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.View Private Dining Details
It’s a regular for us. Great brunch this time. Everything was perfect.
while usually one of our favorite restaurants, this time around several things were a bit off.
first of all, the waiter was pretty inattentive never asking how things were going nor checking that dishes were coming out in a timely fashion although he early on asked if we were going to theatre which we were. our entrees took an excessive amount of time to arrive and we had to inquire several times about this. when they came, they were not hot and we had the feeling that they had been sitting on the counter before they were delivered. quite disappointing and when we mentioned all of this at the desk when we left, all the young woman could say was "I am sorry'.
Restaurant had a nice bar convenient for theatre. Food was good. Service was great.
Always good pre-theatre. Noise level a little high, but we were only a party of two and could hear each other talk.
We go to the theatre across the street and always eat here. Always good food at reasonable prices.
Wonderful food, helpful and very cheerful staff, always a pleasure to dine there before or after the theater!
Second time dining here in a month. Can't beat the food and location - across the street from theaters and easy walking distance from Times Square/Theater District. Great place for dining before or after theater.
We shared the mushroom rice ball appetizer this time - delicious and enough to share with three people. We also shared the roasted brussel sprouts - another good choice, and enough for 4 people, let alone our party of 3. I had the rainbow trout - very good. Others in our party had the crab cake and salmon - both were excellent choices as well. Topped it off with refreshing lemon tart.
I’ve eaten at West Bank several times and they’ve never disappointed. Food is excellent. Staff is very accommodating. Reasonably priced. A great dining experience!
Lovely menus, delicious food, great value. Check your check. Our complimentary glasses of wine were mistakenly charged.
Have dined at the restaurant several times. Every time has been a most pleasant experience. Food, waitstaff , and ambiance have always made it special.
I have been coming here for 40 years and it is always a go to easy choice
Always a great place to a friend, have lovely dinner & conversation. Specials are great & a very good wine list.
The West Bank is one of my favorite places in Hell's Kitchen. The food is consistently excellent! Great for before or after theater. Or anytime, really.
As usual, great place to celebrate. People on group who had not been raved about the food. Perfect artist ambiance. Great staff led by great owner. They care that you have a good time. My go-to place for a long time and never disappoints
Had a great time. food was terrific and the ambiance was very appealing.
Everything was great for pre-theater meal. Service was quick, food was good. Nice place, a good location. Have been there many times and will return again.
this is a great place for a pre-theatre dinner. The vibe is great and it is informal and friendly. Somehow, although we arrived early our waiter forgot about us so we hurried to finish our entrees in order to get to the theatre on time. The hamburger was delicious and perfectly cooked. Some of the dishes are really too small....a lovely beet salad is very minimal as is the crab cake. Overall, though a good place for pre theatre. Need more places like this
Great service - average food
This is a restaurant that gets overwhelmed at pre-theater times. The food is decent and the convenience of being near off-broadway theaters like Playwrights Horizon is excellent. But the noise level is very high, there are too many tables in too little space. And the servers are literally running back and forth trying to keep up. For dining in the evening, I suggest that you go at 5 pm or 8 pm because anything in the middle is not relaxing.
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.
My wife and I were in the city for a play, and the staff was very attentive. They knew we were on a time restraint, but they didn't rush us. And the food was excellent. I'm sure we'll be back.
The staff is very professional, pleasant, and knowledgeable about the menu. They also try very hard to accommodate special requests. Very enjoyable meals (lunch and dinner).
I’m not a vegetarian but I had the spaghetti squash casserole and it was delicious.
Great place for pre theater when u are in the m I’d for inexpensive
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.
We went for a birthday dinner and one couple was stuck in traffic. The staff was so accommodating and the food was great!
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.
It was our first time eating there and we were very pleased with what we ordered and will definitely go back.
Great waiters, busboy, maître de, owner, bartender and food
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!
Food was great and so was the service. Perfect. location for theater row on west 42 street. Quite busy, reservation necessary. A bit loud when in full swing..
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.
Fine food convenient to theater
First time here for brunch and it was exceptional. We will definitely come back.
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.
As always, it was great.