Shun Lee West
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Love this restaurant
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!
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.
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
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.
Service was on the slow side. Server disappeared a few times. Had a show to go to. Told them that.
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.
Lovely lunch. Generous portions and everything delicious. Great service. We will return!
Food was delicious and excellent service
I would highly recommend this restaurant
Food was very good. Service was not.
Sloppy execution. Egg roll still frozen inside. Duck was good. Fish lacked flavor. Highlight was excellent wonton soup.
The service was fast and the food was excellent!!!
This was the first time I was disappointed in both the food (lukewarm) and service
Terrific food coupled with attentive service. Great experience ... recommended without reservation!
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.
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.
My favorite Chinese!!!
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.
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.
More modern menus. Thoughtful service. Excellent pre theatre choice.
The food has really gone down the hill. Too bad because it's an old favorite...a New York classic.
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.
WE have eaten here on several occasions and while a bit pricey, the food, service and ambiance are constantly good.
Best Chinese food in Manhattan
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!!
my fiance and I enjoyed our experience at this place. Food and ambiance were great
Best Chinese cuisine in NYC and better than Shanghai and Guangzhou!
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.
They're New Year's banquet with absolutely to die for. It was outstanding.
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.
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.
We were there for the Chinese New Year special banquet dinner which was fantastic!
The food was excellent! The atmosphere what you’d want.
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.
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.