Shun Lee West
Shun Lee West

Shun Lee West

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.shunleewest.com/
  • Phone: 2125958895
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm, Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm, Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:30pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Asian, Chinese
  • Executive Chef: Sun-Dao Man
  • Dress Code: Smart Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Bar Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, Wine
  • Catering: Catering is available to anywhere in Manhattan, for 20 to 1,000 people.
  • Private Party Facilities: Private party options are available for 80 to 200 guests, semi-private events are available for 10 to 25 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Dennis Wang or Steven Ng 2125958895

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Columbus Avenue
  • Public Transit: 1 train to 66th Street.
  • Parking: No
A word from Shun Lee West
Conveniently located across from Lincoln Center and a startling revelation in shiny black lacquer, Shun Lee exudes Asian chic with grand authority.
For haute Chinese cuisine, it’s among New York City’s best. Regional offerings include crispy Grand Marnier prawns with honey walnuts (Canton), braised sea bass in hot bean sauce (Hunan) and shredded beef with leeks and hot peppers (Szechwan). Specialties include beggar’s chicken baked in lotus leaves and clay (requires one day’s notice), Hunan tripe, sweetbreads with black mushrooms and of course, Beijing Duck.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerChinese
Shun Lee West reviews from OpenTable diners
132 reviews since June 26, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance4.1
    Noise LevelModerate
76% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (52)fit for foodies (51)good for groups (42)special occasion (41)great for lunch (26)kid-friendly (17)romantic (14)great for brunch (6)hot spot (5)notable wine list (3)late-night find (2)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • The food was excellent.I had
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/26/2008
    The food was excellent.I had guests from out of town and it was a great example of New York dining.
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    fit for foodies
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  • The experience overall was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/22/2008
    The experience overall was truly excellent. Tables are quite close together which made conversation a little more difficult. Service was superb and the food amazing. I would definitely go back for another visit and recommend the restaurant to all my friends.
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    fit for foodies, romantic
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  • Shun Lee West never disappoints.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/20/2008
    Shun Lee West never disappoints. The food is consistently at a very high quality level despite the pre-Lincoln Center crush. Less importantly: The wine choices by the glass, however, are very disappointing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • We usually enjoy eating here,
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/19/2008
    We usually enjoy eating here, but for the first time I ordered the lobster and woke up the next morning with a horrible case of food poisoning.
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  • Don't order the CHINESE wine!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/18/2008
    Don't order the CHINESE wine! Yuck! Lots of celebs! and it really is much better than regular takeout!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • way overpriced nice atmosphere su
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/18/2008
    way overpriced nice atmosphere suburban quality - not nearly as good as Chinatown
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    special occasion
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  • Service was poor, so poor
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/17/2008
    Service was poor, so poor that we probably would not go back even though the food was excellent.
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  • This restaurant is coasting
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 5/16/2008
    This restaurant is coasting on its reputation. The food is mediocre, the service is professional but impersonal, and the atmosphere is cramped. Given the above and the high prices, there's lilttle reason to go here.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • great spot for pre-Lincoln
    dch46VIP
    Dined on 5/16/2008
    great spot for pre-Lincoln Center events. Staff is vert efficient. Reliable reservations assure you are not late for the show. Food is always well prepared and interesting. Not a place to linger unless it is after curtain time and things slow down a bit.
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  • I will never eat there again.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/11/2008
    I will never eat there again. Service was poor, food ordinary but expensive. All food was plated and was tepid. One dish that was served had not been ordered. I informed the waiter and he reached over each diner to remove it from their plates with tongs. I hate to think what they were going to do with it when it went back to the kitchen. Management's response was "sorry". No complimentary desert, cocktail or food. My neighborhood Chinese restaurant would be more generous for 1/3 the price.
