A Taste of The City of Light at Chez Josephine

A Taste of The City of Light at Chez Josephine

In my opinion, salivation-inducing fare is only one ingredient in the recipe that makes for a fantastic dining experience. Amazing ambiance and a hospitable staff are the remaining two factors, and I was able to enjoy all three during a recent trip to French eatery Chez Josephine in the Theater District.

This past Saturday night, I had dinner in the bustling space—named after American-born French entertainer Josephine Baker. Inside the dimly lit restaurant, patrons will feel as if transported to 1930s Paris, with a rich color scheme of deep reds and vibrant teal, lamps with red fringe lampshades, and colorful paintings and black-and-white photographs of Baker gracing the walls. Live piano music adds to the restaurant’s romantic appeal.

Once seated, I enjoyed a starter of crisp sweet-potato fries, fluffy gougères and one of the restaurant’s creative cocktails, The Pink Panther—an elixir of absinthe, fresh lemonade and a splash of cranberry juice—while waiting for my entrée of flavorful Beef Wellington, hearty bok choy and filling roasted potatoes. Foodies can also savor such elegant fare as Boudin Noir, with olive-oil smashed potatoes and apple compote; Roasted Breast of Long Island Duck, with wild rice and corn emulsion; and Pan-Seared Calf ’s Liver, with wilted mustard greens and potato croquettes.

Several times throughout the meal, the gracious owner, Jean-Claude Baker, stopped by my table with charming anecdotes and wine recommendations. The meal ended on a sweet note with a selection of pastel-colored petit fours, crème brûlée, and white and dark chocolate mousse. For more on the restaurant, click here.


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