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.
Most bland and expensive Chinese food I have ever tasted. Not worth it.
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.
Badly in need of a update..
Food no longer good fried dumpling was doughy and the mushu pork was cold
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.
Fantastic as always. A true favorite for our family!
High quality Chinese food with very good service. Decor is dark and dated.
Service pleasant, food mediocre...will not return...was excellent in the past... not now
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.
Always great food and spicy crispy beef will never let you down. Beijing duck is also a favourite.
Horrible over priced food! Would never recommend to anyone ever...unless it was someone I really didn’t like!
Great testing good and great service
One of my most favorite places to have dinner. Food is always excellent and service is on point.
As usual, the service was wonderful and the food way above par. It was really quiet - there were few people there.
Great menu, delicious food, discounted wine, wait staff was amazing. Beijing duck was spectacular !
Always amazing service, food quality preparation and presentation. Still awesome after all these years.
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
Dinner and the Ballet! Perfect evening. Shun Lee Palace is our favorite go to restaurant for amazing food and service! Highly recommend!
Excellent and savory food. Great ambiance Great service.
Wonderful,traditional Chinese restaurant that is great for groups and families with young children.
The food was appalling... equalled only by the hygiene. (The service plates were covered with fingerprints!)
Birthday and pre ballet
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.
The food at Shun Lee West has never disappointed us and we have been eating theater for 20+ years.
Generally excellent food and service, large portions; only caveat is that the curry dishes are a bit heavy.
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.
What a delicious pre-Lincoln Center dining option! Still fantastic after all these years. The shrimp balls are to die for!
I really enjoyed my meal at ShunLee and am happy that the waiter suggested the dim sum menu.
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.
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...
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.
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!
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.
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.
perfect pre-theater or asfter-matinee spot for lincoln center. they make you feel special
Great place for a special celebration. The noise level was quiet so we were able to hear each other and enjoy the good food.
Food was just adequate, nothing notable and prices high due to its location.
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!
a great meal with some new and tasty entrees. the dragons that decorate the dining room are incredible.
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.