Shun Lee West

4.4
2881 Reviews
$31 to $50
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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vipNYEater
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service1ambience3

Perhaps this restaurant is not fully staffed in the kitchen or dining room, but service was abominable last night. A Sunday night, we had a 7 pm reservation and were seated quickly. Water, tea and a beer arrived quickly, but we waited about 70 minutes for scallion pancakes, soup and fried noodles to appear. The entrees then arrived before the soup was finished.

I was happy for the restaurant that it was filled, but not about the service. At this time, be sure to allow plenty of time if you go.

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viptasty
New York Area
32 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall3food4service2ambience4

Disappointed with the service we received. The waiter rushed to take our order and discouraged us from our original choices because it would take too long. We had not indicated that we had a time constraint. Turns out we waited quite a while (compared with service at nearby tables) and neither our appetizers nor main dishes was hot when they reached our table. As a result, the quality of the food was not up to expectations.

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OlgaM
New York Area
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall4food5service3ambience4

The waiters were well meaning, but a little confused. They were not sure who had our table & it was hard to get a bill…had to ask for tea & then cups to drink it. Not the waiters they had in the past.

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vipJohn
New York Area
37 reviews
Dined on October 12, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Shun Lee has held up very well over the years. Food and service are still very good.

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vipTomT
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall3food4service4ambience2

Service great, food good, ambiance tired and run down

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vipDinnerdate
New York Area
26 reviews
Dined on October 9, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience3

Shin Lee never disappoints! The oks time establishment Haas the best Chinese in nyc !

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vipROBINL
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Food was delicious! But wish some of the dim sum was also on the menu!

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vipMyronK
New York Area
57 reviews
Dined on October 8, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Lovely place. Try the Peking Duck

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Caliban
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on October 6, 2021
Overall2food2service2ambience3

Service was slack, food forgettable and sold at more than twice the price than at any reasonably good Chinese restaurant. One pays for the spacious setting and Lincoln Center location--and also for the brown rice served in absurdly small portions!

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robynm
1 review
Dined on October 5, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We love Shun Lee. It's fun for a special occasion, or when you just need to make an occasion to gather and eat good food, in a cheerful space.

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vipLowies
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on October 4, 2021
Overall2food2service4ambience3

This used to be a regular spot for me and my family. I haven’t been here since the health department shut it down a few years ago and the quality of the food has really gone down hill. About the worst Chinese food I’ve had in a very long time.

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KL185
New York Area
17 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience4

First visit to Shun Lee West since early 2020. Some changes due to checking for vaccination proof, but the overall sense was the same. Food was very good -- shared chicken soong and whole Bejing duck. Loved every bite. Prices seemed to be up a bit but to be expected. Service was efficient, and they didn't rush us.

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vipViMaus
San Francisco
24 reviews
Dined on October 1, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Delicious Chinese food. Great service. Fun decor. Near Lincoln Center.

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W4Resident
Tampa
6 reviews
Dined on September 23, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Not bad, good service and food, nice round table

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AndreaM
1 review
Dined on September 21, 2021
Overall4food3service4ambience4

The food was delicious, but cold within about two minutes of reaching our table. The restaurant itself was very cold - we ended up putting on sweaters and wraps to stay warm, which I'm sure is why the food was cold so quickly. The wait staff were very attentive.

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vipSTEPHENM
New York Area
82 reviews
Dined on September 18, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent Chinese with classics and original dishes. Buddah's Delight and "Ants climbing a Tree" were especially nice. Excellent Shanghai soup dumplings and sesame paste noodles. Service was excellent, attentive and responsive. All Covid rules applied with grace and courtesy.
An excellent locale pre-Lincoln Center engagement.

JA
vipJasonA
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on September 16, 2021
Overall3food2service4ambience4

The restaurant

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tinar
1 review
Dined on September 1, 2021
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Always reliable. Good food , excellent service. Can’t ask for much more. A real treasure.

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vipSpangleNYC
New York Area
97 reviews
Dined on August 31, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Excellent and very generous portion of Grand Mariner shrimp; broccoli cooked perfectly and crisp, tasty shrimp. Bland but satisfying soup. Very few patrons in the restaurant- lovely and very quiet in a booth for 2. Sign said proof of vaccine required of everyone but no one asked us for our cards.

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vipMargo
Denver
28 reviews
Dined on August 29, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Always a treat!

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vipJackNYNJ
New York Area
23 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall4food3service5ambience3

good experience but a bit disappointed in the food. appetizers (egg rolls, dumplings) were small and looked and tasted like reheated leftovers from the Costco freezer case. Main courses were good but also came up short.
Service was very good but they need to step up the food quality. This was no better than the cheap Chinese buffet for $9.99 but at a much higher price point.
Atmosphere is charming old-world Chinese restaurant style but a bit of a musty smell.

