Shun Lee West

4.1
2945 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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vipSHHH
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined a day ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful restaurant, excellent food.

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DanielleF
1 review
Dined 2 days ago
Overall2food3service3ambience3

I thought the food was overpriced for the average food. $40 for short ribs?

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious yummy food

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2022
Overall4food3service5ambience5

I’ve dined here many times in the past, usually after a performance at Lincoln Center for an opera and ballet. I raved about the food, service and ambiance to my friend who was with me for the first time. We both had drinks which were very good. We first ordered appetizers thinking we’d eventually have entrees. We both ordered soup. For the price these were outrageously small—-in a small cup.
It’s soup for crying out loud. Does it have to be served in a tiny little cup? Ridiculous and not at all happy about it. We ordered scallion pancakes. Just call them pancakes as there was very, very little of scallions. We also ordered shrimp balls but first asked the waiter how they were prepared. He told us it’s shrimp fried inside a ball or something like that. We will admit they were tasty but they were extremely doughy inside with what appeared and tasted like shrimp mashed up. If we had known that it was going to be a mish-mash of shrimp inside we wouldn’t have ordered it. And —- could they possibly give complimentary hot tea? We were both disappointed—-me, more so because I’ve always loved eating here and also that I recommended this very highly to my friend. I doubt I’ll return.

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dpsct
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on January 13, 2022
Overall3food3service5ambience5

Food was very salty. Service was excellent. Brought the wrong starter

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vipBarbaraF
New York Area
474 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2022
Overall4food4service4ambience4

We had a great dinner. We started with Shanghai egg rolls, followed by soup dumplings. After that we had spare ribs, bokchoy, and Peking Duck. It could not have been better. We also had a lovely bottle of French Wine.

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vipNancyGos
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on January 9, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience4

Good, fun time near Lincoln center

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StevenB
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

It's been a while since I visited Shun Lee. The food was outstanding and the service was spot on. We got to our Lincoln Center show on time.

This visit was better than I remembered. Will be back again!!

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2022
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great place! Classy, old school, Lincoln Center area restaurant. I have only ever had enjoyable experiences here.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
1 review
Dined on January 5, 2022
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Great service and food!

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vipzayde
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always top notch…service staff excellent

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JohnNYCArtsGuy
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience4

We had a 9:30 reservation for months. We arrived at the restaurant, checked coats, were seated and drink orders taken. So far all good. Then the wait staff came to the table to announce the kitchen was closing at 10 and we had to order immediately. The food would arrive in no special order. Of course we were shocked as we had no intension of rushing our meal.

The reminder about the food and kitchen closing came over and over. Then after we had all our food, they announced the restaurant was closing soon, as the staff wanted to go.

INSANE - this is not what we had expected. Too bad as the food was good and the ambiance is nice.

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vipSproghaver
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Shun Lee West closed for a while during the pandemic, and it's emerged looking spiffier than it has in years, with a new paint job and a new menu with a few new food additions. Fortunately the paper maché dragons are still there! And the old classics — from Beijing Duck to Orange Beef to Grand Marnier Prawns — are still there too. The only thing missing was the longtime maitre'd, Henry Neusch, who was really the soul of the place for so long. But it's still well worth a trip.

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amcgeo
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service. Great pre-theater venue for location and restaurants ability to serve a wonderful meal quickly. Delicious menu.

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vipDonnaC
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience3

Uninspired Chinese food at very high prices. I expected more.

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OpenTable Diner
Charleston
1 review
Dined on December 27, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful service & delicious food.

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vipEsclown
New York Area
109 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

We had a great meal at Shun Lee West. Soup dumplings were tasty but served a little too cold. Service was excellent and the Peking Duck was the star of the meal.

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vipCelia
New York Area
70 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

best chicken chan-do and Peking duck ever. Lovely staff.

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vipIcanloan
New Orleans
4 reviews
Dined on December 22, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Consistently good

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RicardoF
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Spareribs were outstanding and so was the sea bass and vegetables.

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vipFoodfan129
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on December 19, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Great food well priced good service
Restaurant decor is quite tired and shabby.
Greeter coat check person could be more gracious and welcoming rather than barking orders and snapping at guests

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MirlindaK
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience2

You will feel extremely confused from the start of your experience to the point of being very rushed….. no fault from the direction the staff is getting but as a customer feel prepared to be in and out and rushed.

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Sarah
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 17, 2021
Overall2food1service3ambience3

Convenient location for Lincoln Center, but the food was really greasy and the dishes were all smudgy (probably because the food was so greasy). The fried rice was fine but not any better than a local place on the corner somewhere.

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vipSequoia
Chicago
140 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Top of the line old fashioned Chines restaurant. Enormous menu of everything Chinese. Chinese waiters complete the experience. Very good food. Fast service.

