Wonderful, old world French Bistro with a gorgeous interior."
"I took my granddaughter for a pre-theatre dinner."
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Kari Schumacher
6 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.
Kari Miller
6 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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Heather Lang
2 months ago
Went before theatre. An absolute gem in Manhattan. Perfect food and service.
Michael DeLeo
6 months ago
Wonderful, old world French Bistro with a gorgeous interior.
Barry Graham
6 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.
Anna Klendar
2 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
Dick Baker
9 months ago
Have been here many times,,, with my wife and with large groups. Service is always top notch, the owner goes to every table to see how his patrons are enjoying themselves and the food is very good AND reasonable! Bon appetite.
Barbara Barrett
2 years ago
I took my granddaughter for a pre-theatre dinner. She was fascinated with the decor and knew who Josephine Baker was. The $35.00 summer menu was a bargain considering the quality of the food. The escargots were good, not great, but the pan roasted quail was outstanding. The carmelized apple tart with calvados sorbet was a perfect ending to the meal.