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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: Monday - Friday: 12:00pm - 3:00pm, Saturday: 11:30am - 3:00pm, Sunday: 11:30am - 3:00pm; Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 3:00pm - 12:00am, Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:30pm

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.shunleewest.com/

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

Public Transit:
1 train to 66th Street.

Executive Chef:
Sun-Dao Man

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 Dining, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, 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

4.0

value

3.5

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Moderate

72% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Groups (18)
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Quiet Conversation (11)
Good Vegetarian Options (11)
Good for Anniversaries (11)
Good for Birthdays (10)
Casual (9)
Good for a Date (9)
Great for Lunch (8)
Romantic (8)
Business Meals (7)
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Spicy (7)
Cozy (6)
Sunday Lunch (6)
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Kid-friendly (4)
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 (Las Vegas)·Dined a day ago

Last time in NYC for a while. We have been coming to Shun Lee West for 30 years !

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 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

This used to be my favorite Chinese in NYC - really wasn’t very good. But it’s convenient to Lincoln Center...

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·Dined on November 7, 2017

Shun Lee West has been a part of my life for about 40 years! It is always a fine dining experience and sometimes sublime - the most recent meal was of a very high quality and everyone in my party was very happy to experience this unique restaurant and its many great dishes.
John and Henry have also come to be very friendly and always make sure that me and my guests are taken good care of. I appreciate them too.
The wait staff is well trained and efficient and the meal always proceeds smoothly and in a timely fashion.

Tags: Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 6, 2017

Fine Chinese cuisine; generous portions; well prepared and capably served. A bit pricey; but we've always known that!

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

Food was disappointing. Not hot not flavorful. Seemed microwaved.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

Since it was sold, this is a shadow of its former self. Dumplings were hard and overcooked. Main courses were average in flavor. Service was robotic. Despite ordering two bottles of wine kept far away from the table, waiters did not stop by to refill glasses.

Used to be a favorite. No more. Will not go back.

Tags: Casual
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 (Miami)·Dined on November 5, 2017

The day after we had dinner, this time, the health department closed them down for a day or two. Hmmm. We've been coming for years and the front of the house has always been fine. We like their dumplings and other things and the way they share a few things for us. That said, I hear they are open again. Could they have cured the problems so quickly?

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 3, 2017

Been a customer for over 25 years. It remains authentic, and nicely updated Chinese classics in great dramatic setting. Long-time staff including managers and servers make it a friendly, congenial and comfortable place for a fine meal.

Tags: Authentic
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·Dined on November 1, 2017

Shun lee on the east side is much better

Other than the busboy the rest of the staff was not too friendly

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2017

Food was absolutely delicious, Henry is delicious too, although he was up in arms about
loud noises coming from next door!
We ha family visiting from Paris and they enjoyed it all. The decor is truly stunning after
all these years, it is holding up beautifully.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 30, 2017

As always excellent food , ambiance and the best service from the minute you walk in the door.Ok

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Very disappointed in the quality of food and poor service.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Pre-theater group. Ordered four different meat, vegetable and rice dishes. The food is bland, greasy, similar to what you could get at any bad US "Chinese" takeout place, but for more than twice the price. I've had infinitely better Chinese food in several small towns in Central NY, let alone Chinatown. The wines are reasonable. The staff is attentive, polite and efficient, and the space is attractive, though there was a duct-tape repair on my booth seat. It's very loud. The location and speed of service pre-Lincoln Center is good, but the food quality will keep me away next time.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

This was a very disappointing experience. We had eaten at the Shun Lee on the east side several times and loved it. The west side location was not good at all.

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·Dined on October 27, 2017

The maitre d' was a bit gruff - then funny - as we arrived. The waiters assigned to our table were all terrific. The Beijing duck was a bit disappointing - very dry duck meat, but great crispy skin. The crabmeat with eggwhites was very delicate. Surprised that the restaurant fills your dinner plate after being so used to family style Asian dining. The mango Cantonese pudding was the perfect ending. The ambiance is terrific with the many golden dragons guarding the walls! Would return happily!

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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 26, 2017

The fried rice had raw onion and the angel hair with shrimp wasn’t fully cooked (pieces of shrimp still grey) AFTER being served more than ten minutes after the other entrees. Service was incredibly slow and it’s over priced to start with. Not recommended.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Shun Lee West is a MUST DO on our list of activities when we are in NYC. We have the fondest memories of being there often with a dear relative who has since passed. The food has always been delicious and the table side service makes you feel 'special'. One year I purchased their cookbook and use it at home. On this particular night it was VERY BUSY so we were glad we had made the reservation.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 24, 2017

The food was good. We had the Peking Duck that they make really tasty and full of flavor. The egg drop soup was also good. We made or own wrappings so the pancakes were to our liking. Service was a bit confusing perhaps because we were on a both and the waiters could not easily reach the persons who were towards the wall.

