District 3 Must-Sees: Aleta LaFargue, on the Living Legacy of Chez Josephine

Live piano music nightly. | Photo courtesy of Chez Josephine

Aleta LaFargue responded, when we asked all six New York City Council District 3 candidates for their favorite small businesses in Council District 3, whose seat they are currently in the running for. Watch this space for more from LaFargue and the other five candidates—all of whom encourage those of us who are able to shop local, and on a regular basis. As NYC looks toward recovering from the pandemic era, we all have a part to play in making sure our mom-and-pop shops stay exactly where they are.

Chez Josephine

414 W. 42nd St. (btw. 9th & 10th Aves.)


“I love its classic charm and the legacy Jean Claude left behind. He was the onetime manager of Josephine Baker [who called him the 13th of her adopted Baker’s Dozen], and would host dinners for many of the volunteers who worked with the Manhattan Plaza AIDS project. Upon his death, he left the restaurant to the men who had worked for him all those years. The moment you walk in, you’re instantly transported to Paris. It’s delightful.”—Aleta LaFargue

Lobster Cassoulet. | Photo courtesy of Chez Josephine.


Founded in 1986 by Jean-Claude Baker, Chez Josephine is a tribute in name, ambiance, and menu to his adoptive mother, the legendary entertainer Josephine Baker. Chez Josephine offers a French-American menu and live piano music in an intimate Parisian setting.


Reservations are recommended, due to limited capacity as per New York State mandates.

Call 212-594-1925 to book a table, or reserve online at OpenTable.com.

Takeout is available, as well as delivery within a 1-mile radius. Deliver is also available through Caviar, DoorDash, and Grub.

Open 7 days a week for indoor dining, takeout, and local delivery.

Outdoor dining, weather permitting.

Classic Crème Brûlée. | Photo courtesy of Chez Josephine


Monday through Friday, Noon to 11pm

Saturday & Sunday, 11am-11pm

Live piano music nightly.

L to R, at a pre-pandemic Chez Josephine: Aleta’s son, Elijah Del LaFargue, and mother, Marietta Federici LaFargue. | Photo by Aleta LaFargue


The main dining room. | Photo courtesy of Chez Josephine


Beets. | Photo courtesy of Chez Josephine


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