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About Shun Lee West

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.

43 West 65th Street
New York, NY 10023
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Chinese, Asian

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

Cross Street:
Columbus Avenue

Dress Code:
Smart Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 595-8895

Website:
http://www.shunleerestaurants.com/

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

Public Transit:
1 train to 66th Street.

Executive Chef:
Peter Chau

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

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

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Shun Lee West Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

3.9

service

4.0

ambience

3.9

value

3.5

Noise

Moderate

79% would recommend it to a friend

Pre/post Theatre (49)
Neighborhood Gem (29)
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Authentic (24)
Good for Groups (23)
Creative Cuisine (21)
Good for a Date (19)
Fit for Foodies (17)
Good Vegetarian Options (17)
Good for Anniversaries (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Casual (14)
Great for Lunch (13)
Business Meals (12)
Fun (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Spicy (11)
Sunday Lunch (11)
Gluten Free Options (9)
Romantic (9)
Cozy (7)
Late-night Find (6)
People Watching (6)
Kid-friendly (6)
Tasting Menu (5)
Comfort Food (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Healthy (3)
Hot Spot (3)
Worth the Drive (3)
Quick Bite (2)
Vegan (2)
Bar Seating (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
Happy Hour (1)
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 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

IF you like over-priced, oddly poor service and just ok food, then Shun Lee West is the place for you

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 (New York Area)·Dined 7 days ago

Food was mediocre and overpriced. Service was effective but the waiters all acted like taking our order and serving us was a bother. Even the man who seated us acted like we were interrupting his day.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 14, 2018

Past its prime and overpriced for what it is. Food is little better / more creative than standard take-out, service is rushed (pushing drinks and check even more than what’s typical in Manhattan), transactional and with several misses (e.g., completely forgot starters, then tried to push mains that had obviously been held and were soggy and semi-warm).

Tags: Kid-friendly
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 13, 2018

Food and service excellent. Great place to eat before Lincoln Center performance. A real staple

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New Mexico)·Dined on January 12, 2018

I think the food is slipping a little. Also, to accommodate a very large party, the staff used the adjacent table as a food station. Did not appreciate that we could not dine in quite without the bustle of staff all around us.

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·Dined on January 11, 2018

Great food, great service and especially liked whole sea bass, ribs and while beijing duck. Spicy prawns were nice also

Tags: Business Meals, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 6, 2018

Out of control children, impertinent waiters, cold food.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 5, 2018

Way overpriced especially for mediocre Chinese food. My neighborhood local on the corner is way better.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Find another place, that doesn't rush you -it wasn't even busy as we went during off hour. That didn't stop them from rushing along. And for the price, would expect food and service to be spot on. Go to a local Chinese restaurant --

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2018

Celebrating New Years Eve for the Fifthteen year in a row.
Always a fun evening after the concert.
Henry takes good care of his customers

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

I love this place - service always a bit hectic as finding server to get more water, order extras, is difficult.

Tags: Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Just the Chinese lunch I was looking for. Flavorful and fun. Easy to talk business and make colleagues feel pampered.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2017

Ok food that cost too much

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

I haven't been there for quite some time--the food was skimpy and overpriced--the service was not good--the place looks shabby and needs a complete overhaul

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·Dined on December 27, 2017

Good Chinese menu with a few additional choices. Waiters try their best. Most are new to the US.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2017

Excellent food and service. I recommend the dumplings!!! We ordered 6 dishes and shared. Friend rice also very good. We were seated promptly - great restaurant near Lincoln Center.

