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About West Bank Cafe

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.

407 West 42nd Street
New York, NY 10036
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
Contemporary American

Hours of Operation:
Wednesday-Saturday: 11:30 AM-Midnight Sunday-Tuesday: 11:30 AM- 11 PM

Cross Street:
9th Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 695-6909

Website:
http://www.westbankcafe.com/

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.

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.

Parking Details:
In addition to street parking, there is a parking garage on 42nd St., between 9th & 10th Avenues.

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

Executive Chef:
Chef Alberto Martinez

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:
Private Event Coordinator: (844) 264-3943

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

Special Events & Promotions:
For information concerning special events, contact our Special Events Director, Kenny Bell at BeechmanTheatre@westbankcafe.com

West Bank Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.1

value

4.1

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (93)
Casual (49)
Neighborhood Gem (44)
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Great for Lunch (42)
Good for a Date (32)
Good for Birthdays (32)
Great for Brunch (29)
Cozy (28)
Comfort Food (26)
Special Occasion (26)
Sunday Lunch (25)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Bar Seating (22)
Good for Groups (21)
Business Meals (20)
Quiet Conversation (20)
People Watching (19)
Fit for Foodies (16)
Authentic (14)
Creative Cuisine (13)
Fun (12)
Healthy (10)
Late-night Find (10)
Quick Bite (10)
Romantic (10)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Afternoon Coffee (6)
Happy Hour (6)
Kid-friendly (6)
Notable Wine List (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Worth the Drive (5)
Vibrant Bar Scene (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Great for Outdoor Dining (4)
Seasonal (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Live Music (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
Tapas (2)
Organic (1)
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·Dined a day ago

Outstanding!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Roasted chicken is always a great choice.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Loved the squash appetizer. Salmon very good as well. Excellent friendly waiter and comfortable table that felt cozy. Would return.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined 6 days ago

I've been going to this restaurant for years. Now, suddenly, the portions are
tiny, especially my salmon and lentil dish. Even the bread tray is chincy. I
wouldn't go back again. Suddenly it is very pricey for tiny portions. No
thanks.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 6 days ago

I' ve been dinning at the West Bank Cafe since May 2001. You can always count on great food for a very reasonable price. This is a neighborhood restaurant, not a tourist hot spot. Which is why I love eating there.

Tags: Great for Outdoor Dining, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Great for Lunch, Late-night Find, Healthy, Good for Groups, Afternoon Coffee, Paleo Friendly, Live Music, Happy Hour, People Watching, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Quick Bite, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

Have eaten at West Bank ever since their opening many many years ago. I have never had a bad meal. Food is consistently great, always served by friendly waiters, in a cozy atmosphere. Will be back again & again!

Tags: Late-night Find, Notable Wine List, Casual, Creative Cuisine, Fun, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

Great place for dinner with friends. Always wonderful wine selection & very nice specials!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 15, 2017

Been going to West Bank for years. Always happy with service and food.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

West Bank Cafe is our “go-to” pre-theater place for our Roundabout theater subscription for years! We love the atmosphere, the food and the service which is super sensitive to our 8 pm curtain! Five stars from our group of 4!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for a Date, Hot Spot, Bar Seating, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 14, 2017

West Bank Cafe is consistently good, for both service and food.

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 (New England)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Enjoyable pre-theater brunch. Pleasant atmosphere and service.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 12, 2017

Lovely brunch with friends. The ricotta lemon pancakes are fantastic. Great atmosphere, friendly service.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Good food, nice restaurant near theatre district. Good bar scene.

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 (Baltimore)·Dined on November 11, 2017

Found it on Open Table, great food, friendly patrons, quick service, great spot.

Tags: Late-night Find, Casual, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

We really enjoyed this resturant. We found it through Open Table. Needed a location near 42nd and 8 Ave. This seemed great. Service was great. Very sensitive to timing. We had a show to get to and the resturant was very accommodating. Great for our family.

Tags: Late-night Find, Fun, Kid-friendly, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

West Bank Cafe is a great venue for Signature Theater goers. The staff, hostesses, waiters, busboys are accommodating and actively want you to be happy. They can get you out on time, even when you're running late. The kitchen is serviceable. On our last visit, the burger was splendid, the Rigatoni Bolognese was good and the shrimp was okay. Wine by the glass choices allowed for a wide variety of tastes.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Was very disappointed. The quality of the food has gone down. Over salted fries, burger a hockey puck, salmon tartare chewy and inedible. What’s going on?

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Vibrant Bar Scene
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

I’ve dined here about 4 times and I have always been very pleased with the food and the very friendly wait staff. The friends with whom I dined felt the same way. I will be back again with more friends.

Tags: Business Meals, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

Server was attentive and friendly. He described in detail the special and gave the price of it. I like that and usually ask if price is not given. Always good pre theater as we get to the show on time. Menu has something for every one.

