Shun Lee West
Shun Lee West

Shun Lee West

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://www.shunleewest.com/
  • Phone: (212) 595-8895
  • 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
158 reviews since July 28, 2014
Overall Rating3.9
  • Food3.9
    Service4
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
77% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
neighborhood gem (60)fit for foodies (59)good for groups (51)special occasion (45)great for lunch (24)kid-friendly (22)romantic (14)late-night find (6)great for brunch (4)hot spot (4)notable wine list (1)Show More
  • Can you here me now?
    NorthsideBobVIP
    Dined on 11/23/2014
    First- our waiter was fine. The biggest issue was the host seating us. Tried to put us next to a table of 15 tweens having a birthday party. Another couple had the same issue. The place was very noisy and had a faint smell of recent paint or stain. Finally, after charging me $27 for sweet and sour pork, are you really going to charge me for another coke?
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  • Still good after all these years
    HankB
    Dined on 11/22/2014
    We have dined at Shun Lee West on occasion for many years, probably since Lincoln Center opened. It still serves excellent food with top notch service, but it has become overly pricy. We had taken to eating in the Cafe, but now I know what we have been missing. We had Grand Marnier Prawns, Crispy Orange Beef, Neptune's Nest and Moo Shu Pork. I thought the Nest lacked much flavor, but I was in the minority. It still would recommend it, but with a warning about sticker shock. I will say they give a decent size glass of wine for the price.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • gone downhill
    freddy
    Dined on 11/18/2014
    only reason to go here is convenience to lincoln center.
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  • Always an aura of excitement in the air @ Shun Lee
    RJSTPS
    Dined on 11/16/2014
    As always great experience here. It's just a fun place to have dinner makes it all feel special and the food is great on top of that. Try the soupy dumplings AMAZING
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Extremely disappointed with service.
    CTAsianMom
    Dined on 11/15/2014
    It was suppose to be a special night out with my son to watch the great violinist Joshua Bell at Lincoln Centre. My 9 year old son wanted to have Chinese food and I decided to take him to Shun Lee before the concert at Lincoln Centre. We heard so many good things about it. Unfortunately it was simply horrible. My son and I were treated very different as compared to other patrons around us from the moment we sat down. We did not receive our food until 45 mins later after placing our orders. The other two tables (both tables had two patrons) beside us received their food within 10 mins of ordering and they were seated after us. We all had the same waiter. When I questioned him, he simply said "it's coming" nonchalantly. I asked another waiter who came back and told our original waiter that the kitchen never received our order. Our waiter simply answered he was too busy with other tables! They were speaking in Cantonese. Unfortunately, I understood them perfectly well. I signaled to the Captain and after making a big fuss, we finally got our food. My son and I gobbled down the food in 15 mins, as we did not want to be late for Joshua Bell. I will never return to this Restaurant again.
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  • expensive and disappointing
    Gorme5543
    Dined on 11/14/2014
    Since the closing of the wonderful East Side "old school" Chinese restaurants Bill Hong's, Bruce Ho's and Doriental, this is the last one standing I think, because of the location and the attractive design NOT for the food. The soup was good..but chicken I had was greasy and cold.....fried rice was good..the cafe next door is better and cheaper No Open Table points were available for this restuarant...is this the restaurant's doing..and why?
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    special occasion
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 11/13/2014
    Mediocre overpriced food in tired-looking room. There are many better places in the neighborhood. We won't return
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 11/12/2014
    As usual, we had a very good dinner at Shun Lee West before going to the ballet. We had the Chicken Soong, Crispy Sea Bass Szuechan Style, Orange Beef, and Eggplant with Garlic.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Food
    Liz0901
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    This is a great place to take relatives visiting from out of town. The majority of the patrons are senior citizens. So, don't expect a rowdy crowd.
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    neighborhood gem
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  • A heighbourhood gem !
    OpenTable Diner Since 2007VIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    Wonderful dining experience , loved the new decor , which enhanced the Chinese atmosphere ! The manager at front desk (Henry )is very accommodating ! He gave us a booth , which is only reserved to party of four , and we were just two .he also suggested some wine which was absolutely a great choice .
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    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • uwsdaveVIP
    Dined on 11/7/2014
    We had a fun experience at Shun Lee because the food choices were different than the typical Chinese restaurants. It seems like a great place for groups because you would be able to order the most variety of items.
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    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Down Hill Racers
    fairplay
    Dined on 11/6/2014
    This is a beautiful restaurant, well run, with a great staff. But the prices are absurd for the quality of food being offered. I used to frequent this place regularly and haven't been in a while. Either my tastes have changed or this place has gone down hill.
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  • Overpriced cold food
    Cali212VIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    The inside of the soup dumplings were frozen but the manager took them off the bill. The food was really expensive and disappointing.
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  • Never Again!
    NYCPhilharmonic
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Never Again. Very Bad experience. I booked the place because it is close to Lincoln Center and I had tickets for the Philharmonic Sat Night. Bad service and bad food. NOT VALUE FOR MONEY!!! For an upscale chinese restaurant, we felt like we were eating cheap fast food in a poor place in chinatown. Poor presentation of the food, too. The place was also under staff. Could not handle the masses. Long wait for food, long wait for drinks, very long wait for check. Never coming back.
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  • Mikey
    MikeyVIP
    Dined on 11/1/2014
    Great spot for dinner when attending any Lincoln Center event!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shun Lee West
    Rick459
    Dined on 10/28/2014
    One of the best restaurants dedicated to Chinese cuisine, this establishment stands head-and-shoulders above the others. The dishes are wonderfully prepared and beautifully presented, with great service and a full bar, while the room is a wonderland of dragons.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2004VIP
    Dined on 10/27/2014
    The soup dumplings we had as an appetizer were very good. The lamb wrap was also delicious. However, the fire cracker prawns and scallops were disappointing. They were supposed to be spicy but they weren't and the scallops did not taste good at all. The waiter tried to make it up to us by bringing us fresh pineapple on the house.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, late-night find
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A level above ordinary Chinese food
    LoriBVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Shun Lee delivers consistently delicious Chinese food. It is several steps above ordinary Chinese food restaurants. We had the delicious Beijing duck (Peking duck), juicy soup dumplings, a wonderful jumbo shrimp in garlic sauce, and a few other tasty dishes. I highly recommend this restaurant.
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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  • Not Hot
    wnpveronaVIP
    Dined on 10/25/2014
    Pre Lincoln Center. The food wasn't hot. The tea wasn't hot. Expensive Chinese (I knew that since I've been before), and it just wasn't that exceptional.
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  • Disappointed
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    I've been here before, but food was somewhat disappointing this time. Still a pleasant place to chat with old friends, just wish the food had been better.
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  • Perfect before performance
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 10/24/2014
    Excellent quality Chinese food with upscale seating, each dish beautiful presented and served, they were sensitive to our 7:30 tickets for Lincoln Center across the street and arrival of our guests. Will make it a pre-Lincoln Center ritual.
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  • great food
    roberta
    Dined on 10/23/2014
    Fabulous as always! !!!! Service friendly courteous and speedy.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly, late-night find
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Spicy - not
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    We asked for spicy dishes and received a head nod confirmation that our desires were heard however, when the dishes arrived, they were all bland, with no spice at all.
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  • Convenient pre-theater spot
    corkymom
    Dined on 10/22/2014
    Right across the street from Lincoln Center, so very convenient for us on a rainy evening. Not at all crowded at 6. Service was pretty fast and the food was good. The duck was a little dry, but the prawns in black bean sauce were very rich and tasted a bit like lobster. Lots of food.
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    great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best shrimp!
    Slocat
    Dined on 10/18/2014
    Be sure to order the Grand Marnier Shrimp for a gourmet treat!
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    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Busy
    luv2eat
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    Very busy and so somewhat frenetic service. Probably due to people attending Lincoln Center But they tried!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • OpenTable Diner Since 2008VIP
    Dined on 10/17/2014
    the reservation I made with open table could not be found and the maitr d was very rude about taking my word that I had made it (although I frequent this place) he finally seated us but it was not a good welcome and not sure I will return
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  • Always good but pricey
    nycdinerVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Shun Lee is reliably good. The staff is welcoming and will always get you out in time for your show. It is an elegant Chinese restaurant and quiet enough that you can converse. Dishes are more interesting than a local Chinese restaurant. But it is so pricey. Hot and sour soup for one person is around $9!
