West Bank Cafe

4.5
3158 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
West Bank Cafe is steeped in the deeply evolved history of Hell's Kitchen. Located on West 42nd Street in New York City, it is surrounded by cultural elements and attractions. Downstairs, guests can enjoy plays and hosted shows in the Laurie Beechman Theatre, where stars like Lewis Black and Howard Stern have performed. Past and present regular celebrity guests include Tennessee Williams, Arthur Miller and Bruce Willis.

West Bank Café serves up tasty lunch and dinner options, as well as Sunday brunch, desserts and happy hour specials. Visit with a group of friends for brunch to enjoy morning cocktails, sweet pastries and light platter options. Ideal for special occasions, West Bank Café's prix fixe dinner menu includes an appetizer course of soup or salad, chicken or salmon as a main dish and a delectable dessert option, such as chocolate bread pudding or frozen lemon mousse.
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Private dining
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Tue, Sun 11:30 am–11:00 pm
Wed–Sat 11:30 am–12:00 pm
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Phone number
(212) 695-6909
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Alberto Martinez
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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.
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Cross street
9th Avenue
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Parking details
In addition to street parking, there is a parking garage on 42nd St., between 9th & 10th Avenues.
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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
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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.
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Special events & promotions
For information concerning special events, contact our Special Events Director, Kenny Bell at BeechmanTheatre@westbankcafe.com
Additional
Banquet, Beer, BYO Wine, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Outdoor dining, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Private Room, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine

Private Dining

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.

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Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

We are offering a 3 Course Pre Fixe menu this year for only $50pp plus tax, gratuity and beverages. This does include Traditional Turkey, stuffing and, of course, Pumpkin or Peacan Pie for dessert as well many other delicious choices to choose from to make your Thanksgiving perfect this year

Thursday, November 22, 2018

What 3158 People Are Saying
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London
5 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

This place is massively under rated. The food is delicious, really well cooked and presented. The service was fantastic, just the right level of attention. The atmosphere is very relaxed. The value is top notch. Highly recommended.

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L
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lots of good reasonably priced dishes presented by a great staff (Clinton and Justin in particular). If you can get a seat st the bar- go. Ken is a great bartender
Sound level only high before the theatre
Neighborhood go to!

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WG
New York Area
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

This was our first visit to West Bank Cafe--and we will definitely return on another visit to NYC! The food was excellent and the wait staff was efficient and friendly. We enjoyed our dinners there!

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Classic NY pretheater dinner experience

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RH
New England
3 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Service was above and beyond. They even charged my iPhone for me! Food was delicious. The have a great pre-fix menu.

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H
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 13, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 4

Its the perfect choice if you are going tone of the many theaters across the street. Delicious trout, served efficiently and pleasantly.

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful dining experience. There were 7 of us and they gave us a table in a corner and we could actually have conversations. And the food was excellent! We left loving West Bank Cafe and will definitely go back!!!

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f
New York Area
55 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Normal Sunday Brunch before theatre

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JL
New Orleans
13 reviews
Dined on November 11, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 3

As always, we enjoyed our lunch at West Bank. The lemon ricotta pancakes are out of this world and everything else is tasty and well presented. We love coming here before a matinee after traveling in from Connecticut.

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BL
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We had a wonderful time at West Bank Café. The prix-fixe menu is a very good value. All three courses were generous portions and delicious. Our server was very good and even brought a candle for my dessert as it was my birthday.

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ME
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 3service 4ambience 3

The West Bank Cafe has been a theatre district stalwart; reliable food, excellent service,friendly. I have eaten there many times and never been disappointed. As prices rise in the area, its prices are still reasonable (not cheap) reasonable. They get you in and out as quickly as you need them to. Recommended.

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JR
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on November 10, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Excellent quick bite. Service was excellent. Place was nice and warm and friendly.
Will come back for sure.

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JJ
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

An excellent choice for pre theater dining in the 42nd street area. The food is well prepared, and always consistent. The wait staff will assure you make your curtain. Also a perfect spoy for a post theater dessert.

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JB
New England
1 review
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our go-to dining for every visit from out of town to NYC theater. Outstanding dining every time. All staff are superb, but Larry is the best!

