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Chez Josephine
French Restaurant$$$
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Dear Mr. Jambon,
Thank you for being with us last night. Sorry that you were disturbed by my friend columnist Michael Riedel, who was sharing with me his radio interview from that morning.
I've been here for 28 years caring very much about the well-being of my friends and guests. Please give us one more chance, and I would like to welcome you back with a glass of champagne.
Have a great weekend,
Jean-Claude Baker
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414 W 42nd St New York, NY 10036
414 West 42nd StreetUSNew YorkNew York10036
$$$French Restaurant, Bistro
French Restaurant
Eclectic Restaurant
Piano Bar
Today 5PM–12AM
Thursday 5PM–12AMFriday 5PM–12AMSaturday 12PM–12AMSunday 12–10PMMonday ClosedTuesday 5PM–12AMWednesday 5PM–12AM
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French staples pair with piano music at this opulent restaurant, a tribute to Josephine Baker.- Google
"Good value for the Prix fixe brunch menu on Sundays."
"For appetizer we ordered Maine lobster bisque and french onion soup."
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Olivier Duval
2 months ago
If you're looking for an experience, travelling in time, in NYC, this is a good place. Opened and managed by one of Josephine Baker's adopted sons, this restaurants is very unique by its decor, its music, its vibe. I've been going there for the past 8 years, mainly for brunch. Great service, good food and a pianist that plays classic songs of Broadway etc. Always a pleasure to go back, never disappointed.
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Frank Florindi
3 months ago
We've been coming here for YEARS. Did you know it was a massage parlor before becoming a restaurant. The memory of Josephine Baker and her son Jean Claude can be felt within these walls. They would be so proud to know the quality of the food and service honor their memories. It's a MUST do on your list of NYC places to dine.
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Chad Naville
6 months ago
Impression: Nice restaurant right off the street and just off the craziness of Times Square. It is within walking distance of Times Square / Theater District / Hell's Kitchen though. Upon walking in you are greeted with seemingly over the top french decor, but its charming. Experience: We made a reservation (highly recommended because it was busy) and were immediately seated upon our arrival. We dined about 5:30pm on a Saturday. We were asked by the host if we preferred to be seated closer or further from the piano player, of which we requested a moderate place because I enjoy piano music but still wanted to be able to have conversation. We started with a bottle of wine (Brouilly, Chateu de la Chaize, Beaujolais 2012) per the recommendation of a wine similar in body and spirit to a pinot noir. The wine was served chilled based on the recommendation of the wine connoisseur (maybe a sommelier?) and it was delightful and light to the palate. I would liken it to a red savignon blanc... it would not compliment well a red meat though. For appetizer we ordered Maine lobster bisque and french onion soup. My partner enjoyed his french onion soup (despite it being lava hot for a long time) but I LOVED my lobster bisque. Like this is the appetizer to get, seriously. For entree my partner ordered the chicken breast and I ordered the halibut special. My partners chicken tasted delicious and I enjoyed my halibut, but the lobster bisque was served under quinoa and that absorbed much of the bisque to my disappointment (yes, there was lobster bisque in both of my dishes, don't judge me). Dessert we had coffee and creme brulee which was also delicious. Conclusion: This location is definitely one of my favorite NY restaurants yet. The total price of the meal for us was $170 (bottle of wine, two appetizers, two entrees, two coffees, one dessert). The price was not cheap but was worth the quality of the food you received and the great atmosphere. I will definitely bring other friends to this location next time I visit New York. Good for: small groups, dates, romantic dinner, high-quality dinner, pre-theater dining, wine menu
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Wonderful food and beautiful music.
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Sexy blonde
a week ago
I come to NYC from Texas and must eat this fairly priced delicious food upon every visit . And what a good looking and pro staff . Kisses to Jean Paul ❤️💋❤️
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Stefan Neustadter
6 months ago
Very good food, super ambiance, wonderful pianist, wonderful service, great location...a must do in the theater district. An old New York experience for the jaded theater goer...
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Friedrich Prinz
7 months ago
This is a very beautifull place! The atmosphere and the live music are great and the food is Allright. It tastes really good and it is an upclass restaurant it is just not stunning as the prices may indicate. But I still recommend it! I had a great night here
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Ugur Dogrusoz
8 months ago
Nice atmosphere but not so special food for the price