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
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Beer, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • 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 and an award winning wine list to our neighbors and NYC visitors for over 35 years. The sophisticated, yet relaxed ambiance is enhanced by our special connection to New York's theater community, making it the perfect destination for a before or after-show meal. Our comfortable interior includes the Laurie Beechman Theatre, a 100-seat performance and private party space underneath the restaurant. We hope to see you soon!.
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West Bank Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
219 reviews since June 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
97% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (129)great for lunch (72)fit for foodies (54)great for brunch (53)good for groups (42)late-night find (35)special occasion (26)vibrant bar scene (25)romantic (17)hot spot (17)notable wine list (15)kid-friendly (6)great for outdoor dining (3)scenic view (2)Show More
  • Great food, wonderful staff!!
    cinnamon175
    Dined on 10/19/2014
    Went for Sunday brunch. While the menu is small, the food was delicious!! We shared a sticky bun and I had the lemon ricotta pancakes with fresh berries, they were both amazing!! Price was fair, but portions & service was wonderful. Wait staff was friendly, always smiling and very accomodating. We enjoyed it very much!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Very crowded with pre-theater diners. Seated in unusual spot, near the bar. We've enjoyed dinner there in the past however.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great post matinee'
    beachbunny
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Perfect for an early dinner with friends after a matinee'. Requested a "quiet" table so we could talk and actually got one! The place was lively, the food was good, our waiter was efficient and fun and the prices are moderate. Highly recommended.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious and interesting
    Sergerino
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Went with a group of friend pre-theatre. The waitress asked us right at the top if we were seeing a show and the time of our curtain. She served us promptly and graciously. The specials listed on the board sounded delicious and they did not disappoint. Sliced Duck Breast in Cherry Sauce, roasted vegetables and pureed sweet potato. Special dessert - pumpkin bread pudding with rum raisin ice cream. YUM!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • JohnVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Very good choice for pre theater dinner. The restaurant is very equipped to get the order, serve the food and get you out the door before curtain time.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for pre-theater
    nycdiner
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    This is a restaurant that is perfect for pre-theater if you're destination is any of the theaters on west 42nd Street. Good food and they get you out in plenty of time to back your curtain.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • West 42nd Street = The tops
    Choice
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    Our first time at The West Bank Cafe. A pre-theater dinner on a holiday Monday evening. We could not have made a better choice. Next time we will go just go for dinner, no theater.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good food, surly service
    jbgcrugers
    Dined on 10/13/2014
    food was good, atmosphere is nice, especially in contrast to the not so nice area of 42nd st. Service was not good, but we probably just were unlucky to get a surly waiter.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    always reliable. never disappointed, except my favorite scallop dish is no longer on the menu.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good go-to place
    FirstTimerVIP
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    The service and food are always very good. This visit did not disappoint.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Great theater restaurant
    burnsy
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    Always come here when doing theater. Un-touristy in very touristy area. Good wine list. Salmon tartar, risotto balls, trout were all excellent. Good service
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Get the right table... Most it them
    Pattyp
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    We loved it, the trout, the kale salad, dark chocolate bread pudding were spectacular! This is a real neighborhood gem and so close to parking and all of the off broadway theatres.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Drinks before a show
    TneckMOMVIP
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    I met a friend there for drinks and a small dinner before an early curtain. The two for one at the bar (4-6PM) was welcome to us, but otherwise the price of the drinks was exorbitant. I had a delicious risotto with veggies, which was a good value however.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • BarrysVIP
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The food was poor - chicken came with 2 pieces & one was overly dried out (burned). The waiter was asked to replace it & had to be reminded 2 about serving it again. The wine was not great either.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great pre theater dinner
    Franee
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    The food was very good, the prices were fair, service was good. What else do you want, especially in the theater district. My husband wanted to return the next night.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Consistent good food
    Bolly
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We dine at West Bank Café every time we come to NYC. The food is always consistently good. Sometimes you go back to a restaurant and the food doesn't taste as good as the first time you went there but this is never the case at West Bank Cafe. The free range chicken with mashed potatoes is my favorite and it tasted as good the other day as the first time I had it many years ago. The chicken is moist and flavorful. As long as they keep this on the menu I will keep going back. I also had the mushroom soup and it was creamy. The restaurant was busy for a Sunday evening.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pleased
    NewYorker1
    Dined on 10/4/2014
    After happily seeing a great performance "On the Town", right at the Lyric theater on 42nd Street, we were pleased with our experience at West Bank Cafe. Service was a little slow at the onset, but picked up beautifully as the dinner progressed. our food was tasteful, prepared and served well. an all over surprise meal right on 42nd street.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • KitwaldVIP
    Dined on 9/30/2014
    Best time to have a meal here is between 7:45pm and 9:15pm when the theatergoers have gone on their way and before they return. Everyone working breathes a sigh of relief and the servers are attentive and always pleasant. The food is excellent, prepared simply but with just enough attention to detail without being overwhelmingly fussy. There are small plates and large plates, always important for dining I think. One thing I think is important is that the entrees the portions are just the right size and satisfying to eat. So many restaurants just plop huge portions of food onto a plate which make it unappealing and wasteful.
