Shun Lee West

4.1
2702 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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1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 5

Most bland and expensive Chinese food I have ever tasted. Not worth it.

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s
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

Went with my G/F for dinner before the show. Service was good and food was tasty also. Unfortunately we were there when Manhattan had a massive black out. So we tried to make the best of it and were there for around an hour with no lights. We had ordered a bottle of wine which we enjoyed and hung out. So my only issues which I had were. First we wanted to take what we didn’t eat home since our show was cancelled also. It was a good amount of food. They didn’t ask if wanted it to go and just threw it away, which is weird. Secondly when we finally finished our wine and still no electricity. We asked for our check. They brought us a bill hand written and I told them I have to pay by CC. They said they will have the honor system and will take my CC info down and charge when electricity came back. I was not comfortable with that but we didn’t have enough cash. So that’s what we did.

I am not sure what they could have done differently but I didn’t appreciate them taking my CC info. I waited for the dinner to go through the next day and then cancelled my card and waiting for a new one which sucks since i travel a good amount for work.

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MK
Tampa
3 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 3

Badly in need of a update..
Food no longer good fried dumpling was doughy and the mushu pork was cold

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OT
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 2ambience 2

Tourist Trap with capital T’s.
From the cold greeting at the door, the roasting temperature due to no AC, the foul smelling restrooms and the punitively priced wine list, it amazingly kept getting worse. I’d been here many years ago and enjoyed it, but what a letdown this was! The plates on the table were badly smudged and thankfully were soon removed. When we voiced concern about an allergy to MSG, the waiter said something like “the dishes you ordered have no added MSG.” The spare ribs were barely warm, very dry and almost tasteless. The chicken in our main course was dried and chewy. The Beijing duck was ok, but definitely overcooked and only slightly saved by the hoisin sauce. I’d rank this as the worst food value and experience I’ve had in the last twenty years. $225 for my wife and I to endure this terrible experience certainly made it even harder to swallow. I truly hope this review will help to stop others from experiencing the legalized stealing this restaurant practices.

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JE
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fantastic as always. A true favorite for our family!

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DM
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 5, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

High quality Chinese food with very good service. Decor is dark and dated.

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DF
1 review
Dined on June 27, 2019
Overall 5food 2service 4ambience 3

Service pleasant, food mediocre...will not return...was excellent in the past... not now

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A
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on June 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Ellegant old world Chinese with beautiful, exotic decor, excellent food, impeccable service ...and that is why the prices are double most Chinese restaurants in Manhattan...but it can be a special treat and worth every one of your hard earned pennies. Also close to Lincoln Center to make for a perfect NYC food and culture experience.

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

Always great food and spicy crispy beef will never let you down. Beijing duck is also a favourite.

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RM
1 review
Dined on June 25, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Horrible over priced food! Would never recommend to anyone ever...unless it was someone I really didn’t like!

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SC
Tucson
39 reviews
Dined on June 19, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great testing good and great service

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LG
1 review
Dined on June 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

One of my most favorite places to have dinner. Food is always excellent and service is on point.

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b
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 14, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

As usual, the service was wonderful and the food way above par. It was really quiet - there were few people there.

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F
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu, delicious food, discounted wine, wait staff was amazing. Beijing duck was spectacular !

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OT
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always amazing service, food quality preparation and presentation. Still awesome after all these years.

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RM
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

Overcharged me 2 entries 2 beers and 2 appetizers dumplings. Beef with broccoli and general tsao chicken $120.00. Ridiculous. I can get it for $20 at neighborhood take out. The food wasn’t gourmet at all. Wouldn’t recommend

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 7, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Dinner and the Ballet! Perfect evening. Shun Lee Palace is our favorite go to restaurant for amazing food and service! Highly recommend!

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OT
Washington DC
5 reviews
Dined on June 3, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent and savory food. Great ambiance Great service.

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AJ
New York Area
45 reviews
Dined on June 2, 2019
Overall 5food 4service 4ambience 4

Wonderful,traditional Chinese restaurant that is great for groups and families with young children.

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JG
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 30, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 3

The food was appalling... equalled only by the hygiene. (The service plates were covered with fingerprints!)

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C
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Birthday and pre ballet

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S
London
35 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shun Lee West never disappoints. Great cocktails, Beijing Duck, Grand Marnier Shrimp with broccoli, chicken stir fry and rice. All good. Well presented and served with style. We always return.

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DH
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined on May 27, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

The food at Shun Lee West has never disappointed us and we have been eating theater for 20+ years.

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OT
1 review
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding!

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s
New York Area
33 reviews
Dined on May 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Generally excellent food and service, large portions; only caveat is that the curry dishes are a bit heavy.

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SR
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best chinese food we've had in quite some time
You can have a conversation without having to raise your voice.
The waiter knew the menu, providing us with excellent advice.

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BR
1 review
Dined on May 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

What a delicious pre-Lincoln Center dining option! Still fantastic after all these years. The shrimp balls are to die for!

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JC
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on May 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed my meal at ShunLee and am happy that the waiter suggested the dim sum menu.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I have dined there many times and they never disappoint. Classic Chinese cuisine but unique fare like rack of lamb and leg of lamb. The crispy shrimp balls are a great appetizer.

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a
Miami
1 review
Dined on May 18, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Having enjoyed Shun Lee West many many times over the years...this was the worst dinner i ever had at the restaurant...every meal was delivered COLD and some were sent back to be reheated...and this was at 5pm when the restaurant was not yet crowded...will be a while before i return...

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LP
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was very good and exactly what I wanted, still a bit pricey though. Wine was NOT good. I was surprised that a place so close to Lincoln Center was so quiet post theater and we were definitely a bit rushed. Would go back earlier in the evening but would go elsewhere for post theater eating.

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k
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 17, 2019
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Very bad service and uncaring servers. Have gone there for years and the other night was awful. They served a spring roll cut up and looking like it came from the other part of the restaurant. I sent it back and then they brought out the correct thing. Horrible!

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d
New York Area
197 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a rare find: a relatively quiet and elegant restaurant whose prices aren't over the top -- especially rare so near Lincoln Center. Service is excellent: attentive, not overbearing.

Their Peking duck is delicious; though not sliced at the table, they prepare the pancakes there. The other places I've had good Peking duck are very noisy and, though they give more food, it's too much, and portions here are just right. We had dessert and it was too much food. Their lychee gimlet was light and delicious, too. Highly recommended. For less formal eats, try their cafe in the front of the same building.

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F
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

The food was awful. Chow fun noodles were greasy. Beijing duck tasted old and leftover and the leg and wing were deep fried .
Not the Shun Lee of old. Their menu is ridiculously overpriced for poor quality Chinese food. You can get better at local takeout for half the price. Also the restaurant rugs and bathroom were dirty. A total turn-off.

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AB
San Francisco
20 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

perfect pre-theater or asfter-matinee spot for lincoln center. they make you feel special

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R
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a special celebration. The noise level was quiet so we were able to hear each other and enjoy the good food.

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MM
Detroit
6 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Food was just adequate, nothing notable and prices high due to its location.

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HG
Tampa
33 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Treated my nephew and his new bride to Sunday brunch and every bite was outstanding. Since we moved out of town, we only get here once a year. Perfection every time!

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a
Baltimore
26 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

a great meal with some new and tasty entrees. the dragons that decorate the dining room are incredible.

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CJ
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We’ve come here often but this is first time we were disappointed. We had ordered 2 entrees + fried rice but only 1 entree and the rice was brought out. The 2nd entree was delayed for approximately 10-15 minutes. Also the entrees were not as good as usual. On a positive note, however, we did love the steamed vegetable dumplings.

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