Shun Lee West

4.3
2882 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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vipJasonA
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The restaurant

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tinar
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always reliable. Good food , excellent service. Can’t ask for much more. A real treasure.

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vipSpangleNYC
New York Area
97 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent and very generous portion of Grand Mariner shrimp; broccoli cooked perfectly and crisp, tasty shrimp. Bland but satisfying soup. Very few patrons in the restaurant- lovely and very quiet in a booth for 2. Sign said proof of vaccine required of everyone but no one asked us for our cards.

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vipMargo
Denver
26 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a treat!

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vipJackNYNJ
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

good experience but a bit disappointed in the food. appetizers (egg rolls, dumplings) were small and looked and tasted like reheated leftovers from the Costco freezer case. Main courses were good but also came up short.
Service was very good but they need to step up the food quality. This was no better than the cheap Chinese buffet for $9.99 but at a much higher price point.
Atmosphere is charming old-world Chinese restaurant style but a bit of a musty smell.

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vipsamyeds
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

I was disappointed. I would usually go to Shun Lee Palace instead of Shun Lee West but the East side restaurant hasn’t reopened yet. Don’t know if the experience would have been different. Start to finish was 45 minutes. Why rush people through dinner when your restaurant isn’t even half full? The fried dumplings were great. Weren’t offered tea until we were ready to leave!? We go to have Beijing Duck. No longer do they carve at the table. The Hoisin was either used excessively or it was just to damn salty. Even the cucumber wasn’t sufficient to cut the taste of salt. I almost never miss a chance to have Peking/Beijing duck when I visit NY but I may need to look for another restaurant.

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shaunaw
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

not vibey but food was incredible and waiters were very nice and attentive

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Rachdance
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience. Flavorful, fresh and unique dishes to share. One of our favorite restaurants.

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NancyB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was happy to see many diners but one particular table of 10 was so loud and obviously bad manners.

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vipRachelS
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience3

Went as family…. Ordered appetizers first. Great food. But. But but —- then we saw it A RAT WAS WALKING OUT OF THE KITCHEN. !!! Told the waiter. He didn’t seem surprised. Asked for the check - they only charged us for our drinks. Walked out completely freaked out. Looked for the grade rating in the window - there wasn’t any !!!! NOT OK !!!

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Goldskin8
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service!!

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CraigN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience4

My dinner entree literally never came. I had to eat some of my friend's dinner. I asked the waiter for anything he could bring in 5 minutes, before we had to leave for a show and I got an egg roll. And I was charged for it. It was an outrageous experience.

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vipKarenB
Detroit
38 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience2

My husband commented to me that he felt like he lost a good friend:(
We have been loyal customers for 20 + yrs…
During Covid we were relegated carry out which was very hit or miss however today we went in person. Being a retailer I was quite put off by the torn overhead sign which is a pet peeve for me and I was ready to abort at that point but my husband insisted on forging on-
The café is closed indefinitely, The dead plants outside and the inside empty tables are daunting.

We were greeted by the sole employee we saw who is masked and trying valiantly as far as I could see to care for the two other tables besides us that were there at lunchtime albeit on Monday.

The rose was a generous pour It was nice for $14 and properly chilled. The tea was tepid and weak.
We ordered two spring rolls which were great, Chan do chicken which was fine and Crispy XO prawns which were no resemblance to anything we ordered in the prior 20 years and more like bubba gump in Times Square. Butterflied, Heavily breaded and overly deep-fried.
Inedible.
They no longer serve green tea ice cream.

And the prices went up. Overall a very sad experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, fresh, great service, dependable for many years.

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vipMKFisher
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Peking Duck, pancakes, hoisin sauce, cucumbers and green onion, bean sprouts and spicy eggplant. Over and out.

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vipJohnSmith
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great dragon sculpture

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vipJeannoel
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Peking Duck is outstanding and reasonnably priced.It is also an experience. Highly recommendedeven if the wait is a bit long, a goodsign anyway!

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vipArleneB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Enjoyed the updated menu with the fish tacos. However, there could have been more fish offered. It consisted mainly of veggies.

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vipDavidschu
New York Area
275 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food not as interesting as on prior visits. Service poor - waiters brought food intended for another table.

