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Shun Lee Cafe

4.1
4.1
1378 Reviews
$31 to $50
Dim Sum
With Shun Lee Cafe conveniently located across from Lincoln Center, Dim Sum is just the ticket. The Cafe, a black and white checkerboard dining room, decorated with images from the Chinese calendar.
Terrific Dim Sum on rolling carts in constant motion and a variety of dishes in smaller portions completes the menu at Shun Lee Cafe. The Cafe is a great pre-theater stop for a “quick” dinner.

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2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 6 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Cuisines

    Dim Sum, Chinese, Asian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 4:30 pm–8:00 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 769-3888

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Executive chef

    Sun-Dao Man

  • Neighborhood

    Lincoln Square

  • Cross street

    Columbus Avenue

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    1 train to 66th Street.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wine

What 1,378 people are saying

Overall ratings and reviews

Reviews can only be made by diners who have eaten at this restaurant

4.1
4.1 based on recent ratings
  • 4.3Food
  • 4.1Service
  • 3.9Ambience
  • 3.6Value

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  1. S

    Susanlee235

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 1 day ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delectable, particularly the Seafood Shumai and the Moo Shu Pork. The service and ambiance were outstanding. I will return very soon.
  2. g

    goodeats

    New York Area

    47 reviews

    3.0

    47 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall3food3service3ambience3
    My husband and I had lunch here before a play at Lincoln Center in the Dim Sum Cafe. They air-conditioning was so cold I was freezing even with a jacket on. It overpowered the experience. We had dim sum and it was average. Come with nice sauces to help give it some flavor. The location is great if you are going to Lincoln Center, but I would not race back there.
  3. KK

    KellyK

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    4.0

    3 reviews

    Dined 4 days ago

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Before the theater the cafe is a good choice. Small, light menu-
  4. MR

    MauriceR

    New York Area

    54 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    54 reviews

    Dined 7 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Wondering food. Cocktails are lovely.
  5. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    23 reviews

    1.0

    23 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    This isn't the Shun Lee West Dim Sum cafe that we remembered so fondly. Service so perfunctory it often seemed rude, and truly lousy food. This place has crashed.
  6. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Excellent! Wonderful food. Excellent service. Fun atmosphere.
  7. E

    Egil

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall4food3service5ambience4
    The food was good but a touch bland -- it seems like Shun Lee has cut back on the seasoning it puts in its sauces. The side-dish sauces provided are OK for dim sum but they don't work on or add to the entrees.
  8. PZ

    PhyllisZ

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall3food5service5ambience5
    I am terribly disappointed that there are no carts with Dim Sum. The carts made dining at Shun Lee such fun
  9. MT

    MaryT

    New York Area

    88 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    88 reviews

    Dined on June 8, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    LOVE this place with the wonderful and always FRESH dimsum. It can't be beat pre-theater or opera or concerts or anything else happening at Lincoln Center.
  10. CR

    CrotonR

    London

    17 reviews

    3.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on May 30, 2022

    overall3food3service5ambience4
    We found one of the dishes, Vegetable Shu Mai, to be unacceptable (was mushy). But the server immediately offered to remove it from our bill. Very nice. We shared dim sum and all the other items were quite good. Wine is pricey at $16/glass.
  11. n

    nycwriter

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Great food place empty
  12. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 29, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Dim sum for lunch before the ballet. Good choice to avoid leftovers that you can't take with you. 😀 Seriously though, great quality. Prices commensurate with the neighborhood. Great service.
  13. GW

    GretchenW

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall5food5service4ambience5
    Great! Fast service, excellent meal.
  14. R

    Richie

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on May 24, 2022

    overall3food4service3ambience5
    We were expecting the Dim Sum carts and not a menu to order from.
  15. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    3 reviews

    5.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My husband and I had dim sum here yesterday before the opera. Excellent food and service. We were 1/2 hour late due to traffic/accident on the way. They were very gracious. We let them know that we had to leave at a certain time to get to the performance, and they had our food within minutes. The ambiance was perfect for a brunch date. The only reason for the “moderate” loud rating is that one patron at a table next to ours had not mastered her indoor voice, which was in no way the restaurant’s fault. We will come back when we are in town again for a concert or opera.
  16. MJ

    MarilynJ

    New York Area

    5 reviews

    4.0

    5 reviews

    Dined on May 21, 2022

    overall4food4service5ambience4
    Very larg portions so good to share1or bring her me leftovers
  17. PP

    PatriceP

    Louisville

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Daughters college graduation
  18. FC

    FlorellaC

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 16, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The staff were very nice and accomodating. The dimsum was great too, so good that my son who doesn't normally eat dimsum liked it. Very nice location and ambience overall. I highly recommend this place if you are craving for dimsum.
  19. j

    jonathanh

    Calgary

    11 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on May 15, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Great service outstanding food, all in a gorgeous setting in a wonderful location. 10/10, would highly recommend
  20. DL

    DianaL

    New York Area

    27 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    27 reviews

    Dined on May 13, 2022

    overall3food3service3ambience2
    Service was slow and the cafe was closed. Maybe due to covid, they do not have sufficient patrons to sit at the cafe? Overall it was ok. Internet was down and we could not get a credit card charge. Server took cc number and wrote it down
  21. P

    Priscillaspeaks

    Houston

    3 reviews

    2.0

    3 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience3
    Ordered pork and cilantro dumplings. They had shrimp in them. Was not warned on menu, bad for people with shrimp allergies. Dumplings were too doughy. Cocktails were delicious.
  22. B

