West Bank Cafe

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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
West Bank Cafe 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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Specials

Free glass of wine with your Playbill

Bring in your Playbill after your show, and get a free glass of house wine with your entree. Available every night of the week

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Valid For: 1 - 20 people

Starts: March 8, 2019

Ends: March 9, 2118

Availability: Daily 9:45PM-11:30PM

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New York Area
11 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

One of our party has a very serious heart condition requiring he not eat salt. He kindly asked the waiter, could I have a plain baked potato? Emphatically the waiter said no. My husbands dish came with beautifully seasoned mashed potatoes. Surely I said there are potatoes in the kitchen. If the chef would just pop one in your microwave for him, it would be so appreciated. Our waiter refused to ask the chef. We all understood and communicated that we know the chef ordinarily would not use a microwave to do this, but our friend would be so grateful for it. Again, no.
If hospitality is the name of the game, we were disappointed by this attitude.

West Bank Cafe
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for your patronage and note. Your request for a baked potato was the first time that has happened in a very long time. The server certainly should have brought this request to the chef before denying your request. Feel free to call in advance the next time you are dining with us and we should be able to prepare a baked potato the right way by cooking it in the oven. I will address this matter to the service staff. Much appreciated, Steve Olsen

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l
New York Area
168 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Sorry my favorite lunch--open-faced steak sandwich--is no longer available, but the steak in a salad was almost as good. Of course, we will continue eating with you.

West Bank Cafe
Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for your patronage and compliments, Laura8. The Skirt Steak Sandwich is one of my favorites, too. Steve Olsen

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KM
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Would come again! And would recommend to friends....The food was delicious and the ambience was very quiet.

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Responded a day ago

Thank you for your patronage and compliments, Kathy M. Steve Olsen

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JN
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this place

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Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for your continued patronage, Jim. Always great to see you, Steve

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MG
Philadelphia
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food, welcoming staff make the West Bank Cafe a fun spot whenever I am in NY!

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Responded 2 days ago

Thank you for your continued patronage and compliment, MGMT. Steve Olsen

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H
Salt Lake City
38 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place is a gem on 42nd Street. The ambiance is delightful and the food is excellent with fabulous choices. The staff is phenomenal and attentive in every way. I highly recommend this restaurant"

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Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for your continued patronage and compliments, Hurleygirl Very much appreciated! Stece Olsen

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A
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on September 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great service and great food as usual. Glad to see that the a/c is working again.

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Responded 5 days ago

Thank you for your continued patronage, Anne. Yes, we have new air conditioning. Much appreciated, Steve Olsen

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AD
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The West Bank is one of my favorites—-consistently excellent!

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Responded on September 11, 2019

Thank you for your continuous patronage and compliments, ADYM Steve Olsen

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F
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on September 8, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Great location when going to the Theater....Overall we had and enjoyable brunch

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Responded on September 11, 2019

Thank you for your patronage and note, Foodie1. Steve Olsen

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FF
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a good time at West Bank. They can get that whole restaurant fed and out in time for theatre without breaking a sweat. Food always good!

West Bank Cafe
Responded on September 10, 2019

Thank you for your continued patronage and great compliment, Food Fan. We strive to put out the best food in a small kitchen in a very limited time frame, pre theater. 250-300 covers in 2 1/2 hours sometimes. All a la minute. Much appreciated, Steve Olsen

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d
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

we went to see a play on 42nd street, so the west side cafe was very convenient. I remember going there in the past and remembered it was quite good and a nice atmosphere. We were 4 people and we all had fish and it was delicious. The salads were all terrific as well. I tasted my friends watermelon salad and it was fabulous. we all had wine and shared cookies for dessert and coffee. SO all in all the dinner was perfect. We all agreed the food was delicious and they did not rush you. Service was quite good.

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Responded on September 10, 2019

Thank you for your patronage and review, doesnotdisappoint. Much appreciated, Steve Olsen

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J
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great restaurant. We love the food and the service is terrific.

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Responded on September 10, 2019

Thank you for your patronage and comments, Jagerge. Steve Olsen

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p
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on September 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

First our server Randy was excellent , personable and knowledgeable. The truffle rice balls are outstanding as are the roasted artichokes. Main courses are excellent and a good size portion. We will definitely return

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Responded on September 8, 2019

Thank you for ypour patronage and compliments, pammy. Steve Olsen

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E
New York Area
86 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

One of the most dependable restaurants in the Theatre District. We took a friend for the first time and she wanted to go back for dessert after the show.