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B
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a regular favorite of ours. Never disappoints. The wait staff is outstanding, friendly and fun. Wonderful food, great burgers and you have to try the wild mushroom risotto!! The restaurant is small, cozy but not so you feel packed in like a sardine like some small NY restaurants. West Bank works for any occasion or just a drink at the bar. Wonderful location as well.

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AF
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on November 9, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 3

Very consistent!! Thanks for bringing back the lambchops

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MT
New York Area
56 reviews
Dined on November 8, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is the ONLY restaurant for us when we're attending plays at Playwrights Horizons or Signature. Don't go anywhere else and don't miss the salmon tartare -- the best anywhere ever!

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R
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The hostess was lovely and kind. Our waiter was terrific and worked with us on what to select on the menu. The food was delicious!! Thank u.

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n
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great food, service and scene at West Bank Cafe.

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OT
Philadelphia
20 reviews
Dined on November 7, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

Always a great when we visit the city. Friendly, attentive staff. Menu has great choices and reasonably priced for the city.

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SA
1 review
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I was staying across the street and needed a pre-Theatre meal. The West Bank got us in quickly and out in time for our show. The service was great and the food was excellent. I’d definitely go back.

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CM
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on November 6, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We heard about West Bank Cafe on a blog that recommended it for a great bite to eat before a show. We booked a table and the whole experience was amazing. The food was awesome and so reasonable. The waitstaff was terrific, especially with my 8 year old picky eater. We would absolutely eat here again!

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JL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on November 4, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent food and service. I was especially impressed that my request for a quiet table (hearing disabled) was satisfied.

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A
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We ate here before our show on a Saturday. They asked if we were going to a show and what time it was. There were very conscious of getting us done in time. The food was delicious--the lamb lollipops were amazing. And all of our food was very good. Large portions (we split the caesar salad 3 ways). Would definitely go back.

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IM
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 3, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Last weekend I had my second lunch there. I had made my reservations online and they were promptly honored upon our arrival. We were seated in the rear dinning area which was perfect for our desired quiet conversation. Wait service was immediate, our waitperson was knowledgeable about menu items and the food was promptly delivered. I had the pork schnitzel which was excellent and my companion had a Caesar salad which she enjoyed. We would highly recommend both and dessert was a lovely ice cream Sunday.

Do go, you will be glad you did.

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LH
Indiana
2 reviews
Dined on November 2, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was beyond excellent...so attentive and very accommodating!

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RK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on November 1, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great place pre theatre! They get you in and out without feeling rushed !

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LE
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 31, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

West Bank Cafe feels like home to us. It really is a neighborhood gem.

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PA
1 review
Dined on October 30, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Good food and service. Polite staff. Wine selection okay.

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J
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on October 29, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

I have been going to this restaurant for a very long time and have always loved their burgers. This time was not quite as good as previously, but still good. A great place to meet with theatre-loving friends.

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OT
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

West Bank Cafe is a solid choice for any occasion. I always love the food, the service and the ambiance!

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AC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 5

Definitely a neighborhood gem! There’s excellent eats to be discovered at West Bank cafe!

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w
New York Area
20 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Have been here numerous times before and after theater, for lunch and brunch and drinks. Service is usually exceptional -- friendly and prompt, not an easy thing to pull off at a pre-theater spot that is very busy. Good food and drink, nice atmosphere. A find, even after 40 years on the far west side!

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CF
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Justin is the best server ever! This is a great place to have brunch, lunch or dinner before going to any of the theaters on 42nd Street. They will get you out in time to see your show, but you will not feel rushed. We have been there many times and have always been pleased.

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CG
1 review
Dined on October 28, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous find in NYC and great value for brunch and the bottomless drinks.

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JB
San Francisco
5 reviews
Dined on October 26, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic food and great service. Lovely choice of wines. Select menu with seasonal specials.
Really delicious and a great pace to meet friends. Quiet enough for conversation but lively enough for a good time.

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ST
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Anniversary

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SW
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Very good restaurant and perfect for pre-theater. The service is quick and attentive and the food is delicious.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on October 25, 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

A great restaurant — one of my favorite you can’t go wrong.

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A
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on October 24, 2018
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

The menu offers a fine variety of options. I'm always happy to invite my business guest to West Bank Cafe, since I am confident you will have something good for those with eccentric dining habits.

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