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vipsamyeds
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on August 27, 2021
Overall2food3service2ambience3

I was disappointed. I would usually go to Shun Lee Palace instead of Shun Lee West but the East side restaurant hasn’t reopened yet. Don’t know if the experience would have been different. Start to finish was 45 minutes. Why rush people through dinner when your restaurant isn’t even half full? The fried dumplings were great. Weren’t offered tea until we were ready to leave!? We go to have Beijing Duck. No longer do they carve at the table. The Hoisin was either used excessively or it was just to damn salty. Even the cucumber wasn’t sufficient to cut the taste of salt. I almost never miss a chance to have Peking/Beijing duck when I visit NY but I may need to look for another restaurant.

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vipOpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 22, 2021
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Wantan soup is tasty and volumy

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shaunaw
1 review
Dined on August 18, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience2

not vibey but food was incredible and waiters were very nice and attentive

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Rachdance
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 17, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Wonderful dining experience. Flavorful, fresh and unique dishes to share. One of our favorite restaurants.

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NancyB
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on August 15, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Was happy to see many diners but one particular table of 10 was so loud and obviously bad manners.

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vipRachelS
6 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall1food3service3ambience3

Went as family…. Ordered appetizers first. Great food. But. But but —- then we saw it A RAT WAS WALKING OUT OF THE KITCHEN. !!! Told the waiter. He didn’t seem surprised. Asked for the check - they only charged us for our drinks. Walked out completely freaked out. Looked for the grade rating in the window - there wasn’t any !!!! NOT OK !!!

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Goldskin8
Western NC
3 reviews
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food and great service!!

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CraigN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on August 13, 2021
Overall1food5service1ambience4

My dinner entree literally never came. I had to eat some of my friend's dinner. I asked the waiter for anything he could bring in 5 minutes, before we had to leave for a show and I got an egg roll. And I was charged for it. It was an outrageous experience.

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vipKarenB
Detroit
38 reviews
Dined on August 2, 2021
Overall1food1service4ambience2

My husband commented to me that he felt like he lost a good friend:(
We have been loyal customers for 20 + yrs…
During Covid we were relegated carry out which was very hit or miss however today we went in person. Being a retailer I was quite put off by the torn overhead sign which is a pet peeve for me and I was ready to abort at that point but my husband insisted on forging on-
The café is closed indefinitely, The dead plants outside and the inside empty tables are daunting.

We were greeted by the sole employee we saw who is masked and trying valiantly as far as I could see to care for the two other tables besides us that were there at lunchtime albeit on Monday.

The rose was a generous pour It was nice for $14 and properly chilled. The tea was tepid and weak.
We ordered two spring rolls which were great, Chan do chicken which was fine and Crispy XO prawns which were no resemblance to anything we ordered in the prior 20 years and more like bubba gump in Times Square. Butterflied, Heavily breaded and overly deep-fried.
Inedible.
They no longer serve green tea ice cream.

And the prices went up. Overall a very sad experience.

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
1 review
Dined on July 31, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent, fresh, great service, dependable for many years.

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vipMKFisher
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 26, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience3

Peking Duck, pancakes, hoisin sauce, cucumbers and green onion, bean sprouts and spicy eggplant. Over and out.

JS
vipJohnSmith
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on July 24, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great food, great dragon sculpture

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vipJeannoel
New York Area
51 reviews
Dined on July 21, 2021
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The Peking Duck is outstanding and reasonnably priced.It is also an experience. Highly recommendedeven if the wait is a bit long, a goodsign anyway!

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vipArleneB
San Diego
2 reviews
Dined on July 20, 2021
Overall4food4service4ambience2

Enjoyed the updated menu with the fish tacos. However, there could have been more fish offered. It consisted mainly of veggies.

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vipDavidschu
New York Area
275 reviews
Dined on July 17, 2021
Overall3food3service3ambience4

Food not as interesting as on prior visits. Service poor - waiters brought food intended for another table.

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vipTerry
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on July 12, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience3

Food was great; decor could use dry cleaning

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vipEagle1
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on July 7, 2021
Overall4food5service4ambience4

Great food, service above board and the location for the midtown/west side area is great.

Lunch or dinner will work

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vipNinni
Greensboro
11 reviews
Dined on July 3, 2021
Overall2food1service2ambience3

Nice environment. Disliked the menu. Fits take away but not done in. Ordered starter and it came in seconds. The main course was the worst Chinese Food I ever had.
Will never come back.

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vipKatie
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on July 1, 2021
Overall4food5service5ambience5

Everything was very good except the prices are much too high. Don’t know if I will return.

FAQs

Shun Lee West offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 595-8895.

Shun Lee West is rated 4.4 stars by 2881 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.