West Bank Cafe
West Bank Cafe
  • Address:
    407 West 42nd Street
    New York, NY 10036
    Neighborhood:
    Theater District / Times Square
  • Cuisine:
    Contemporary American
    Price: $30 and under

West Bank Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.westbankcafe.com/
  • Phone: 2126956909x
  • Hours of Operation:
    Wednesday-Saturday: 11:30 AM-Midnight Sunday-Tuesday: 11:30 AM- 11 PM
  • Payment Options: AMEX,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Contemporary American
  • Executive Chef: Charles Brassard
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Entertainment, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: West Bank Cafe can cater off-premise events ranging in size from 40 to 1,000. Our chef will design a menu tailored to your specific event, from passed hors d’oeuvres to formal sit-down meals, and the restaurant will supply everything from the linens and glassware to plates and staff.
  • Private Party Facilities: The Laurie Beechman Theater and the restaurant’s dining room can accommodate private and semi-private groups ranging in size from 12 people for an intimate sit-down dinner to 245 for a cocktail party. The Laurie Beechman Theater is also ideal for business meetings and corporate presentations.
  • Private Party Contact: Kenny Bell 2126956909x
  • Entertainment: The Laurie Beechman Theatre, downstairs at West Bank Cafe, announces an exciting & eclectic line-up of performers & performances all of which take place in the gorgeous 80 seat theatre. Please visit BeechmanTheatre.com for full cabaret & theatre schedule.

  • Special Events: For information concerning special events, contact our special events coordinator, Kenny Bell at BeechmanTheatre@westbankcafe.com

Getting there

  • Cross Street: 9th Avenue
  • Public Transit: Subway: 1, 2, 3, 7, A, C, E, N, R, Q, and W trains to 42nd St.- Times Square Bus: M11, M16 and M42
  • Parking: Street Parking
  • Parking Details: In addition to street parking, there is a parking garage on 42nd St., between 9th & 10th Avenues.
A word from West Bank Cafe
The West Bank Cafe has been serving exceptional American Fare to NYC theatre patrons as well as performers for over 30 years. Complementing the food is an award-winning California-focused wine list and a comfortable interior that includes the downstairs Laurie Beechman Theater, an 80-seat performance and private party space.
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West Bank Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
204 reviews since June 4, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (122)great for lunch (74)great for brunch (55)fit for foodies (50)good for groups (40)late-night find (35)special occasion (27)romantic (19)vibrant bar scene (18)hot spot (15)notable wine list (13)kid-friendly (7)great for outdoor dining (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Annie
    Dined on 8/20/2014
    My food and my friends' food was very good. I had the trout and my friends had crab cake. But my granddaughter had a salad which was only lettuce and it cost $9.00 ! It was unimaginative and boring.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for pre-theatre
    Marty
    Dined on 8/19/2014
    Limited menu, good food, fair service. Overall good for a meal before going to one of the 42nd St theaters.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always good
    Yumorglum
    Dined on 8/17/2014
    We have always been happy with this restaurant, whether it be brunch, lunch or dinner. It has a relatively small menu, with everything prepared deliciously. My salmon was outstanding. This is one of the most consistently best in the theater district. The fact that is is not noisy is really a plus as well. Perfect Cosmo, too!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gr8stakeVIP
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    I always love coming here....the staff is terrific...which just adds to the excellent food and drink experience.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Convenient to theater but...
    LisaNY
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    A friend and I chose West Bank for its convenience to far west off-Broadway theater on 42nd St. Lovely decor and attentive staff but we found the menu somewhat limited and the noise level made conversation difficult. The food was fair.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Gluten Free
    glutenfreefamily
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    A wonderful gluten-free meal, helpful wait-staff. The salmon with ratatouille was incredible, as was the octopus and kale salad. Also loved the lemon mousse. All gluten-free!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Recommendation
    goforit
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    Food was excellent. Soups were delicious and Cod fish was excellent. Bread was O.K. but could be better. Service was fine. Very full at 7PM with some noise but place is good and popular. We were very pleased and satisfied.