    Blueskies

    New York Area

    16 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    16 reviews

    Dined on May 11, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience3
    Never disappoints, first time back in three years and it still has best food
  23. i

    iega

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 10, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    I got a warm recomendation from a friend and it turned out great. The prices are quite high. I will come back.
  24. BF

    BenF

    New England

    2 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on May 7, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great ! Love Shun Lee !
  25. e

    eatcw

    New York Area

    56 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    56 reviews

    Dined on May 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect It renains one of my favorite restaurants in the area of Lincoln Center
  26. J

    Jenga

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on May 3, 2022

    overall3food4service2ambience2
    Food was outstanding, however the service wasn't that great. Waited more than 30 minutes to just order a drink. The age demographic was surprising, a much older crowd then I expected. Lots of silver hair, but the food was spot on delish!
  27. b

    barbaraa

    New York Area

    162 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    162 reviews

    Dined on May 1, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Much has changed with Covid, especially less dim sum and higher prices, but were very pleased with our meals.
  28. C

    Charlotte

    New York Area

    21 reviews

    4.0

    21 reviews

    Dined on April 28, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience4
    Great for dim sum.Convenient for Lincoln Center performances.
  29. MH

    ManuelH

    New Orleans

    12 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 26, 2022

    overall2food1service2ambience4
    Worst Chinese food ever. Tasteless dumplings,bad soup,barely passable moo shoo chicken. Stay away!!!
  30. c

    carol

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on April 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We walked out of a play at Lincoln Center two hours before our reservation at Shun Lee Cafe. Shun Lee Palace kindly allowed us in and served us all the dim sum we wanted. (They offer both menus). The food was delicious, as always. This Chinese restaurant has been consistently good over the many years and you can't beat its location if your have tickets across the street!
  31. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Austin

    1 review

    2.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 20, 2022

    overall2food2service1ambience2
    Horrible service. Treated me and my grandmother like dirt. Didn't have a high chair and was not accommodating at all. Rolling eyes, horrible attitude. The food was okay but definitely not worth the price.
  32. DK

    DonnaK

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on April 14, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food and service were excellent. Highly recommend. Restaurant is used to patrons needing to depart for Lincoln Center events making it a good choice before LC.
  33. H

    Hotdog12

    West Palm Beach

    75 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    75 reviews

    Dined on April 9, 2022

    overall2food3service3ambience2
    Just returned after a couple of years. Cafe is different. Took 2 hours to get 3 dim sum and an hour to get one main dish which was ice cold. A new dish took 25 minutes. One waiter on a Saturday nite. After 25 years would never endure this again. Waiter tried but he had no help. Prices always high are downright ridiculously high. Most dishes in high $30s.
  34. C

    Carlo

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on April 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Best Chinese restaurant in NYC. The Peking duck is a must. Great service
  35. DP

    DavidP

    Los Angeles

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 2, 2022

    overall1food2service2ambience2
    ITS A BIG CON! Cafe prices no longer exist and beware all prices are the same as the main restaurant wherever you sit.
  36. JR

    JoeR

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on April 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Sorry that the Dim Sum Cafe was closed upon our arrival.
  37. e

    ericb

    New York Area

    1 review

    vip
    4.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 26, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience5
    Wonderful NY tradition along with the surly waiters.
  38. TB

    TheBlacklist

    New York Area

    18 reviews

    4.0

    18 reviews

    Dined on March 20, 2022

    overall4food5service5ambience4
    Came here on Sunday for dim sum and noodles mainly because it had available seating on a day the NYC Half Marathon was being run. Pleasant surprise. I hadn’t been there in 20 years and it was still as good as I (vaguely) remembered. A bit pricey for dim sum but the food and service were both excellent. I’d consider going back for Sunday dim sum again.
  39. F

    Frank

    New York Area

    39 reviews

    vip
    1.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on March 14, 2022

    overall1food1service3ambience3
    We reserved the Cafe for Dim Sum but it was closed and they put us in the restaurant with a Dim Sum menu. No waring. The restaurant filled up quickly following a Met concert and the servers were hard pressed to keep up, but the kitchen was very slow. At least 1 large family walked out after an hour. Food was poor. We have been going for many years, yet I doubt we will ever go back. Something was wrong with the food, terribly soft, soggy Shu Mai. Simply 'blah' flavor, almost non existent. Dumplings were nearly as poor, same reasons. Had to laugh when my fortune cookie lacked a Fortune slip....perfect finish to a very disappointing dinner
  40. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    Denver

    1 review

    3.0

    1 review

    Dined on March 13, 2022

    overall3food5service2ambience2
    On a cold day it was very cold in the restaurant. The staff did not seem to be aware of this. They did not heat the restaurant before opening it at noon.

FAQs

Shun Lee Cafe offers takeout which you can order by calling the restaurant at (212) 769-3888.

Shun Lee Cafe is rated 4.1 stars by 1378 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable.

Make a reservation

2 people

8:30 PM


Booked 6 times today
Google Map for Shun Lee Cafe

43 West 65th Street New York, NY 10023

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Columbus Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Lincoln Square

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Daily 12:00 pm–2:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 4:30 pm–8:00 pm

  • Cuisines

    Dim Sum, Chinese, Asian

  • Dining style

    Casual Dining

  • Dress code

    Casual Dress

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    1 train to 66th Street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Sun-Dao Man

  • Additional

    Banquet, Beer, Corkage Fee, Delivery, Full Bar, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, View, Wine

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