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Shun Lee West

4.1
2332 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Chinese
Perfect For:
  • Pre/post Theatre
  • Good for a Date
  • Neighborhood Gem
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.
Dining Style
Casual Elegant
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Cuisines
Chinese, Asian
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Hours of operation
Lunch
Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–4:00 pm
Sat, Sun 11:30 am–3:00 pm
Dinner
Mon–Sat 3:00 pm–11:30 pm
Sun 3:00 pm–10:00 pm
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Phone number
(212) 595-8895
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Payment options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress code
Smart Casual
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Executive chef
Peter Chau
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Private party facilities
Private party options are available for 80 to 200 guests, semi-private events are available for 10 to 25 guests.
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Private party contact
Dennis Wang or Steven Ng: (212) 595-8895
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Catering
Catering is available to anywhere in Manhattan, for 20 to 1,000 people.
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Neighborhood
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Cross street
Columbus Avenue
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Public transit
1 train to 66th Street.
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Additional
Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Menu, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine
What 2332 People Are Saying
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4.1based on recent ratings
3.9
food
4.0
service
4.0
ambience
3.4
value
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82% of people would recommend it to a friend
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3.0Dined 2 days ago

The egg roll was greasy & expensive.
The duck was fatty & not the best I've had other places in the city.
I wouldn't go back

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1.0Dined 3 days ago

I’ll never return

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Food was very well prepared with, and quickly served. Service was superb.
We will be back when in the area

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5.0Dined 3 days ago

Absolutely loved Shun Lee West and we are so looking forward to our next dinner there!
What a special place! The atmosphere was perfect and the food was wonderful. Way to go staff!

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3.0Dined 6 days ago

The lemon chicken was dry and tough.
Sweet & sour pork was good.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Food was outstanding. Service lacking. Ordered one duck egg roll to split and they brought two. Delicious but I asked when they brought them if that was one order and they said yes. We weren’t rushed but no one came over and checked on us either.

That said, I would come back again, as the great food negated the average service.

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5.0Dined 7 days ago

Love the traditional Chinese food and quiet atmosphere

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5.0Dined on April 15, 2018

Quick Sunday night supper after the show at an iconic Chinese eatery.
We enjoyed it and would surely consider it again when we are in the neighborhood.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

This was our 2nd visit to Shun Lee West and we are already planning our next. From the moment we entered, the staff was warm & inviting. The service was excellent and the food was wonderful. Every dish we ordered was perfectly prepared and delicious. Highly recommend Shun Lee West.

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1.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Subpar Chinese food at NYC prices.

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5.0Dined on April 14, 2018

Very good food. They seated us quickly and the food came out quickly.

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4.0Dined on April 13, 2018

Wonderful place for a group to order up multiple dishes and put them on the lazy susan in the middle of the table and have at it! Everything was fresh, plentiful and tasty. The steamed shrimp with vegetables was a great choice if following Weight Watcher guidelines.

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5.0Dined on April 13, 2018

We were seated right away for our reservation and the food came out quickly. As always it was very tasty and we were treated right . It just took us awhile to get the check - and we had to make a show.

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3.0Dined on April 12, 2018

Our soup dumplings were barely warm when they were served. We complained, and the waiter took them away, but brusquely and with no apology. The replacements were hot, as they should be served. When our main dishes came, one was not what we’d ordered, and my husband had even pointed to the correct dish on the menu when we were ordering. Again, no apology for the error. They offered to bring the correct dish, but with the delay from the not-hot appetizer, we didn’t have time for another wait before a concert at Lincoln Center, so we ate what had been brought. Ultimately, the food was just average and very pricey for just average Chinese food.

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5.0Dined on April 11, 2018

The shrimp with scallions in garlic sauce was excellent. So was the wonton soup and the spring roll. My husband felt the hot and sour soup was not as good. The delicious mousse soufle with chocolate we had for dessert was out of this world.

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5.0Dined on April 10, 2018

I've been here many times over the years and I will keep coming back. Always positive. I do want to mention that this particular time during a business lunch I asked if the Mapo Tofu could be extra spicy and they obliged, adding it in the dish and even providing extra hot oil on the side. Many thanks!

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4.0Dined on April 8, 2018

We always find the food here superior, and there are a wide variety available.

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3.0Dined on April 7, 2018

Food is tasty but soooo expensive for Chinese food. Never can get anything hot (temperature-wise) to my liklng. Serves a great martini and wine list not outrageously expensive

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5.0Dined on April 5, 2018

One if my favorite restaurants in UWS. Service is second to none and ambiance is spectacular. Will come back as often as my budget will allow.

