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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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Overall Rating

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food

3.9

service

3.5

ambience

3.3

value

3.4

Noise

Moderate

81% would recommend it to a friend

Casual (10)
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Quick Bite (3)
Good for a Date (2)
Good for Groups (2)
Great for Lunch (2)
Special Occasion (2)
Sunday Lunch (2)
Worth the Drive (2)
Kid-friendly (1)
Comfort Food (1)
Cozy (1)
Creative Cuisine (1)
Gluten Free Options (1)
Healthy (1)
Late-night Find (1)
Great for Outdoor Dining (1)
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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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 (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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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Usually great service and food, but service was terrible on this occasion.

Wine (white) was warm, and we waited 15 minutes before we could even order.

Food is always good, and hopefully this was a exception regarding the service

Tags: Casual
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 5, 2017

Standard dim sum and some different items also. Fried shrimp was great.

Tags: Quick Bite, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 16, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 9, 2017

We all had dim sum and 1 noodle dish. Everything was served much too quickly and the waitor made a mistake with the noodle dish. Taste of food was okay. We were served food even before our drinks came. Rush rush...

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 26, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

Delicious dim sum and lovely people/customer service.

Tags: Fun, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 19, 2017

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.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 9, 2017

The dim sum is always delicious. Only drawback is the limited variety.

Tags: Fun, Casual, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on August 6, 2017

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.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 27, 2017

🏅Dim sum ok. DRINKS OK. COFFEE DELICIOUS. Service excellent. But don't get robbed with the $10 desserts. Pear Partlett was sad and limp, tasteless. OVERALL PRICE TOO HIGH.

Tags: Comfort Food
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on July 26, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 21, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 20, 2017

Our go to place for pre-Lincoln Center events: fast, affordable, tasty. Highly recommend Braised Fish in Chili Sauce!

Tags: Healthy, Good Vegetarian Options, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options
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 (Minneapolis)·Dined on July 15, 2017

Tasty dim sum

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Liked the relaxed setting. Food as good as in the main dining salon. Dim Sum cart is a great concept.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Quick Bite, Comfort Food
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 10, 2017

The best in NYC! Ambiance, impeccable service, delicious food with amazing, authentic menu selection. It doesn't get better than this. Splurge and you'll be loyal customers as are we!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Special Occasion, Worth the Drive, Business Meals, Hot Spot, Sunday Lunch, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Late-night Find, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Fit for Foodies, Cozy, Good for Groups, Romantic, Disabled Access
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on July 8, 2017

We started with the Dim Sum (can be an appetizer or a light meal). Beijing Duck was memorable. Prices are moderate (for Manhattan). Would definitely return.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Quick Bite
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 5, 2017

Below my expectations, the food was less tasty than I expected.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 5, 2017

I have mixed feelings about this restaurant. The food is good but overpriced ($9 for wanton soup), and the service is spotty. I liked it but won't return soon.

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·Dined on July 2, 2017

Overall good food and great service but the prices were high for the amount of food.

Tags: Good for a Date, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 1, 2017

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.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 1, 2017

I dined there years ago and was not impressed. However if you wanted Dim sum this was it.
I must say the menu and food have improved. It's a fun place and worth a try

Tags: Tasting Menu, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 24, 2017

Fun and different with dim sum/ appetizer carts rolling by during the meal.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 23, 2017

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.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good Vegetarian Options, Spicy, Fun, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Whimsical décor complements comfortable dim sum experience. Good service. Good value. Fun.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Great for Dim sum and great for your everyday food .... service is great .... Dim sum is kind of expensive use to 4.00 per serving but what the heck ...

Tags: Hot Spot, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 14, 2017

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!

Tags: Quick Bite
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 10, 2017

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.

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vip
 (Las Vegas)·Dined on June 10, 2017

Average yum cha/dim sum. Fine if needing a bite on the run but wouldn't go out of my way to go back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 8, 2017

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.

Tags: People Watching, Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 4, 2017

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.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on June 3, 2017

We've dined here several times in the past few months because it's so close to Lincoln Center. The dim sum is delicious and fun. We find the regular menu items less interesting....pretty mundane. The service is good and the value is fine. We'll go back.

Tags: Fun
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 28, 2017

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!

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Great for Lunch, Fit for Foodies, Spicy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 27, 2017

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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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on May 27, 2017

Overpriced. $8 for each dim sum!

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