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West Bank Cafe
American Restaurant$$
Today 11:30 am – 12:00 am
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407 W 42nd St New York, NY 10036
407 West 42nd StreetUSNew YorkNew York10036
$$American Restaurant, Bar
American Restaurant
Hamburger Restaurant
Today 11:30 am – 12:00 am
Monday 11:30 am – 11:00 pmTuesday 11:30 am – 11:00 pmWednesday 11:30 am – 12:00 amThursday 11:30 am – 12:00 amFriday 11:30 am – 12:00 amSaturday 11:30 am – 12:00 amSunday 11:00 am – 11:00 pm
A theatre district favorite since 1978. We invite you to enjoy our comfortable atmosphere, fine contemporary American food and award-winning wine list.
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Warm New American eatery with a bar & basement cabaret, known for drawing theatergoers & performers.- Google
"I ordered the mini mushroom risotto balls."
"There was only one crab cake."
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Oscar King IV
6 months ago
The year is still young, but I will be hard-pressed to find anywhere that can serve me a dinner better than West Bank Cafe. It was the final eatery of my time on vacation in New York and what a final eatery it was. The atmosphere is phenomenal. The soft lighting and smooth ambient feel provide a nice reprieve from the hustle of Time Square. I had the pleasure of meeting one of the owners, and she was an absolute pleasure to speak with. Our server, Larry, was equally wonderful: he had wonderful recommendations, speedy delivery, and was a pleasant conversationalist in passing. I started with the Risotto Balls. Between me and the two other members of my company, we inhaled them in minutes. They were phenomenal. And I am not even a fan of risotto balls. Appetizer finished, I ordered their three course meal (soup/salad, entree, dessert). The soup was wonderful, but the real star of the meal was the salmon entree. Now, I love seafood. And I don't mean just as a friend. I'm not talking about some vacation romance. I'm talking about a serious, committed relationship. Take note when I say that this was the best salmon I've ever had. It was moist and warm and lacked the generic-salmon-taste I find too common at restaurants. Paired with the sauvignon blanc recommended by Larry, it was even more splendid. I finished the meal with a lemon mousse dessert and a glass of Macallan 12 with warm water. Next time you are around Times Square, ask yourself a question: do you want to have angels frolic on your taste-buds? If yes, go to the West Bank Cafe. You will not be disappointed.
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Jason Wong
11 months ago
Pretty good pre-fixe lunch special. $20 three course menu. I ordered the steak frites which was very good, the fries were awesome and the steak was cooked a perfect medium rare. I also ordered the caeser salad and bread pudding. Very nice almost 5 star-eque setting as well. Great place to stop by for lunch or before hitting a show.
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Dianna Martin
a year ago
I have been going here since the 80s with my family. The owners are amazing. The food, always good for post theatre or Thanksgiving, or any time, is wonderful. Check it out and say hi to Steve!
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Ilya Konstantinov
4 years ago
The venue is pleasant but unfortunately the food is mediocre. The Black Pepper Tagliatelle was way too salty (to more than one person's taste), the Free Range Chicken's mashed potatoes tasted like instant 'just add water'. The Grilled Scottish Salmon was, reportedly, very good. The crème brulée wasn't cold, but room temperature.
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ej shortell
8 months ago
A very quaint nicely decorated restaurant on West 42 street, just pass ninth avenue. I ordered the mini mushroom risotto balls. It was served with a truffle aoli sauce. I did not like the sauce. I also ordered the fried calamari with a chipolte sauce. The sauce was very tasty, not spicy. The fried calamari melted in my mouth. It was cooked to perfection. For a main course, I ordered the crab cake. There was very little filling, mostly flaky crab. It came with two large slices of avocado, and well seasoned greens. There was only one crab cake. The waiter convinced me to order dessert. I ordered the frozen lemon mousse, which came topped with cinnamon meringue, assorted fresh berries, and candied pistachios. It was delicious. The wait service was excellent. The restaurant was busy but I did not have to wait on line for a table. They have a full bar service, with some interesting beers and wine. The prices were reasonable. They also have a prefixed lunch and dinner menu. I arrived too late for that. I would go back. The soup of the day was tomato Florentine with shave Parmesan cheese. Yummy
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2 years ago
Lively Theatre Row restaurant with above average food. It's been around for many years, and has consistently good American food. There's always a lovely arrangement of flowers at the front. Can be noisy. Good for spotting celebrities.
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Julie Laitin
2 years ago
Food always excellent -- and reliably good; waiters have great personalities, but service can be slow because of the popularity of the restaurant; wines good. It does get quite packed, and tables are close. Reservations recommended, especially on weekends.
Marion Lyons
4 years ago
For a pre-matinee lunch it's handy, hearty and wholesome. It's one of the few places you can get a really good cobb salad, very important for ladies who lunch.


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