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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

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Specials

Thanksgiving Dinner Special Menus & Offers

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Details

Join us for Thanksgiving! We will offering a delicious Three Course Pre Fixe which includes all your Thanksgiving favorites such as Organic Turkey with stuffing and pumpkin pie for only $49 plus tax and gratuity. Book today.

West Bank Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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4.3

Overall Rating

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.1

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

96% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (93)
Casual (51)
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Great for Lunch (42)
Good for a Date (32)
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Great for Brunch (29)
Cozy (28)
Comfort Food (26)
Bar Seating (24)
Special Occasion (24)
Sunday Lunch (23)
Good for Anniversaries (22)
Business Meals (21)
Good for Groups (20)
Quiet Conversation (20)
People Watching (17)
Fit for Foodies (15)
Authentic (13)
Creative Cuisine (12)
Fun (11)
Quick Bite (10)
Romantic (10)
Healthy (8)
Late-night Find (8)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Happy Hour (7)
Worth the Drive (6)
Afternoon Coffee (5)
Kid-friendly (5)
Local Ingredients (5)
Hot Spot (4)
Notable Wine List (4)
Seasonal (4)
Vibrant Bar Scene (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Great for Outdoor Dining (3)
Afternoon Tea (2)
Disabled Access (2)
Great Beer (2)
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Organic (1)
Scenic View (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 1, 2017

Absolutely delicious food! Every dish was tastier than the other. Great value with the pre-fix 3-course pre-theater dinner. Service was also courteous and friendly . We will be back soon :)

Tags: Good for Groups, Good for Anniversaries, People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 31, 2017

This is an overpriced tourist spot. I paid $28 for a tiny crab cake with a minute barely visible frizze salad. All prices are inflated and wine is $16 a glass. Worst experience for a pre theatre menu.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 31, 2017

Fantastic service, not too loud---great food. Great location

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic, Good for Birthdays
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on August 29, 2017

A now venerable and reliable clubhouse for the Off Broadway world.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 29, 2017

Always a good experience
The staff and amboancer is wonderful
great for pre thetare
food always good

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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·Dined on August 27, 2017

I have been a long time friend of the West Bank Café! It is one of the best restaurants for cuisine, ambiance and service on 42nd Street and my go-to spot when visiting the American Airline Theatre. I have successfully recommended this location to many friends who have always had great reviews. It also has a lovely bar and outside seating area weather permitting.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

I've eaten here many times, they never disappoint. We had brunch before going to a matinee. The food was delicious and the service was impeccable.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 27, 2017

Always a great meal at West Bank Café and the value is terrific. I highly recommend this place.

Tags: Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre, Afternoon Coffee, Late-night Find
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 (Orlando)·Dined on August 26, 2017

Pre Broadway show dinner. Food was very good. Server was very polite and responsive when we were able to get his attention. I would recommend.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 24, 2017

The service was very gracious and efficient. The quality of the food was quite good but the size of the portions was shocking. I'm a small person (90 lbs.) and don't eat an enormous amount, but I must say that my purported entree was the size of a starter anyplace else, making it egregiously over-priced. I find this surprising because I expect that many actors go here; actors are generally not affluent and expect value for money, especially when the restaurant is located right in Manhattan Towers. My companion's bacon and tomato "salad" didn't even measure up to a child-sized portion; it was barely a whisper of a salad. In sum, the food was good but not good value.

Tags: Bar Seating, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 23, 2017

Always great specials & now some wonderful dessert specials!! Such a lovely dining experience.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 22, 2017

one of my favorite spots for consistently good food and wine by the glass with friendly, capable service. like their pasta in bolognese sauce and the sorbets are delightful with interesting new flavors.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Miami)·Dined on August 19, 2017

We were four women and everyone enjoyed their lunch.
The presentation of the food was lovely. We were not rushed and it is likely that we will return.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Casual, Great for Lunch, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 17, 2017

Always eat here before a show if the theater is nearby. They always get you to the show on time.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Waitstaff was very attentive and courteous. Food was delicious and presented nicely.

