Shun Lee Cafe
Shun Lee Cafe

Shun Lee Cafe

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.shunleewest.com/
  • Phone: 2127693888
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Diners Club,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Dim Sum, Asian, Chinese
  • Executive Chef: Sun-Dao Man
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Personal wines welcome (corkage fee applies), Takeout, View, Wine

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Columbus Avenue
  • Public Transit: 1 train to 66th Street.
  • Parking: No
A word from Shun Lee Cafe
With Shun Lee Cafe conveniently located across from Lincoln Center, Dim Sum is just the ticket. The Cafe, a black and white checkerboard dining room, decorated with images from the Chinese calendar.
Terrific Dim Sum on rolling carts in constant motion and a variety of dishes in smaller portions completes the menu at Shun Lee Cafe. The Cafe is a great pre-theater stop for a “quick” dinner.
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Shun Lee Cafe reviews from OpenTable diners
71 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating3.8
  • Food3.9
    Service3.9
  • Ambiance3.6
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (32)fit for foodies (20)great for lunch (19)great for brunch (13)kid-friendly (11)good for groups (10)late-night find (6)hot spot (5)special occasion (4)romantic (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Always a pleasure
    EmEss
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    The food here is from the Shun Lee kitchen and so is excellent while the atmosphere in this adjacent cafe is informal, That makes this a fun, not stuffy place to eat. Dim Sum carts are constantly being wheeled about to add a great deal of variety to the menu and the staff is attentive and efficient. I've been coming here for many years and find that before or after a movie or a Lincoln Center event, the Shun Lee Cafe is always appropriate and a pleasure.
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    fit for foodies, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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  • Lila
    BuburinVIP
    Dined on 9/7/2014
    Great dim sum! Almost like being in china again! Loved it
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    great for brunch, great for outdoor dining
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • quick meal
    SpangleNYCVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2014
    This has become a ritual for us on a Sunday night when we want a small, fast dinner. There is a good variety of dim sum, and one can also order from the large menu, so all tastes are satisfied. The steamed dim sum has been usually delicious and fresh, though some nights it perhaps has been made a while before and it's a bit tough. We are always warmly greeted and recognized, which adds to the pleasure of this being a comfortable neighborhood restaurant.
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  • Shun lee Cafe
    ElizabethVIP
    Dined on 8/23/2014
    we have not been to this restaurant for a while and while we found the service levels high - very nice greetings - waiters were very attentive, we found the food lack luster - especially the noodles in bean paste and meat. We probably won't be back anytime soon sadly as we loved coming for the dim sum. We found the dim sum unmemorable as well as being expensive
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  • Good Find, but pricey for Dim Sum
    saphireinto
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    Visiting NYC for the weekend and made this reservation on the fly through Open Table nearby search for lunch. They were very accommodating. The service was very attentive and quick. The food was good, but not a huge selection of Dim Sum was brought around. They did go and make the shrimp rice rolls special for me, when I asked if they were coming around. I found the portions to be small. Some were only three per basket. The pricing was on the high end for Dim Sum ... probably geared more for tourists and theatre goers, not local diners.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, great for lunch
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  • I loved the Dim Sum
    BonjourLI
    Dined on 7/26/2014
    The Dim Sum was passed around frequently and the service was fast. This was perfect for us as we had to catch the Bolshoi across the street and were running late. The food was excellent and you can stop when you are filed up.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • Love Shun Lee Cafe
    EastBrunswickFoodie
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    We always enjoy dining here. Frat tasty food served by a very professional staff. Sets the standard for delicious Chinese food.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lincoln Center so reliable
    dehillerinVIP
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    What would I do without the Shun Lee Cafe? The food is consistently very good, and I can get less than a full meal there before I sit for a long performance. Service accommodates ticket-holders, and everyone is very pleasant and efficient.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Good Dinner choice
    dineout
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Shun Lee cafe gives a reasonably priced option for dinner near Lincoln Center.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GoodFoodLoverVIP
    Dined on 7/4/2014
    Our waitress was very inexperienced. This is a restaurant that serves dim sum, brought around in a cart for the diners to choose. The young woman who served us took very long to come around after we had finished what we had selected earlier. We had to call her to our table. Her English was almost non-existent so we had trouble communicating which dim sums we wanted or finding out what was in each of the ones she had in the cart. The ones we ate were good, but not excellent. We had selected this restaurant because of its proximity to Lincoln Center, where we were attending a performance.