Tags: Special Occasion, Good for Groups, Pre/post Theatre
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 (Pittsburgh)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Shun Lee West with its iconic golden dragons is the go to place in the Lincoln Center area for upscale Chinese food beautifully prepared!

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 (New England)·Dined on October 21, 2017

Wonderful, perfectly cooked and seasoned Chinese food. Delicious Peking duck and moo shi. But tables are packed together and service at busy times very spotty.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Gluten Free Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 20, 2017

We have been going to Shun Lee for many years, and it was always one of our favorite restaurants in the Lincoln Center area. However, our recent meal was a disappointment. The Beijing duck, which used to be wonderful, was missing the traditional cucumber and spring onions usually included, and we had to ask for them to be brought. We used to love the crispy beef, but this time, it was chewy rather than crisp, and very oily.

Sad to see this restaurant going downhill.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 19, 2017

disappointing all around. food was lukewarm. Peking duck was not crispy, but limp. and where were the scallions and plum sauce? Better Chinese food at my local place on the avenue with formica table tops.

on good side, it was calm and I had a lovely time catching up with my extended family.

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·Dined on October 15, 2017

We hadn't an overall good time at Shun Lee West. We had 3 differently servers, which i appreciated he extra hands but it made it difficult when we had a question because we weren't sure who to flag down. It was also very noisy so it was difficult to hear what the waiter was asking and even conversation at the table. I asked for an appetizer as an entree for my son, but it came out early as the appetizer so he ate before everyone else. In addition, my order was incorrect so I ate after everyone else. My daughter's dish had a long hair in it. Once the issue starts were corrected I would say the food was great.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

We have not been back to Shun Lee West in ages. The good news is that the food is still excellent. But it is now shop-worn and the service is haphazard at best. Our meal didn’t come out of kitchen at same time - we got side dishes long before main course came out. The carpet is worn, and the bathroom is as filthy as Port Authority. Everything looks worn out, including the staff. It is time for a makeover, so that the space is up to the standard of the food. It was once exotic - now it is anachronistic.

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·Dined on October 14, 2017

The table we were seated at was a little cramped and too close to others

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

I was there with friends for an early-ish dinner. It was bustling with people because of its location near Lincoln Center but the noise level was no problem. We were seated quickly. The service was fine given the numbers of full tables and the staff was friendly and accommodating. The food was well prepared and the portions were generous. I would recommend the Beijing Duck egg roll (flaky crust, not the usual egg roll) and the Grand Marnier Prawns (very large and good for sharing). Shun Lee West is an old standby and still serves high quality food. Definitely an older crowd.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Great for Lincoln Center events. Pre opera or pre philharmonic!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Shun Lee does an excellent job of serving guests quickly to get to Lincoln Center on time. The decor is appealing. However, the food is not as good as it used to be. We ordered spring rolls which were greasy like egg rolls. They no longer serve dim sum in Shun Lee West - disappointing since the selection of dumplings and other appetizers is limited. The pea shoots were good though oily like they are in Chinatown. The prawns in rice wine sauce had too much cornstarch and were a little bland.

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Quick Bite
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

Gorgeous, old New York style Chinese restaurant. Lovely place to dine. Great food. Many choices. Good drinks. Very nice, courteous staff. Excellent service. We will go again, and so convenient to Lincoln Center and excellent movie theatres. Neighborhood is a lovely place to stroll any time of the day or evening.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Sunday Lunch, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Healthy, Business Meals, Creative Cuisine
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on October 13, 2017

