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Posted by Anna on 10/18/2008
After reading the great reviews for this restaurant, my boyfriend and I decided to try this restaurant before we went to a Broadway show. Like all other restaurants in the area, they get you out in a timely manner so you're on time for your show if you tell them beforehand. The piano player was also a nice touch. Our waiter was also very polite but minimally attentive and often passed by when we tried to get his attention. Those are the positives :-( This restaurant is TINY! It is a long hall and tables are crammed together. Its very uncomfortable to eat this way. The food was also completely sub-par. I was appaled by the poor quality of the ingredients and how poorly the food was made. Both our meals were not good at all! I understand that risotto is a difficult dish to make well, but this was rediculous, it was literally wet rice!! For these prices, that rice should've been swimming in gold instead of starchy flavorless water! I am very surprised to see all these positive reviews when the food in this restaurant was practically inedible and extremely expensive for what you're getting! Maybe we went there on a bad night, but we won't subject ourselves to their "cusine" ever again!
Posted by Anonymous on 09/28/2008
Very nice atmosphere, well decorated with a piano player. The food was as advertised, expensive, but good. Portions are the right size. We ate off of the "pre-fixed" menu. The staff is well dressed, polite, and speak French. If you are looking for a quiet, romantic, and different experience, you should definately try it. Overall, we were glad we went.
Posted by Crystal on 07/23/2008
I came here for restaurant week last night and it was the best dining experience ever!!. The waiters were super attentive including the manager. Beautiful decor with live pianist. I don't drink so me and my friend only had water. I thought they might give us attitude but they treated us like we were spending a million bucks. The goat cheese ravioli was amazing and they even switch the sauce for me since I don't eat beef. After each course the waiter came and cleaned our table. I didn't like my main course which was the risotto and they changed it for me without hesitation. I had the Mahi Mahi instead and I believe the owner even came and asked me if I wanted lemon on my fish. I felt bad but yet surprised at how accommodating they are. I love this place and will definitely come back. The deserts were delicious as well. Highly recommend it!
Posted by Melody on 06/06/2008
I work in NYC and dine at Chez Josphine every chance I get. Whenever I host a client dinner or meal with friends I take them to Chez, after which everyone always raves. I cannot say enough good things about the chef. Every course of food is consistently wonderful. The food is never ‘ok’ or ‘good’. It always exceeds my expectations. They always make my friends and I feel very welcome at the restaurant. What else can I say? I have worked in NYC for 20 years and this is my favorite restaurant. I hope you have a chance to enjoy it as much as I have.
Posted by Anonymous on 05/26/2008
They gave us a great table, the round one by the window (ask for it) and a very warm welcome. The look, feel and food were very classic French, like some place you'd come across after a stroll through Paris. The escargot and duck breast a l'orange were perfect. The birthday desert with my name written in chocolate on the plate was fantastic. Highly recommended.
Posted by Bettug on 03/24/2008
For our 39th anniversary we decided to return (4th time) to Chez Josephine to celebrate. We decided to go to a matinee so we would not be rushed during dinner. We requested a table by the piano which we were given and the rest of the evening was memorable. The entertainment, Jean-Claude, the staff, the diners, everyone in the restaurant makes you feel as if you have known them forever. Our dinners were delicious, shrimp risotto and fried chicken, as well as the desserts. I need to mention that Sarah and Jean played our wedding song for us and the four couples next to us were singing. Where does that ever happen? We will be returning to NYC on business in April and will again dine at Chez Josephine.
Posted by Foodie on 08/20/2007
I had a bad run of dining experiences in New York for a while, so it was refreshing to find a place that was really good. I had the lemon shrimp risotto. Shrimp was light and cooked to perfection, risotto was creamy. Prices are a little to expensive, but I think its worth it once and a while.