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Responded on September 7, 2019

Thank you for your patronage and compliment, Emigma1100. Much appreciated, Steve Olsen

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BG
Miami
10 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our table was ready for us when we arrived. Service was terrific . Our waiter asked if we had theater tickets to make sure we were done on time. Food was good. Our entire table had the skirt steak sandwich and all but one came out as ordered. We even had time for dessert and walked right across the street to the theater . Will definitely go back again.

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Responded on September 8, 2019

Thank you for your patronage and compliments, Bette G. Much appreciated, Steve Olsen

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TM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on September 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great as always

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Responded on September 11, 2019

Thanks, again, Tulis. Always great to see you. Much appreciated, Steve

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M
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

A dependable "go to" place in Hell's Kitchen....wish they could do some less expensive glasses of wine by the glass.

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Responded on September 7, 2019

Thank you for your continued patronage and comments, Mariaprods. We try to serve the best quality wines at the best affordable price for our guests, but we will try harder in the future. Also, we pour 6 ounces of wine in every glass as opposed to most other restaurants in NYC that pour 5 ounces. Much appreciated, Steve Olsen

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JL
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

West Bank Cafe remains a favorite after many years of dining pleasure. The staff is attentive, efficient, and pleasant. The cuisine and service remain as outstanding as always.

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Responded on September 8, 2019

Thank you for your continued patronage throughout the years, Jeanne. It's always great seeing you her, on the street and in our building, neighbor. Much appreciated, Steve

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic soup to nuts... or in this case salad to butterscotch pudding.

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Responded on September 5, 2019

Thank you for your patronage and compliments. Steve Olsen

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on September 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful restaurant close to theater for many decades.

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Responded on September 6, 2019

Thank you for your patronage throughout the years. Steve Olsen

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D
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I particularly recommend the crispy artichoke appetizer.

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Responded on September 4, 2019

Thank you for your patronage and compliment, Dinnerbeforeashow. Steve Olsen

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BM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always wonderful! Love this place. And the location is great for theatergoers.

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Responded on September 4, 2019

Thank you for your continued patronage and compliment, Barry M. Steve Olsen

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L
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We will be back. Wonderful meal especially the cod special. Husband still talking about how it was the best cod he’s had in years. I had the chicken which was very good. The service was top notch and very nice atmosphere. I understand why it gets such good reviews.

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Responded on September 4, 2019

Thank you for your patronage and compliments, sunflowerLinda. The roast chicken is one of our top sellers for many years, Much appreciated. Steve Olsen

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F
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

The food was very good but the reason that I assigned a 4 rating instead of a 5 was because my friends thought that the portion size of their schnitzels should have been larger.
Also, did a giant design the restroom? I would have needed a ladder to reach the hook to hang my purse in the ladies room
stall and my friends commented about an issue in the men’s room

West Bank Cafe
Responded on September 4, 2019

Thank you for your patronage and comments, Foodlover. I will speak to the chef about the Schnitzel portion. Much appreciated, Steve Olsen

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JS
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on August 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Its our favorite in our neighborhood. Always happy to eat there!

West Bank Cafe
Responded on September 4, 2019

Thank you for your patronage and compliment, Judith S. We love our neighbors and our neighborhood. Steve Olsen

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RK
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The overall dining experience is superb

West Bank Cafe
Responded on September 4, 2019

Thank you for your patronage and compliment, Robert K. Sorry I missed you last time. I will see you next time for sure. Best, Steve

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EP
New York Area
76 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

I dine at the Westbank with some frequency. I often have quibbles but my most recent experience was generally excellent. Service is efficient and friendly - and always takes into account your curtain time if you are intending to go to the theater. The ambiance is like that of a better bistro; not elegant but attractive and relaxed. The only shortcoming on my latest visit was seemingly burnt coffee served with ice cold milk (but to their credit, you are offered a choice of milk or cream).

