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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
I saw a strong effort to address comments from previous reviews. The staff was attentive, both the food and the room were warm, and the Dimsum kept rolling out of the kitchen. It was a fun/casual pre-performance dinner. There is a close to Lincoln Center cost markup, but I would go again and also recommend for families.
This is in reply to your email stating that I was a "No-show" at my reservation on New Year's Eve.
We didn’t miss our reservation. We were there! The restaurant was mostly empty, there was no heat, and the host rushed us in and seated us. He couldn’t have cared less who we were, and never bothered to check to see if my name was on his list. I have the charge record if you need to see it.
By the way, the food was mediocre at best, had to be sent back to heat it, and they were in a big hurry to get us out after we were served. We have been there a number of times in the past, but I won’t want to go back.
Sorry you were misinformed about our reservation.
Jo Ann Silverstein
110 Riverside Drive (9B)
New York, NY 10024
It was a freezing cold night in NYC and the heat did not work. Food was not like the SHun Lee of years ago. Pan fried noodles were bland. Peking duck was fatty. Steamed veggie dumplings were tasteless. Sorry. This used to be an old favorite of mine but alas, I won’t be returning. Back to Mr. Ks.
Excellent food at very reasonable prices, especially for this area of town. I highly recommend the fish braised in chili sauce, and the tofu with vegetables. Don't expect a "haute cuisine" ambience, as the place is packed at dinner hour, the service rushed and sometimes haphazard. But, for a quick bite before a concert at Lincoln Center, this is a good bet.
When we arrived, although our reservation was honored, once seated we were ignored. It was impossible to catch a waiter’s eye to order drinks. Generally the place was chaotic trying to deal with the rush of people heading for Lincoln Center after their dinner. The food, however, once we finally managed to order it, was ver good.
Service was horrible. After sitting for 20 minutes, I got up and asked the host whether we even had a waiter. He took our order, and immediately brought rice. After being in the restaurant for 55 minutes with no additional food, I pointed that out to the host. Shortly thereafter the meal was served, but I had them swap out the then-cold rice. During our stay, diners who were seated after us were served and left the restaurant.
A rising anxiety level is not what's needed in advance of a performance across the street at Lincoln Center.
The dim sum is dependably excellent and fresh--loads of variety and all top quality and you can also order off the menu. The service is accommodating if a bit frenetic. Don't wait for them to check if you need anything or it might be a while. But if you snag the attention of anyone they will promptly fulfill your request. It's a little pricey but then again it's terrific food and this is a popular Manhattan destination. Also, bring a sweater if you're eating in the café. It's chilly.
Went for lunch with my granddaughter and daughter in law before a performance of The Nutcracker. Got a cold table near a window, and initial reluctance for the maitre d to do anything about this. He did eventually change us. The service was mixed, rushed and a bit unfriendly. Food was as expected, OK. Wonton soup is terrific.
The food was very good and the restaurant was nice and convenient. The only complaint the i have was that the food was not hot. We had 3 different dishes and each one was the same- like they were sitting there for awhile- not just cooked— very disappointing
The service was horrible. I did not expect this from an upscale long standing establishment. The servers were gruff and short and didn't want to help us understand the menu and options. The food was terrible. below average. I was nervous about ordering and went for basic chicken and broccoli. The sauce was terrible. The broccoli was terrible. I would never recommend to anyone. Very surprised how bad it was.
This place was in complete chaos and just waiting to be seated was harrowing - there is no room upon entering the restaurant for waiting, so tension was high as more people crowded into a very small area. Despite having a reservation, my guest and I waiting a long time for a table, and once we were finally seated, there did not seem to be anyone responsible for giving us menus or any sort of information about what our options were with dim sum vs. main dishes. We eventually got a server's attention, but the whole experience was frustrating and slow, which was challenging for us as we had theater tickets. The food was fine in the end, but not worth what we went through to get it. I won't be coming back.
We were very disappointed in the dim sum. We have eaten at the Shun Lee next door which serves regular Chinese menu and wanted to try the dim sum. The wonton soup ($9 for a small bowl!) had no flavor. Several other dim sum were also light on flavor- the pork in sticky rice was skimpy and bland. We were disappointed no baked pork bun at lunch. And price was very high- over $200 for 4 adults and 2 kids. My advice- if you want dim sum, go to Chinatown.
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.
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