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Shun Lee West

4.4
4.4
3010 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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2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today

Additional information

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Cuisines

    Chinese, Asian

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 4:30 pm–9:30 pm Sat, Sun 4:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Phone number

    (212) 595-8895

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Executive chef

    Wei Li

  • Catering

    Catering is available to anywhere in Manhattan, for 20 to 1,000 people.

  • Private party facilities

    Private party options are available for 80 to 200 guests, semi-private events are available for 10 to 25 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Dennis Wang or Steven Ng: (212) 595-8895

  • Neighborhood

    Lincoln Square

  • Cross street

    Columbus Avenue

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    1 train to 66th Street.

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

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What 3,010 people are saying

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

4.4
4.4 based on recent ratings
  • 4.5Food
  • 4.4Service
  • 4.5Ambience
  • 3.9Value

NoiseModerate

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  • New York / Tri-State Area

    Chinese

  • Manhattan

    Chinese

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  1. DH

    DavidH427

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    The grilled scallops and the flounder in wine sauce were the stars of my meal for me. Really good!
  2. P

    Pilatesgirl

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined 2 days ago

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The best Cantonese Chinese food in NYC!! Their soup & shrimp dumplings are the best I’ve ever had. Also love their Ants Climb A Tree & most things. I highly recommend this restaurant!!
  3. K

    Katrina

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    1.0

    8 reviews

    Dined 3 days ago

    overall1food2service1ambience2
    I went to this restaurant with my boyfriend for restaurant week. The menu that was promoted on here, was not what was given when we got to the restaurant. I had to ask for the menu when we got there as they didn't want to show us the restaurant week menu. I asked if there was a way to take shrimp put of one of the dishes since I'm allergic to all seafood. He gave me a hard time about that. There was a couple at the next table who asked the same thing, the waiter gave a very different response saying they understood & will take it off. After I said something, then they agreed to remove the shrimp. The portions were very small for the price. The ribs was 1 rib instead. The onlh good thing about this experience was the hostess who sat us down & the decor. That's it. Unfortunately, I will not be returning to this establishment.
  4. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined 6 days ago

    overall1food3service1ambience2
    The service was atrocious. The food was lovely but we waited nearly an hour for food and then the starter, main course, etc we’re all bunched together. A family with very loud children singing loudly and drumming on the table went unchecked. All in all a terrible experience. We will never return!
  5. m

    mkfromnj

    New York Area

    4 reviews

    5.0

    4 reviews

    Dined on August 6, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always good. Authentic Chinese.
  6. NY

    NYCDiner

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 30, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    We have never had a bad experience at Shun Lee. Delicious food, interesting drinks and impeccable service every time.
  7. RD

    RainyDayLady

    Phoenix

    6 reviews

    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 25, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Fabulous vegetarian offerings amidst all the fish, chicken and meat! Wonderful meals for both of us. Flavors were spectacular, and service was attentive.
  8. DH

    DebH

    New York Area

    7 reviews

    4.0

    7 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    Appetizers were fabulous. Main dishes a little boring. The dining room decor is GORGEOUS (dragons!!) But they did nothing for the birthday 😕
  9. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Greeted well. Elegant table settings. Real chop sticks. Very authentic food. The soup dumplings were a little disappointing but every other dish was superb. Real filet mignon. Freshest vegetables. Lovely service🍍
  10. CC

    CCnyc

    New York Area

    39 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    39 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Perfect ambiance, attentive service staff and fresh and delicious food. Mixed drinks were good also!!
  11. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 24, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My birthday!!! It was awesome
  12. x

    xoxoxox

    New York Area

    6 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    6 reviews

    Dined on July 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    30 years going to this fabulous restaurant, and they never ever disappoint!
  13. r

    reds

    New York Area

    32 reviews

    5.0

    32 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    This was our first time here and will definitely be returning.
  14. NN

    NativeNYer

    New York Area

    8 reviews

    5.0

    8 reviews

    Dined on July 21, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food as always! Servers more attentive than usual
  15. L

    Lorenzo

    Chicago

    12 reviews

    5.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 15, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Very nice for dinner
  16. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 13, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    It’s always a joy to spend time at Shun Lee. One can count on well prepared, beautifully presented meals. Service is always appropriate and it is comfortable to be there
  17. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    1 review

    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    Ordered off their gluten free menu to find out they use flour and not a rice based dough for the dumplings AFTER I had eaten it. They admitted the menu was printed incorrectly. I was baffled by how little they cared.
  18. KB

    KBWgully

    New York Area

    17 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    17 reviews

    Dined on July 11, 2022

    overall4food4service4ambience5
    The ambience is lovely (we were there early) and the service great. I have no complaints about the food except that it is very overpriced. For special occasions only, which this was.
  19. OT

    OpenTable Diner

    New York Area

    12 reviews

    4.0

    12 reviews

    Dined on July 5, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience4
    Very original specialities, try shanghai soupy dumpling, sizzling beef, mushu pork is Taiwan style. Not great on service and wine list
  20. AS