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  • Good thing the food is good
    Shakesberry
    Dined on 9/29/2014
    On a MONDAY night, this place was chaos. Couldn't even find the maitre d' to check in. (My friend got there before me, so she was seated. I was able to find her on my own.) Service was appallingly slow, though I made it clear that we had theater tickets and needed prompt service. The waiter was very pleasant but hard to flag down, order from. My friend asked for butter three times. No one was eager to take an order, or even provide a menu or wine list. To be fair, after we ordered, the food came out reasonably quickly and it was as good as it always is. It's hard to figure out how to avoid this mess; someone should have managed the front end better--no crowd control. I'd go back, but I hope for better service in future.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Nice brunch!
    wannabeafoodcritc
    Dined on 9/28/2014
    Our food was very good. We had the "Leo" which was excellent and the my son loved the French toast. Salad accompanied our meals and it had an awesome dressing on it. It would have been nice to get a little basket of bread or muffins when we sat down, but we certainly had enough to eat. The only negative was our waiter. He was pleasant, but acted as if he really didn't want to be there. We didn't get our cup of coffee until after our food came. Plus the coffee was not very good. We would recommend this restaurant for a pre-theatre bite. It was nice and quiet.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, kid-friendly
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • foodieVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    I've eaten at West Bank many times. This is the first time I thought the food was not good. Very disappointing.
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  • Great Food, Great Service
    LindaDesVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This was our second time and it was as good, if not better, than the first. Our friends were stuck in traffic and very late, but we were seated and treated fabulously. They "called in" orders so the food would be ready. Everything was cooked to perfection - risotto balls, salads, steak frites, crab cakes and roast chicken. Servers were on top of the order and really wonderful. We will go back!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • jimfVIP
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    All is good here except for the feeling of being rushed with every course.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Dissapointed again
    JamesNewYorkCity
    Dined on 9/26/2014
    This used to be our favorite place for pre theatre dinner, but the last few times have been downers. Food is still fine but service has taken a nosedive. Slow service very disorganized and mistakes (overcharges) on the bill that took forever to straighten out. (If dessert is included on a pre fixe it should not be charged for again separately, no? We may go back again but it won't be soon
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Close to theatre
    Nonna
    Dined on 9/23/2014
    The location is great if you attend one of the shows on 42d St.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a treat.
    lulubelle
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We always combine a visit to the West Bank Cafe with theatre tickets and it never disappoints. My brunch omelet was filled with fresh vegetables and was quite delicious and my companion enjoyed her caesar salad with chicken as well.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Perfect for our occasion
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    We couldn't have been more pleased. The location is fantastic for meeting our relatives before going to a play. We were given a table in a secluded corner where we could visit without being bothered by other noise and the service was wonderrful. We all had salads on the Lunch menu we all were very pleased with our choices. We never felt rushed by our waiter which is definitely unlike many other restaurants in this area. We will definitely recommend this to our friends, and we'll also definitely be back ourselves!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Re-theatre meal
    rvakaff
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    Went prior to theater show. Food was solid. Service was great and attentive.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Our NYC mainstay
    JodiSager
    Dined on 9/19/2014
    We do not visit NYC without making a stop, or two, or three, to West Bank Cafe. We always know we are going to have a delicious dinner, or late night post-theatre snack. Steve, the owner, is always there making sure things are running smoothly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good Choice!