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  • Dinner with friends
    CarolmicVIP
    Dined on 10/16/2014
    Went to dinner there this past Thursday night. One of the group has an MSG allergy and they were pretty accommodating with our request to prepare food without. Only two appetizers were available without MSG. The way they serve the food is very nice but the reason I wouldn't go back is I think the food is quite bland and over priced.
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  • pennkid
    Dined on 10/14/2014
    Have eaten here over many years and always good. But this time, VERY good.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    I have been eating at Shun Lee West for over 20 years and still think they're the best chinese restaurant in New York
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    fit for foodies
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  • Total Disappointment
    Alexjr
    Dined on 10/12/2014
    It was unbelievably bad, from tiny very expensive dim sum, to what was supposed to be a whole roast duck but turned out to be a plate for each person with one overcooked leg and two doughy pancakes with a stingy serving of overcooked duck and scallions. The only thing generous was a bowl of hoisin sauce -- far more than required for such a tiny serving. The four of us are New Yorkers who have had a variety of "Chinese" for all of our lives, and this was by far the worst Chinese meal any of us had ever had. Throw in very high prices, and four commercial fortune cookies with the check, and it was as bad a meal as any of us have had in decades.
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  • Disappointed
    Lhh2222
    Dined on 10/11/2014
    I remember Shun Lee from the 1980s. We used to order our special dishes -- whole fish, chicken wrapped in lettuce -- off the menu. The food was out of this world. 14 years later I am disappointed with the food. Bland. Without character. No pride. What has happened in the kitchen?
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    good for groups, great for lunch, kid-friendly
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sadly disappointing
    Cassisfan
    Dined on 10/10/2014
    The dining room was over crowded with tables and diners - and waiters having to squeeze past us because the aisles were so narrow. The service was sloppy and slow, the waiter overwhelmed. And some of the food was not up to par, especially the Peking duck: unlike in the past the skin was tough not flaky and the pancakes were not well made. Our crunchies didn't arrive until the appetizers came and that was a very long time. (Although when I said the crunchies should have come when we arrived, the waiter beautifully apologized.) Yes it was SAturday night, but that's no excuse for a restaurant of this reputation.
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  • Special Occasion!
    heyhae
    Dined on 10/9/2014
    Shun Lee West holds a special place in our hearts; we were there to celebrate our 20th wedding anniversary recently since it was the place where my husband and I had our first date and also got engaged. So it definitely was the only place to go to mark our special milestone! We loved it as always and will always remember it fondly and dearly. The service was excellent, the waitstaff was attentive, the food was as always, great! The whole beijing duck is the highlight and we have had it each time we've gone; it's not to be missed!
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    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, romantic, special occasion
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  • Terrific food and service
    Lucyb
    Dined on 10/8/2014
    A very enjoyable experience. They asked right away if we were attending an event - which we were - so they were respectful of our time constraints. However, they did not make us feel rushed. A thoroughly enjoyable experience.
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    fit for foodies, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Sunday tradition
    DeeLC
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    We love a Chinese dinner on Sunday and when in NYC we always go to Shun Lee. East side restaurant is the better choice, but this west side edition has been improving!
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  • Not spectacular
    Astoriaeater
    Dined on 10/5/2014
    Overpriced for the fare, which is good but not too special. The waiter was very aggressive. He was overly friendly to the point of annoyance and coming off as weird. There was a kid kicking the booth really hard from his seat. We had to get up to ask him to stop kicking because it was really jolting (we were sitting on the other side of the booth) but he didn't stop and the restaurant didn't step in. Hard to eat when your chair is being kicked.
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    good for groups, great for lunch, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always excellent
    JamieVIP
    Dined on 10/3/2014
    vey tasty food - always more fun with a group than it is for 2 i was disappointed this time in Lemon chicken all other things great
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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  • Best Dim Sum in NYC
    MarkESackettVIP
    Dined on 10/2/2014
    Been searching for years and trying Dim Sum all over Manhattan to try to find as good as San Francisco! This place is almost as good as the best spot Yank Sing in SF! Kudo's! Great Dim Sum in NYC finally so happy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for brunch, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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