Shun Lee West

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2853 Reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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4.2based on recent ratings
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CN
Dallas
3 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

By far one of the best restaurants in New York City

g
New York Area
38 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
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.

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
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

OT
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food, great service!

R
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined 5 days ago
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.

WG
New York Area
168 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.

m
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.

J
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.

f
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.

OT
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!

P
New York Area
136 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?

MP
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!

L
Naples
21 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience5

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

ST
New York Area
25 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.

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

Good and reliable as ever

E
New York Area
27 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.

B
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.

OT
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 26, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Classic. I

g
New York Area
61 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!

M
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall1food1service3ambience1

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

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

Went for Chinese new year excellent

TR
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.

JW
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.

OT
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.

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

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

AL
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Delicious food and great service, we will be back....

F
New York Area
40 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The luncheon specials were plentiful and delicious! The service was attentive. It was a most pleasant atmosphere.

MD
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food1service4ambience5

Our shrimp dish was tasteless . The wonton soup broth was tasteless. Waiter was rude when we had to ask for a check because our ride was outside.

M
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

It was our Anniversary and my birthday. We haven’t had Chinese since our two weeks in China in November. Time to get back to Chinese food. The seafood taco was wonderful, but the Peking Duck Spring Roll was mostly fried dough, little duck. Filet Mignon Szechuan style was fabulous...they don’t do this in China. Shun Lee is a very fine Chinese Restaurant.

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service from when you walk in until you finish your meal is impeccable; the staff is always attentive and responsive.

e
London
79 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

while the food is still 'good', it used to be 'excellent'', so i'm not sure what is causing the decline.

LH
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 11, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Overpriced food, and not so great. String beans for $25? Really?!

OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

Our first impression when we sat down:
Dirty water glasses with lipstick on them.
Our waiter was rude when he found out we were not having a drink. He made us very, very uncomfortable .
My mom ordered scallops witch were tasted like rubber . When I told our waiter he said he would tell the chef ( sure). My moms wanton soup was water and cold. My food was tasteless. I’ve been many times to shun less throughout the years . It has changed. It feels like a very filthy restaurant. Health department should check it out.

TO
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall1food1service4ambience3

I was extremely disappointed in my experience at Shun Lee West. I ordered the grand marnier prawns as they sounded really good, but they were covered in a thick creamy sauce that reminded me of mayonnaise and didn't taste at all of grand marnier. I have never spent so much on an entree ($38) to be so disappointed. After tax and tip I spent almost $50 and only ate half of my meal. Having said that, the staff was very welcoming and attentive, so I have no qualms with the service. But I'd be very reluctant to return.

G
New York Area
50 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

Good basic Chinese food that's not outrageously priced for NYC. We love their Beijing Duck which they prepare table side and it never disappoints. The cold sesame noodles are also very good. The service could be a little more attentive, but it's difficult with the way the restaurant is arranged. Overall, we like this restaurant and go there whenever we're around the Lincoln Center area.

D
29 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Pre symphony at Lincoln Center. Dinner was very good and for such a huge place the noise level was very quiet. Nothing too exotic on the menu but everything was done well and very good. It is expensive but to be expected for Lincoln Center.

B
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have been going to Shun lee for over 30 years . Truly for the best , the tastiest , the best service. Henri who runs the house is amazing and always so good to us. We have not found anything else that gives you that great old school Chinese flavor and offer other exciting dishes . The dim sum is awesome and the Peking duck good value .

EN
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We have never been disappointed when dining at Shun Lee West. As New Yorkers, it's one of our go-to restaurants for special occasions or if we simply want to treat ourselves to a very fine Chinese meal.

GJ
Miami
6 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall1food3service3ambience2

Dining area needs a face lift. Carpet very filthy. Restrooms not clean

AI
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall2food1service4ambience4

Extremely overpriced and not tasty, unfortunately.