West Bank Cafe
Responded on August 30, 2019

Thank you for your continued patronage and interesting review, East2Please. We will make sure your coffee is not burnt next time but the milk is required by DOH to be maintained at below 41* Fahrenheit unless we steam it. Much appreciated, Steve Olsen

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MD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Dependably pleasant with good food at a good value and a pleasant wait staff. It’s location is terrific.

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Responded on September 4, 2019

Thank you for your patronage and compliments, Marilyn D. Steve Olsen

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RL
Miami
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Perfect for that quick bite after a show, and the staff was very pleasant.

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Responded on August 30, 2019

Thank you for your patronage and compliment, RLRL Steve Olsen

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Four main dishes were ordered - chicken, trout, rigatoni Bolognese and Meyer lemon risotto , only the chicken was palatable. Nothing was hot enough and Nothing Was adequately seasoned.
The two vegetable sides were undercooked - not roasted enough.
I’ve dined there before, but will probably not return

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Responded on August 30, 2019

Thank you for your patronage. I was at your table when 2 dishes were returned. The kitchen prepared the new dishes and we served them to your table and comped out the 2 dishes. Then I poured the gentleman another red wine and comped it. Additionally, we comped a full round of desserts. Sincerely, Steve Olsen

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H
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on August 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Consistently good. Food, service, the whole dining experience was excellent.

OT
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

Background music disturbing with loud vocals. Did not like that no substitutions permitted. Took a long time to get bread on the table....was almost done with my salad when it arrived. Main course okay, with a bit too much salt. My husband's appetizer of deviled eggs and the steak for a main course were also too salty.
Definitely would try other restaurants in the area.

West Bank Cafe
Responded on August 27, 2019

Thank you for your patronage. It sounds like not very much went right at your table. I apologize, all the way around, for the poor experience you received at our restaurant. Sincerely, Steve Olsen

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OT
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined on August 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always so very pleasant. The ambiance, waitstaff, food is always wonderful. Keep coming back for our get togethers because we thoroughly enjoy ourselves. Thank you for being so attentive to our needs and requests?

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Responded on August 26, 2019

Thank you for your continued patronage and compliments. Sincerely, Steve Olsen

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OT
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on August 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great location on Theatre Row. Cabaret room is the best in NYC. The restaurant is a fun place to meet friends before or after the show. Food is better than it needs to be. Had the pork schnitzel...heaven! The hot fudge sundae is to die for! Outstanding service from Christophe...this was our second time having him as our server and he was engaging and efficient!

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Responded on August 29, 2019

Thank you for your patronage and multiple compliments. That's the second time in 41 years that I was told that the food was "better than it needs to be". Last time was in 1994. Much appreciated, Steve Olsen

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OT
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Never disapoints. Food always delicious

West Bank Cafe
Responded on August 24, 2019

Thank you for your patronage. Steve Olsen

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MA
1 review
Dined on August 21, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The restaurant was nice. Their Blood Orange Martini is delicious. The food was good, nothing extraordinary, but it was delicious and well presented. I would go back.

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Responded on August 23, 2019

Thank you for your patronage and comments, Mary A. Steve Olsen

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m
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual the service, food, and atmosphere of West Bank was perfect. Anytime I am in New York, I always try to get to the restaurant. I always let my friends I know about the establishment. Keep up the great work.

West Bank Cafe
Responded on August 23, 2019

WOW! Thank you for your continued patronage, compliments and private note, macro1. I totally appreciate you recommending our restaurant to all your friends; that's what keeps us going for all the 41 years. Much appreciated, Steve Olsen

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NY
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on August 20, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 5

Great location. Great theatre district vibe. I wish there had been more vegan options but it was good. Super friendly staff.

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Responded on August 21, 2019

Thank you for your patronage, NYC Gal. I will work on putting some additional vegan items on the menu. Steve Olsen

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OT
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Waiter was wonderful
Food very good

West Bank Cafe
Responded on August 20, 2019

Thank you for your patronage and compliment. Steve Olsen

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OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We loved West Bank Cafe. The food was excellent. Loved my lemon ricotta pancakes. The service was so nice. All the staff were so pleasant. It was a pleasure to dine there. We will certainly visit again. Thanks for a lovely brunch before our show.

West Bank Cafe
Responded on August 20, 2019

Thank you for your patronage and compliments. Much appreciated, Steve Olsen

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