Tags: Casual, Kid-friendly, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Comfort Food, Quick Bite
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on November 8, 2017

I love this restaurant. Have been back many times and always bring a new guest. Lots of choices. Well prepared. Have never been disappointed.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 8, 2017

West Bank is always a lovely dinner with great specials & excellent service. Wonderful wine list.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Lovely dinner with a friend before going to the theater. Quiet enough for good conversation, helpful, friendly waiter who provided quick service and made sure we got out in time. We shared and especially loved the freshness of the Tuscan kale & octopus salad and the creamy, dreamy burrata and gorgeous toasted bread. Wild Mushroom Risotto Balls were OK but not as good as expected. Looking forward to trying other dishes the next time around!

Decor and ambience were perfect for my taste. Restroom very clean. Will definitely return and recommend.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Business Meals, Healthy, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation
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vip
 (New Orleans)·Dined on November 5, 2017

West Bank is one of those ultra snob eateries where you re made to feel lucky to have seat there. I love one of their dishes, which is the only reason that I go. But when they make this dish --it always has the same error. So I tell the waiter ahead of time and it always comes with the same error -- it is like talking to a wall. Why - for goodness sake, would you only cook one side of a pancake? And we are talking EVERY TIME. This time I did not even bother to send it back even though I asked to cook both sides ahead of time. And I picked it up with my fork with the waiter there --and he saw it and just walked away. Seriously -- I guess asking for two sided to be cooked on a pancake is similar to asking for a very well done burger. Seriously -- unless you ARE a snob, or want to feel like one --you should pass WB by. The food is fine -- but the atmosphere is simply uncomfortable if you are a "regular" person.

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 (Oklahoma City)·Dined on November 4, 2017

My husband, son, and I had a lovely meal at West Bank Cafe. The risotto balls were truly delicious appetizers we shared, and each of our entrees were perfectly prepared, seasoned, and presented. The wait staff was prompt, courteous, and friendly. I look forward to returning to West Bank when I'm in NYC next.

Tags: Good for a Date, Cozy, Pre/post Theatre, Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Always dependable and don't miss the Salmon Tartare with (ask for them) extra chips. Sorry they no longer serve humus with the break but it means I eat less bread so that's a good thing. The skirt steak salad with caramelized onions and blue cheese is super.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 2, 2017

West Bank is always great. Food is wonderful & wine list is lovely. A wonderful place for a great dinner.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

We had a lovely meal, two good bottles of wine (a bit pricey) and good service. Also, we were able to hear ourselves, which was really nice as it was a friends' get together.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Great pre theater

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Very nice service and food. Table in back was just great

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined on November 1, 2017

Excellent casual food lunch. Great for pre-theater. All around good choice and good value.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Great for Lunch, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 31, 2017

It was Halloween and the staff was dressed for the occasion. It was fun and the service was good and prompt because we were going to a 7:00 show.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on October 29, 2017

I was very impressed with the value of the prix fixed dinner,and the quality of the food and service. I choose the restaurant,as it was near the hotel my friend was staying at. We were seated in an inner small room,which was great for conversion. It was my first time at West Bank Cafe,and will return,if I dine in the Times Square area,

Tags: Cozy, Bar Seating, Comfort Food
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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on October 29, 2017

This is an excellent restaurant. Everything about it.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

I have dined at West Bank Café many times to get together with friends. Great location for traveling folk . Food has always been great, wait staff extremely pleasant. always a very enjoyable experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch, Great for Lunch, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

As always a very nice experience - warm, friendly, good service. The food is done well and very tasty. The shrimp scampi were done just right; the pasta al dente and just the right amount. The butternut squash soup was delicious; ingredients in the beet salad were fresh and crisp. The coffee was excellent.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, People Watching, Bar Seating
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·Dined on October 26, 2017

We loved it! It has a theatre downstairs so you must get catch a celeb there as well!! Great food and drinks!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Anniversaries, Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion, Cozy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Food and service were good all around but it got so loud (by 7 pm!) we didn't want to stay for dessert.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

West Bank is one of my top favorite restaurants in NYC. I’ve been going there for well over 20 years. Service, food and ambiance are reasons why I enjoy this restaurant. It’s also located in the 42nd-43rd St. Off-Broadway hub, which means no rushing around to get to any of the shows in that area.

Tags: Seasonal, Cozy, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Great for Brunch, Good for Birthdays, Casual, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

The food was all delicious but there was not a lot of flexibility in terms of substituting veggies and sides so if there is a dietary issue this may not be a goodbye choice for you.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Great for Brunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 22, 2017

Easy lunch before theatre. Consistently lovely food and service. My friends and I have made this Cafe a favorite.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Bar Seating
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