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Posted by Jolan on 01/16/2011
I wanted so very much to like this restaurant because I just love Josephine Baker. Unfortunately, it fell short. The wait staff was neither accommodating nor attentive to ME. The food was mediocre. Perhaps the full service menu fares better. At least the portions for some servings appeared more hearty. The lobster bisque took no time to arrive. It was OK, but not extraordinary. The mimosa was small for the price. It did, however, have a slight kick which kind of made of for the size. The French toast took forever and there was only one piece of bread halved and garnished with berries. The fresh blueberries, strawberries and raspberries saved a lackluster dish. I am giving the experience a higher rating based on the ambience, décor and especially the pianist who did an extraordinary job. I imagine it would feel even more Josephine Bakerish after dark in subdued lighting with sultry music playing in the background. Also , the prix-fixe tab was only $20 (not including the mimosa of course), which is comparatively cheap in NYC. The waiter gets a thumbs down
Posted by Anonymous on 04/20/2010
I reserved this restaurant for a birthday party of 4 and specifically requested a surprise cake (and was promised one). The cake never appeared. The food is way overpriced, and very mediocre. The space is awkward and not very clean. The host is insanely annoying and condescending. Never again.
Posted by Terry on 02/20/2010
My boyfriend picked this place for a romantic valentine's meal. We normally wouldn't eat in this area because normally touristy area's restaurant are not as good but we decided to try it because of the reviews and the delicious sounding prefix menu. We booked for the 8:30 seating because there was no earlier availability. The two main course my boyfriend and I had previously chose (rack of lamb & the steak were no longer available) and they were half of the menu. Instead we had steak which was tough and too chewy to be a decent cut. Plus, while we finished our meal we were subjected to a group of waiters who openly discussed their tips for the night. Utterly disatisfying and unromantic with NO class whatsoever!
Posted by Brerica on 10/18/2009
We had high aspirations after reading the other reviews, and decided to celebrate a special evening here. Being from the city, and living in the neighborhood, we ordinarily would not dine in the Times Square area. Once seated, we sat with an empty table for 20 minutes, until finally our server took our drink order. After another 10-15 min. we received our wine, water, and bread, only after asking for the last two items 3 separate times. Within moments our entrees were on our table before we even had a chance to toast the occasion. The food was decent, duck confit was tasty, however, for $28 a bit small. The Bolognese (a house “specialty”) was lackluster at best. When trying to leave ASAP, we specifically asked for change and waited 15 minutes until we reminded him we were waiting for change. He got $1!!! We eat out frequently and regularly tip 20%; for impeccable service (i.e. Antiqua Venezia, Spice Market, Degustation, Momufuku) as much as 25%. Mind you, I personally have worked in the food service industry for over 8 years, and would never have treated any table in the manner we were treated. Simply unprofessional, and disappointing!
Posted by anonymous on 09/05/2009
My husband and I had dinner there tonight. The food was very good. We also really liked the atmosphere. We would highly recommend this restaurant.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/21/2009
This restaurant is a great choice for theater district dining. Service is warm yet professional and the food is quite good. We enjoyed a terrific piano player at dinner on Saturday. He has every show tune at his fingertips. I recommend dining there after theatre when you can enjoy the charming ambiance without rushing. One caviat: The prix fixe is not available on weekends. Check to make sure they are doing it if that is important to you.
Posted by Lady Marie on 02/21/2009
Each time, I travel to NYC, I make it a point to go to Chez Josephine. Great food, excellent service and a wonderful atmosphere, Jean-Claude is the perfect host. The last two trips, I walked in without a reservation and was seated immediately. Just can't beat it ! Merci mon ami!