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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
Actually glad we went , it has been a while. Always seemed crowded and noisy, and, well, overpriced. You pay for the convenience of the location. But have to say, we made a later reservation, around 7:30, in order to avoid the pre/theatre crowd. The food was pretty good, yes, it is pricey for what it is but not overly outrageous, and we could actually hear each other. My complaint would be , we felt like an after thought the whole evening. It was like the rush was over and it was time to take breaks. Our waiter to finally come over to us and introduce himself took quite the while, and then, we waited for our drinks and so on. Waited for our dinner...oh my, we were not in a hurry, but one does get hungry. We had plenty of water and bread, but everything in between took twice as long as it normally would in a restaurant? Ha! So, while we got less noise and craziness, we waited to be thought of, except for the amazing bus boys who kept us hydrated with water and fairly full with bread!
Have been to West Bank over the years but not in the last few. Our return found the restaurant painted in warm tones adding to the ambiance. It was a vibrant and lively but not raucous feel. Pretheatre goers getting their meals quickly but not hurriedly. Service was impeccable .
Will be returning more often, now that we are liiving closer.
first time there, went for pre-theater dinner. Wrote that in notes in open table reservation, confirmed with waiter when being served. With that said, food was not delivered timely, rushed to make theater.
However, the place was very good, service, waiter, food was cooked very well, and the selections were great. For two people, one cocktail, soda\water, split appetizer, two dinner entree's, $95, not quite the $$ rating. But will definitely go there again for dinner.
This restaurant has become part of our annual trip to NYC and we LOVE to eat before a show here.... we split pasta dishes and the tasty veggie sides and the mushroom rice balls and it is the perfect meal before the show! And the DeLuxe Manhattans are delicious!!
Very accommodating. We had an early dinner reservation, and a 1.5 year old, and they allowed us to choose which table would work best for the party/child.
The servers know the menu, and while there aren't a ton of choices, there's something for everyone. They also have a great variety of wine.
It gets very busy pre-theater so definitely make a reservation.
Unfortunately the food was very mediocre. I asked, begged, for my eggs to be cooked well done. Of course it was to much to expect a breakfest cook to fulfill a simple request. Not only were they not well done, they were almost runny. The lemon pancakes were great! The rest of the dishes were bland and cold, obviously a big no no especially for breakfest. The mimosas were good as well.
I had not been to West Bank Cafe in a couple of years. I am glad I returned. The menu is chock-a-block full of appealing items. Food is delicious. Portions are generous. Service is attentive and professional. A friend and I shared many small plates and they were all very good. The dessert menu looks great although this visit we passed on dessert. I look forward to returning.
We were a party of five having pre-theatre dinner. First question our wonderful server asked us was if we were going to a show and what theatre we were going to. Since the theatre was directly across the street, we had plenty of time to have a leisurely dinner. The restaurant is on the small side, but comfortable and the staff was very friendly. My companions opted for the price fix meal, and all had the salmon over lentils which they all liked. A few of them had the carrot ginger soup, which they said was delicious and one had a Caesar salad. The portions were very generous. Being a bit more adventurous, I chose to order the special appetizer, which was a delicious roasted artichoke dish. That was followed by an entree of scallops, which were huge and perfectly cooked, over tiny cubes of butternut squash and potatoes surrounded by a border of two luscious sauces. One was a creamy white sauce and the other one green. I'm so sorry I can't remember exactly what they were, but they were a perfect compliment to the scallops. I was too full for dessert, but my friends enjoyed their chocolate mousse cakes. I would definitely visit The West Bank Cafe again.
West Bank is always my go to in the area. The hostess/host always grants my request to sit in the back room, where it is quiet and cozy. Our server, Austin P was extremly personable, professional and accommodating. The food, as usual was just goth for lunch. We had salads and sandwiches. All delicious.
This was thanksgiving dinner so review is based on there predetermined menu. We chose this restaurant for what they said was “traditional” thanksgiving menu but was sorely dissapointed. The soup was carrot ginger which is in no way traditional. The turkey was dry and hardly any mashed potatoes were given to us. With the gravy added it was good but still very dry. Our reservation was for 7pm so there should not been an issue with food running out but our party of 8 only 3 got pumpkin pie which is what we all wanted. Was not happy with service which I assume was lacking since they had auto gratuity on party of 8. Overall was not impressed.
They ran out of pecan pie for a 6pm dinner reservation. Felt that was strange.
Besides that food & service great.
Second time having thanksgiving dinner there. Last time we were seated downstairs and it was warmer.. . Plus has live music. This year we were seated upstairs and it was too cold. Draft kept coming in by door. They need a hearing vent to push out the cold air Every time someone opens door.
Looking forward to packing up my food & get somewhere warmer with a fireplace or heater blasting somewhere!!! Too cold upstairs.
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