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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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food

3.8

service

3.9

ambience

4.0

value

3.4

Noise

Moderate

78% would recommend it to a friend

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Good Vegetarian Options (14)
Casual (13)
Fit for Foodies (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Business Meals (12)
Good for Birthdays (11)
Great for Lunch (9)
Spicy (9)
Sunday Lunch (9)
Fun (7)
Romantic (7)
Cozy (6)
Late-night Find (6)
Gluten Free Options (5)
People Watching (5)
Kid-friendly (4)
Comfort Food (4)
Tasting Menu (4)
Handcrafted Cocktails (3)
Great for Brunch (2)
Healthy (2)
Hot Spot (2)
Vegan (2)
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Notable Wine List (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2012

Not nearly as good as it used to be. Even though we always thought Shun Lee was a little over priced, the food & atmoshere compensated. Not any more. We had to ask the waiter (who was not very nice) for the restaurant week menu, and then he brought only one for 4 people. It was very unimpressive; clearly sub par food choices. In contrast, we had eaten at a number of "fine" restaurants during restaurant week and had been really happy with the menus & the service. I don't think we will be going to Shun Lee again, too bad.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2012

Food was very disappointing; served luke warm and soggy when it was described as "crispy."
Service was inattentive at best.Will not return.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2012

Had a Restaurant Week meal. Seems to me that Restaurant Week menus are almost never as good as the restaurant's ordinary menu. Felt that way again at Shun Lee West. Nothing to object to, nothing to rave about, although the service was deft, as always. At Shun Lee West, you pay Lincoln Center prices for food that's no better than what's on your plate at many Chinatown options, but Shun Lee's presentation, service, decor and proximity to Lincoln Center are all pluses that help justify the end-of-the-meal pinch.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2012

As always, this restaurant did not disappoint. We ordered off the Restaurant week menu and found that the selections were varied and all excellent.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 22, 2012

I haven't been to shun lee for over 20 years. The food was not prepared with the same care as it once
Was. The room is beautiful and the service pleasant enough.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2012

Delicous food and great service.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 21, 2012

Nothing unusual, but well-prepared and presented.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2012

Excellent, attentive service. Delicious food; a bit pricey. Try the fois gras dumplings!

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2012

It was our first time and also the last one. Over priced for what it is, even for the fix price menu.
The service was fair, the food ok but nothing special and I guess we were lucky because the table next to us left without touching their entree.
Try your luck somewhere else..so much better options in the neighborhood

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2012

as requested, we got a corner table. Surprised to find a changed ambiance - crowded, noisy - somewhat chaotic - not as upscale as it used to be years ago. Drinks overly expensive but food was good not great.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2012

It is not bad. But I think it is more suitable for American taste, it is not for traditional Chinese.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2012

Shun Lee is a treasure in Lincoln Center! We look forward to the fine Chinese cuisine, adn the excellent service. Bravo!

Tags: Vibrant Bar Scene, Good for Groups, Kid-friendly, Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Romantic, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 20, 2012

Noisy, crowded where our table was located. Had to send one order back - food was cold.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 20, 2012

Excellent food, attentive service. Wonderful dining experience.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2012

consistently excellent food, service and reasonable prices.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Great for Brunch, Kid-friendly, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 19, 2012

Ordered shredded pork, which were large, grissly chunks, not shredded. Unbelievably bad, 90 percent inedible. Sauteed stringbeans good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2012

Excellent friendly staff and amazing food. High end Chinese. Beijing duck is to die for. There are always noteable musicians/performers there since it is so close to Lincoln Center.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2012

One of the most elegant Chinese restaurants in town, it can be a pleasure to linger over dinner. But Shun Lee also smoothly accommodates those who are pressed for time to make their curtains across Broadway at Lincoln Center.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2012

Very good chinese food -- but horribly overpriced. I guess they get away with it because of the location.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2012

We were there during Restaurant Week and ordered from that menu. I thought the portions would be smaller or something but - Ha! was I wrong! The sizzling rice cake shrimp soup was superb and so was the rest of the meal. If Restaurant Week is to entice people to try new restaurants, it works! We'll be going back for sure.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 18, 2012

Always a treat. Nice to see them popular at lunch, too. Service exceptional, lunch specials a bargain, with great variety and generous portions - we over-ate and still took home enough for dinner.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 16, 2012

Restaurant is clean and wide compared than another restaurant,..American style.
But taste is not much better than normal and cheap other Chinesereatuatant..
If you want to have chinese food in good mood, I recommand here.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 15, 2012

Best Chinese restaurant on the West side.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2012

Shun Lee West is an elegant, gourmet Chinese restaurant with an unusual and varied menu. A little expensive but it's right across the street from Lincoln Center. Food is excellent and portions are large.

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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on January 9, 2012

Good food. Not the best or close. Hot and sour soup was bland. Duck very good. Rice very good.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 7, 2012

food was very disappointing. East side Shun Lee superior

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 5, 2012

Traditional -- and unsurprising -- Cantonese cooking (mostly), nicely prepared and attractively served with a bit of haute pretension. The food tastes very good, but the experience is a bit like eating takeout from Chinatown extravagantly presented in a romantically lit, sleekly modern dining room. If that's the experience you want, Shun Lee supplies it deftly.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 3, 2012

This restaurant is an Upper West Side fixture that is feeling its age. Service is brusque and hurried -- the food is plunked down quite unceremoniously and the waitstaff just seems to wish you gone. Normally I'm not particularly a diva about this sort of thing, but when you're paying over $30 for an entree, just a little gentility would be nice. The food is okay-- neither good nor bad. The location is what's key -- just across the street from Lincoln Center, I suppose they really don't have to try at all to attract patrons.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 2, 2012

Nice to have Dim Sum....Service never friendly, Food good.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 1, 2012

It is a landmark but the food was not hot and I felt it was not as special as it had been

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2011

FOOD WAS NOT TOO BAD BUT OVERALL NOT TOO IMPRESSED...

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 30, 2011

Good place to eat before an evening performance at Lincoln Center. Excellent food, efficiently served.

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vip
 (Baltimore)·Dined on December 30, 2011

This remains an outstanding Asian restaurant. The food is the reason to come here, but it's location adjacent to Lincoln Center and the very friendly services clinch the deal.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (San Antonio)·Dined on December 30, 2011

The food was really outstanding and the service most outstanding. We told our waiter that we were in a bit of a hurry since we had tickets for the theater, and I have never had my dinner served so quickly and in a perfect manner. Our waiter was so attentive! And the food was truly amazing!
We had been invited to this restaurant a few days earlier and that first experience was so great that we wanted to return before ending our stay in N.Y. Both times were absolutely wonderful!

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Groups, Late-night Find, Special Occasion, Great for Lunch, Hot Spot
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 (London)·Dined on December 28, 2011

Food was very good with a wide range of choices. For the price of meals would of expected better service... For instance whenever they poured wine they ended up spilling on the table or on the food whic isn't ideal! But all in all was good and would return.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2011

Very noisy, with tables crowded together. Food remains good. Next time I'll have to come early!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 28, 2011

Good choice for dinner before the opera or the symphony at Lincoln Center.

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vip
 (San Diego)·Dined on December 27, 2011

A favorite now for many years. Shun Lee never lets us down.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 27, 2011

The food and service was outstanding. The best Chinese food we every had. Highly recommended.

Tags: Late-night Find, Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2011

Great dinner, we'll done post Christmas evening!

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