Shun Lee West
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.
A young seasoned duckling slowly roasted until crispy and golden. The delicate skin is first sliced, then the meat is carved seperately. Served with homemade crepes, spring onion brushes and Hoinsin Sauce
Beijing Duck with Pancakes
Shun Lee Wonton Soup
One of our tried-and-trues. I’ve been going to Shun Lee West almost since it opened 40 years ago, when it was at the vanguard of fine Chinese dining. It never really moved forward but it’s still a delicious homage to ‘80s-style Szechuan food. The service is impeccable and the period decor still rules. A real UWS treasure! Long live Shun Lee!
Enjoyed our dinner -- Food was excellent as usual.
I can’t comment on the food but I can comment on the service because there was none and we didn’t stay because no one greeted us. The ambulance was very grim and it was dark in there and it was dirty. It was old and it needs to be updated
The food was excellent but I was surprised to have such inattentive service.
Usually Shun Lee has great service. Maybe they were understaffed
We have been going there for many years this was a horrible experience got seated on time and the rest goes down hill got our drinks took an hour to get our food then another hour to get our dinner and then another hour to clean the table ordered more drinks never got them until we were leaving them put them on our bill spoke to the maiterdeb and got nowhere would not recommend this restaurant could not ever reach our waiter when we left there were other people complaining would like something done about this
Soup dumpling were old and sad. Not a good start to a meal to say the least. The place is just tired, the food overpriced for basically delivery quality takeout.
So glad Shun Lee West opened back up. I was worried they’d close for good because of COVID. Their food is delicious and the service was excellent. Can’t wait to go back!
Service was good. Restaurant was quiet. Appetizers were very good
The phenomenons food was only exceeded be there very BEST SERVICE! Thank you, David, for helping us celebrate a very important occasion!
We have been to Shun Lee WEst at least 50 times over the best 30 years. The place was dirty when we walked in the carpets had not been vacuumed and looked dirty.
The food was mediocre not the high quality that we have had in the past.
The server was excellent we knew him from before and had him many times.
Giant shrimp and scallop, orange beef - both superb.
It pains me to say this after being a Shun Lee customer for a good fifty years, but the duck was not even close to the Peking Duck House. It was dry and tasteless. What a disappointment. The rest of the meal was very good. But the duck is the centerpiece of my meal.
Great food!! GreaT service!!
Wonderful Chinese food, beautiful room and excellent service. I have been going to this restaurant for about 30 years, but only when I feel I have the extra money to spend. It's worth it, but it is expensive! (About $100 per person when all is said and done.) Also, there used to be more duck entrees on the menu. (One I remember and liked was duck with walnuts.) Last night I only saw one duck entree on the menu. Would love to see Shun Lee bring the others back. Maybe once they fully ramp up. I wish them luck and hope they can remain in business.
Great food as always. Excellent martini. Excellent service.
We had excellent service. Our water had a great sense of humor and took good care of us. The food was delicious and
We were very comfortable and felt safe.
Great food, and friendly, attentive staff. They will accommodate food allergies and make dishes for you that are "off menu."
Lovely atmosphere for one of our first meals indoors since the before times. Food was great, prices were high, but worth it. Great service.
Not the classic it once was, but it will be again sometime soon.
Shun Lee West never disappoints! We ordered vegetable spring rolls, steamed shrimp dumplings (divine!), scallion pancakes, bean sprouts with scallions and sautéed prawns with vegetables and a very spicy hot sauce. I am always impressed with the quality of their prawns. And the waiters even managed a happy birthday celebration with pineapple and lychee nuts, even though their dessert menu has not returned quite yet. A lovely evening and memorable meal!
Love the vibe and food Lobster in Black Bean Sauce is my fave
Shun Lee always is reliable. Its food is high quality, great ambiance and fine service.
Service attentive. Did not feel rushed to finish one course before next served. Quality of starters and main dishes as good as remembered. Without theatre crowd it was possible to have a conversation at table.
Miss shun lee palace... Simply wasn't the same but it could be due to covid-19 and just opening up a week ago.
We had soup and appetizers. Everything was delicious. The grilled scallops were the best we’ve ever had here — we are long time customers of this restaurant . Over 25 years!
The only thing that was sad was the lack of people. There were inly a few tables used. Hoping this will change.
Shun Lee is a beautiful place. Food is extremely high quality, as is service and ambience.
The have a Gluten Free menu but the food is tasteless. Can’t speak for the rest of the menu.
This is an institution. It has met the high quality Chinese cuisine standards consistently. The food is delicious. I love their shrimp which are always jumbo in light handed sauces which vary. It’s the only place I order their beyond delicious fried rice.
I have been to Shun Lee before, but it has been a couple of years. The food was really good. Nice portions and good variety. The interior, however, was very dilapidated. Frayed carpet, uncomfortable chairs, bare spots on the ceiling. If you can get past that, it's worth a visit.
Outstanding food and service
The pancakes served with peking duck should be more refined and light.
They are much too heavy.
great peking duck, classic chinese food, great service.
Perfect for pre-Lincoln Center brunch!
By far one of the best restaurants in New York City
Not as good as it used to be. Maybe lunch wasn’t the best time to go. Spare ribs an Beijing duck legs were way overcooked like they had been warmed over from last nights dinner perhaps. I’ll go back but only for dinner when volume is higher.
Mother daughter pre ballet meal
Everything was perfect from the initial greeting to our server and food and pleasant departure in plenty of time for our performance
Excellent food, great service!
Overpriced. There isn't anything special about the place. I don't eat at hole in the wall Chinese restaurants, so perhaps this is a cut above, but I wasn't thrilled at all. Just a basic (expensive) Chinese restaurant riding off a very old image in my opinion.
Enjoyed our dinner! Fried won tons, Beijing duck prepared perfectly and a rack of lamb in a tasty sauce. Attentive service. Will come again.
Business suffering because of the virus. So one would think greater effort would be made. The opposite. Looked like the place hadn't been cleaned in days. Shocking.
Shun Lee West offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 595-8895.
Shun Lee West is rated 4.5 stars by 2888 OpenTable diners.
Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.