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  • The 5 of us had not been to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 5/11/2008
    The 5 of us had not been to Shun Lee West in almost 20 years ! We had wonderful memories, but were bitterly disappointed. The place looks shopworn. The food was not even as good as our inexpensive local Chinese restaurants. Peking duck was only okay and not special. Meal was very pricey, considering the lackluster quality. One shining item was the service, which was superb.
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  • Whether it is the East Side
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002
    Dined on 5/10/2008
    Whether it is the East Side or the West Side branches, Shun Lee offers delicious food with always excellent service. Everything was paced perfectly and we were able to get out in plenty of time for the opera.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Full at dinner time. pfrobably
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/10/2008
    Full at dinner time. pfrobably could use more staff.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Tables were situated too close
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 5/10/2008
    Tables were situated too close together. Waiters were quick to grab empty glasses but did not ask about whether or not we wanted refills and were gone before you could ask. Throughout dinner we felt rushed -- it was obvious that they wanted to move the table to make room for the next round of diners but they we had to ask for the check twice which was frustrating. The food was excellent but I have had much better experiences at the other Shun Lee and would go there vs this one in the future.
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  • I hadn't been here in a while.
    Kitz
    Dined on 5/9/2008
    I hadn't been here in a while. It was pre-theater and hopping. The waiters were in a great rush and it was an effort to get their attention. Instead of family style, our dishes were divided up by the waiter, French style. The food was tasty but barely warm. Not sure if I'd go here again. You can get great Cantonese in Chinatown for an eighth of the price.
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    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • we told the waiter we had
    gert
    Dined on 5/8/2008
    we told the waiter we had a 7:30pm theater at the beginning. People came in after us and were served first. Very slow in getting the bill and again in transacting the credit cards. Very disappointed. Almost did not make the theater.
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  • Absolutely one of the best
    scottVIP
    Dined on 5/5/2008
    Absolutely one of the best Chinese meals I've ever had. Service was impeccable, food fresh and delicious. Not going to do much better than this.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Excellent food and service
    GoodeaterVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2008
    Excellent food and service and in Lincoln Center area.
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  • We enjoyed our early dinner
    247foodieVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2008
    We enjoyed our early dinner here, which followed a matinee at Lincoln Center. The menu was quite varied, and I we particularly enjoyed the seafood in a basket, chicken & vegetables, and fish special entrees. The appetizers [vegetable dumplings & scallops] were really great, and the service was quite good as well. Overall, we enjoyed our experience here and would certainly return!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, hot spot
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  • Food was fantastic would defintely
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 5/2/2008
    Food was fantastic would defintely go back, plus excellent service
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • I did not have a good experience.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 5/2/2008
    I did not have a good experience. It was too loud and crowded. They sat us by a super small table against the corner wall and we could barely move. The table right next to us it was too close and loud. I will not go back to this restaurant. The service and food were ok but not great as expected.
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  • Great for Lincoln Center theatergoe
    InsurancemanVIP
    Dined on 5/2/2008
    Great for Lincoln Center theatergoers. Consistant in every way.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We were crowded like sardines
    Logan
    Dined on 5/2/2008
    We were crowded like sardines at a tiny table for two in a glarey overlighted dining room. Dreadful ambience, very gawdily decorated dining room. Food was average but good for a Chinese restaurant. Does not compare to upscale Chinese resturants in San Francisco
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  • We have been there many times.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 5/2/2008
    We have been there many times. Food is always excellent. Table location this time was excellent--quiet. Service is usually very fast. But service this time was terrible. Food arrived slowly. Waiter rarely came by table to check on things. Long delay after finishing eating. I had to go to front desk to ask maitre d' for the bill.
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  • Going there for years. This
    raywatVIP
    Dined on 4/30/2008
    Going there for years. This evening, though, we had the worst service ever. And, when delivered, both dinners were cold and unappetizing.
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  • Shun Lee West was a great
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/30/2008
    Shun Lee West was a great place to have a fast dinner before attending a Lincoln Center concert. Although the atmosphere and service was great, the food came to our table cold. This was a great disappointment, but with limited time we didn't complain.