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vipTerry
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was great; decor could use dry cleaning

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vipEagle1
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food, service above board and the location for the midtown/west side area is great.

Lunch or dinner will work

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vipNinni
Greensboro
11 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Nice environment. Disliked the menu. Fits take away but not done in. Ordered starter and it came in seconds. The main course was the worst Chinese Food I ever had.
Will never come back.

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vipKatie
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything was very good except the prices are much too high. Don’t know if I will return.

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ToniB
Richmond
9 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great service. Lovely and friendly restaurant. A bit pricey but generous portions.

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vipSpangleNYC
New York Area
98 reviews
Dined on June 30, 2021
Overall4food2service5ambience5

Soup and dumplings were good but the two main dishes were just mediocre. The chicken in the chicken chow mein and steamed chicken w vegetables seemed like some sort of composite and not pieces of freshly cooked poultry: the first dish was flat and tasteless but the 2nd one was ok because of the spicy sauce. Service was attentive and atmosphere lovely- booth was very quiet. Prices have increased by at least $5 a dish compared to previously but the portions are substantial. Satisfaction may depend on what you order!

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vipEagle1
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 25, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Returning customer--- excellent food, value above baord...
I keep returning...
Thank you

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vipLonG
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on June 21, 2021
Overall1food2service1ambience1

Service was at a snail's pace. The order's were extremely slow out of kitcehn. Staff mostly inattentive. Place could have used a good scrub

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GeeK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 20, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of my all time favorites for many years. Amazing flavors for all palates. Great service and ambiance.

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vipNYCrestaurantfan
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on June 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food and service was excellent.
Note: Clean the Men’s Room!!

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vipSproghaver
New York Area
44 reviews
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

One of our tried-and-trues. I’ve been going to Shun Lee West almost since it opened 40 years ago, when it was at the vanguard of fine Chinese dining. It never really moved forward but it’s still a delicious homage to ‘80s-style Szechuan food. The service is impeccable and the period decor still rules. A real UWS treasure! Long live Shun Lee!

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FloraB
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 12, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Enjoyed our dinner -- Food was excellent as usual.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall1food1service1ambience2

I can’t comment on the food but I can comment on the service because there was none and we didn’t stay because no one greeted us. The ambulance was very grim and it was dark in there and it was dirty. It was old and it needs to be updated

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vipdavid
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall3food5service2ambience4

The food was excellent but I was surprised to have such inattentive service.
Usually Shun Lee has great service. Maybe they were understaffed

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JohnC
Atlantic City
3 reviews
Dined on June 11, 2021
Overall1food3service1ambience3

We have been going there for many years this was a horrible experience got seated on time and the rest goes down hill got our drinks took an hour to get our food then another hour to get our dinner and then another hour to clean the table ordered more drinks never got them until we were leaving them put them on our bill spoke to the maiterdeb and got nowhere would not recommend this restaurant could not ever reach our waiter when we left there were other people complaining would like something done about this

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vipSamO
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall3food2service3ambience3

Soup dumpling were old and sad. Not a good start to a meal to say the least. The place is just tired, the food overpriced for basically delivery quality takeout.

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Momoftwo
1 review
Dined on June 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

So glad Shun Lee West opened back up. I was worried they’d close for good because of COVID. Their food is delicious and the service was excellent. Can’t wait to go back!

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marty
Chicago
8 reviews
Dined on June 6, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience5

Service was good. Restaurant was quiet. Appetizers were very good

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vipneighbor
New York Area
1 review
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The phenomenons food was only exceeded be there very BEST SERVICE! Thank you, David, for helping us celebrate a very important occasion!

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vipjacquelinegold
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on June 5, 2021
Overall2food1service5ambience2

We have been to Shun Lee WEst at least 50 times over the best 30 years. The place was dirty when we walked in the carpets had not been vacuumed and looked dirty.

The food was mediocre not the high quality that we have had in the past.

The server was excellent we knew him from before and had him many times.

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GeorgeB
1 review
Dined on June 2, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Giant shrimp and scallop, orange beef - both superb.

FAQs

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

Shun Lee West is rated 4.3 stars by 2882 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.