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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.

43 West 65th Street
New York, NY 10023
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Dining Style:
Casual Dining

Cuisines:
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

Cross Street:
Columbus Avenue

Dress Code:
Casual Dress

Price Range:
$30 and under

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 769-3888

Website:
http://www.shunleewest.com/

Public Transit:
1 train to 66th Street.

Executive Chef:
Sun-Dao Man

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wine

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Shun Lee Cafe Ratings and Reviews

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3.7

Overall Rating

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food

3.8

service

3.2

ambience

3.5

value

3.1

Noise

Moderate

73% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (18)
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Quiet Conversation (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Good for a Date (4)
Great for Lunch (4)
Special Occasion (4)
Sunday Lunch (4)
Good Vegetarian Options (4)
Good for Anniversaries (2)
Cozy (2)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Went here for a pre-show dinner. Everything tasted fantastic, and service was courteous and attentive. Be advised that the dim sum cart is an additional service, not a primary source for meal.

Will go again.

Tags: Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Tapas, Good Vegetarian Options, Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies, Fun, Handcrafted Cocktails, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Special Occasion, Good for Anniversaries, Worth the Drive
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·Dined 5 days ago

I’m giving up on Shun Lee. Restaurant was empty. No one ever came to take our drink order. No one asked if we wanted something other than dim sum. No one cleared the table.

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 (New England)·Dined on January 14, 2018

We had tickets to Shen Yu at Lincoln Center. Sat down at 12:00 , told our waiter about 1:00 show. Our food came out in 10 minutes hot and delicious. Will definitely go back and try the roving carts of Dim Sum.

Tags: Special Occasion, Disabled Access, Sunday Lunch, Cozy, Kid-friendly, Pre/post Theatre, Quiet Conversation, Neighborhood Gem, Quick Bite, Great for Lunch, Casual, Authentic, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

The restaurant used to be good It is mediocre at best now

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

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
917-734-9032

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 31, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2017

Took my boyfriend out for lunch and he loved the jumbo shrimp. The chicken shumai here is delicious as well.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Shun Lee has gone way down hill with even higher prices. We were regulars but no need to return.

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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 29, 2017

Dim sum is decent and the location is perfect for a fast bite before a performance at Lincoln Center

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 29, 2017

We normally LOVE this place, but we ate in the cafe and it was FREEZING! they did not have the heating system up to par for cold winter's nights. the dim sum and orange beef were excellent as always; also the green beans and eggplant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Kid-friendly, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Horrible service and very disorganized. Small door and waiting area - no sense of urgency.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Quick Bite, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food
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 (New England)·Dined on December 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

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.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Really poor quality of food. Such a shame.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Dim sum is a nice change from typical Asian restaurants in the area.

Tags: Fun, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Horrendous. The waiter never came back to take our order. The food was extremely greasy. We asked for water at least 5 times and ultimately had to get it ourselves. I will never go back there.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Amazing time at the cafe!! Delicious dim sum with fun decor.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Quick Bite
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·Dined on December 25, 2017

Christmas Eve food salty late very poor service even with crowds low

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Love love love never disappoints
Food great , service great never wait , always leave full and happy

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 24, 2017

Price does not match service and quality... It was an unfortunate experience and that started with the host stand and ended with the bill

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 23, 2017

nothing special, regular chinese joint, good dim sum

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2017

The food was good as was the service the prices and portions are ridiculous!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Great for Brunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 15, 2017

So sad to see this once venerable Chinese mainstay deteriorate so badly. Mediocre food, downtrodden decor and lousy value. Chinese competition has put this place to shame I’m sorry to say.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

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

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 12, 2017

The absolute BEST place to dine before anything at Lincoln Center. Amazing dim sum, all different, all wonderful. Maître D Jason is amazing accommodating and the price is right.

Tags: Fun, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

Best in class. Period. One of the only places to find Dim Sum at the dinner hour.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Neighborhood Gem, Cozy, Good for a Date, Healthy, Authentic, Worth the Drive, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Excellent high end Chinese food that does not disappoint. All of the dishes were fresh and good.

Tags: Vegan, Scenic View, Comfort Food, Quiet Conversation
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·Dined on December 2, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on November 25, 2017

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.

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·Dined on November 25, 2017

Everything was cool to lukewarm. Noise when the place filled up made conversation difficult. Had to work to get waiter's attention.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Pretty good dim sum for pre-Opera. The only problem is the it is pretty loud and not a good place for quiet conversation....

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 21, 2017

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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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 17, 2017

Great for before a Lincoln Center event. Dim Sum is a different kind of dinner. The choices need more variety. The service is quick and adequate.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Wonderful uncomplicated cafe for after movie quick supper. Dishes very good and atmosphere is lively and fun but of course a bit noisy

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Great for Outdoor Dining, Fun, Creative Cuisine, Sunday Lunch, Neighborhood Gem, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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