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  • One of the best in the immediate
    RobkarVIP
    Dined on 4/28/2008
    One of the best in the immediate Lincoln Center area. Romantic, quiet, very friendly, fairly priced for food and ambiance at this level.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, romantic
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  • Sunday nights seem to be family
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/27/2008
    Sunday nights seem to be family night, but we've been there other times when it's quiet, elegant and romantic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Great food and service; a
    maureenVIP
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    Great food and service; a little crowded -- but that's not a surprise pre-theater given this restaurant's location. Would definitely come here again.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Convenient to Lincoln Center
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 4/26/2008
    Convenient to Lincoln Center but not that much better than a local Chinese Restaurant.
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    kid-friendly
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  • Alwas consistent a great pre
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/25/2008
    Alwas consistent a great pre opera dinner with friends
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  • A mere shadow of its former
    Flavorfan
    Dined on 4/23/2008
    A mere shadow of its former self, best left to tourists.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • The waiters were very attentive.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 4/23/2008
    The waiters were very attentive. We arrived at 12 PM right on time, had drinks and meal all served in a timely fashion. We then were able to get to the show at Lincoln Center in plenty of time to settle into our seats and enjoy the entertainment. It was a pleasant, well prepared and attentively served meal.
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    special occasion, great for lunch
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  • I have long been a fan of
    petelabVIP
    Dined on 4/19/2008
    I have long been a fan of Chinese food, so I know that it usually features a nice balance of elements: just the right amount of protein with just the right amount of vegetables, using rice or noodles for the requisite starch. While the meat aspects of our recent meal were very good, the rice was over-sticky and there was an almost total absence of anything green on the plate. While many fine dining establishments make a practice of their vegetables being ordered a la carte, that sort of thing in a Chinese restaurant violates the cultural tradition of the cuisine. I had the Orange Beef and my wife orederd the Lemon Chicken -- both very good in what was on the plate, but notably deficient in what was absent.
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    good for groups
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  • For the first time in my life,
    lenaVIP
    Dined on 4/15/2008
    For the first time in my life, I left a restaurant without leaving any tips! No matter how aweful the service was, I have always left 15% tips. But I even felt obligated NOT to tip this time. I told the waiter 3 times (as soon as we got there) that we had a performance to catch at Lincoln Center. 50 minutes later, we got the pecking duck as we were about to walk out angry. The dish was a joke. It had 2 burrito looking duck wraps for each person for $50, without additional cucumber/scallion pieces + sauces on the side. Total rip off for poor quality food.This restaurant tried to look upscale but the service and the food remain china-town quality. They should perhaps re-train their staffs and hire someone who can better do the time management
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  • Shun Lee West was having some
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 4/15/2008
    Shun Lee West was having some sort of computer meltdown the night we were there. At 6:45, the place was full and ALL the tables were empty...no food to be had anywhere. When two of our three dishes finally arrived, after my informing the Maitre D' that if the order didn't arrive within one minute we would have to leave for the theatre, it was cold. Shun Lee West usually has tasty food, even though hideously overpriced, but they hit a new low the other night. I might consider returning if the meal was complimentary, and I didn't have tickets to the opera! Bad. No excuse. Shameful. And the captains and waiters are just plain RUDE! Print that.
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  • Excellent food, superior wait
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    Excellent food, superior wait staff and wonderful ambience. I will recommend this to all my friends looking for a great after-concert dining experience
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find, special occasion
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  • loved our booth -- easy to
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    loved our booth -- easy to talk, and comfortable. food was excellent, thought it could have been warmer. heating the plates might help
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Unusually upscale and festive
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 4/12/2008
    Unusually upscale and festive Chinese, with many unusual dishes (e.g., Schezuan alligator!).
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • One of the best Chinese options
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 4/11/2008
    One of the best Chinese options around, and, of course, great for pre/post Lincoln Center.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelModerate