Shun Lee Cafe
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.
Amazing food, fair prices.
Consistently delicious food and great service. Always enjoy our time at the restaurant.
Everything on the dim sum cart tasted exactly the same. Fired rice was bland and tasted pretty much like the dim sum. Steamed buns were very sticky and cabbage-y. Sauce tray was not particularly clean and the sauces were boring.
Going after 8:00 pm and sitting in the café side ensures a quiet meal. At that time, the main dining room is very noisy.
Delicious dim sum, but limited selection.
Once again, a restaurant with good food spoiled by a noise level that is over the top. The noise meter rating topped at 90 db. To the restaurant's credit, when it was pointed out the shrimp were under cooked in one dish, it was removed from the bill.
Nice & fun for a fast dinner before a performance.
We were seven adults post-opera matinee. We shared a variety of dim sum and several menu dishes. It was all delicious! The services was attentive and the room quiet, perhaps because it was early, just 5:30. If that was the case, I would recommend an early dinner then for a later Saturday evening event. It really was splendid.
Lively pre-opera crowd. Better make reservations even as early as 5:30 pm. Giant portions, and circulating dim sum cart. Fairly limited menu, but I heard you can also order from the Shun Lee mothership next door.
Fried and steamed dim sum or a standard Chinese menu. Dim sum are fresh and tasty. Service can be a little spotty at times. Perfect location for dinner prior to Lincoln Center events.
Good option pre Lincoln Center
Yes, but only if you are in the neighborhood. xxxxxxxxx
Great quiet restaurant near Lincoln center, food was great. The food was cook and served quickly. I had a wonderful time.
Perfect place for dinner before a Lincoln Center performance.
Food always yummy. Same as in the fancy restaurant, but more casual for kids. Awesome decor - fun for kids. Only complaint is drinks are so small.
While I have eaten a few things in the cafe happily many times, on my last visitI tried many more of the selections. What a delicious array of choices. One after the other was so tasty.
I look Forward to my next visit.
So glad we found this place. I have been searching for a good dim sum restaurant and we found a great one! The dim sum was delicious and the off the menu dinner was good too. We were able to share one off the menu plate between 3 people and it was more than enough given we had the dim sum. Great location near Lincoln Center. Will be back again!
Definitely not the best Dim Sum I've had, not even close! I ate everything because I skipped lunch. Duck was bland, which is surprising. Staff was friendly. The walls and floors are black and white checker board. Felt like an 80's music video set. Its probably fantastic after a few drinks, but we had tickets --so we had to go. Overall OK, go to Flushing, China Town or Sunset Park if excellent Dim Sum is what you are looking for. Points for being walking distance to Lincoln Center.
My Daughter and I had dinner here at Shun Lee Cafe....which was really great! Great service, great food, definitely would recommend it to my friends and family and will definitely come back again!
Food was amazing servers were rushed.
The originally innovative Shun Lee has become a caricature of its former self. Pedestrian food slated for the tourist crowd, expensive for what it is served by bored servers.
Good for a quick bite before heading to Lincoln Center.
Always the best. Dumpling heaven.
We had the waiter from hell. He wouldn’t take our order. He wouldn’t give us the bill. We had to run to get to the philharmonic on time.
Food is going downhill but passable.
Pre-Philharmonic dinner across from Lincoln Center. Small, chaotic room where it was impossible to get attention of waiters + even manager; and when you finally managed to get their attention they either ignored you or took their sweet time, and were rude + brusque when finally responding. Circus-like. Haven’t been in years + now I remember why :|
Food average... robotic service
A shame but the restaurant is tired and in need of deep cleaning
It ain't Chinatown, and at Lincoln Center pre-theater time it's a bit of a madhouse. But the dim sum is tasty, the service is friendly and prompt despite the crusty old codgers demanding the carts stop by their table RIGHT NOW, and you leave stuffed and happy. So what's not to love? I've been going there since it opened in 1985, and those taro cakes with shrimp hit the spot every time.
The room was FREEZING. Even he maitre'd warned us.
Service was execrable.
Food is still very good.
Went to cafe for dinner before show at Lincoln center. Pros are that they serve dimsum with the cart so food is fast. The dim sum was good but was overpriced compared to other dimsum places. For that price I would expect a higher quality dimsum. The atmosphere was ok- an older crowd which was nice since it was quiet but service could have been better. Overall was a good place especially if you are in a rush to eat before a show.
Poor service. overcooked dim sum. Waitresses who do not speak one word of English. An incessant effort to push customers out the door. Very disappointing.
Tired food, circa 1972 or so. Way too much cornstarch. Lemon chicken overcooked. Chef should spend a week at Han Dynasty or Red Farm and get some new ideas. Front staff inexcusably didn't connect the first-arrived guest with the later-arrived guests (seated in a different area) for 20 minutes.
We had a pre-theatre lunch. We enjoyed the Moo Shu pork and curry noodles. Everything was delicious. Our servers were wonderful and did a great job of rolling our pancakes.
Great food just a little pricey the dim sum is especially expensive
Shun Lee was a long-time favorite, but this was our first time to the Cafe and the first time back to any Shun Lee in several years. It was a disappointment. My wife's pork dish was so tough that I had to trade with her. I don't mind meat with some "tooth" but this was far beyond al dente. And neither my original beef dish, nor my wife's pork dish was spiced in accord with the Hot Chili notation on the menu. We had any early reservation, in order to accommodate an early curtain at the ballet. Dim Sum choices that we were offered were only about half what was available later in the evening. Dinner was not a disaster; but it was disappointing.
Excellent n’t dim sum. Wasn’t as fresh as usual
Or hot as usual. Place was empty which was so surprising. They are a little pricey. I still
Like their food, yet I prefer it be fresher and hot or warm at their prices
A good choice before Lincoln Center where there are not many options for a reasonably-priced meal. Rushed, inattentive service but we knew that beforehand. Food was adequate.
Pre theater, it was good. Three of us were there early so service was ok. We did entrees, not dim sum. The food was tasty but not warm enough. The desserts were good but overpriced.
For what it is, great before theater option. Food was better than I remembered.
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