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Posted by Rick in Laguna Beach on 10/13/2006
Jean-Claude's charm, attention and sincere desire to make the experience memorable is matched by some terrific food at reasonable prices. Its location along Theatre Row is perfect for Playwrights Horizons-goers and other off-Broadway ticket-holders, but a bit of a hike for Broadway's theatres, which means Chez Josephine is not overrun by tourists, but populated by locals, regulars and a sophisticated crowd who enjoy the decor that pays homage to his mother jazz-legend Josephine Baker.
Posted by Alan B on 09/28/2006
A great pre- theater dinner and very friendly. The tables are a bit small for some, but the experience makes up for it.
Posted by Anonymous on 03/03/2006
I found Chez Josephine on the Internet. It was close to our theater. I expected something nice, but not magical. We could have been anywhere in the world. The decor is plush, the host a character from Cage aux Folles, and the food exquisite too. Everyone went out of his way to make our birthday dinner for our son special, including fitting us in on a very busy night and the singing of the birthday song. It was a special evening for us all.
Posted by Michael and Robin B. from WV on 02/05/2006
Our first visit to Chez Josephine was several years ago. We were going to catch a show with a business associate and she asked us to meet her at the restaurant. We were so taken with the service and the exquisite menu that it became a must every trip to NYC. It continues to be a wonderful experience and Jean-Claude always makes us feel welcomed and special. My brother-in-law who is from the area teases us about our love of Chez Josephine by pointing out the fact the New York has so many great restaurants and we always go to the same one. To that I say, when you've found the best, why look anywhere else! Bravo Jean-Claude! We love you!
Posted by Two Senior Citizens from Massachusetts on 01/04/2006
The evening was a delight from the moment we walked into Chez Josephine Restaurant in New York City. The patrons were friendly and like one happy family. The food was absolutely delicious and the finest I have ever tasted. The service was exceptional and the beautiful ambience added to this wonderful evening. The talented, young composer and piano player lifted the spirits of the captive patrons and enraptured us all. We came away back to Massachusetts with joy in our hearts and a memory of the most wondrous of evenings.
Posted by Mark on 12/31/2005
Chez Josephine lived up to our highest expectations. Jean-Claude was the perfect host, welcoming but not obtrusive. He asked us if we were planning to see a show, which we were, and then made sure that we were served on time so that we had plenty of time to make the show. Starting with the lobster bisque, the meal was exquisite. My wife, whose biggest pet peeve about restaurants is when they serve hot dishes only lukewarm, was astounded by her piping hot dish (chicken) and the fact that the meal stayed hot. The servings were very generous and cooked just right. Our waiter was helpful and always attentive. Everything was genuine. At first couldn't figure out the obsession with Josephine Baker, but after talking a bit with Jean-Claude, it became clear. If you don't know already, Jean-Claude Baker was adopted by the legendary Josephine Baker when he was 14, and he wrote a detailed biography called "Josephine, the Hungry Heart", a true labor of love. I believe his labor of love carries over into his restaurant, not only in the food but in his attention to detail and the training of his staff, making an excellent dining experience. Highly recommended.
Posted by Eric on 12/29/2005
I had a great time at Chez Josephine 12/27 with my family. Our waiter was a little bit out there, perhaps a bit affected, but we enjoyed his antics and the service overall was stellar. Everything was hot, cold, filled, emptied, cleaned, etc. exactly when it was supposed to be, and the staff did it all without being obtrusive. A couple of us had the mushroom soup as an appetizer, and it was amazing. All of the food was well-presented. The salmon was decent, the lobster cassoulet was very good, the shrimp and baby pea risotto was excellent, and the amish chicken was outstanding. I didn't try the hangar steak special but the person who had it seemed to enjoy it. The staff accomodated some special requests for different sides, sauces, etc. without batting an eye. The desserts were all very good--nothing you couldn't find elsewhere, but a solid job. The decor was interesting. There was a great pianist playing. The owner greeted us at the door and took our coats. Overall it was just a great experience. To top it off, while it wasn't cheap, it was actually less expensive than I expected it to be, so that was a nice surprise at the end of the night. I'd definitely go back. Great place for a date or a dinner with a few close friends.