Tags: Tapas, Quick Bite, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 16, 2017

Always great, with great specials!!!! Can't beat it for a great evening!!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 14, 2017

West Bank Cafe is always a Lovely Evening!!!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 13, 2017

I plan to write to the restaurant, too.. In all the Playbills we received from the plays we've seen, it says to bring it in and receive a free glass of wine with any entree. Our server said it wasn't good with War Paint, although it says it in the Playbill. I consider it false advertising. That isn't the reason we went there, but it was disappointing. The food was excellent, but the service seemed to decline after I asked about the free glass of wine.

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 12, 2017

Great for pre-theater lunch. Comfortable, in theater district. Food is good. Try the risotto balls.

Tags: Cozy, Casual, Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 11, 2017

Just like dining with old friends! Always great food & great specials!!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 9, 2017

Always a great dinner, with Very good specials... every time!! Just the best!!

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

I love this place and dine here every time I'm in the city.

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Bar Seating, Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on August 6, 2017

Excellent food and service. Excellent menu choices. Great for after theater dining.

Tags: Casual, Comfort Food, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on August 6, 2017

My daughter and I ate brunch here before seeing a play on Broadway. It was only a few blocks from the theatre. We sat inside but there was outdoor seating too.
We both really enjoyed our meal and the service was very good. For the location, the price was reasonable and the quality and portions were spot on.
I will definitely return.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 6, 2017

My eggs Benedict was fine but my friend's chicken sandwich was too salty so ate only half. She mentioned the saltiness to the waiter who said the chef appreciates feedback. Surprisingly we were offered a free dessert. Service was very good.

Tags: Casual, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch
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·Dined on August 5, 2017

I enjoyed a very nice lunch with my friend . The service and food were very good! I will say that the portions were very small. Overall, it was a lovely afternoon.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on August 4, 2017

Have been here many times and it is Consistently good

Tags: Authentic, Comfort Food, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 3, 2017

Two thumbs up all around !
Service and food as well as ambiance make this one of my favorite restaurants in Manhattan.
Steve the owner is a great guy and hands on owner!

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 2, 2017

The combination of good food, cozy ambiance and excellent service in a convenient location from the theater will i surely bring me back!

Tags: Romantic, Good for Birthdays, Scenic View, Cozy, Quick Bite, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Pre/post Theatre, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries, Fun, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Good for a Date, Good for Groups
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·Dined on August 2, 2017

Great food and service. I had the roasted organic chicken and it was really good. I'd go again!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on August 2, 2017

An old reliable, good for a quick meal pre theatre.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Have eaten (and drank) here many times. Their appetizers are terrific with good size portions.
Excellent place for before or after a play, or brunch (great pancakes) or just a drink.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Business Meals, Late-night Find, Kid-friendly, Cozy, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 30, 2017

Always dependable and reasonably priced. Only brunch menu available on Sundays so I missed my favorite salmon tartare. VERY slow service which might be a Sunday problem?

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 28, 2017

Comfortable setting with a wide selection of food items. Service was very good and the overall atmosphere was wonderful. The meal was delicious and a perfect afternoon was shared between old friends.

Tags: Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Food was great, service greater.
Our waiter was fantastic and attentive

Tags: Good for Groups, Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 27, 2017

Delightful! Our waiter was lovely!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 26, 2017

A total disappointment . The salads were pathetic!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 26, 2017

Have dined at this restaurant many times for lunch pre theater matinee. The ambiance is pleasant and the lunch menu is able to satisfy a group of 4 women. The service is pleasant but tends to be a bit slow. It's one of my favorites.

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 26, 2017

The ambiance and food were both of good quality, and I would go back

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 25, 2017

West Bank is always great but their basic menu changed. New one is Ok, but miss some of their longstanding options. Prix Fux was expensive when a glass of wine was added. But Open Table has my name wrong with no way to change it. Elain Graham is a friend of mine I can only assume her name popped up as the name the reservation was to be in 100 years ago, but my name is Terria Joseph. Please change it?

Tags: Notable Wine List
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