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Shun Lee West

4.4
4.4
2995 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Chinese, Asian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 4:30 pm–9:30 pm Sat, Sun 4:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 595-8895

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Wei Li

  • Catering

    Catering is available to anywhere in Manhattan, for 20 to 1,000 people.

  • Private party facilities

    Private party options are available for 80 to 200 guests, semi-private events are available for 10 to 25 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Dennis Wang or Steven Ng: (212) 595-8895

  • Neighborhood

    Lincoln Square

  • Cross street

    Columbus Avenue

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    1 train to 66th Street.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

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What 2,995 people are saying

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Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.4Food
  • 4.3Service
  • 4.4Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  • Manhattan

    Chinese

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  1. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    9 reviews

    4.0

    9 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Very original specialities, try shanghai soupy dumpling, sizzling beef, mushu pork is Taiwan style. Not great on service and wine list
  2. AS

    AnthonyS

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chinese cuisine at its highest level. Traditional as well as regional dishes not commonly found elsewhere, all executed to culinary perfection.
  3. MS

    MellieSue

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Yum! Shun Lee has delicacies that are unique to them with unbelievable creativity and execution. The Grand Marnier Shrimp are the perfect texture, flavor and presentation. Absolutely amazing. Scallops in the shell are perfect and the soup dumplings are so savory and tasty. Very pricy, but worth it for unusual flavors.
  4. NC

    NicoleC

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined 5 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious. I am gluten-free they had some options which I enjoyed.
  5. T

    ernieT

    Houston

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    over priced drinks and food - unbelievable for what they charge for an entree, they bring you a tiny little cup of rice - dumplings are frozen pre- processed, not fresh will never go back
  6. c

    chereve50

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Out with our Boston family, kids and grandkids. Perfect place with a corner table to seat 6. Fabulous food, 6 different dishes from Three nut chicken to fried rice, spring rolls, beef with broccoli and Lo mein to name some. Ended with Chocolate lava cake and mousse. Desserts delicious. Wait staff of what felt like 6 different very efficient, at our beck and call and we didn't even have to! Pricey but worth it. Truly a landmark right across from Lincoln Center with beautiful surroundings.
  7. F

    Foodie

    New York Area

    40 reviews

    5.0

    40 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great wait staff, Lots to choose from on the menu.
  8. BF

    BarbaraF

    New York Area

    485 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    485 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    The dinner last night was not up to the level of most dinners I have previously had at Shun Lee. The appetizer didn't have much flavor. The peking duck was very good but we were told that we couldn't order a half of a duck like we usually do. As a result we only ate half of it. The whole fish was also not the same as what we usually get. We also tried a vegetable that was new to us which was pea shoots. They didn't have much flavor either.
  9. KS

    KellyS

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and delightful atmosphere. Add attentive service all contribute to a memorable dining experience. I highly recommend you visit Shun Lee when you want a great West Side excursion!
  10. c

    chmpned

    San Diego

    27 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience5
    Food was delicious but it sat on a tray for a while before server returned to bring it to our table and therefore it was no longer very hot, just warm. Ambience and decor was great. It was not that busy so maybe they are understaffed
  11. SR

    StephenR

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food has been delicious since we started eating here in the 1970s. Beijing Duck is the best and like no other restaurant.
  12. C

    Cranee

    New York Area

    31 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    31 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious Lobster!
  13. A

    Astoriaeater

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Good is consistently excellent. However, service is lacking. There is little attention paid (water glasses not filled) and the attitude isn’t great. The hostess was very nice though.
  14. JP

    JohnP

    New York Area

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite local restaurant. Never disappoints.
  15. AH

    AshleyH

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This restaurant has taken a turn for the worse. None of our food was served hot and appeared to be pre-cooked and it cane out within minutes of ordering. It was once one of my favorites but I probably will never return. Very sad.
  16. d

    dancingfoodie

    New York Area

    210 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    210 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Shocked at Shun Lee West. For years, friends and I have loved Shun Lee West's delicious Beijing Duck. After the pandemic, we were delighted to see the online menu, which says the price had risen to $65. So we didn't look at the printed menu before ordering. We were shocked: the bill was $118 for the duck, almost double the price given on the restaurant's own website the day before. So we asked; on the menu, the $118 price was written in ballpoint pen. Though we love the superb service, relative quiet and ambiance, and understand prices are up since the pandemic, we felt this was an unreasonable increase, especially considering that their current website price was almost half that charged. I have brought many friends there, but we will be trying other restaurants serving this dish that charge appreciably less.
  17. JJ

    JoJo

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very attentive wait staff. Were able to accommodate special diet restrictions without batting an eye. Delicious fresh meal. Looking forward to going again.
  18. GB

