Shun Lee West

4.2
2674 reviews
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$31 to $50
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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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JC
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I really enjoyed my meal at ShunLee and am happy that the waiter suggested the dim sum menu.

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OT
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

I have dined there many times and they never disappoint. Classic Chinese cuisine but unique fare like rack of lamb and leg of lamb. The crispy shrimp balls are a great appetizer.

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a
Miami
1 review
Dined 6 days ago
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 2

Having enjoyed Shun Lee West many many times over the years...this was the worst dinner i ever had at the restaurant...every meal was delivered COLD and some were sent back to be reheated...and this was at 5pm when the restaurant was not yet crowded...will be a while before i return...

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LP
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 3

Food was very good and exactly what I wanted, still a bit pricey though. Wine was NOT good. I was surprised that a place so close to Lincoln Center was so quiet post theater and we were definitely a bit rushed. Would go back earlier in the evening but would go elsewhere for post theater eating.

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k
New York Area
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 1food 2service 1ambience 1

Very bad service and uncaring servers. Have gone there for years and the other night was awful. They served a spring roll cut up and looking like it came from the other part of the restaurant. I sent it back and then they brought out the correct thing. Horrible!

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d
New York Area
197 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This is a rare find: a relatively quiet and elegant restaurant whose prices aren't over the top -- especially rare so near Lincoln Center. Service is excellent: attentive, not overbearing.

Their Peking duck is delicious; though not sliced at the table, they prepare the pancakes there. The other places I've had good Peking duck are very noisy and, though they give more food, it's too much, and portions here are just right. We had dessert and it was too much food. Their lychee gimlet was light and delicious, too. Highly recommended. For less formal eats, try their cafe in the front of the same building.

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F
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on May 16, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 3ambience 1

The food was awful. Chow fun noodles were greasy. Beijing duck tasted old and leftover and the leg and wing were deep fried .
Not the Shun Lee of old. Their menu is ridiculously overpriced for poor quality Chinese food. You can get better at local takeout for half the price. Also the restaurant rugs and bathroom were dirty. A total turn-off.

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AB
San Francisco
18 reviews
Dined on May 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

perfect pre-theater or asfter-matinee spot for lincoln center. they make you feel special

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R
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great place for a special celebration. The noise level was quiet so we were able to hear each other and enjoy the good food.

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MM
Detroit
5 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 2ambience 2

Food was just adequate, nothing notable and prices high due to its location.

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HG
Tampa
33 reviews
Dined on May 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 4

Treated my nephew and his new bride to Sunday brunch and every bite was outstanding. Since we moved out of town, we only get here once a year. Perfection every time!

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a
Baltimore
25 reviews
Dined on May 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

a great meal with some new and tasty entrees. the dragons that decorate the dining room are incredible.

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CJ
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on May 3, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 3ambience 4

We’ve come here often but this is first time we were disappointed. We had ordered 2 entrees + fried rice but only 1 entree and the rice was brought out. The 2nd entree was delayed for approximately 10-15 minutes. Also the entrees were not as good as usual. On a positive note, however, we did love the steamed vegetable dumplings.

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t
Baltimore
47 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great menu, food & service

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I
New York Area
103 reviews
Dined on April 29, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

Consistently good

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OT
New York Area
42 reviews
Dined on April 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

Great food. This time service was slow but friendly. It's definitely a neighborhood gem.

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MS
London
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 3ambience 1

The restaurant is rubbish. The cafe next door (also Shun Lee) is way better.

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OT
St. Louis
2 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 2ambience 4

Appetizers took 20 minutes. Soup and both entrees were cold... had to be sent back.

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MD
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 1service 2ambience 5

Was just there Wednesday night too and food was better, although not great. Saturday the moo shu pork pancakes were overly thick and the filling was cold. Check too much for whatever shared. Waiter hard to find.

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OT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always the best!

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BE
New York Area
24 reviews
Dined on April 23, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Been dining at Shun Lee for years, often on special occasions. The service is always efficient and the food always excellent. It is a bit pricey but still worth it

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t
New York Area
83 reviews
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always delicious love the grand marnier prawns...kids enjoyed it as well...good selection of wine reasonably priced...best fine dining Chinese food I can find anywhere

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BT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 20, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 5ambience 5

Overpriced Chinese food. Beautiful restaurant. Great service. Food was good but not worth the price.

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C
San Diego
116 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious food and friendly, efficient service, this West Side tradition has been a favorite for many years.

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A
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 17, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 3ambience 4

Dim sum. Was very good. Service less pleasant

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EA
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 15, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shun Lee prepares tasty, fresh and attractive food in great variety.

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C
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on April 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious, fresh Chinese food serviced by lovely waiters in beautiful ambiance.

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j
New York Area
19 reviews
Dined on April 10, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

We were there really early, a 4:30 reservation as we were attending an event at Lincoln Center. There was only one other couple seated in the restaurant and we were led to a small booth all the way at the back. I asked to be moved and we were given a booth right near the kitchen. The server would not let us pick a table even though I said we would be gone by 5:30. We ordered cocktails some appetizers to share and a steamed vegetable dish with rice. Everything was awful. Overly friend shrimp balls, tough spareribs and steamed dumplings were unremarkable. The steamed vegetables were under cooked and rice is rice. For three people the check was almost $200. I never leave a bad review as I would prefer to just not go back but this was insulting.

