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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

based on recent ratings
food

4.2

service

4.3

ambience

4.2

value

4.0

Noise

Moderate

95% would recommend it to a friend

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Bar Seating (26)
Sunday Lunch (24)
Quiet Conversation (23)
Comfort Food (23)
People Watching (20)
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Good for Groups (18)
Business Meals (17)
Fit for Foodies (16)
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Romantic (11)
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Notable Wine List (6)
Kid-friendly (5)
Live Music (5)
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Afternoon Tea (2)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 11, 2011

Dining solo, pre-theatre, I went here on the recommendation of a friend. Perfect recommendation, food and service were terrific. Started off with a tasty plate of wild mushroom risotto balls. The flavor of the mushrooms came through nicely with just a hint of heat from red pepper. For dinner I had the black pepper pasta (fresh) with duck confit, wild mushrooms and sage butter. Heavenly. Adding West Bank Cafe to my list of go-to places. Look forward to eating there again!

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 (Chicago)·Dined on November 11, 2011

Our group had a great time. Good food, service and set up.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2011

It started out as a very pleasant dinner until we had to wait for more than half an hour for our main course! When it finally arrived, we had to eat it real fast since we had to catch a show. We had less than 20 minutes for that and as a result, we couldn't have coffee or dessert. I would love to be able to enjoy my food next time if the service and the kitchen could coordinate between each other in a better way or maybe the kitchen was understaffed?
Too bad because the atmosphere was real nice and the food tasty!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2011

Skip the other PreTheatre places and head here. Warm and friendly service, and really good food. Reasonable prices and they make every effort to get you to your show on time, without feeling rushed. I enjoy coming here.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2011

Don't miss the risotto ball appetizers. Worth the trip to Times Square!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 9, 2011

Had a nice pre-theater lunch, a few interesting things on the menu, good service and food, and would return.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2011

Service was good but food was not memorable.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2011

Been coming to the West Bank for years. Always have great food and service. Emily took very good care of us. She recommended two superb specials this last time, Lobster Pasta and Filet, both were exceptional. Thank you, West Bank, keep up the great work.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2011

A good place for pre- theatre.We use it on a regular basis and are never disappointed. It is a bit on the noisy side but the food is good as is the service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2011

Ignore the fact that most of people around you are well into their eighties, this kitchen really rocks. I couldn't fault the salmon tartar or the fish special. And that frozen lemon dessert is to die for.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2011

Pre theater for lunch Sunday. Sweet waitress who just was not a good server. Asked for bread for my salad and was told I had to buy a $6 bread basket. Had to ask her to speak with the manager and got the bread.Had to ask for water throughout meal. The salmon nicoise was over poached and hard or refrigerated overnight. A no no for restaurant prices. Salad greens wilted in dressing. Haricot vert perfect. No nicoise olives. Olive tepenade which I do not care for. One piece of anchovy. Vegetable panini was good. Creme brûlée was good. Coffee was so delicious. Great coffee beans used. Coffee served with warmed half and half. Great ending. Told manager everything. No apologies, nada. will look for other theater area choices.

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 (Houston)·Dined on October 29, 2011

The food is consistently outstanding at West Bank cafe. The food is delicious and a great value for NYC. My favorite entree is the free range chicken with au jus. The roasted chicken is flavorful and moist and the skin is seasoned and crispy. It comes with mashed potatoes, grilled mushrooms and green beans. I can eat this every day and not get tired. I also like their complimentary french bread slices with creamy hummus. I visit NYC annually and although I try to visit new restaurants on each trip, I make it a point to come back to West Bank Cafe. Looking forward to my next visit.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2011

Very pleasant before theater dinner, our server got us out in time. wish I hadn't gone across the street, the play was awful, the dinner was great.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 29, 2011

thhis was our secod visit to West Bank. both times were excellent except for a dry duck sandwich on this last occasion. otherwise, the service is good, the food excellent and the atmosphere elegant, yet simple.