    GeorgeB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Favorite place - our frequent choice to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries.
  19. M

    Murph

    Orlando

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always went the SL East. Had a table for 7. Service was very good, they accommodated my 13 year old nephew very well. The Beijing Duck was excellent
  20. j

    jorgec

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience4
    the food is a notch above any chinese take out all over new york. the same old menu. is a shame.
  21. E

    Eileen

    New York Area

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I had the Grand Marnier Prawns and my husband had slivered chicken with garlic sauce. Both were delightful. Very attentive service. A wonderful dinner.
  22. SK

    StevenK

    Jackson Hole

    24 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    24 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    We hadn't been in years, and it seemed as if the restaurant had faded a bit. Food was average at best, and one of the specialties (Grand Marnier Prawns) was a major disappointment. Spice and garlic levels in most of the dishes was much less that desired, and we don't like especially spicy food.
  23. S

    Stosh

    New York Area

    33 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience4
    The restaurant was very empty when other places in the area were booked. Now I know why. While the food was ordinary Chinese, good but not special, the prices were exhorbitant. We used to go a lot. Would not return.
  24. SR

    SusanR

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    5.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious, well prepared food. Friendly, attentive, professional staff. Also some classics on the menu.
  25. AD

    ADAnom

    Pittsburgh

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Very good food, very attentive staff. Definitely recommend for pre- or post-show dining at Lincoln Center.
  26. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    3.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    This restaurant is overrated, IMHO. Portions were smaller than average, but the food was good quality. Three of us had one entree each and I had tea. Nothing else. We were rushing to the opera. The bill was almost $150. I do not believe that there is any beef and broccoli on earth that's worth $50. Maybe that's just me. Service was average but quick. The ambience and seating were good.
  27. HM

    HelenM

    Los Angeles

    21 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent experience all around. Loved our dinner!!!!
  28. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Food always great but service took a long time and credit card not working.
  29. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Birmingham

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Chinese food I have ever eaten. I highly recommend the Canton Wanton soup. Anything you order tastes better than any similar food you have eaten. Service is as great as the food. It is expensive but worth the price.
  30. DC

    DavidC

    1 review

    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    I had not been there for a while but I was really impressed. Food was excellent, service was really good. Overall it was really good
  31. NW

    NealW

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always good and close to the shows. The food was delicious and the service superb.
  32. MH

    MiriamH

    Washington DC

    13 reviews

    4.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall4food5service2ambience5
    May 11, 2022
  33. KR

    KarinaR

    Cincinnati

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent service and delicious food, a little pricey. Still a great pkk look ace to dine
  34. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New England

    188 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    188 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Love this place, very friendly staff and food was tasty.
  35. SH

    SusanH

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on May 9, 2022

    overall2food2service3ambience2
    Very disappointed. I have had fabulous meals there and was very much looking forward to going for dinner this time. The food was mediocre at best and it was extremely overpriced
  36. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Orlando

    12 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent food. Good service
  37. SK

    StanK

    New York Area

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience5
    I love Shun Lee and being in hospitality I am fully aware of the shortage of staff, They were totally unprepared for a ore theater (opera) dining experience, We arrived cat 6pm. We had our main entree at 7:15pm . With Covid restrictions to check in we had 15 minutes to eat our main meal. When it arrived I asked for the bill as to not have further delay. My wife’s meal did not even come with all that was stated on the menu. A poor experience and not even an offer to comp the one cocktail each. Thank you, Stan
  38. m

    maxd

    New York Area

    20 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    20 reviews

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall4food3service4ambience5
    I always enjoy dining at Shun Lee and this evening was no exception. It is disappointing that they never seem to have the soft shell crabs and the way they used to make a Mai Tai was better than what was served last night. Other than that everything was fine.
  39. SS

    SamuelS

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I have been going to Shun Lee West for 20yrs. Never disappointed. Outstanding restaurant
  40. P

    Pelican

    Naples

    10 reviews

    2.0

    10 reviews

    Dined on April 30, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience3
    Generic dishes at best, uncleared tables around us all through the meal, inattentive service. Food for people who are not paying attention or don’t care what they are eating.

FAQs

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

Shun Lee West is rated 4.4 stars by 2995 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 23 times today
Google Map for Shun Lee West

43 West 65th Street New York, NY 10023

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Columbus Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Lincoln Square

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 4:30 pm–9:30 pm Sat, Sun 4:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Chinese, Asian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    1 train to 66th Street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Wei Li

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 595-8895

  • Catering

    Catering is available to anywhere in Manhattan, for 20 to 1,000 people.

  • Private party facilities

    Private party options are available for 80 to 200 guests, semi-private events are available for 10 to 25 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Dennis Wang or Steven Ng: (212) 595-8895

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