    FoodLover123
    Dined on 9/17/2014
    Had a most enjoyable pre theatre dinner. Excellent food. Extremely professional and attentive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good choice for 42nd St theaters
    PDCLarryVIP
    Dined on 9/16/2014
    West Bank Cafe is a reliable, mid-scale restaurant in a great location. Food preparation is imaginative, tasty and nicely presented. One of the top taste experiences on the menu is the free range roast chicken. You might be thinking "roast chicken? You must be kidding. " But try it sometime. Every night there are several specials which fill out the otherwise limited menu. Ask about them. There's a good selection of wine by the glass, and desserts are quite special.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A delight, as always
    JLCT
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We've eaten at West Bank many times and always find ourselves wanting to go back. The food is delicious and beautifully presented, always fresh and appealing. This time we sat at the table in the bar area and that allowed us more privacy for conversation and a bit less noise. We heartily recommend this little gem.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A fine meal
    Moochie
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    We were greeted warmly and seated at a cozy table in the back. Our food arrived at a comfortable pace and was well-prepared and delicious. A creative Happy Birthday message/candle arrived on our celebrant's dessert and our entire party of 4 agreed that we would enjoy returning to West Bank Cafe.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion, vibrant bar scene
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • AnnM
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Excellent food and service, can't wait to dine again at The West Bank Cafe!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • just what we were hoping for!
    kipper
    Dined on 9/12/2014
    So, we made our dinner plans rather last minute with no one's recommendation other than online reviews. Needed a place that was convenient for walking to Grand Central & Madison Square Garden. We consider ourselves foodies and I, mostly, dislike sandwiches & fried foods for lunch or dinner. West Bank had an interesting menu with several items that we both liked. We each ordered the Panzanella salad special (which was really large and we could have split one). For our entrée we had the Scottish Salmon and the Trout, each from the main menu. Being piggish and loving to try out sides, we had the Roasted Beets w/Ricotta. It was all delicious. The only problem was that we had no room for dessert! Great service & ambiance w/o rushing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pre-theater
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2014
    Very good for far-west theater lunch and dinner. Takes care to get you out on time!
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • the later the better
    thehedonist
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    We've eaten here numerous times usually after attending theatre across the street. The ambiance is fun, service good, and food enjoyable. Great cocktails and delicious butterscotch dessert are my favorites. Didn't find the food as tasty on this latest visit...maybe b/c it was pre-theatre & they were rushed in the kitchen. Prix fixe is a bargain, but make sure you leave time for dessert.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, late-night find
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Poor Service
    And2Me
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    Mad a 6:00 pm reservation. When we arrived our table was ready. Waiter came asked if we were going to the theater and took our order almost immediately. Salad did not arrive until 6:45 and dinner at 6:55. Left the restaurant with indigestion, which lasted until I got home that evening. would never recommend, and certainly would never go back.
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  • food good, ambiance not
    booklady
    Dined on 9/10/2014
    i arrived very early (i hour) my friend a 1/2 hour late..i was given a table at once and allowed to wait..the food was very good and plentiful (we both ordered salads). the only negative was the noise (front doors were kept open and the traffic on 42nd st is overwhelming...trucks, firetrucks, ambulances, etc.) plus..the air quality was bad. we have dined here in the winter when the front doors were kept closed and it was quite pleasant. we would certainly come back again ....at another time of the year.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good, reliable food
    JanDVIP
    Dined on 9/9/2014
    Good food. Good service. Good location for the Signature Theater. We got a free glass of wine because we were going to the Signature Theater. I had the trout which was delicious and not overdone as in some restaurants.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic