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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Shun Lee West reviews from OpenTable diners
145 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
84% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (51)special occasion (50)fit for foodies (47)good for groups (46)great for lunch (30)romantic (19)kid-friendly (12)great for brunch (9)late-night find (8)hot spot (6)notable wine list (3)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • Shun lee - reliable friend
    mannyr
    Dined on 8/22/2014
    We have been eating at Shun lee for decades. It remains one of the better Chinese restaurants in town in terms of food quality, flavor and service, even if it is not a slave to any particular regional cuisine.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • So disappointing
    LetdownVIP
    Dined on 8/21/2014
    Sleek restaurant, lively area, expensive prices and tasteless, reheated food.
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  • Chinese Ambience
    SecondvisitVIP
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    The waitstaff and hosts were excellent. The room was nicely decorated. The food was excellent and the quantity was sufficient. Planning to return in the near future.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/15/2014
    This was our best experience with the Restaurant Week offerings. Great food, graciously served, in a quiet and interesting environment.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • Wonderful rebound
    shRtsVIP
    Dined on 8/14/2014
    We have been coming here for years, sometimes with reservations regarding service and value for $. Returned recently for the first time in a couple of years and the improvement was palpable! Service was cordial and personal, food was the tastiest I've ever had here, and price for this upscale place was reasonable (it was restaurant week). Highly recommended, and we'll be back
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • FeedMeSeymour
    Dined on 8/13/2014
    Easily the best American-Style Chinese food I've had. Ever. Perfectly cooked, prime ingredients, balanced flavors. Nothing was overdone, overspiced, or oversalted. Every flavor came through. The staff were professional and punctual, and covered our table well. Sometimes communication was an issue, but the staff were polite and made sure they had understood us correctly.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointed
    Neighbor
    Dined on 8/9/2014
    We had been to Shun Lee West a month or so ago and was delighted with the ambiance. This time the food was only fair, our waiter brought us a chicken dish instead of the beef dish we ordered. No one filled our tea glasses until we asked. I felt the waiter had a supercilious attitude.
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    romantic
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  • Often very good, this time mediocre
    Barbara
    Dined on 8/8/2014
    Went during restaurant week and found experience to be disappointing. The barbecued spareribs lacked the usual zest, seemed inadequately seasoned -- and the Beijing shrimp, though well cooked, was very bland and boring. My husband did enjoy his duck. It took a very long time to get our check and we had to ask several times before finally receiving it. We usually like this restaurant much more. But recent visit was no more than 2 1/2 stars (I gave it 3 based on past experience)
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  • awful
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    while this was once a destination for food about 30 years ago it is just awful now, terrible food and expensive at that, avoid avoid avoid,
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 8/4/2014
    We have dined at Shun Lee for thirty years. My husband's chicken with nuts dish was delicious. I ordered a Spicy Chicken Salad from the summer menu -- it was awful. It consisted of dry chicken, steamed vegetables and some salad. The sauce was on the side. It was not a Spicy ChickenSalad. It was a dead salad. They should take this item off the menu. It ruined my evening because I was hungry and annoyed.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Always a treat!
    GingerVIP
    Dined on 8/3/2014
    The variety of food, Chinese style, is always impressive, and the tenderness with which waiters serve each dish is a treat in itself. The appetizers are all great, but we especially liked the shrimp balls and dumplings. Entrees were just spicy enough without overwhelming our palates.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • An overpriced classic
    MisterSkull
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    The food is decent but unmemorable, especially considering the high prices. Still, it is a rare example of an old-school New York Chinese restaurant.
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    special occasion
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  • pre theater dinner
    camplou
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    I have been to Shun Lee about 6 times, always in connection with Lincoln Center events. Service gets you out in time for curtain, hats off to the bartender who not only mixes great drinks, but also summoned up an iPhone charger to charge my drained phone while waiting for my other guests to arrive.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chinese Food NYC
    Generallyeasy2please
    Dined on 7/29/2014
    Although as many of us have been concerned, Chinese food is still alive and WELL...and we call it Shun Lee West. The menu had both traditional and "nouveau" dishes that were very tasty with large enough portions, as once remembered, you could share. The service was also outstanding and the attentiveness superb. Let's keep Shun Lee going!!!!!
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 7/27/2014
    Excellent food, service and atmosphere. Can't wait to go back.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • GETS BETTER EVERY TIME!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/22/2014
    LOVE TO BRING THE KIDS AND FEAST! WAIT STAFF IS TOP NOTCH. FOOD IS DELICIOUS. A MUST TRY!
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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  • jkmmdmjaVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Lunch at Shun Lee is exceptionally good. Great, caring service. Generous portions of exquisite food.
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    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • CommishVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    The service and food were terrific. Prawn dishes were wonderful.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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  • Good food
    AV45VIP
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    The way to enjoy Chinese food. The food is good, and I can't believe that many Americans still think that Chinese food is what you see in take-out places. Done properly, it really is different and so much better. And don't forget the Beijing Duck!
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    good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just Great
    AlanK
    Dined on 7/5/2014
    Great food, great service and perfect location to Lincoln Center. If you enjoy fine Chinese food this is the place.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • DELICIOUS!!!BRING THE KIDS
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 7/3/2014
    The food was fantastic! The waiter could not have been nicer. Service was excellent. Kids treated very well. You pay more and it is worth it.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • best chinese in the city
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005VIP
    Dined on 6/29/2014
    this is far and above the best chinese restaurant in NYC, or in the US for that matter. food is excellent, authentic, and one of the few places you can order Peking Duck off the menu and not a day ahead of time. I've been going since the 1970s
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, kid-friendly, fit for foodies
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  • Classic Chinese American food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/28/2014
    This was our first time at Shun Lee and it did not disappoint us. The food was well-prepared, especially the spring rolls which were some of the best we had tasted. The service was prompt and attentive. I would like to try their cafe on our next visit.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • Not like last time
    Dragoneater
    Dined on 6/27/2014
    At our previous dinner, the food was excellent. This time only the appetizer. We have eaten here several times over several years and the food was always exceptional, so this was a disappointment. The service was perfunctory, to the point where we were not even asked if we wanted dessert, even though the pre-theater rush had cleared out. There will always be more customers for this restaurant, given the location, but we may not be among them.
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  • PeterVIP
    Dined on 6/24/2014
    Probably one of the best Cantonese style Chinese restaurants uptown. Rarely disappoints and they are super efficient in getting guests in and out quickly when necessary.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, great for lunch, late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    Food is always good -- tasty and fresh -- with nice twists to the Chinese recipes. Something for everyone, from meat to fish to vegetables, spicy to mild.
    Special Features:
    late-night find
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful pre-theatre choice
    Dots
    Dined on 6/21/2014
    This restaurant is consistently excellent. The Beijing Duck egg rolls were the best egg rolls ever! And the Grand Marnier prawns are just amazing.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not your usual Chinese restaurant
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 6/15/2014
    This is a wonderful restaurant that we have dined in for many years. It is most attractive and the service is impeccable. The menu combines both the tried and true Chinese and also offers many seasonal specialities. We both ate dumplings, followed by lamb and something called "ant on a tree", noodles with beef. The cocktails are also delicious. It is a great place to feel pampered. Conveniently located close to Lincoln Center, the restaurant is perfect for before or after performances there. It is somewhat pricey, but totally worth it.
    Special Features:
    kid-friendly, fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • What service!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    The food at Shun Lee West is amazing and never able to decide. Our waiter made things easy by dividing up the dishes for us so that my two sisters and I were able to share each other's meals without making a mess. It's a place that never disappoints and the food is just amazing. The restaurant is also beautiful.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • excellent restaurant
    eddie
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    have been here many times, and always have had excellent food, with very attentive service.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion, late-night find
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  • Good food ruined by a roach
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009VIP
    Dined on 6/13/2014
    Huge roach made its way across the dining floor. Ruined the meal. Fix your roach problem!
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  • Excellent food quality and quantity
    Global007
    Dined on 6/10/2014
    The Special Lunch Set Menu is the best! More than enough quantity with excellent quality of food. The prawns with scallions as the Main was selected by all in our party and everyone raved about the taste and quantity.
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    great for brunch, fit for foodies, special occasion, great for lunch
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  • A disappointment
    hoping4delicious
    Dined on 6/8/2014
    We went to Shun Lee West because of its proximity to Lincoln Center. That's about all it has in its favor. Most of the food was bland - it appeared that it was prepared with virtually no seasonings whatsoever. The cold sesame noodles were especially tasteless. The scallion pancake didn't taste like there were any scallions in it, and it was much smaller than it had been in the past. The prices, however, were much larger, thus making our meal a very poor value.
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  • new2nycVIP
    Dined on 6/7/2014
    Like an old friend,the food was good,predictable and service very good. Very good for dining before lincoln Center performances or activities. Crowded and noisy when we arrived at 6:30 on a Sat eve.it was almost deserted by 8pm!(opposite of many area restaurants!)think everyone went to performances nearby.. if this is not only a summer weekend occurrence, its good for anyone wanting a quiet meal to come at 7:30pm on sat???
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 6/5/2014
    We had a delicious dinner at Shun Lee before going to the ballet. We started with Spicy Chicken Soong, which should have been spicier, and pork dumplings. For a main course, we had the Crispy Whole Fish, Hunan Style, Orange Beef, a chicken special, and the eggplant. All were delicious, except the chicken special, which was tasteless.
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    good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Upscale Chinese Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 5/31/2014
    Shun Lee East and West offers a great menu (lunch or dinner) with fresh preparations, attentive service and upscale atmosphere. West is more eclectic, East more formal - both favorites for many years.
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    special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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  • Authentic food and great service
    Ninilla
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    My fiancee and I went to Shun Lee West for dinner, with no particular expectations. My fiancee lived in China several years and he always tells me it's not easy to find outside China the REAL chinese food...but this time he was amazed by the genuine traditional food! We loved every course we chose and the level of service has been really high, impressive. Living not so far from the restaurant, we will come back for sure!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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  • After Lincoln Center Events
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 5/30/2014
    In the mood for Chinese food, we found Shun Lee West to be perfect! Close to Lincoln Center, we could eat after a performance. Enjoyed the unusual choices available ... not your typical Chinese-American fare. As expected, a bit pricey -- but you are in NYC. Would recommend!
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    good for groups, late-night find
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  • Yummy Delicious
    BeverlyVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2014
    The food is fresh and delicious. The waiters are very attentive. They always honor a reservation. It's always a great experience.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Disappointing
    Benny
    Dined on 5/24/2014
    We had not been here for many years. We had pecking duck. It was ok, a little dry and served lukewarm. The lobster out of the shell was the big disappointment, overcooked and in a dish that had no discernible taste. The soupy dumplings were tasty although not with the explosion of soup that one squally gets. Maybe it was an off night.
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