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OT
Charleston
5 reviews
Dined on April 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 2

My feelings are mixed.

The somewhat kitsch decor indicates a certain faded glory. Unfortunately, the tatty condition of the furnishings (peeling duct tape on torn bench seats), dirty worn carpeting, and poorly serviced lavatories suggests a deserved decline. The urge to go elsewhere was tempered by the excellent service, and ultimately the meal was very good.

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D
Atlanta
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The Peking Duck Egg Roll was fantastic and sharable. We really enjoyed the entire meal. The staff was so kind and they were considerate that we were going too a show and needed to complete the meal timely. Highly recommend!

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OT
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 2

We have dined here many times and found the food quality and service unusually poor this time. The vegetable dish was cold and the sea bass was delivered as a few small slices instead of the usual larger piece of fish. When we requested a new dish of Prawns they were reheated and chewy. The waiter and manager didn’t seem to care to fix the poor food quality. We will not return here for some time after this experience

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g
Philadelphia
26 reviews
Dined on April 5, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

Shun Lee West, and it's sister restaurant Shun Lee Palace, are the oldest, upscale, not-in-Chinatown Chinese restaurants in New York City. First going to SLWest about 30 years ago the food choices, the decor and the service were a revelation being excellent, exotic and efficient and with the added joy of not having to travel all the way downtown to then have to go home all the way uptown.

Along the way to today, the menu's not nearly as inventive given the menu choices in our physically and informationally shrinking world. The red and gold decor has [like me!] become a little tired and could use a refresh with a little better lighting. The service is helpful and efficient. My favorite --and the reason I'll travel from out of town to go there-- is the Peking Duck -- the whole duck. Crisp with just the right amount of fat remaining; rolled expertly into a pancake with scallions and hoison sauce for eating by hand. With extra hoison, the wings and legs are left to crunch on whenever you feel like it. With a well made cosmopolitan, or hot sake on a cold day, I'm transported back to my first visit and two or three pleasurable hour go by in the blink of an eye.

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OT
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

AMAZING!!!
The best shrimp balls ever

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DF
Los Angeles
5 reviews
Dined on April 1, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely the best food

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JB
Orange County
1 review
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

We ate here with my extended famuly. Great service. We got a big round table in the middle of the floor. We were sat right on time. Drinks were great. Service was great as we had at least 3 people helping us all the time.

The food was good and they made a few changes for us. The food is not cheap but the experience was definitely worth it.

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SS
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 3service 5ambience 5

Great ambiance and service. Some dishes great, others meh. Dumplings served on spoons -great presentation, but lousy dumplings. Dry noodle, watery filling with odd flavor. Thought it was fun and nostalgic, great service.

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PM
New York Area
25 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 4ambience 3

We really like Shun Lee West and have been going there form many years. Food is very good but could use more imaginative menu. Decor is getting tired and needs a freshen-up. Overall, still very good.

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D
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 1ambience 3

Most of the food was alright. The Beijing Duck was very good. However--and this is quite serious--before the rest of our party arrived I explained several times to the waiter that my 15 year old son had a severe peanut allergy. I asked if the sesame noodles had peanuts and the waiter told me "no" (my son loves sesame noodles and has eaten them many times at other restaurants). The waiter also offered that they would not use peanut oil in the cooking.

When we actually ordered the sesame noodles, I reconfirmed with the waiter that they did not have peanuts. He said that was right.

3 minutes after having eaten the sesame noodles, my son started having a reaction. We gave him benadryl but it was not helping. My son's eyes turned red, his chest started getting tight, and his throat was itching. My husband ended up leaving with him as I stayed with our out-of-town guests. They went home but my son didn't make it inside before he thew up all over the street.

Meanwhile the waiter asked me "where the two gentlemen went." I explained what happened. The waiter just kept saying "no peanuts no peanuts. Remember I told you there were no peanuts." Another waiter who hadn't been paying attention to the whole conversation cheerfully said to him across our table, "Yes, there are peanuts."

The restaurant did end up taking the cost of one order of sesame noodles off our bill (gee, thanks). However, these guys obviously think allergies are a joke. If you really do have one, don't go here. The waiter will just lie straight to your face.

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S
Los Angeles
10 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent service with delicious food, very convenient for great dinner before opera

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TL
Philadelphia
3 reviews
Dined on March 28, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

First, the food. We think of Shun Lee West as reliable and reasonably priced. Any dish you eat here is going to be good. Their hot & sour soup, for example, is tastier than what most Chinese restaurants serve, and it's not pasty with corn starch thickener as so many others are. Main course: we ordered Peking Shrimp (I think that was the name) and orange beef. The shrimp dish was subtly spiced and flavorful, really nice. The beef dish was a cut above average, though it could have been more strongly flavored. It's all very satisfying, though not amazing or revelatory.

Now for service: No matter which waiter you get, you'll experience unobtrusive yet attentive service. As for ambiance, it's elegant and modern, as opposed to the dim sum section of the establishment, which is more utilitarian.

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