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.
Shun Lee Wonton Soup
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
Shanghai Soupy Dumpling 2
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.
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.
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.
Shun Lee has held up very well over the years. Food and service are still very good.
Service great, food good, ambiance tired and run down
Shin Lee never disappoints! The oks time establishment Haas the best Chinese in nyc !
Food was delicious! But wish some of the dim sum was also on the menu!
Lovely place. Try the Peking Duck
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!
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.
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.
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.
Delicious Chinese food. Great service. Fun decor. Near Lincoln Center.
Not bad, good service and food, nice round table
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.
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.
Always reliable. Good food , excellent service. Can’t ask for much more. A real treasure.
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.
Always a treat!
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.
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.
Wantan soup is tasty and volumy
not vibey but food was incredible and waiters were very nice and attentive
Wonderful dining experience. Flavorful, fresh and unique dishes to share. One of our favorite restaurants.
Was happy to see many diners but one particular table of 10 was so loud and obviously bad manners.
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 !!!
Great food and great service!!
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.
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.
They no longer serve green tea ice cream.
And the prices went up. Overall a very sad experience.
Excellent, fresh, great service, dependable for many years.
Peking Duck, pancakes, hoisin sauce, cucumbers and green onion, bean sprouts and spicy eggplant. Over and out.
Great food, great dragon sculpture
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!
Enjoyed the updated menu with the fish tacos. However, there could have been more fish offered. It consisted mainly of veggies.
Food not as interesting as on prior visits. Service poor - waiters brought food intended for another table.
Food was great; decor could use dry cleaning
Great food, service above board and the location for the midtown/west side area is great.
Lunch or dinner will work
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.
Everything was very good except the prices are much too high. Don’t know if I will return.
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.