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  • Susan
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    Great variety of dim sum constantly circulates throughout the small closely packed tables. We had pre Lincoln Center performance dinner and comfortably made our 8PM curtain.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • convenient location/overpriced food
    ll12
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    If going to Lincoln Center, this is the perfect location. Food is OK, nothing special - went for dim sum at 6 PM - no variety - the same two groups of offerings kept coming around - fried or unfried. Very skimpy servings for price charged - $7.50 for 3 pork dumplings? Not even enough to properly share - at least give 4 pieces for 2 people.
    Special Features:
    special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Excellent!
    jsotovalencia
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    My daughter and I had a few of the dim sum items from the cart, each was delicious: shrimp shumai, vegetable springroll, pork dumpling. I wanted to try the scallops and the taro crisps and so much more, but I was warned to save room for the entrée! We then shared the Mandarin style salmon (with crunchy water chestnuts and delightful snap peas) and a tasty moo shu pork. Accompanied by a robust cabernet sauvignon (and a refreshing ginger ale for my tweenager), we had an EXCELLENT meal and will go there as often as we can!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Birthday dinner
    OutOfTowner
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Treated my sister to dim sung for her birthday prior to the ballet at Lincoln Center. Asked for and received a nice table for the occasion. Restaurant brought out surprise ice cream with candle for my sister. Very Nice touch!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best of Chinese Dining in area
    Luvgreatfood
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    We always enjoy dining at Shun Lee Cafe when we are going to Lincoln Center. The food is consistently good, the service attentive and we can actually have a conversation with our friends. Open table makes it convenient to make reservations.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Dim Sum at Shun Lee Cafe
    foodlover1
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    Very little choice of dim sum. Slow, almost non-existent service. We were sitting two tables away from a mirrored wall that needed cleaning- very unappetizing to have to look at this while eating. Decidedly not the Shun Lee we knew and loved.
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  • Anniversary28VIP
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    the orange beef was wonderful. the dim sum was very good. the angel hair with duck was a bit disappointing. all in all, we enjoyed it very much.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Great for a light meal
    YetAnotherFoodieVIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Because of the cart deliveries of dim sum, it is great when you want a light and quick meal.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Calla
    Callalily63
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    Very friendly service. We were there for dim sum. Food was authentic and delicious. Dim sum was served on a cart that came around several times.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Once Again
    ABTBuff
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    The Shun Lee Cafe is one of my favorite places to eat. There are carts wheeled around offering a wide selection of fried and steamed dim sum. There is also a selection of Chinese dishes. The food is excellent, the staff courteous, the service attentive. It is an excellent place to dine before attending Lincoln Center. You will not be disappointed.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good dim sum
    Hjsd
    Dined on 5/25/2014
    Enjoyed our dim sum lunch and the service was very good
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2003
    Dined on 5/23/2014
    I love some of the dim sum selections, but the main dishes are also very good, if a bit pricey.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 49 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 22, 2014
    • Overall Rating3.8
    • Food3.8
    • Ambiance3.6
    • Service3.8
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 589 reviews are from the Shun Lee Cafe reviews archive.
  • swimmerVIP
    Dined on 5/21/2014
    good, but service needs to be faster pre Lincoln Center
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Consistently delivers
    RayUWSVIP
    Dined on 5/16/2014
    Shun Lee has been in the neighborhood for years and the food is always excellent. It's a more upscale Chinese restaurant but definitely worth it.
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    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Food is excellent
    ABTBuff
    Dined on 5/14/2014
    Shun Lee Cafe is the perfect place to go before an evening at Lincoln Center. While you can order regular dishes of Chinese food, the Cafe is known more for Dim Sum. The carts are continually wheeled around - one fore steamed food and one for fired food. I would suggest making reservation. They get very busy with good reason.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Disappointing
    LAck
    Dined on 5/13/2014
    The food was not as good as on previous visits. The dim sum were flavorless and the one entree we tried was only fairly good. We won't be back.
