Shun Lee West

4.1
2625 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Chinese
Conveniently located across from Lincoln Center and a startling revelation in shiny black lacquer, Shun Lee exudes Asian chic with grand authority.
For haute Chinese cuisine, it’s among New York City’s best. Regional offerings include crispy Grand Marnier prawns with honey walnuts (Canton), braised sea bass in hot bean sauce (Hunan) and shredded beef with leeks and hot peppers (Szechwan). Specialties include beggar’s chicken baked in lotus leaves and clay (requires one day’s notice), Hunan tripe, sweetbreads with black mushrooms and of course, Beijing Duck.
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New York Area
8 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 1

Overpriced mediocre quality food. Hurried service, treated like a number not human being. Creepy & gaudy decor: dragons, monkeys, astro signs, b&w masonic tiles. Over rated tourist-trap and for undefined palate.

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AD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Service , food quality and selections were
Exceptional. Been dinning here and at other location since 1976.

There was a full house yet we weren't rushed at all.

We did have a bottle of wine and space at booth limited the holding laminated menus upright ...knocked over a full glass of wine. It was attentively cleared away....
But a replacement wasnt offered.
We did have cocktails before and ordered
A glass each after wards.

It is nice to have had another great evening there.

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F
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Went for a pre-theater dinner. Great food and really close to Lincoln Center. Good service too. However it is really overpriced for what it is - Chinese Food. $35-$40 for a main dish that should cost $20 at the most. Fried rice is over $20. So we spent $120 (with tip) for 2 people to eat a meal that should’ve cost $40.

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JF
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Had dinner after show at Lincoln Center, first time ever in a Chinese restaurant, never received complimentary tea. Wife ordered sesame chicken, was served some pasta dish. Was corrected, but prices are outrageously high for what was received. Will never go back.

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B
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on March 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Love this restaurant

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Had a great meal before seeing a show at Lincoln Center. Four of us shared three appetizers, and three entrées… And it was more than enough. The honey ribs appetizer was delicious, sweet, crispy, and chewy, all at the same time. The cold sesame noodles appetizer was also a stand out, the best I’ve ever had. My favorite entrée was the chicken with three nuts (walnuts, peanuts, cashews) and the vegetable fried rice was very light, and flavorful. Overall, a great dining experience. The staff were very friendly, refilled the water and drinks regularly, and checked on us throughout to see if we needed anything. Highly recommended!

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RM
Miami
25 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

The food and service was very good!
I would like to add, when I made the reservation, I especially ask for a booth seating. When we got there, the host said that was not available booth seating . We saw three or four booths available. We were seated at a corner table. We could see very clear, couples arriving and been seated at the booths. We were disappointed, as we asked for booth.

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k
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 2

have eaten there MANY times and the service gets worse with every visit...waited so long we needed to gobble down the food to get across the street to the Philharmonic and the waiter was alerted to our schedule ...disappointing as this had been a regular pre concert venue

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OT
1 review
Dined on March 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Good food and service. Seating is a bit tight unless you’re lucky enough to get a booth. Convenient to Lincoln Center, Columbus Circle and transportation.

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k
Baltimore
7 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 4

Service was on the slow side. Server disappeared a few times. Had a show to go to. Told them that.

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n
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 4

We have gone here infrequently for years.
This last meal was so mediocre it will be our last. Our soup, sizzling rice was tasteless.
Our spare ribs were good, not great.
The main lobster dish,which we thought was black beans, was awful. It was Szechuan beans, with a very unpleasant taste.
Our waiter did exchange it for lobster with black beans. Really tasted like lobster in a lobster sauce with a handful of black beans.
They did try, but it was an expensive and lackluster meal.

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B
New York Area
139 reviews
Dined on March 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Lovely lunch. Generous portions and everything delicious. Great service. We will return!

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LD
1 review
Dined on March 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Food was delicious and excellent service
I would highly recommend this restaurant

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 2ambience 3

Food was very good. Service was not.

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F
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 3ambience 3

Sloppy execution. Egg roll still frozen inside. Duck was good. Fish lacked flavor. Highlight was excellent wonton soup.

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CM
1 review
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was fast and the food was excellent!!!

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m
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 2, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

This was the first time I was disappointed in both the food (lukewarm) and service

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JT
Palm Springs
11 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Terrific food coupled with attentive service. Great experience ... recommended without reservation!