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4.0Dined on April 4, 2018

We have been coming to Shun Lee West since at least 1978. We had our wedding rehearsal dinner here in 1980. This evening was to celebrate my wife's birthday with two of our daughters. I don't eat shellfish or pork; one of my daughters is vegan who sometimes eats fish; and all of us were observing Pesach. The menu is broad enough and interesting enough to accomodate us all (although we skipped the pancakes with the beijing duck). Although everything was good, I strongly recommend the sea bass. Unfortunately we were seated in the corner, right next to a serving station with a computer, which detracted from the ambience. The servers were very helpful in getting us out in time for the Opera. Of course we'll be back for the next Opera.

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5.0Dined on March 31, 2018

Both food and service were outstanding. We love the place and have found the food to be largely unchanged for a number of years, but possibly a bit more expensive than the last time we were there. Including tax and a generous tip, the bill was about $70 a head for 4.

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5.0Dined on March 29, 2018

Classic Chinese restaurant so close to Lincoln Center. We love Chinese, but we picked it for its great location. Service and food did not disappoint! A bit pricey, but will definitely return! Portions quite large, so sharing entrees is recommended. Pretty sure the Sauvignon Blanc I ordered was a Chardonnay, but no biggie. I recommend!

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5.0Dined on March 28, 2018

Wonderful food, right sized portions, and they made sharing easy. Highly recommended.

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2.0Dined on March 25, 2018

I have been going to this restaurant for over 3 decades but was truly disappointed by the meal on this occasion as well as the patchy service.

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3.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Seated promptly and the service was perfunctory. Food was mediocre with little flavor but since I’m a vegetarian it is possible this only applies to what I had—the vegetable spring roll and Buddha’s Delight.

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4.0Dined on March 24, 2018

Shun Lee has its restaurant and right next door and connected sharing the bathrooms, their less formal, dim sum cafe. Both are considered upscale from China Town, but still not so much that you cant just come as you are.
Great vegan and vegetarian options as well as the classic, I want to say Cantonese cuisine, including Peking Duck, Dim Sum and a host of both familiar and signature dishes.
Service is friendly especially at the door and the ambiance is quite attractive, with that giant golden glowing dragon that snakes around the room up on the ceiling.

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2.0Dined on March 23, 2018

This place has really gone down hill. What used to be go to place on the upper west side now has barely edible food.

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5.0Dined on March 20, 2018

Food and service were exceptional. Our waiter was friendly, engaging and entertaining. Highly recommend.

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5.0Dined on March 16, 2018

An overall awesome experience!! I have never been disappointed!

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4.0Dined on March 16, 2018

Food was good but not exceptional. We had the Peking Duck and liked it. The service was fast and accurate but sort of rush. The seats on the boths are small but the ambience is interesting, you do feel like you are in China.

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5.0Dined on March 15, 2018

Great food and service.

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5.0Dined on March 14, 2018

Always the best!

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5.0Dined on March 12, 2018

Very nice place and service!

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5.0Dined on March 5, 2018

The server was incredible. Made many adjustments for me due to my allergies. The food is always great when I go there.

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5.0Dined on March 4, 2018

Shun Lee was great...as always. I have probably been there more than 50 times over the last 20 years, and the food is reliably excellent.

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5.0Dined on March 2, 2018

First time for pre-opera dinner. enjoyed it very much. Great food, atmosphere, service prices very fair.

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4.0Dined on March 1, 2018

I love Shun Lee's Lunch Prix Fixe option. For $29.00 you get an appetizer, entree and dessert. There are tons of options for the appetizers and entrees. My favorite, and most of the reason I choose to eat at Shun lee, is the Grand Marnier Prawns! They are delicious and never disappoint.

The lettuce wrap appetizer is plentiful and tasty, the soup with a rice cake is also a good option.

There's never a crowd, though sometimes random things happen and they seem to be closed more than normal.

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1.0Dined on February 27, 2018

The food was repulsive, shockingly bad for a restaurant that is so well known and that is in this price range.

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5.0Dined on February 14, 2018

consistently excellent food, always served very professionally, and priced reasonably for high quality food (which means you get what you paid for).

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3.0Dined on February 13, 2018

I've been a fan of Shun Lee West for years. I went on Tuesday after a show at Lincoln Center with a 10pm reservation. The front was darkened, the bar was closed and draped with linen, and the maître 'd rushed us to the table saying we had to order RIGHT NOW as the kitchen was closing soon. The waiter apologized, but we were rushed in and out - we were out the door just after 1030. The food was great as always, but if you don't want to serve customers post-theater, don't take late reservations. This was a real bummer.

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