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
199 reviews since June 2, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4.1
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (120)great for lunch (73)great for brunch (54)fit for foodies (49)good for groups (37)late-night find (34)special occasion (27)romantic (19)vibrant bar scene (17)hot spot (13)notable wine list (12)kid-friendly (6)great for outdoor dining (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Service is friendly, menu
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 6/6/2008
    Service is friendly, menu is varied, perfect for before-theater dinner.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We really enjoyed there theater
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 6/6/2008
    We really enjoyed there theater Pre Fixe dinner menu. Not a large selection, but was well presented and worth the price! Definitely was a good evening before the show!
    Special Features:
    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I do not participate in the
    EllenB
    Dined on 6/5/2008
    I do not participate in the "bar scene" but it appears to be vibrant. The food is excellent, I have never been disappointed. The portions have gotten smaller since I began going to West Bank many years ago, but the prices are also excellent, very reasonable. The service is also, always good. (Of course, I go early on weekday nights, before the theater).
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • very good for pre-theater.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 6/4/2008
    very good for pre-theater. in and out quickly and the food was very good.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food and service were excellent.
    PrincessVIP
    Dined on 6/3/2008
    Food and service were excellent. (We had Jim as our server.) We recommend West BAnk Cafe for before theater dinner at a reasonable price and look forward to returning again soon.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Have eaten here MANY times
    SusanVIP
    Dined on 6/1/2008
    Have eaten here MANY times for brunch or lunch pre-theater and always been happy. Lemon Ricotta pancakes and their butterscotch parfait are favorites; salads and omelettes always reliable. Susan
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Our reservation was for 6:15
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/31/2008
    Our reservation was for 6:15 and we didn't sit down until 6:40. We had tickets to show at 8:00 so we didn't have time since we sat down so late to have a leisure meal and no time for apps or dessert. On the other hand the waitress was wonderful to make sure we got out on time. Food was delicious.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • It's always a lovely place
    MGD18VIP
    Dined on 5/27/2008
    It's always a lovely place to dine befor the theatre.The food is good and the service is very attentive. It's fairly quiet too perhaps because of the gray haired crowd who frequent it. We enjoy it.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • My entire party thoroughly
    VillageResidentVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2008
    My entire party thoroughly enjoyed their delicious and nicely presented entrees and appetizer. The desserts were unique, better than the choices at most restaurants. The service was excellent and professional yet friendly; our food arrived promptly but we never felt rushed. We were very happy with our experience. The West Bank Cafe is in a excellent location for before or after theater meals.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I thought the food was good.
    TheatreFanVIP
    Dined on 5/25/2008
    I thought the food was good. I would not rush back but would eat there again if in the neighborhood. The service was very good, efficient, a friendly staff. The ambiance was nice, it was a quiet day, may have had a different feel(warmer) on a busier day. Overall a nice experience. I would like to try the lunch menu.
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Always excellent food and
    OpenTable Diner Since 2003VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2008
    Always excellent food and service and personal attention. Memorable dining experience ata reasonable price.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is a great restaurant!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/24/2008
    This is a great restaurant! I've been going here for 30 years and it gets better and better. Don't miss the Mac & Cheese!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • The West Bank Cafe is my neighborho
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/23/2008
    The West Bank Cafe is my neighborhood favorite. In fact, I'd have to say it's one of my favorite restaurants in New York City.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a dinner reservation
    bobo
    Dined on 5/22/2008
    We had a dinner reservation for four for 6 PM and, of course, got caught in traffic all the way in from Long Island. We called the restaurant 2X while we sat in our car and they were most accommodating. We thought that we would never make an 8PM curtain, but West Bank Cafe greeted us at 6:30 and assured us that we would be able to enjoy our meal. We certainly did! We didn't feel hurried and we even had time for dessert! They were most obliging.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • One of the best options in
    MargieBVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2008
    One of the best options in the Theater District and particularly for Theater Row. The food is reliably good. Advance reservations are recommended as this place books up ahead of time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Very enjoyable. The restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/18/2008
    Very enjoyable. The restaurant was lovely,service great and dinner delicious.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Very nice. Seated us early.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/18/2008
    Very nice. Seated us early. Rather noisy, difficult to talk. Friend thought it might be an Israeli restaurant because of name -- consider changing to West___ Cafe?
