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Sun, 2/25
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West Bank Cafe

2869 reviews
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$30 and under
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Contemporary American
Top Tags:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Neighborhood Gem
  • Casual
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.

Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Contemporary American
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Hours of operation
Wednesday-Saturday: 11:30 AM-Midnight Sunday-Tuesday: 11:30 AM- 11 PM
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Phone number
(212) 695-6909
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Payment options
AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Casual Dress
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Executive chef
Chef Alberto Martinez
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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.
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Private party contact
Private Event Coordinator: (844) 264-3943
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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.
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Cross street
9th Avenue
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Parking details
In addition to street parking, there is a parking garage on 42nd St., between 9th & 10th Avenues.
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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
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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 for full cabaret & theatre schedule.

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Special events & promotions
For information concerning special events, contact our Special Events Director, Kenny Bell at

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What 2869 People Are Saying
Overall ratings and reviews
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4.4  based on recent ratings
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94% of people would recommend it to a friend
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JBFirelotus (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 2 days ago

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

JoeB (New York Area)
5.0  Dined 4 days ago

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.

vipbdaygirl (New York Area)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

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

vipOpenTable Diner (Greensboro)
4.0  Dined 5 days ago

Great service - average food

vipMisterK (New York Area)
3.0  Dined 5 days ago

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.

vipAuntieM (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

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.

OpenTable Diner (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 18, 2018

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.

Geodem (New York Area)
5.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

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).

Neetsie (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

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

vipEasy (New York Area)
4.0  Dined on February 17, 2018

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.