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q
New York Area
48 reviews
Dined on February 26, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 5

We have always loved the food and the decorations. It's a great combo with a quite place to carry on a conversation. Also so close to Lincoln Center.

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D
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 25, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Quality food, there on a Monday night so service was intermittent, great soup dumplings & ants climbing tree and large prawns, great dishes, just caught them on the slow night, cafe also highly recommended.

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OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite Chinese!!!

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R
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Although it has been a staple in the neighborhood for many years, it still delivers good food at somewhat reasonable prices. Love the ambiance and the fact that one can have a conversation without too much ambient noise. The service is good, but lacks some of the enthusiasm and friendliness of years past. A reliable part of the West Side dining scene.

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S
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 4ambience 1

Food was just awful and noise level was almost unbearable. Restaurant is a dowager. Still lovely - but with lousy food. Service was very good. The rest was a fail. 90% of the clients were seniors and most of them were over 70 years old. No disrespect - but it tells you something about why the place still had a crowd at dinnertime early in a Fri eve.

I had higher expectations - it was once innovative with fairly good food. Now even the basics were awful.

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M
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

More modern menus. Thoughtful service. Excellent pre theatre choice.

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M
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 5

The food has really gone down the hill. Too bad because it's an old favorite...a New York classic.

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H
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 5

This restaurant has been a favorite of ours for 22years. The new owners/managers/chefs seem to be doing a good job but the food is not what it used to be although there have not been many changes to the menu.

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BD
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 16, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

WE have eaten here on several occasions and while a bit pricey, the food, service and ambiance are constantly good.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Chinese food in Manhattan

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Great place

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M
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 3

Waited 30 minutes after first course.. then was served a bland, tasteless horrible so- called lobster Cantonese.
Will not return for over priced poorly prepared food!!

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CF
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

my fiance and I enjoyed our experience at this place. Food and ambiance were great

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JR
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 13, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Chinese cuisine in NYC and better than Shanghai and Guangzhou!

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R
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 11, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

For years, Shun Lee West has stood out as the best Chinese restaurant in the city, so it was a shock to go there for dinner and find how greatly it had slipped. The gluten-free bass was flavor-free, too. " It tastes like hospital food," noted my companion. It was hard to find any chicken in the chicken with three kinds of nuts and I eventually gave up.

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BN
New York Area
46 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

They're New Year's banquet with absolutely to die for. It was outstanding.

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P
New York Area
147 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

When we made reservations I had forgotten last week was Chinese Lunar New Year and so along with their regular assortment of high quality food, Shun Lee West also offered a five-course New Year menu for eighty-five dollars. It was a bargain, so much so that I have already scheduled going back tomorrow with friends before the special menu gets discontinued after Valentine's Day. Shun Lee has always been one of the premier Chinese restaurants in Manhattan, near Lincoln Center, but this time they have outdone themselves. From lobster roll to spicy dumpling, walnut shrimp, peking duck, beef short ribs, &c this is a meal to remember. Best of the best one often says about eating here, but in this instance (and in my own opinion) they have outdone themselves. Will patiently wait for tomorrow evening when we introduce this special menu to friends. For the asking price, it could not easily be duplicated.

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JH
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

A classic high-end Chinese restaurant which provides consistently good food. The décor needs updating but the service was strong. The prices make it a special occasion place.

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NJ
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We were there for the Chinese New Year special banquet dinner which was fantastic!

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HS
1 review
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 5

The food was excellent! The atmosphere what you’d want.

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w
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Much of the food was delicious and different from many other Chinese restaurants. We were there for restaurant week and they offered a very good prefix but still, with the prefix and the drink, it comes out to at least $60 per person. Their jumbo shrimps with Grand Marnier and broccoli were delicious! Wonton soup was OK, not recommended.

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O
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We were there at lunch this time. It was nice and quiet, no music, which we like. The food selections on the lunch menu were seriously good, including Grand Marnier Prawns (delicious), Mushu Pork, and good appetizer selections, too, for instance soupy dumplings (delicious).
Service is always good. We did not order drinks, just tea, so I cannot comment on the wine or cocktail list.
Shun Lee is on the expensive side, but you get quality ingredients well prepared. The 2-course lunch menu was under $30, which I gladly paid for an excellent meal.
Shun Lee is on our list of favorites.

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