I've heard a lot about this place, and since it was close to where I live, I wanted to give it a try. It's not bad, but it's just not great either, just okay. We were first met at the front desk by a man who was just "kinda" nice. Can I help you, is what he asked when we walked in, you know like if you were selecting a tie or something, not addressing someone who was entering their restaurant for the first time. So I was pretty taken aback by the first impression we were given. We were then taken the our table by someone else, who didn't say much of anything either, but he did bring us to a nice table. The room itself is pretty impressive, very grand with the decorations and tables, and the atmosphere was busy and fun, so I was looking forward to a great meal. Unfortunately, the food turned out to be just standard. We started with the pork dumplings and fried shrimp balls. The pot stickers were pan fried (as we ordered) and came with a thicker dough than normal, which made them a bit hard to cut in to, but still managed to taste good. The shrimp balls were yummy, but keep in mind if you're ordering them, they're deep fried, so they can be a bit greasy when eating them. For the main course, I ordered the Chan Do chicken. I was kinda expecting something like spicy stir fried chicken, but instead it came deep fried with thick breading, and it was swimming in sauce, which made the whole dish very heavy. It was, like I said before, just okay, and certainly not was I thought it would be. My husband ordered the crispy beef, and that was pretty good. The service was very attentive, but if you're expecting any conversation between you and the wait staff (between the ordering and serving) it doesn't happen, which may have been that they were very busy or could have been a language barrier thing. Overall the restaurant was fine, however given how expensive it ended up being, I'm pretty sure I'd give this a miss going forward.

Tags: Authentic
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vip
 (Los Angeles)·Dined on October 13, 2017

Great pre- theatre dinner. Loved the shrimp w/ xo sauce , vegetable dumplings and veggies w/ pancakes. Mai tai also tasty.

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

Friday, October 13th, 2017 at Shun Lee West
Having made a reservation and having arrived on time there was an expectation that my guest and I would be treated respectfully and kindly. That didn't happen. The matter d seemed confused and detached. The table we had been assigned at the front door had been taken by the time we'd been brought to it leaving the staff confused and paralyzed. The response by the maitre d to a waiter, as he made a fast departure, 'just put them over there', sending us to a table that abutted the busman's station. When I said that that table would not be acceptable under the circumstances the waiter said, 'we're busy you know'. Busy I get, lack of respect, rough treatment and zero graciousness to a patron with a standing reservation I do not. I had been to Shun Lee West in the past. This was not that, this restaurant now has all of the ambient specialness of lone food cart at a failed street fair. What is most disappointing for me is that this account of my experience is literal; who can be objective in a black hole of stupidity. There is no food, no service, no way to get a customer back from this... and all before the menus were dropped onto our table. Shame on you Shun Lee. We won't return.

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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 12, 2017

I dumpy filthy place in need of renovation… this is the kind of restaurant that knows they will always have theater business and therefore doesn’t have to try hard to be good. The food was heavily salted, uninspiring and gloppy… for example the dumplings had a casing that I would describe as the exterior of a Sherman tank, with mushy unappetizing vegetables. The egg flower soup was more like scrambled eggs in a gelatinous batter… not really a delightful soup at all. I will never go back.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 11, 2017

Always great. Chicken w three nuts! Fried rice w veggies

Tags: Kid-friendly, Cozy, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 10, 2017

SHUN LEE WEST has been around a long time and maintains an excellent kitchen of traditional favorites as well as modern Chinese-style cuisines. In New York City its name is synonymous will being "as good as it gets".

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Authentic, Romantic, Tasting Menu, Special Occasion, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Seattle)·Dined on October 9, 2017

Really enjoyed lunch with my husband today. We tried the shrimp and pork shumai, the spring pea and shrimp dumplings and the spring rolls from the dim sum menu -- all wonderful. We especially enjoyed the spring pea and shrimp dumplings. Very light and seems in the healthier side. Dim sum is served with three sauces which we enjoyed mixing together.

We shared the Yang Chow 10-Ingredient Fried Rice, the chicken with 3 types of nuts (we added broccoli at our server's suggestion) and the Beijing prawns. All delectable.

Service was top notch - very attentive, but not intrusive. Hot tea and water refilled before we realized that we needed more.

We will be back!

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 (Miami)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Not exotic, but always good. Close to Lincoln Center.

Tags: Casual
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Shun Lee never disappoints. Have been going there for decades.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Good for Birthdays, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Good for Anniversaries, Sunday Lunch
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 (New England)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Excellent Chinese restaurant 2 blocks from Lincoln Center. We loved the Peking duck and spicy sea bass, as well as green beans. Nice booths for easy conversation. Service prompt and attentive. Able to leave without hurrying...in time for curtain at Lincoln Center theater. Easy walk from subway. Of course good Chinese beer!

Tags: Authentic, Gluten Free Options, Pre/post Theatre, Kid-friendly, Creative Cuisine, Spicy
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·Dined on October 6, 2017

Duck excellent
Stir fried sesame chicken over spiced but otherwise tasteless

Tags: Pre/post Theatre
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