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
200 reviews since May 21, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (121)great for lunch (76)great for brunch (53)fit for foodies (45)good for groups (35)late-night find (35)special occasion (27)romantic (17)vibrant bar scene (16)notable wine list (13)hot spot (13)kid-friendly (6)great for outdoor dining (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • pleasantly surprised
    CTdiner51
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    booked a few days before a visit to NYC with my family to celebrate a birthday. initially wanted something closer to the theater district but everything was booked for Sunday brunch. when the West Bank Cafe was available, I wondered why it wasn't booked as well. we were all very pleasantly surprised with this choice. Food was very good, many choices offered. Especially liked the one price for all you can drink brunch cocktails. Service was prompt and courteous. we never felt rushed and the venue was clean. Price was very reasonable.....we would definitely go there again as well as recommend the West Bank Cafe.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • just right
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    great service and a super wait staff...we had some unusual requests that were greeted with a smile and "no Problem"..sat by the window and watched the world go by.....a special place in a big city..felt at home immediately.... chatted with the folks sitting next to us..the prices were great, definitely make this a find...loved our waiter....humor was certainly on the menu..will be back and recommend to others
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for outdoor dining, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • perfect theatre dinner
    nancy
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    The food here is so much better than the cluster of theatre restaurants-- worth going a block further. Always high quality, seasonal and delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistenly good & reasonably price
    RayUWSVIP
    Dined on 5/22/2014
    The West Bank has been in business for over 30 years - need I say more? Steve Olsen, the owner, is gracious and makes everyone feel at home. Traditionally I go there for dinner but I had a client whose office is in the area, so we had lunch at the West Bank. Their $20 prix-fixe for 3 courses is a deal!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Yummy Steak Salad
    NJFoodie
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Steak salad was delicious and just the right amount of food for lunch.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice for before theater
    ReenaVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    Salads were good and the service, as usual was very good.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 114 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 21, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.9
    • Food3.9
    • Ambiance3.7
    • Service4.1
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 1775 reviews are from the West Bank Cafe reviews archive.
  • The best
    producer1122
    Dined on 5/20/2014
    Long time fan. When in the neighborhood I always go
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Brunch
    Mary
    Dined on 5/18/2014
    I wasn't wild about the Sunday brunch menu but I have thoroughly enjoyed my lunches and dinners there.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • After Theater Find
    C4times3VIP
    Dined on 5/17/2014
    Great find on west 42nd street. Bustling, lively après theater ambience with perfect food choices
    Special Features:
    late-night find
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • My Favorite NYC resturant
    TerryB
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    I have been going to the west bank for 13years, it is an absolute gem. Consistently delious food every time. Very reasonable pricing for the city. I always look for the great non tourist traps......And the West bank is just that.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fantastic Brunch
    Cathy
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The West Bank Cafe is a 42nd street jewel, located on 9th avenue tucked quietly away. I've only gone for 3 times for brunch and all three times it was wonderful. On my lastest visit, Mothers day, I brought along two friends from Atlanta Georgia who were blown away at how great the menu was & how friendly, professional and accomodating waiter was. We all enjoyed our entre & all opted for the refillable cocktail, where we were able to not only imbibe but change up cocktails during our time there. We ended our brunch by sharing a vanilla bean creme bulee and the frozen lemon mouse yum yum yum. West Bank Cafe I'd recommend for any occasion, romantic, family, just because..... great value too !
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great place!
    sshoff
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    This place is always an affordable yet classy un-touristy favorite of mine when taking out of towners to see a show! The service and food is great. I only wish the Saturday lunch menu had a little more to offer with brunch, the sunday menu is fantastic!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, romantic, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pre-theater lunch place
    oftenoutVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    We needed a place for lunch that would be nice for conversation, had a varied menu, and near the theater. My daughter is gluten free and we didn't want to have a far walk to theater for my 93 year old Mom. I arrived early and they seated me immediately not requiring that the entire party was there...that was so nice. The waiter was attentive and delightful. Our dishes were tasty, met all our needs, and presented nicely. Great burger and salads. We were served promptly to help us make the theater, but had extra time, so we lingered over coffee and never felt pushed to leave for the next wave of customers. A little noisy with a large group next to us, but the tables are spaced nicely so you could still converse well. A win win!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice evening
    MichekeVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    Food was good, inc ambiance.soso, service superb. Good pre theatre venue...
    Special Features:
    special occasion, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always reliable
    DoreenVIP
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    I've eaten at West Bank Cafe many times and I've never been disappointed. The staff is courteous and friendly. The food is well-prepared and the variety offered can accomodate even the fussiest of diners. I strongly recommend this restaurant for large groups and for couples.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • No substitions
    Jordana24
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    We were 7 ladies and we were all very happy with our lunch choices except for two things. My lunch came with blue cheese which I detest and I was told that the chef does not allow substitutions. I love goat cheese and I could not even get a side order of that. They had a wonderful special lunch and when four of our party wanted to order it at 12:30 we were told that there were only two orders left. They also did not erase it from the board. We were very surprised at that. It was not a hard dish to make. With all this we would still go back...We have frequented this restaurant and will still go back. Next time I will talk to a manager.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing...
    Rose08
    Dined on 5/7/2014
    When we arrived for our reservation the restaurant was empty, and we were seated in the way back of the restaurant. Our server ignored us for most of the meal. He was abrupt and totally uninterested in taking our order. Our meal was actually good, but the service was poor. Highly recommend offering pre-fixe for Wednesday lunch to accommodate theater goers. There's no other reason to eat at this restaurant.
