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Shun Lee Cafe
Shun Lee Cafe

Shun Lee Cafe Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.shunleewest.com
  • Phone: (212) 769-3888
  • 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, Chinese, Asian
  • 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.Continued
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Diner Reviews
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/4/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/28/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 6/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "Because of the cart deliveries of dim sum, it is great when you want a light and quick meal."
    Dined on 6/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/8/2014
  • "I love some of the dim sum selections, but the main dishes are also very good, if a bit pricey."
    Dined on 5/23/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "Enjoyed our dim sum lunch and the service was very good"
    Dined on 5/25/2014
  • "good, but service needs to be faster pre Lincoln Center"
    Dined on 5/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/16/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "The food is really good -- They share a kitchen with Shun Lee -- really upscale restaurant. "
    Dined on 5/11/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "If you do not have enough time before the concert or opera but hate going fast food, this place is perfect. "
    Dined on 5/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/3/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "great food..fast service..good location..nice and friendly staff...fairly priced"
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 4/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/21/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/15/2014
  • "Delicious variety of dim sum arrives on carts constantly."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 4/8/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/28/2014
  • "Hope it hasn't slipped permanently, but service was poor....slow and after a long wait, we found our orders were mixed up. After our wait, I found that my food was just OK, but to be fair my dinner companion enjoyed hers."
    Dined on 3/20/2014
  • "The food is exactly the same, and not very creative relative to Chinatown. The dim sun servers barely speak English so it is hard to communicate what you want. There was only one vegan alternative. We like the food, so maybe we shouldn't be complaining, but we would like it more if there was a menu remake."
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Kind of expensive for dim sum but great dumplings. Cafe is fun with kids"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "Best dim sum outside of Chinatown and Better ambience"
    Dined on 3/14/2014
  • "I've been going to the Café every once in a while for more than 10 years. This meal was disappointing, the dim sum selection was poor with practically no vegetarian options. The carrot filled dumpling was tasty but didn't seem particularly Chinese. The noodle dish with pickles didn't have any pickle-type flavor though it did include some nice greens. But the eggplant was spicy delicious!"
    Dined on 3/10/2014
  • "The food in General is not as good as it used to be. Quality is definitely down, as is the patronage. Long time favorite in the Lincoln Center area, but we will go elsewhere. Not interesting anymore and it needs a facelift! Too bad."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "For decent food at reasonable prices, especially when you're in a time crunch with a performance at Lincoln Center, the Cafe can't be beat."
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "For the past year the food at Shun Lee Cafe has deteriorated and the crowds have thin. Only benefit is location."
    Dined on 2/17/2014
  • "This was our second time dining here after a great experience the first time. They packed us in between two tables so that we could barely hear each other talk. Then they started with the dim sum carts before we had even taken off our jackets. We ordered a couple items and both were cold. The next cart that came by we tried 3 items feeling that we would make a meal of the dim sum, but the portions are so small and overpriced we were forced to order a main dish which took ages to arrive. It was just okay and when the bill came we felt completely taken and dissatisfied. Will NOT return a 3rd time."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Adequate dim sum. Perfect location for Lincoln Center performance. Highest priced dim sum I have ever had"
    Dined on 2/1/2014