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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.
New York, NY 10036
Hours of Operation:
Wednesday-Saturday: 11:30 AM-Midnight Sunday-Tuesday: 11:30 AM- 11 PM
$30 and under
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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.
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.
In addition to street parking, there is a parking garage on 42nd St., between 9th & 10th Avenues.
Subway: 1, 2, 3, 7, A, C, E, N, R, Q, and W trains to 42nd St.- Times Square Bus: M11, M16 and M42
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
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
West Bank never disappoints. My son was in town to celebrate his birthday and suggested we go to one of my favorite restaurants. It was a wonderful experience start to finish. I enjoyed a comp glass of red wine as a Signature Theater subscriber. My son ordered a Manhattan cocktail which he said was perfect. We shared the delicious calamari appetizer; I had the trout and he had the shrimp scampi. Everything was delicious. Service was attentive and the meal was timed just right.
The portions are not large, but the ingredients are fresh and well presented. The Cobb Salad had an ample amount of chicken with crispy bacon and ripe avocado. The omelet special, ordered by two of the four of us, was reported to be moist and delicious. We told our server that we were going to a 2:00 matinee and he said that he would tell the kitchen. The food arrived promptly and we had plenty of time for a leisurely cup of coffee. West Bank Café is our choice whenever we are going to the theater in this area.
The food is excellent but the service left something to be desired. I had to ask the waiter three times for a water refill more than once. Also I had requested a table in the back of the restaurant and they told me it wasn't available. That had also happened once before.
This restaurant is so New York Neighborhood - the ambiance is warm and welcoming, the clientele are fun, energetic and "New Yorky!" It is perfect for a dinner before a play at Theatre Row. The food is delicious- the portions are good, the wine is reasonably priced and good!
I feel very welcomed there every time I go to have dinner or a glass of wine. A definite place to have as a "go to " spot when looking for something reliable, welcoming, yummy and comfortable.
I've dined often at the West Bank, and reviewed it often; it is a reliable staple in NY's theater district. Consequently I now comment only when there are changes in the experience.
On my last visit it was apparent that there had been some staff turn over with the result that service was less careful, less professional and somewhat less efficient. It did nonetheless remain cordial.
The food remains reliably enjoyable if rarely surprising. As with most NYC restaurants, you should ask the price of specials to avoid unpleasant surprises. Overall, for the neighborhood the WBC strikes a fair balance between what it provides and what you pay.
It may be time to freshen the decor, especially the rest rooms - which are looking a bit run down.
The West Bank has been a member of this neighborhood for over 30 years and continues to be excellent on a number of levels. Service and bar personnel get to know you and there is always a warm welcome from Steve Olsen, its owner over the entire 30+ years. Only one comment on service, the service personnel got the order right but the sequence of serving was wrong. Happens rarely but because the West Bank is popular for pretheatre diners there is sometimes a sense of being hurried even if you aren't going to the theatre, and, the last time we were there was Valentine's Day which must have made the service more demanding. Everything considered, the West Bank continues to be a premiere cafe for lunch, brunch and dinner.
Have been going to this neighborhood restaurant since the 1990s and it never, ever disappoints. Great for theatre evenings--easy in and out if you need to meet a curtain time. Also wonderful after the theatre goers depart and the ambiance shifts to friends and good food. Good range of prices, with some real bargains at the lower end. From the beginning, I continually find my way here for food and am especially fond of the bolognese (rich, hearty) and the orecchiette, which always offers me the option of a spicier pasta alternative. Hard choice. Fresh fish dishes are great and good choices of salads.
Pleasant, attentive staff, easy in and out, seems perfect to me. That's why I keep going back!
I'd forgotten how good the food and service was at the WBC. Year's ago I lived in the neighborhood and it was my several times a month spot. I had tickets on Theatre Row and walked in hoping it was as satisfying, fun and friendly as the 1990s. WBC didn't disappoint. A homecoming.
As usual, this venue proved ideal for a small meeting of friends (with business to transact) for a late lunch, this time on a Saturday. We chose an off-hour (3 PM) and were able to discuss our business and socialize for as long as needed, while enjoying the delicious and reasonably priced food that this restaurant offers.
The West Bank Cafe was surprisingly good. I had selected it as a pre theater Saturday afternoon
lunch restaurant. I dislike brunch and the West Bank offered many other options.
The food was good. The service was very attentive. It was very convenient to the theaters on
42nd Street. I would definitely return.
Food and service was good (Saturday evening, theater hour), but not entirely up to the standards of previous visits. Salads were lovely. Mains were a little haphazard: chicken a little dry, special requests did not initially come from the kitchen correctly. Nice selection of small plates and regular entrees.
Always a great experience at The West Bank Cafe. Service is attentive without being intrusive. Food is always delicious and if you want the best burger in town, this is the place to go. If you are into more upscale dishes, the specials menu never disappoints.
Good place for pre-theater. You can be seated immediately, while waiting for your friends, which is a big plus in a NYC restaurant. The food was good and good value-considering the neighborhood. Staff and service are friendly and on top what you need. A safe bet on all counts.
The food was much better than we expected and the portions were big. The salmon tartare appetizer could have been a light meal. Definitely to share. Hanger steak salad was cooked as I asked and the portion was large. Coffee was served with real heavy cream! It was busy at lunch but not overwhelmingly and the noise level was low. Easy and well located place to go before a matinee. We'll go back.
West Bank is a dependable old friend. We've been going there for 25 years, pre-theatre, post-theatre, lunch, casual dinner, group gatherings, and we'll continue to be there. The menu is not extensive, and it changes from time-to-time, but I've never had a problem finding something good to eat. Service is always great. Don't surprised if you see a celebrity or two.
We came for dinner pre-theater. The kitchen was extremely busy and we had to rush our dinner after waiting close to an hour for the meal to be served. Although this could have been a disaster, the Maitre d' Clinton was outstanding! He was extremely gracious and his actions have pretty much guaranteed that we will return.
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