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West Bank Cafe

407 W 42nd St, New York City, NY 10036-6808
+1 212-695-6909
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  • Excellent38%
  • Very good50%
  • Average9%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
According to TripAdvisor reviewers, this popular American eatery in Midtown is perfect for special occasions. As one put it, "Our appetizers were the mushroom risotto balls and...More
Open Now
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM Hours
American, Bar, Vegetarian Friendly, Gluten Free Options
$$ - $$$
407 W 42nd St, New York City, NY 10036-6808
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Reviewed 4 days ago

We stopped in for a late lunch (2.30ish) and were welcomed with friendly hospitable service. The chicken and pesto sandwich was hearty without being heavy, and the fries were the best we had during our time in New York. This was a little oasis amidst...More

Thank Eagertogo
Reviewed 5 days ago

We're always on the lookout for theater district restaurants that aren't too swamped with tourists and can offer reasonably priced good food. This place scores in both categories. We were taking our grandkids (8 and 11) to a magic show and the menu was good...More

Thank Stephen S
Reviewed 1 week ago

Food was excellent with ample-size portions. Lots of choices for their brunch from 11-3PM on Sundays. Suggest reservations for that meal. Person who took reservation was very accommodating after i explained that we might be late due to track work on the Long island RR....More

Thank Sheila F
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Great, moderate priced menu options for steak, chicken or fish! Asparagus lemon risotto and a cold glass of Prosecco was a perfec after show meal!

Thank Karin E
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I can say with confidence that I have had more meals at the West Bank than anyone else. For 40 years, until my recent retirement, it was my go-to place for lunch, almost on a daily basis and for countless dinners. The fact that a...More

Thank remsen
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

I've had several excellent experiences in the Beechman theater below the Cafe. Very Cabaret-ish, charming service, great atmosphere. The food is not exceptional but what matters is the vibe: engaging, New York-y, fun.

Thank jack770
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

Enjoyed a fabulous meal here tonight. Very relaxed place with an interesting menu. Service was excellent. Food choices were perfect for all of us. My negative is for the range of tips. It started at 20%. We know that waiters aren't well paid but 20%...More

Thank Peter M
Reviewed July 16, 2018

Though it took a while to get our food, we came in late and HUNGRY! I had the chicken which was fabulous. The green beans still had plenty of snap and the chicken itself was simply delectable. Portions were generous, too. We were just disappointed...More

Thank Margaret C
Reviewed June 3, 2018

I would rate this 3.5 stars, but there’s no option for that. The kale and octopus salad was excellent and large. The artichoke appetizer was good, not great. The lollipop lamb chops were tasty, though on the small side with a lot of fat. The...More

Thank Gailyn63
Reviewed June 2, 2018 via mobile

The perfect spot for theatre district dining. Service is accommodating, friendly and professional. They will get you in a nbn d out in a timely manner and you won't feel rushed. The food is excellent. Beet and goat cheese salad starter, and both the salmon...More

Thank Angelo M
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August 6, 2017|
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Response from jeelaylone | Reviewed this property |
I'm not certain but do recall that there were no steps to get into the restaurant but a quick call to them can get you the answer. However, if you are not able to call, let me know and I'll call them and get back to... More
March 29, 2017|
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Response from LauraBarrett66 | Reviewed this property |
I would suggest calling the restaurant for an accurate answer. Bon Appetite!
August 15, 2016|
Response from macro1958 | Reviewed this property |
I cannot fully answer the question, but I do suggest that a call to the restaurant should be able to answer this matter. The reason is I do not have food allergies. I can say the staff is very friendly and helpful. I hope... More
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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
$20 - $30
Lunch, Dinner, Brunch, Late Night
Restaurant features
Delivery, Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar, Wine and Beer, Accepts American Express, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Outdoor Seating, Wheelchair Accessible
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Families with children, Business meetings, Kids, Special occasions, Bar scene, Large groups
Open Hours
11:00 AM - 3:00 PM
4:00 PM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 11:00 PM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
11:30 AM - 12:00 AM
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 407 W 42nd St, New York City, NY 10036-6808
    (9th Avenue)
  • Public Transportation: Subway: 1, 2, 3, 7, A, C, E, N, R, Q, and W trains to 42nd St.- Times Square Bus: M11, M16 and M42
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Midtown
  • Neighborhood: Midtown
  • Phone Number: +1 212-695-6909
  • E-mail
A New York City theatre district favorite, the West Bank Cafe has been opened for nearly 40 years. Serving delicious cuisine, indoor and outdoor seating, as well a wood lined bar, West Bank Cafe does cater to all ages and food tastes, especially the Broadway and theatre community. Located beneath the restaraunt is the Laurie Beechman Theatre, a 100 seat cabaret dinner theatre with different shows playing every night. Ranging from comedy, to cabaret to burlesque you can enjoy a show and enjoy the same delicious food from the West Bank Cafe to make your NYC night special. West Bank Cafe also offers catering, delivery and large parties in a central midtown location for easy access
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