Tags: Spicy, Great for Lunch, Casual, Authentic, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Terrible. They ran our of duck, lemon chicken and sesame noodles.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Their manager was really great when there was an OPEN TABLE mix up! Thanks Henry!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good Vegetarian Options, Casual, Late-night Find, Fun
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

We always try to eat at Shun Lee when in Manhattan. On Xmas day it was great

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Love this long standing old-school Chinese food gem!
My only complaint was that there were bussing trays right behind my seat which is noisy.
I love the decor and hope they never change it but the carpet does look tired and could use an update : )

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Authentic, Creative Cuisine, Vegan, Good for a Date, Sunday Lunch, Romantic, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Shun Lee West never disappoints. We have been coming here for years and is a family institution. The peking duck was sublime! We had two seniors in our party and the wait staff couldn’t have been more gracious and attentive. There were others with dietary restrictions and there was a broad enough selection that no one left the table “hangry”!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Anniversaries, Good for Groups, Special Occasion, Gluten Free Options, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Excellent food. I have been dining at Shun Lee West for many years and hope for many years to come.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Love love this place been going for 36 years never had a bad meal

Tags: Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Great for Brunch, Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Handcrafted Cocktails, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Excellent Chinese cuisine, with excellent and attentive service.

Tags: Spicy, Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2017

Shockingly overpriced, blasé Americanized Chinese food.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 18, 2017

The food is delicious & the staff is very pleasant. Only "complaint" is: I had wanted to sit in a booth & was told I should've requested a booth when I made the reservations. But, in all fairness...they were a bit busy that evening.

Tags: Tasting Menu, Good for a Date
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 16, 2017

We have loved and gone to Shun Lee for a very long time pre-ballet. The food is always excellent and there is a sense of ceremony about the whole experience. The only issue we experienced this past visit was related to space - we so incredibly crunched between another table, chairs sticking out at perpendicular angles, and wait staff that it made the experience less enjoyable. We know how popular and crowded it can be; however, this was more problematic and therefore less enjoyable than previous experiences.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Dim sum side is much better. My crispy pan fried noodles were terrible. Tasteless and they used the wrong noodles. Ribs were equally tasteless.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 13, 2017

First time dining,very nice visuals,best egg drop soup ever,large selection of menu options,wife extremely happy with garlic lobster in both delicious n very nice portion,overall a very nice time

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem
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·Dined on December 10, 2017

Very disappointing. Terrrible food and the restaurant is not cheap.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

We have all our family celebratory dinners here. Love the chando chicken, peking duck, steamed sea bass in ginger, and tried for the first time ants climbing on a tree, which is wonderful. Lovely staff. Ask for a booth. Love this place, Yes it's expensive, but so memorable.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 9, 2017

Bland unexceptional food not worth the price. Very noisy. Good service. Would never recommend.

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vip
 (Washington DC)·Dined on December 8, 2017

We had great "American" Chinese food. Very convenient to Lincoln Center. Busy restaurant, but efficient service. Reservations are a must.

Tags: Casual, Pre/post Theatre
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 7, 2017

Night after night, year after year, the place is always excellent, even late at night!!

Tags: Good for Groups, Spicy, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre, Gluten Free Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 6, 2017

maybe because this restaurant has previously always been outstanding, I was a bit disappointed that it was only very good this time. food was just missing a little oomph.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 5, 2017

Went to Shun Lee for dinner and drinks pre 7:30 Lincoln Center performance. We were warmly greeted at the door and the waiters are friendly and knowledgeable. The menu is filled with interesting looking Chinese dishes. Unfortunately the two main dishes we ordered were flavorful but detracted from the overall dining experience.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Authentic, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Enjoyed eating here as excellent food and enjoyed it as always

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Kid-friendly, Healthy
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Shun Lee is consistently great! The food is excellent and the servers make a good effort to make sure you have a good meal with any extras you want at a timely speed. Even though the dragons in the sky have been around longer than I've been alive, I like them and they add a bit of whimsy to the otherwise dark joint.

Tags: Cozy, Creative Cuisine, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Charleston)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Shun Lee is perfect for pre- or post-Lincoln Center activities. The prix fixe lunch menu is especially appealing (literally and figuratively). The restaurant has been around forever, but it's still a reliable choice.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Great for Lunch, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem, Sunday Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 3, 2017

Food was horrible. Seemed old and taste was like cardboard. Shrimp not deveined and was undercooked. Noodles weren’t noodles but dry styrofoam like tubes. Fried Rice was flavorless.

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