    Special Features:
    hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Luv2dineoutVIP
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    Totally enjoyed dinner. Great location near MSG. Would definitely go back
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Bobbio
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    This was a great restaurant for pre-theater. We were concerned that we would not find a good restaurant that was located in the off Broadway area. the food was great and our whole experience was very nice. Highly recommend to anyone.
    Special Features:
    great for outdoor dining, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great french toast; bad homefries
    Scrimshaw
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The french toast with bananas was great but the home fries with scrambled eggs were awful. And each item, the eggs, bacon, potatoes and toast were served on different plates. What were they thinking?
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Classic New York!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    Love West Bank's authentic feel, menu is not pretentious but just right, so's the price, and friendly staff. Gets jammed pre-theater hours& after, but always reliable in every way. Check out the theater below, now that's New York!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Never Disappointed!
    donna
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I have been coming to West Bank for years...mostly lunch or brunch, pre theater, though sometimes dinner. It is extremely convenient and always a good experience. The service is friendly and experienced. The owner is often present and quite interested in his customers. The menu has a variety of good choices. I have never had a bad meal at West Bank Cafe. Today we had the kale octopus salad and the rainbow trout. Delicious!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Horrible
    BeedubVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Don't get any of the great reviews. Service was horrible food was not much better.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Lovely evening
    Pavementrat
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    My sister came in from New Jersey via bus. The location is withon walking distance of Port Authority Bus Yerminal and the vibrant 42nd Street Theaterh Row -- in a good way! Away from Times Square! The food was delicious; the attentive and friendly. The cost was moderate. We would meet there again.
    Special Features:
    special occasion, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An old reliable
    joesview
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    A neighborhood-changing eatery is as good as ever.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Shopper12VIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    Service was very good. I had the trout. It was delicious. Loved the desserts too. My friend and I shared two.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • foodieVIP
    Dined on 7/24/2014
    One of my favorites....good food with great service. This restaurant is the best.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Always exceeds expectations!
    gemini
    Dined on 7/23/2014
    I've eaten and done the bar scene at West Bank Cafe many times in the past 2 years. It is always welcoming, imaginative in terms of service, and has wonderful food. I recently was there for a) the World Cup, b) a quick bite before my friend did a matinee (at NYMF), a light supper between the matinee and the evening performance, and then last night for an after-show drink to top off a night at B.B. King Blues Club. The bartender made a special cream rum based drink for us that was like an Egg Cream gone to heaven! :)
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • favorite location fading
    dougVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    seems this place is getting tired. food ok. service ok. menu seems to be modified every time i go. not improving, just gliding along. if a new place opens nearby (location is their key) they will suffer.
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  • reisVIP
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    enjoyed restaurant good service - great prix fixe - sensitive to theatre timing - great location
    Special Features:
    romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent all around
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 7/20/2014
    The food was fresh, fun and tasteful. We had brunch and the prices were reasonable. It's a good stop before and after the theater.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 7/19/2014
    Pre or Post Theatre, West Bank Cafe does not disappoint. Delicious food, great service, friendly staff. This is a great restaurant that we visit frequently. Thanks to the West Bank Cafe for a superior dining experience.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • A true neighborhood gem
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    It's always a pleasure to dine at the West Bank Cafe. Terrific food and service, welcoming atmosphere, friendly bar, and a menu designed to enable theatre-goers to make the show on time -- or to have a meal after the show.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Consistently good
    FormerfanVIP
    Dined on 7/16/2014
    Nice menu. Always good food and very good service.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just what we were looking for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 7/13/2014
    After walking around NYC we just wanted a nice little place to sit and have brunch and mimosas and this was a great place for that. A little more expensive than we wanted but a great spot to rest and recoup before going back out to site see.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great dinner spot!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Friends and I attended a show and needed a place to grab dinner beforehand. We came across this restaurant online, and the reviews were very good. I am happy to say that the reviews didn't do the place justice. Everything was great. We shared a bottle of lovely wine (which our server helped us choose) and the salmon tar tare, which had great flavor. I had the black linguini and enjoyed it very much. Everything was great and I would recommend West Bank Cafe to anyone looking to have dinner in that part of Manhattan. Cheers!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food
