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.
A young seasoned duckling slowly roasted until crispy and golden. The delicate skin is first sliced, then the meat is carved seperately. Served with homemade crepes, spring onion brushes and Hoinsin Sauce
Beijing Duck with Pancakes
Shun Lee Wonton Soup
Not the classic it once was, but it will be again sometime soon.
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!
Love the vibe and food Lobster in Black Bean Sauce is my fave
Shun Lee always is reliable. Its food is high quality, great ambiance and fine service.
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.
Miss shun lee palace... Simply wasn't the same but it could be due to covid-19 and just opening up a week ago.
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.
Shun Lee is a beautiful place. Food is extremely high quality, as is service and ambience.
The have a Gluten Free menu but the food is tasteless. Can’t speak for the rest of the menu.
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.
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.
Outstanding food and service
The pancakes served with peking duck should be more refined and light.
They are much too heavy.
great peking duck, classic chinese food, great service.
Perfect for pre-Lincoln Center brunch!
By far one of the best restaurants in New York City
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.
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
Excellent food, great service!
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.
Enjoyed our dinner! Fried won tons, Beijing duck prepared perfectly and a rack of lamb in a tasty sauce. Attentive service. Will come again.
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.
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.
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.
Love this place! Very classy and elegant old school place for excellent Chinese food!
the food was delicious except everything we ordered arrived at room temperature-it was not hot-barely warm ! Why would we return?
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!
The food was great; always is. It’s a wonderful place.
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.
Good and reliable as ever
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.
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.
Shon lee west had special for restaurant week:$26: soup or appetizer and entree including rice.
Chinese New Year Banquet only evening very special!
How does a Chinese restaurant run out of brown rice?
The gluten free options had no taste!
Went for Chinese new year excellent
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.
This restaurant serves overpriced and unremarkable Chinese food in a classy, serene environment with excellent and attentive service.
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.
As always, Shun Lee provides an incredibly delectable meal that tantalizes the palette!
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.