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  • Consistently good
    Phil
    Dined on 5/6/2014
    One can always count on good food and service at West Bank Cafe. We eat there when going to the American Airlines theater and find it a very reliable choice.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for brunch
    Sopranojoy
    Dined on 5/4/2014
    Pork belly Benedict on a buttermilk biscuit and bottomless bellinis. What could be better?
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good food, Good cocktails, Fun
    6mcw0VIP
    Dined on 5/2/2014
    The food is good -- try the pork chops, they're fantastic. Nice cocktails list and good wine list. You'll find something you'll enjoy before, during, and after your meal. From couples sharing a good meal to groups of friends dining before the theater, the atmosphere is friendly, fun, vibrant.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Pre-Theater
    Larry
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    There is a reason why this place has been around for so long...good food, good drink,good pre-theater. They keep it simple so that you never feel rushed but the curtain is always made.
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • WEST BANK NYC
    Victoria813VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2014
    WBC has been a fav for 13 years when we first discovered for pre-theatre dinner! Hostess, wait staff and bar tenders all provide excellent service! Merci beaucoup!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • After Theater Gem
    dianefeVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Great place to eat after attending shows at the theaters on 42nd St.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Theatre District
    Daisey
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Nice little restaurant tucked away in the theatre district. We had a group of 5 at a round table that worked out perfectly for group conversation. The restaurant has a theatre downstairs and offers full kitchen.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Vegetarian? Wrong place.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    A vegetarian member of our party ended up having to order plain pasta as the only option was artichoke risotto and they wouldn't add veggies or garlic & oil. My kale and octopus salad was adequate but uninspired. Another friend had pasta carbonara which was good.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DO right when it goes wrong
    BDWhite
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    I have been to West Bank many times. This time there was some issue with getting our meals out on time to make our curtain at 8pm. The wait staff and manager were very apologetic, and they did get us our meal in time to eat. They felt bad Enough that they comped our calamari app. This is why we will come back. They do you right when things go wrong.
    Special Features:
    Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • JerseyGirl
    Dined on 4/23/2014
    Great choice for a theatre eatry. Interesting and diverse menu as well as prompt and courteous service. The food was wonderfully prepared and presented...loved the kale and octopus salad and the lemon mouse dessert.
    Special Features:
    Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Natti
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    The brunch food was really good. I would like to go again and order from the regular menu
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent Easter Brunch!
    Foodfiend
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    I had forgotten how good West Bank Cafe was. I had Easter Brunch with a friend and we shared the delicious bread basket, eggs Benedict and the French Toast with bananas and berries. Everything was great. Looking around at the other tables I saw many items I would like to come back to try!
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, special occasion, Scenic View
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • my hamburger not cooked as ordered
    dinendinerVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2014
    I asked for it slightly pink it came mostly raw and sent it back and it came back well done and burned on outside all dried out. No excuse for this.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/16/2014
    A bit overpriced, good food & service. No complaints just hard to justify the price for what this restaurant has to offer.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-theatre friend slipping?
    JeffVIP
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    I've been going to the West Bank for a very long time and have always considered it an old pre-theatre friend. But this time, things seemed a bit different. My martini was a couple of dollars more than before, my hamburger was smaller than before and not as tasty, and they wouldn't let me substitute salad for the french fries (which they had before). What used to be a packed house for dinner was sadly somewhat deserted, and there was a feeling of neglect in the air that I hadn't felt anytime in the past. Not sure what's happened there, but it looks as if the place is slip-sliding away.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Before attending an off-Broadway pl
    Rhodro
    Dined on 4/12/2014
    I've been eating here for years. Our friends met us for dinner and they had not eaten here before. They enjoyed the restaurant, but were not overly impressed. Food was fine. Service adequate. Bread unimpressive. Martini $15 -please! (Grey Goose, yes, but the glass was not too large) A bit noisy.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good for Pre-theater
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Conveniently located, service is in tune with pre-theater scene, food is good/servicable. Not a destination restaurant but excels at serving this specific purpose.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Neighborhood gem
    avivac75VIP
    Dined on 4/11/2014
    Always reliable, pleasant, good service, good food... I keep coming back!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, notable wine list, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Happy to return
    AmieVIP
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    We have reviewed West Bank Cafe many times, and it remains the ideal place for pre-theatre dinner. The service is always just right and the food sometimes pretty good, if not outstanding. We are theatre subscribers in that area and grateful to have that nice friendly restaurant with its pleasant setting to turn to.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Place in Theatre Area
    Laura
    Dined on 4/9/2014
    The West Bank Cafe is one of my favorite restaurants in New York. It is perfect for a pre-theatre dinner or to dine with family or friends. The food is wonderful, service great and the owner is actively involved. I love this special charming neighborhood place!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always consistent
    BzaitaVIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Good food. Great wine list. The best among the affordable before and after theater restaurants.
    Special Features:
    Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Vibrant Bar Scene, Notable Wine List
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good dining for Off-B'way theaters
    PDCLarryVIP
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    West Bank Cafe is ideally situated for the newly developed theater district on 42nd Street West of 9th Avenue. With Playwright Horizons, Signature, Pearl and a host of other small scale off and off-off Broadway theaters dining in the area has become a challenge. West Bank is on the upscale side of the ledger, along with Chez Josephine across the street. But there are also less expensive and good options. When you want a real treat of a meal to fit in with your probably inexpensive theater seats West Bank is the ticket. The menu is imaginative and modern, and every dish we have had was excellent. There's a good wine list and service is attentive and friendly. We visit several times a theater season, and have never been disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, vibrant bar scene, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • West Bank Café is one of my
    foodieVIP
    Dined on 4/7/2014
    West Bank Café is one of my favorite restaurants. The food is consistently good and a great place all around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.