    LoveFood
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We came on a Saturday for lunch before catching a show. This restaurant has a gluten-free menu (with many choices!!), which was a big plus for the 3 out of 5 of us with gluten allergy. Food took just the right amount of time to arrive and was excellent. Risotto was fabulous, Steak was perfectly medium-rare. Highly recommend. It was 80% full on a Saturday afternoon, I'd imagine one would need to make dinner reservations to avoid a wait.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    Very nice for after theatre, decent food, good wine list, excellent service, a little noisy
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • food is always very good
    dede
    Dined on 7/11/2014
    limited menu and a bit pricy we shared one dinner and one a la carte and had a gift certificate for $20 and each had a drink and the bill for each was under $50 without the gift certificate it would have been over $50 ea. This is ok for an occassional pre theater but not routinely
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  • Theater Foodie
    PerfectItalian
    Dined on 7/10/2014
    West Bank Cafe was wonderful. I go to theater frequently and I'm always looking for a great place to eat beforehand. This was my first time at West Bank and was not disappointed. The staff was friendly and attentive, the food was wonderful and the ambiance was great. I would definitely recommend this place!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • A terrific restaurant
    Taffy26
    Dined on 7/9/2014
    A longtime favorite! Magnificent food, reasonable prices and friendly super-competent staff. Close to theatre district and easy exit to Lincoln Tunnel for out-of-towners. Who could ask for anything more!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always enjoyable
    RayUWSVIP
    Dined on 7/6/2014
    I've been going to the West Bank for years and this was the first time the service was just ok - the server lost track of time as well as obviously didn't remember that 2 of us had ordered the Prix Fixe menu, as at the end of the meal he asked if anyone wanted dessert (and he had already taken the dessert order for us 2). Despite the one occurance, I will definitely return to the West Bank for lunch, dinner, drinks, etc.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent First Experience
    NEC1
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We thoroughly enjoyed our pre theater dinner. We had the Kale & Octopus salad & beet salad for starters followed by the crab cake & trout. The crab cake was loaded with chunky pieces of crab & no noticeable filler. The trout was prepared simply & cooked to perfection with a flavorful sauce. We will definitely return to West Bank Cafe.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good job WBCafe
    Jeanfromalexandria
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    We took the bus to NYC to see a show and have dinner. We were seated promptly when we arrived for our 5:30 pm rsvp. The restaurant was buzzing already, and a table with a large group made it a little difficult to hear each other. We had prompt service and a very good dinner. The kale and octopus salad was my favorite. Everything went smoothly and we made it to theater in time. Good job WBCafe.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • A Pleasant Dining Experience
    FloraNJ
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This was my second time at West Bank Cafe. The last time I was there was probably a year or more. The menu was the same. There were few specials. I special for the appetizer and two for entrees. The food was good. Service was good...maybe we felt a bit rushed. Nice place.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pre-theater choice
    StafVIP
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    We come here all the time when we are going to the theater in the 40's. The food and service are great, friendly, and accomodating and we always get out on time for our show.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • timely, tasty
    CC72VIP
    Dined on 6/26/2014
    West Bank staff is consistently very attentive to diners' timetables.....getting us our food and checks promptly so we can get to the theater in time the curtain. And the food is very tasty!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A long-running culinary star show
    Andyjo
    Dined on 6/25/2014
    West Bank Cafe's owner Steve was there the other night when we had dinner, and he was working just as hard as his friendly and efficient staff -- bussing tables, greeting guests, bringing drinks -- for he knows that many folks are heading to the theatre. I think he said this was the restaurant's 36th year -- or close to it. The reason it has endured is that the food is excellent, well priced, and the service is very very good. Thank goodness for long-running traditions!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good old reliable
    AmieVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We give West Bank high marks every time we go there, which is frequently. As long-time theatre goers, we love having West Bank Cafe nearby for our after the show dinners.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • great dinner before a show
    breadfish82
    Dined on 6/20/2014
    we were catching Aladdin with 1 child and 4 adults, and we needed to eat dinner before. tripadvisor gave me the heads up on this great spot 2 long blocks from theater central.very good food, fast and attentive service, good wine list, nice cocktails, fresh salad (key from a californian) and something for everyone - picky eaters, vegetarians, kids, and foodies.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate