I had the absolute pleasure of having lunch at the West Bank Cafe . . .
with three of the most creative, successful and lovely people I know . . . theatrical press agent, Sam Rudy, actress/writer, Ann Talman and director/professor, Anne Drecktrah. First let me say, I love the West Bank. It opened in 1978, is owned by Steve Olson, and is located on Theatre Row in Manhattan - 407 W. 42nd Street, NYC 10036 - 212.695.6909. And honestly, this is my "go to" place for great food and celebrity sitings in the theatre district.
Hotel Note: If in need of a hotel in this area check out: The Pearl Hotel.
The cast of characters: Ann Talman . . .
But what did she order? Cobb Salad - diced chicken, avocado, apple wood smoked bacon, onions, tomatoes, bleu cheese, crispy romaine, quail's egg, and watercress with a cobb vinaigrette.
And what did he order? Organic Free Range Chicken - with mushrooms, baby carrots, haricot verts, mashed potatoes, and chicken jus.
|Organic Free Range Chicken|
Plus, Anne and I celebrated our 40th anniversary of friendship. (We must have become friends at birth.)
And what was for lunch? Nicoise Salad - chilled seared tuna with haricot verts, radishes, tomatoes, fingerling potatoes, olives, quail's egg, served on a bed of greens.
Dizzy Note: Choosing a late afternoon reservation was also good for my vestibular disorder . . . less crowded and quieter (except for us laughing our heads off).
And I should also mention the Laurie Beechman Theatre . . .
which is located downstairs at the West Bank. A 100 seat cabaret venue, it has a great line-up of performers including Joan Rivers, Jinx Monsoon (Rupaul's Drag Race winner and terrific singer/comedian) and my 94-year-young friend and singer Ilona Royce-Smithkin whom Sam introduced me to in Provincetown, MA way back in 1983.
Um . . . square table, technically.