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vipreadysetren
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

NYC Institution! Could use some interior updating but that's part of the charm. Excellent food!

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LilyA
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience5

I always enjoy a meal here because it’s such a beautiful and quiet dining room. The food is quite good, too. We had a little trouble with pre-show timing because our entree was slow to arrive but overall, it was still a lovely experience.

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vipLillibethP
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on December 16, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Service was quite hurried

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vipReginalampert
New York Area
52 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

We were there pre- theatre with a 6 pm reservation. We were brought to a table and left there for 10 minutes- no menus, no waiter introducing himself. Then the Maitre d’- a man in a grey suit with salt and pepper balding hair, who had seated us brought a party of 8 to the adjoining table. As they sat down one member of their party told the mature d’ that they had a show and needed to order. The maitre d’ took their order. I had to stop him before he disappeared, to say that we too had a show to get to. He took only our drink order and left. Then he returned, but with another party that he sat at the table on our other side. A waiter appeared to take their order immediately. I stood up and flagged the maitre D’ down. He didn’t speak to me but turned to the waiter taking the new party’s order, and told him to finish taking our order- but that waiter didn’t hear him and I had to flag down the waiter before he left to put in the other table’s order. I tried to order 2 dishes that I had seen both on the Shun Lee West website, and on the menu displayed in Open table, but was told that neither of these dishes were on the menu. Then the waiter left to put the other table’s order in, while we sat there. So no one would take our order, and the other tables were going to get food before we even got to order— and neither table was even there until 10 minutes after we were seated. We could not get anyone’s attention, and felt totally ignored, and we had to make a curtain at Lincoln Center, so we left. We felt as if we were treated like we were invisible. I had always wanted to go to this restaurant, but this experience has sealed the deal- never again— why would we even give them a second chance?

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vipJohnP
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on December 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great neighborhood restaurant.

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vipRumpus
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Always a wonderful place to go with friends and share the many delicious foods.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 14, 2021
Overall4food4service3ambience4

Pre-opera. Food was good overall - excellent dumplings, delicious moo shu Pork, average General Tso. Issue was service - it was busy but not crazy busy yet we waited over 20 minutes to order and only were able to when I waved down a busboy to find a waiter….same thing trying to pay (needed to leave for theater), had to wave down manager. No one ever checked on how food was or if we needed or wanted anything else.

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vipewonder
New York Area
22 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Excellent meal and very good service at Shun Lee West. Won Ton Soup was very flavorful and the soup bowl was chock full of Won Tons, Shrimp and Pork chunks in the broth. Next course was Pork Steamed Dumpling which were quite good. We treated ourselves to Peking Duck and I must admit it was outstanding. Perfectly glazed, crispy skin and very flavorful.. Served with plenty of wraps, hoisin sauce, scallions and celery. We also ordered Pork Fried Rice and requested scrambled egg to be added. Our waiter was happy to to accommodate us and the this was a perfect complement to our Very Tasty Peking Duck. The unique modern oriental dining room (one of the nicest in town) is great for people watching... which is especially fun before a night at the Metropolitan Opera. Pricy? Yes! Worth it? Yes !!

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TonyaS
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 13, 2021
Overall3food3service2ambience3

Waiters were almost non existent. Food was fine. Felt ignored and had to find a waiter to order and for drinks. Would not recommend. Only went because of proximity to Lincoln center. Will not go again.

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MaryP
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall3food5service1ambience3

Terrible service great food
Took forever to get a waiter and then they were out if two different types of wine and forgot ine entree entirely

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Joyce
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall1food1service3ambience4

The half duck that appears on the open table dinner menu is not available and the whole duck is $75 vs &56. The food was mediocre to terrible both taste and presentation.

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PJLB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Glad the restaurant is open again, though the ambiance and service are a bit off. It was jolting to see the persons at the welcome desk dressed too casually for what I call fine dining (sneakers?) -- though they were gracious enough. And the service people seemed overwhelmed and at times distracted. The food was excellent, however.

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RonB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Our first time to this iconic establishment and it did not disappoint. food, atmosphere and service were perfectly on point. Will surely be back again soon

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vipVitalyS
San Francisco
2 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

The duck was absolutely perfect - one of the best in the country - but the service atmosphere and little extras weren’t there at all.

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KarenM
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on December 10, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A classic. Delicious food and gracious service. I can't wait to go back.

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vipGhiottone
New York Area
131 reviews
Dined on December 9, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience3

Competently produced Chinese standard dishes. It simply doesn't stand out in relation to the competition. There really is better Chinese cuisine at lower prices all over the City.

FAQs

Shun Lee West offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 595-8895.

Shun Lee West is rated 4.1 stars by 2945 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.