The penne bolognase was meaty with a rich yet not overbearing sauce. The mashed potatoes were fluffy with just the right amount of seasoning. As mentioned the duck sandwich had all the right ingredients but with the duck itself being dry, it took away from the overall flavor.
One disappointing point was when we asked for a take-home bag, the waiter put the salad (which had dressing on it) and the sandwich in one aluminum foil wrap so when it arrived home both items were mush and not enjoyable to eat.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 29, 2011

When ever I come to New York for the theater I lunch at the West Bank. I have always enjoyed whatever I order. Everything is fresh and inviting. It is my special place for lunch before the show. Keep up the good work!

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2011

I always think of West Bank as a reliable option for theater district dining. After an extraordinary osso bucco last week, lingered over because we were not going to the teahter, I have to conclude that West Bank is now a foodie destination that happens to be in the theater district. Kudos to the chef! And let me not overlook particularly gracious and attentive service as well.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2011

I am never disappointed when I eat at the West Bank.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 26, 2011

Another wonderful experience, will definitely go back, it's one of our groups favorite pre theater places.

Tags: Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2011

A favorite pre-theater restaurant accommodating time restraints. the food is always excellent.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2011

The food was good but the menu was limited. My one complaint is that the expresso tasted like dishwater.

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 (Toronto)·Dined on October 22, 2011

Selection and price was ok for a pre-theatre dinner. The service was good, but our waiter seemed too busy. The food was undercooked,by the time we got it, which took awhile, we had to eat what we had and leave quickly to catch our show. The waiter offered to have the chef make a new meal, but having it take so long meant we couldn't wait.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2011

If u are not going to the theater, it is a great spot for dinner after 8pm. The service was terrific, we were not rushed at all and the food and drinks are very good.

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2011

Very nice dining experience--good service. Near Times Square insanity--but removed enough to enjoy a bit of quiet while dining.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (Kansas City)·Dined on October 21, 2011

Was very nice find. It came highly recommended. Price is average for New York. Had a great selection of foods and appetizers.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Romantic, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2011

Usually dine there after seeing a show in the downstairs Laurie Beechman Theater and the food and service are always good. Can be a little loud later at night.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New England)·Dined on October 17, 2011

I love this place. Food is always good, service is on time especially when you are trying to get to a 2PM performance. Always try to go here when I go to a matinee.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (Miami)·Dined on October 16, 2011

The portions were small and the prices were high for the small quantity of food served. I walked away from dinner hungry and feeling like I was on a strict diet. It's a good place for anorexic woman but I would not recommend it for anyone else.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 16, 2011

I have been there multiple times. It is consistanly good. Friendly staff will get you out in time for a show.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2011

Great food. Super responsive wait staff. They tended to our every need, going the extra yard. The scallop dish I ate, with a variety of roasted vegetables was delicious. I would order it again, and will certainly return.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Hot Spot
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on October 15, 2011

Perfect lunch spot, before a matinee

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2011

We came with a couple and realized both of us had been first eaten at West Bank about 30 years earlier. Remarkably little has changed (in the restaurant's assets, that it): perfect spot for after-theatre meal and drinks; decent food with nice variety on the menu; relaxed ambience perfect for catching up with old friends or having a good post-theatre re-hashing or trashing.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 9, 2011

Have eaten at West Bank Cafe for many years. I have always found the food to be good and consistent. Great place to come before or after a movie or theater.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 2, 2011

It was a birthday celebration and we had a wonderful server and the food as always was fresh and delicious - wine selections are exellent. It's one of my favorite places (especially for those home-made potato chips!).

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2011

We had been there nine years ago and it was every bit as good as I remembered it. The food was terrific along with the service and ambiance. When and if we are in the area again we will definitely dine there again.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Notable Wine List, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 1, 2011

As always - great service and interesting fair priced good meals. -- a neighborhood place you can count on.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 28, 2011

If you're in the mood for comfort food, order the chicken and mashed potatoes.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Romantic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 27, 2011

The decor is simple and pleasant with soft lighting, and the opportunity for conversation excellent because of the table arrangement as well as a moderate sound level. Lots of Broadway performers hang out in a casual, friendly ambiance.

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 25, 2011

I had a fantastic bloody mary - spicy and tasty. It complemented the salad perfectly.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 25, 2011

Since we were post B'way curtain time - we were left alone and able to chat for hours.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 25, 2011

I am a long time loyal customer.They are th best.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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