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
190 reviews since May 24, 2014
Overall Rating4
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.8
    Noise LevelModerate
96% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (113)great for lunch (68)great for brunch (51)fit for foodies (41)good for groups (34)late-night find (33)special occasion (25)romantic (17)vibrant bar scene (14)hot spot (13)notable wine list (10)kid-friendly (6)great for outdoor dining (2)scenic view (2)Show More
  • 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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
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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
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Food
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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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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • 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
    • Ambiance
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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
  • Good for grown ups
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 9/8/2014
    Easy to do and doesn't feel like as big a tourist trap as others in that nabe.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • One of the best in the area
    YumYumVIP
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Always reliable and a great selection around the theater district, although can be loud. Otherwise: delicious food, good wine, good service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • freddy
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    Everything was perfect-greatmservice as we went before dinner
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great pre-theater choice
    StafVIP
    Dined on 9/2/2014
    As always this restaurant is a consistently good choice for pre-theater dinner. The food is very good, the service attentive and they get you out in time for your curtain.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • good wholesome food
    Steve
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    and authentically friendly and knowledgeable wait staff. the experience for me and my girlfriend was exceptional. I had the spllit pork chop, savory and generous portion. Had nice private table too!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    Great Restaurant I always enjoy going there especially if theater is close by
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • starting to be a regular
    JimB52
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Even though we are part of the bridge and tunnel crowd, we've now done the West Bank Cafe three times in the last couple of months. The food is very good, the location is great, the prices are very fair for what you get. This place is way better than any number of theater area restaurants, and not a bad walk to any of the B'way shows. Our table was ready at the reservation time and the wait staff knew we were going to a show and made sure we were done in plenty of time. The bartender was great. We first picked this place because it looked like a good spot for people coming from different places to meet, but keep coming back for all the other reasons.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, vibrant bar scene
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Perfect for "Before Theatre"
    ArlingtonVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Before taking our order, our very attentive and pleasant waitress asked us what time was our show. She took our orders, brought our drinks and food in more than enough time to give our party time to relax over dinner and get to the theatre on time. Plus, the food is delicious. We will definitely go again before our next show.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • sunshineVIP
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    Great before theatre in this area; they really work to get you out in time. The menu, drink, prices, portions and friendliness are all first rate.
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good choice
    localdiner
    Dined on 8/28/2014
    I met a friend whom I had not seen in 11 years. We had a lot of catching up to do and the restaurant afforded us the opportunity to have a quiet, leisurely, tasty meal. The prix fixe lunch menu is a good deal. This was my second time at West Bank Cafe; the first time was for a pre-theatre dinner. I will definitely return and also recommend to others.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Pre theatre
    vicki
    Dined on 8/27/2014
    Though we have tried other restaurants this is our favorite ore theatre restaurant and will just come here in the future
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
    • Food
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    Never fails to disappoint even after all of these years
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, notable wine list
    • Food
    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great pre-theatre,great food/staff
    luv2dinenicely
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    We were asked upon arrival if we were going to a show and by what time we needed to be finished. They couldn't have been nicer or more accommodating without rushing us through dinner. There was a nice selection on the menu for all 4 of us. The only, sort of, complaint that we would have is that the portions are on the lighter side. If you are going with a big appetite and like to eat larger entree portions this is not the place. However, we each had an appetizer salad, three of us had a fish entree and one had a pasta entree. Although we thought the serving of fish was slightly small, the pasta was perfect, the fish outstanding and we were just satisfied. Their delicious cappuccino was a nice, relaxing finish to our meal.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, hot spot, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Pre Theatre Choice
    Tennisfan
    Dined on 8/26/2014
    This was a first visit to this restaurant and it was a perfect choice for pre-theatre dining. The service was very good but not rushed. The menu was varied and the specials were excellent. We had a party of four and we all felt that the prices were quite reasonable.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Ambiance
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good food theater district
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    Great food, good prices for theater district, a little noisy but unfortunately service let something to be desired. We ordered an appetizer for the entire table and three entrees. waited a long time, waiter avoided looking us in eye and then brought all 4 dishes, at the same time leading to our basically not eating the appetizer.
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food before the show
    DavidfromLI
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    I've eaten here on several occasions and have never been disappointed. My companion and I arrived a bit late due to traffic; the staff made certain that we were served quickly to make an 8 PM curtain. We ordered off the prix fixe menu, which was quite good and an excellent value. I had the gazpacho, my companion had the salad; both very tasty and fresh. Next course for me was the salmon with ratatouille with pesto, well-prepared; the ratatouille was very flavorful. My companion had the chicken, which in some hands could be mundane. Here the chicken was seasoned with herbs and cooked so as to be crisp on the outside and moist internally; very nicely done. The desserts were outstanding, a frozen lemon mousse and chocolate bread pudding.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Eribella
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    Recommended by my acting coach,West Bank is her favorite restaurant, and does not disappoint. Delicious food, great service, and perfect location right in Hells Kitchen. Will be back soon for sure!
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot, notable wine list
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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
    • Service
    • 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.
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
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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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • 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
    • Ambiance
    • Service
    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.