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About 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.
New York, NY 10023
Dim Sum, Chinese, Asian
Hours of Operation:
Lunch: Saturday - Sunday: 11:30am - 2:30pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 5:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 4:30pm - 10:00pm
$30 and under
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
1 train to 66th Street.
Banquet, Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wine
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Shun Lee Cafe Ratings and Reviews
We had half Peking duck , pancakes were too thick. Overpriced for serving size. Sharing a half duck for two should be adequate, but was skimpy. Duck wing served on side was just burned skin on bone. Leg looked a little better. My friends had that.
Entrees on adjacent tables looked decent.
Service was adequate but not particularly warm.
The restaurant was very busy, nonetheless this should not excuse the very poor service we experienced. If I had not intercepted the waiter, we would still be waiting for our dishes. And yet, the tables surrounding us received constant attention by the waiting staff as well as the girl with the dim sum cart. For some reason or other, we were bypassed constantly. We've been to this restaurant many times throughout the years, but I will not return based on this unpleasant experience.
Very disappointing, we've eaten here several times before, but not in the last six months. Prices have increased by at least 40% and the service was non-existent. Friday night @ 7:30 and they were only about a third full, but after we were seated and they took our drink order, we had to flag down a server every time we wanted anything; menus, water, to order, wine refill, check, every time we need something, there was no one around. Food was good, but not great and very pricey, even for NYC.
It was a confusing event. I tried to make a reservation on line. I was told there were no tables available within 2 plus hours for five. I was able, on line, to get a table for four. When we got there we were the only people I the restaurant. This is not a real dim sum. We had to ask for more food. My experience with a real dim sum is that the food keeps coming around all the time and you get to choose what you want. All in all it was a big disappointment. The food was ok the service ok.
Always wonderful, great fresh food and friendly service. We always have the dim sum which is served from circulating carts. Nice variety and quite an economical light (or heavy, depending on how many rounds of dumplings you choose!) pre-concert meal. We are regularly and LOVE the food. Sometimes we splurge on the Peking Duck, which is spectacular too.
We have been eating in the Cafe for years. The food is consistently good. For the first time we were given a large menu of dim sum offerings. We assumed that because the restaurant was almost empty all of the carts were not rolling around, but it was wonderful to know the choices were still there. BTW this is our go to place for take out.
Perhaps the sidewalk construction outside this longstanding Teflon has hurt its business, but we had a disastrous dim sum dinner here. The service, always spotty, remained so despite a largely empty dining room. The sticky rice in lotus leaf arrived cold, apparently ineffectively microwaved after having been in the refrigerator. Three pepper chicken was gristly, overly breaded, in too sweat a sauce. This Lincoln Center spot, nicely decorated in black and white tile with Chinese astrology symbols, used to have the best dim sum this far north of Chinatown. It's gone downhill.
Dim sum were good but overpriced ($10 for a plate of three dumplings ???). A pot of jasmine tea ($6) was a disgrace: two old teabags that imparted essentially no tea or jasmine flavor in a pot of hot water. Overall, a restaurant for people who have money to burn and don't know much about really good Chinese food.
I have eaten here several times prior to going to Lincoln Center. It is convenient but the food and service is just fair to average for a Chinese restaurant. Unless you do a lot of waving, the waiters ignore you. The portion size is good, the food was over spiced with chili pepper even though the menu did not indicate it and some of the appetizers [dim sum] were cold and tasteless. I don't recommend this restaurant to NYers who can get better Chinese food but for out of towners it is a good choice.
We went with friends before a play at Lincoln Center. This was a repeat visit, and as good as the prior one. The portions are very generous and the prices very moderate considering the neighborhood. All of the dishes were excellent, and waiters very friendly. A great deal in a neighborhood where it is hard to find inexpensive restaurants.
We have been many times before, this was the worst experience we have had there.
Some of the dim sum was as good as usual, others were not. Some we ordered didn't arrive, we gave up on it.
Service was very slow, we had to ask multiple times for the wine list!
It is hard to call this restaurant a dining experience. My husband and I felt we were thrown into a chaotic game of "beat the clock". From the moment we arrived for our reservation ( 5 minutes early) we were rushed to our table. The rest seems a blur. The dim sum girl was upon us before we even looked at our menu and was completely unwilling to describe the night's offerings. Our waiter rushed us to order. Food was delivered. The check was plunked down and rushed. The entire experience took 20 minutes and we were left with indigestion and a vow never to return. It's a shame that this place is a venerable stop for concert-goers to Lincoln Center. They have a nerve. The only way this restaurant will get the message is to stop going here. There are many wonderful alternative places to have a good experience in the neighborhood. Don't waste your time and money.
My husband and I ate here before a concert at Lincoln Center and will most likely return. Shun Lee Cafe lives up to it's reputation as the upscale, NYC, dim sum must-go. The clientele includes some classy couples and families that have clearly patronized Shun Lee Cafe and/or Shun Lee Palace since it's heyday in the 70's. People watching is part of the fun. The food is great, with some authentic Chinese flavors you can't find in a typical Chinese-American take-out. The real fun is choosing from the roving dim sum cart. Don't miss the experience.
LOUD! Could barely hear my friend sitting across the table. Food quality has sunk. Dumplings were mushy. Mains were okay, but not much better than our local takeout joint. We paid a silly $8 for a bottle of mediocre beer. And it was hard to get our waiter's attention. Not planning a return anytime soon.
This is our favorite neighborhood restaurant. We have been going now for over 20 years! The staff is excellent and always very helpful and friendly. The staff also does not change which is lovely. The food is always excellent and always consistent. We love it!
Ate here before the ballet with a friend visiting from Europe, having had a pleasant experience here several months ago in a group that included 2 men. The cafe was not at all crowded, but they kept asking us when a third friend would show up, though we explained she would come much later. The experience was terrible: the servers repeatedly banged the carts against my chair and rattled off the names of the dishes so fast that it was hard to know what we were getting; and as there was a sameness about everything except the fried shrimp and the duck in rice crepes, we aren't completely sure what we had to eat. The dumpling dough was extremely heavy and without any subtlety; the filing was generic. An apparent headwaiter was rude and peremptory towards us and a guest at the next table; he delayed bringing our check and letting us pay, it seemed, because he was put out by our taking time to decide about dessert. Or was it because we were two grey-haired women? In any case, I'm not going back there.
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