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • a bit of "white tablecloth"
    spanzersVIP
    Dined on 5/17/2008
    a bit of "white tablecloth" ambience. Nice but wouldn't run back.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • This is one of the few very
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 5/16/2008
    This is one of the few very good restaurants in the theater district. The food and service are way above average.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pre theatre older crowd was
    Sylvia
    Dined on 5/14/2008
    Pre theatre older crowd was perfect for my in-laws and menu had many items that everyone could enjoy. Service was very good. Too noisy
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Always a pleasurable experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/14/2008
    Always a pleasurable experience. Excellent wait staff.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • My only negative was a limited
    MartyW
    Dined on 5/14/2008
    My only negative was a limited and unchanging menu. Service was excellent to get us out for show time.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The roast chicken is always
    emac
    Dined on 5/13/2008
    The roast chicken is always some of the best to be found in NYC. Pleasant service, fairly easy-going feel, despite the pre-theater rush. But I guess they know what they're doing as far as that goes. A great place, if somewhat pricey.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I was there on a business
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/13/2008
    I was there on a business lunch with 5 other colleagues. We were there at on off time (1.30-3.30) so it was quiet as the lunch crowd was gone...therefore, hard to tell how truly lively or quiet it is during peak times. Everyone enjoyed their meal and the location was very convenient...being on 9th Ave it was close to the office with out the "tourists" of Times Square. I would go back again for lunch or pre-theater.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We had a very negative experience
    BorisVIP
    Dined on 5/10/2008
    We had a very negative experience at West Bank. We had a 6:15 reservation and arrived early. We were seated shortly after 6:15 and had ordered by 6:35. However, our entrees were not brought out to the table until 7:30. We had an 8:00 curtain on 47th street and one of our party is in her 70s and can't speedwalk to the theater. We began pressing our waiter about this around 7:15 but were told that it was a busy night and that the food would be out shortly. One of our party ordered the prix fixe, having the caesar salad, salmon and cheesecake. The waiter charged the items separately, adding approximately $7.50 to the bill but we didn't have time to get him to come back to the table and fix it.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Excellent experience, best
    sfsmithVIP
    Dined on 5/9/2008
    Excellent experience, best pre theater dining we have had in NYC.
    Special Features:
    vibrant bar scene, late-night find, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Extremely accommodating for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 5/8/2008
    Extremely accommodating for pre-theatre dinner. Asked us to move tables and gave us a free dessert to compensate. Very friendly staff and delicious food!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We enjoyed the meal (dinner).
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/4/2008
    We enjoyed the meal (dinner). The food was good and well presented. Room noise level was higher than we would have liked, but not extremely so. We enjoy wine, but are not conoisseurs, and would have appreciated more choices at the lower price levels.
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  • I think you need a new category.
    Peterpan
    Dined on 5/4/2008
    I think you need a new category. How about good value? West Bank Cafe was very well run, serving above par food in pleasant surroundings with an attentive wait staff. Really enjoyable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A nice way to start a day
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/4/2008
    A nice way to start a day at the theater. The complimentary smoothie samples were a nice touch. The entrees were well-proportioned. The brunch menu offered classic items and some more modern dishes. Plan to return to try the dinner menu.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • wait staff was fun and knowledgable
    KerriVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2008
    wait staff was fun and knowledgable about each dish. pork chops were great and calamari was very good. husband had the steak which was very nice. staff was awesome. good wine too.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • West Bank Cafe is a nice getaway
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/1/2008
    West Bank Cafe is a nice getaway from a hectic day. It has a very comfortable atmosphere. You are never rushed and the wait staff is always friendly and efficient. The food and wines are exceptional.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great for post-show dining.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/30/2008
    Great for post-show dining. It's close to (but just far enough away) from Times Square so it has an awesome theatrical yet posh atmosphere both in servers/bartenders and clientele.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Food and Service consistent
    angel
    Dined on 4/30/2008
    Food and Service consistent good. Never disappointed.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The food was kind of burnt
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/27/2008
    The food was kind of burnt on the edges & the server wasn't as prompt as i would have liked.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
  • I've walked by it over 100
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 4/27/2008
    I've walked by it over 100 times and never thought to stop. The food was excellent and they were very accomodating. They did not rush us. We got there early and they took us. In addition they let us stay for a while. The choices were numerous, there is something for everyone and every taste. Everything was delicious.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Good find for good reasonable
    BobLVIP
    Dined on 4/25/2008
    Good find for good reasonable dining in the theatre district
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    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A solid pre or post-theatre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 4/24/2008
    A solid pre or post-theatre choice (nice Sunday brunch, too). Good selection of wines by the glass. Very reasonably priced for the overall quality of the restaurant. We have eaten here several times and never been disappointed by either the cuisine or the service. We'll definitely be back.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • I have eaten here 3 times
    glad2eatoutVIP
    Dined on 4/23/2008
    I have eaten here 3 times and have been very satisfied each time. Great before or after theatre. Have recommended to friends and they have agreed it is a great spot before or after theatre (lunch or dinner). Easy to talk at table.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • I have walked past this restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 4/20/2008
    I have walked past this restaurant many times on my way to the theater but have never eaten there. It is lovely. The ambience was great, service wonderful and food delicious. I will recommend it to my friends and will go again! Stephanie Fisk
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet