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West Bank Cafe

4.5
2937 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Perfect For:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
West Bank Café 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
Wednesday-Saturday: 11:30 AM-Midnight Sunday-Tuesday: 11:30 AM- 11 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, Delivery, Entertainment, Full Bar, Happy Hour, Late Night, Non-Smoking, 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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What 2937 People Are Saying
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4.3
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5.0Dined 2 days ago

A very pleasant neighborhood place that happens to have destination-restaurant quality food.

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5.0Dined 4 days ago

Lovely dinner...service at bar and table was amazing. Food was absolutely delicious. Will definitely be back!

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4.0Dined 4 days ago

Fine brunch. Service a bit slow

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2.0Dined 4 days ago

I've been to West Bank many times, and this was the first time that I was incredibly disappointed both in the service and in some of the food. One of our party ordered the omelette and it didn't even come with toast; plus it was very small so very unsatisfying. I ordered my favorite lemon ricotta pancakes with a side of two eggs over easy. The eggs came late and were scrambled so I asked they be redone as ordered. They came well after we had all finished eating our meal! And the waitress never came by to ask if wanted more coffee...we had to hunt her or someone else down to ask. And the cups seem to have gotten smaller as well! I don't think the price we paid reflected what we got. I don't think I'll be heading back after many many years.

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4.0Dined 5 days ago

I’ve been dining here for several years. Always a good experience. Friendly staff. Excellent food.

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5.0Dined 5 days ago

Have dined here three times in the last two months. Great location for pre-theater dinner, and the wait staff ensures you get out in time for your show. Food is very good. Some of our favorites - the mushroom risotto balls, lamb chop lollipops, rigatoni bolognese, crabcakes, and brussels sprouts. Friendly and efficient staff. Will definitely be back.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

The atmosphere is warm and cheerful. The food is excellent and presented beautifully. We love coming back to this special place.

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5.0Dined on April 18, 2018

Pre theatre 3 friends lunch before theatre. Perfect place great food. Portions perfect. Loved this place

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Very comfortable and delicious. Especially grateful that staff pays attention to special requests on reservations.

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5.0Dined on April 17, 2018

Consistent, good food and good service. I also feel the place has a calm atmosphere that is an oasis in that neighborhood. Nice well heeled mellow crowd.

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Fine but ordinary menu. Good service. Convenient to Theater Row off BDWY theaters.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Excellent, great service and very friendly.
Food was plentiful.
Waiter was very helpful.
Owner is friendly and caring

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4.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Had a terrific brunch here before a Saturday matinee. I went with two friends who are very picky eaters and always ask for extra things and substitutions - everyone was happy with their meal. The service was excellent and our server didn't miss a beat and was patient with my demanding friends. I will come back. Hard to find a decent place on 42nd Street that's not filled with tourists and kids.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

When I lived in NY, the West Bank was my regular place. Now, every time I visit, I return. It’s fabukous. Consistently excellent.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Excellent food and good service with one exception - the waiter poured our sparkling wine even though the bottle was not cold. He did go and get an ice bucket so the 2nd glass was excellent! We shared the burrata and salmon tartar to start - both were perfectly delicious! Then we both opted for the special of scallops that were very yummy.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Always a great experience!

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4.0Dined on April 11, 2018

We had not been there for a few years based on what the theater scene was like. So we were glad to return. The food is outstanding but we had to wait until one of the main dishes was served so we could all begin. There should be one person who makes sure all are served--we had to stop two people to get the fourth dish.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

We both really enjoyed our shared appetizer and main courses. A wonderful place to eat when attending theater in that area.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

My friends and I have been coming here for special get-togethers for years now. They never disappoint.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

The food and service were outstanding. The main lunch choices were varied and abundant.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

We had a table for two in a back room, and relatively secluded area. Quiet and good for conversation. The food and service were outstanding. Nothing better than those risotto balls.

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

Waiter was not attentive. Had to ask for bread salt etc
Not accustomed to poor service

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

This is an always friendly, well located café with tasty choices and convivial service.

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5.0Dined on April 6, 2018

Truffle Risoto was very yummy. Christopher was our smiling, happy, efficient and helpful waiter.

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4.0Dined on April 5, 2018

West Bank has been around for years
Always a very cool show biz crowd
always fun and the food is good

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

Excellent food and very nice staff and service. We've been going here for years and it's consistently excellent. Good place to go before the theater.

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5.0Dined on April 4, 2018

Food & service was excellent. Very diligent about getting us out in time for the theater.

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5.0Dined on April 3, 2018

Great as always

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

Great place, our fourth time there and we love it every time!

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5.0Dined on April 1, 2018

The service is excellent. Really great experience each time.

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3.0Dined on March 30, 2018

The food was very good, but the service lacked terribly (despite the fact that it was not very crowded).
I added a note to get 2 flutes of champagne upon arrival to surprise my date: not only I didn't get them and had to ask for them (after we had already gotten drinks ...), but I did not get told that they don't sell that champagne by the glass and tried to charge me a full bottle.
When I pointed it out, the manager was extremely rude and pulled the check book from my hand; I've never seen such terrible customer service.
Recommended for the great food, but don't expect a nice service.

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5.0Dined on March 30, 2018

Always terrific. Don't miss the Salmon Tartare but ask for extra chips. Great beet and goat cheese salad and burger with all the trimmings. We always dine here when going to Playwrights Horizons or Signature Theatre. It's a gem!

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4.0Dined on March 30, 2018

A special Westside theater staple, I have been conning for over 30 years. Always reliable foods and service great menu, friendly and accommodating. I have dined, hens partiedms and events. Will always recommend!

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Excellent food and a quiet space. Many options for vegetarians and the seafood was fresh.

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4.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Always a reliable place for pre theater dinner.

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Very nice menu...had an interesting tasty lunch dish of spaghetti squash, vegetables, tomato sauce and squash. Keep hoping to try the Laurie Beechman theater downstairs when have time. Perfect location if attending theater across the street at the Signature Theater complex.

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5.0Dined on March 25, 2018

Chris was fantastic! Thanks.

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5.0Dined on March 24, 2018

The West Bank Café is consistent. The food & service is always wonderful, offering a very comfortable atmosphere. And the wine selection offers numerous choices, many at reasonable prices.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

I love this restaurant and have been going for years. The roast chicken with mashed potatoes is especially delicious.

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4.0Dined on March 23, 2018

Although the pre-theater noise level interfered with our hearing each other and our server, the food and service were very good. This restaurant knows how to make sure you won't miss your curtain.

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