Named after the famed American 1920’s Paris chanteuse Josephine Baker, the moody, elegant Chez Josephine, at the southwestern tip of the Theater District, is always hopping. Musicians drop by — Harry Connick, Jr. is no stranger here — to tickle the ivories on the house piano. Don’t fret about making your show on time; early pre-theater dinners and after-theater suppers are catered to. Chez Josephine’s urbane host, Jean-Claude Baker, created the restaurant in memory of his Follies-star stepmother. Loving attention goes into every detail of the décor and the delicious, eclectic French menu. The food is as stellar as the patrons.

414 W. 42nd St.