Shun Lee West

4.6
2871 Reviews
$31 to $50
Chinese

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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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vipJoshuaC
New York Area
1 review
Dined 3 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Not the classic it once was, but it will be again sometime soon.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2021
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Shun Lee West never disappoints! We ordered vegetable spring rolls, steamed shrimp dumplings (divine!), scallion pancakes, bean sprouts with scallions and sautéed prawns with vegetables and a very spicy hot sauce. I am always impressed with the quality of their prawns. And the waiters even managed a happy birthday celebration with pineapple and lychee nuts, even though their dessert menu has not returned quite yet. A lovely evening and memorable meal!

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RogetR
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 25, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the vibe and food Lobster in Black Bean Sauce is my fave

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vipHoward
New York Area
84 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience5

Shun Lee always is reliable. Its food is high quality, great ambiance and fine service.

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BertMG
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service attentive. Did not feel rushed to finish one course before next served. Quality of starters and main dishes as good as remembered. Without theatre crowd it was possible to have a conversation at table.

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vipKellyW
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 15, 2021
Overall2food2service3ambience2

Miss shun lee palace... Simply wasn't the same but it could be due to covid-19 and just opening up a week ago.

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vipHardlee
New York Area
61 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

We had soup and appetizers. Everything was delicious. The grilled scallops were the best we’ve ever had here — we are long time customers of this restaurant . Over 25 years!
The only thing that was sad was the lack of people. There were inly a few tables used. Hoping this will change.

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vipEater
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on March 9, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shun Lee is a beautiful place. Food is extremely high quality, as is service and ambience.

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vipbigfootdir
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on March 6, 2020
Overall1food1service2ambience1

The have a Gluten Free menu but the food is tasteless. Can’t speak for the rest of the menu.

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vipKnowsfood1
New York Area
99 reviews
Dined on March 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is an institution. It has met the high quality Chinese cuisine standards consistently. The food is delicious. I love their shrimp which are always jumbo in light handed sauces which vary. It’s the only place I order their beyond delicious fried rice.

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MVNYLady
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall4food4service3ambience2

I have been to Shun Lee before, but it has been a couple of years. The food was really good. Nice portions and good variety. The interior, however, was very dilapidated. Frayed carpet, uncomfortable chairs, bare spots on the ceiling. If you can get past that, it's worth a visit.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Outstanding food and service

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Gentile
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience4

The pancakes served with peking duck should be more refined and light.
They are much too heavy.

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vipTracyNYC
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on February 27, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

great peking duck, classic chinese food, great service.

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vipNotreallyahoosier
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 23, 2020
Overall4food5service4ambience5

Perfect for pre-Lincoln Center brunch!

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ChuckN
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined on February 20, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far one of the best restaurants in New York City

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vipglh3
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on February 19, 2020
Overall4food3service5ambience4

Not as good as it used to be. Maybe lunch wasn’t the best time to go. Spare ribs an Beijing duck legs were way overcooked like they had been warmed over from last nights dinner perhaps. I’ll go back but only for dinner when volume is higher.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Mother daughter pre ballet meal
Everything was perfect from the initial greeting to our server and food and pleasant departure in plenty of time for our performance

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service!

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Robb
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 17, 2020
Overall3food3service4ambience3

Overpriced. There isn't anything special about the place. I don't eat at hole in the wall Chinese restaurants, so perhaps this is a cut above, but I wasn't thrilled at all. Just a basic (expensive) Chinese restaurant riding off a very old image in my opinion.

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vipWestchesterGal
New York Area
179 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our dinner! Fried won tons, Beijing duck prepared perfectly and a rack of lamb in a tasty sauce. Attentive service. Will come again.

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marcellinet
1 review
Dined on February 13, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience1

Business suffering because of the virus. So one would think greater effort would be made. The opposite. Looked like the place hadn't been cleaned in days. Shocking.

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Jamet
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 10, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience3

There were two of us dining. We both ordered different meals. We were unable to eat either meal. The food was horrible. We would never go back there again.

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farmer
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The food used to be terrific here. The soupy dumplings were luke warm. The orange beef was also not too warm and bland. Maybe an off night here but it was sad after having so many good meals here.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place! Very classy and elegant old school place for excellent Chinese food!

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vipPianogirl7
New York Area
139 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience4

the food was delicious except everything we ordered arrived at room temperature-it was not hot-barely warm ! Why would we return?

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MichaelP
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This place is a true NYC classic. The food is delicious, the servers are warm and attentive, and the place is spotless. Perfect for dinner, especially before (or after) the theater!

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Lauren
Naples
21 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

The food was great; always is. It’s a wonderful place.

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SarahT
New York Area
31 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Shun Lee has always been a good bet for dining near Lincoln Center. Yes, it's more expensive than most Chinese restaurants, but then everything by Lincoln Center is expensive. That said, their $30 three course lunch is practically a steal, the food and service are always good, and you'll leave feeling satisfied.

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vipweeat
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Good and reliable as ever

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vipEman
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall3food3service5ambience4

Great service, middling food quality. For the exorbitant prices, the food quality needs to improve. I’ve been going here for decades. Service was always been great, food quality once great, has never recovered to previous heights.

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Burtnor
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall3food3service2ambience5

Restaurant is still lovely inside (exterior canopy needs repair). Service was brusque and not helpful, even with few people there for lunch. Food would have been good but for the MSG that caused a serious headache a half hour after eating. You can ask for it to be omitted. Same Restaurant Week menu is regularly available as a prix fixe lunch. It's an extra $4 but includes dessert.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic. I

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vipguy11976
New York Area
63 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Shon lee west had special for restaurant week:$26: soup or appetizer and entree including rice.
Chinese New Year Banquet only evening very special!

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vipMichael
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

How does a Chinese restaurant run out of brown rice?
The gluten free options had no taste!

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HaroldR
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Went for Chinese new year excellent

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TimR
New England
5 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall2food1service2ambience3

I’ve gone to Chinese New Year dinner for several years and have been pleased. This year how ever the food was cold and bland. The service was haphazard. Very disappointing.

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JWK1
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on January 22, 2020
Overall3food2service4ambience4

This restaurant serves overpriced and unremarkable Chinese food in a classy, serene environment with excellent and attentive service.

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vipOpenTable Diner
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience5

Went here because it’s close to my sons school. Had a good rating so we gave it a try. Will not be going back. Food is average. My husband only eats brown rice and they ran out told him to just eat the white rice or wait longer for brown. They offered us free desert but it didn’t really matter at that point.

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vipCappy
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

As always, Shun Lee provides an incredibly delectable meal that tantalizes the palette!

FAQs

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

Shun Lee West is rated 4.6 stars by 2871 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.