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 5/11/2014
    The food is really good -- They share a kitchen with Shun Lee -- really upscale restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • Still has good food and service
    CaliforniaDiner
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Over many years some restaurants slip in food, service or both. I'm happy to say my last experience at Shun Lee Cafe was a good one. The food was very good and the service even better: kind (one of us is disabled) and attentive.
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    kid-friendly, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find
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  • not good late night
    guy11976VIP
    Dined on 5/10/2014
    Ate at restairant not dim sum, food was overcooked and heavy. dim sum at the cafe would have been better.We ent there after the ballet.
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  • Good place for Pre-Lincoln center
    Ludwig
    Dined on 5/8/2014
    If you do not have enough time before the concert or opera but hate going fast food, this place is perfect.
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    great for brunch, great for lunch
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  • USWDinerVIP
    Dined on 5/3/2014
    Dim dum carts, regularly refreshed, provided excellent variety. Soup dumplings were available as a special "spring" order. While pricey, these were brought some of the best we've had in New York. The Beijing Duck roll -- the components of the dish prepared in a wrapper and fried -- was sinfully delicious.
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    Fit For Foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    great food..fast service..good location..nice and friendly staff...fairly priced
    Special Features:
    Great for Brunch, Fit For Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Late-Night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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  • Shun Lee Cafe was just Great!
    JWest1
    Dined on 4/25/2014
    Pre-theater dinner for Lincoln Center can be a bit of a challenge if you don't want too expensive or too casual. This fits right in the middle. The service was attentive to our theater time, the food was delicious and very well cooked. Wine was not extensive, but more than adequate and the prices were fair for the quality of this restaurant. Shun Lee West is more formal, which is why we wanted table cloths, but not too formal. We were more than pleased with our experience and service.
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  • same old reliable Asian restaurant
    DisappointedVIP
    Dined on 4/21/2014
    If you can put up with a slightly pressing service, you may enjoy some good dim sum. The decor has not been updated in years, and it shows. But it is still a nice restaurant for a quick dinner in the Lincoln Center area.
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    Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Chinese for quick meal
    LesPenseesVIP
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Great for a quick meal before or after show when time is limited. One of the best Chinese food in Manhattan, although the qualify of some of the dumplings were better in the past.
    Special Features:
    Neighborhood Gem
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  • Debbie
    Dined on 4/15/2014
    Absolutely great food and ambiance. The decor makes for a unique experience and dim sum with rolling carts was great. Bathrooms need to be redone though. Broken soap pumps and broken hooks. Plastic garbage pails give a cheap look to an otherwise upscale dining experience.
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    special occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Gem by Lincoln Center
    DfromCT
    Dined on 4/8/2014
    Headed to a concert at Julliard, so a friend recommended Shun Lee's Cafe. The roving dim sum cart that stops at your table has delicious treats. Three of us ordered 3 main courses to share. They came divied up and beautifully plated- and they were delicious. We will definitely return to Shun Lee Cafe. The main restaurant is supposed to be very good too, but the cafe's roving carts make it fun and unique
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious variety of dim sum
    Susan
    Dined on 4/5/2014
    Delicious variety of dim sum arrives on carts constantly.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for brunch, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Delicious Dim Sum
    NewYorkAllan
    Dined on 3/31/2014
    Pricey but wonderful Chinese dim sum restaurant, located just a short walk from Lincoln Center and various movie theaters. The carts just keep rolling over with more and more small plates of dumplings and other delicious items. Top notch food. Very expensive, however, so if you're on a budget, you may want to be careful. But the quality can't be beat.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • Had a great pre-show dinner
    Jamie
    Dined on 3/28/2014
    A friend recommend the Cafe. He said they had awesome Dim Som, and he was right! My husband, and I went here before heading over to Lincoln Center, and we loved it. We were making plans to go back, even before we left the restaurant. Food was fantastic, and they have a regular menu on top of the Dim Sum carts that come around.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, late-night find, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.