    AnthonyS

    New York Area

    2 reviews

    5.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on July 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Chinese cuisine at its highest level. Traditional as well as regional dishes not commonly found elsewhere, all executed to culinary perfection.
  21. MS

    MellieSue

    New York Area

    13 reviews

    5.0

    13 reviews

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Yum! Shun Lee has delicacies that are unique to them with unbelievable creativity and execution. The Grand Marnier Shrimp are the perfect texture, flavor and presentation. Absolutely amazing. Scallops in the shell are perfect and the soup dumplings are so savory and tasty. Very pricy, but worth it for unusual flavors.
  22. NC

    NicoleC

    Caribbean

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on July 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    The food was delicious. I am gluten-free they had some options which I enjoyed.
  23. T

    ernieT

    Houston

    2 reviews

    2.0

    2 reviews

    Dined on June 28, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience2
    over priced drinks and food - unbelievable for what they charge for an entree, they bring you a tiny little cup of rice - dumplings are frozen pre- processed, not fresh will never go back
  24. c

    chereve50

    Chicago

    22 reviews

    5.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 26, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Out with our Boston family, kids and grandkids. Perfect place with a corner table to seat 6. Fabulous food, 6 different dishes from Three nut chicken to fried rice, spring rolls, beef with broccoli and Lo mein to name some. Ended with Chocolate lava cake and mousse. Desserts delicious. Wait staff of what felt like 6 different very efficient, at our beck and call and we didn't even have to! Pricey but worth it. Truly a landmark right across from Lincoln Center with beautiful surroundings.
  25. F

    Foodie

    New York Area

    42 reviews

    5.0

    42 reviews

    Dined on June 25, 2022

    overall5food4service5ambience5
    Great wait staff, Lots to choose from on the menu.
  26. BF

    BarbaraF

    New York Area

    490 reviews

    vip
    2.0

    490 reviews

    Dined on June 23, 2022

    overall2food2service2ambience4
    The dinner last night was not up to the level of most dinners I have previously had at Shun Lee. The appetizer didn't have much flavor. The peking duck was very good but we were told that we couldn't order a half of a duck like we usually do. As a result we only ate half of it. The whole fish was also not the same as what we usually get. We also tried a vegetable that was new to us which was pea shoots. They didn't have much flavor either.
  27. KS

    KellyS

    New York Area

    25 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on June 22, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious food and delightful atmosphere. Add attentive service all contribute to a memorable dining experience. I highly recommend you visit Shun Lee when you want a great West Side excursion!
  28. c

    chmpned

    San Diego

    33 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on June 21, 2022

    overall4food4service2ambience5
    Food was delicious but it sat on a tray for a while before server returned to bring it to our table and therefore it was no longer very hot, just warm. Ambience and decor was great. It was not that busy so maybe they are understaffed
  29. SR

    StephenR

    London

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 19, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Food has been delicious since we started eating here in the 1970s. Beijing Duck is the best and like no other restaurant.
  30. C

    Cranee

    New York Area

    33 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    33 reviews

    Dined on June 18, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Delicious Lobster!
  31. A

    Astoriaeater

    New York Area

    22 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    22 reviews

    Dined on June 15, 2022

    overall4food5service3ambience3
    Good is consistently excellent. However, service is lacking. There is little attention paid (water glasses not filled) and the attitude isn’t great. The hostess was very nice though.
  32. JP

    JohnP

    New York Area

    35 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    35 reviews

    Dined on June 12, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    My favorite local restaurant. Never disappoints.
  33. AH

    AshleyH

    Houston

    1 review

    vip
    1.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 11, 2022

    overall1food1service1ambience1
    This restaurant has taken a turn for the worse. None of our food was served hot and appeared to be pre-cooked and it cane out within minutes of ordering. It was once one of my favorites but I probably will never return. Very sad.
  34. d

    dancingfoodie

    New York Area

    210 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    210 reviews

    Dined on June 7, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Shocked at Shun Lee West. For years, friends and I have loved Shun Lee West's delicious Beijing Duck. After the pandemic, we were delighted to see the online menu, which says the price had risen to $65. So we didn't look at the printed menu before ordering. We were shocked: the bill was $118 for the duck, almost double the price given on the restaurant's own website the day before. So we asked; on the menu, the $118 price was written in ballpoint pen. Though we love the superb service, relative quiet and ambiance, and understand prices are up since the pandemic, we felt this was an unreasonable increase, especially considering that their current website price was almost half that charged. I have brought many friends there, but we will be trying other restaurants serving this dish that charge appreciably less.
  35. JJ

    JoJo

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    5.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 5, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    Very attentive wait staff. Were able to accommodate special diet restrictions without batting an eye. Delicious fresh meal. Looking forward to going again.
  36. GB

    GeorgeB

    New York Area

    1 review

    5.0

    1 review

    Dined on June 3, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Favorite place - our frequent choice to celebrate birthdays and anniversaries.
  37. M

    Murph

    Orlando

    19 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    19 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience5
    Always went the SL East. Had a table for 7. Service was very good, they accommodated my 13 year old nephew very well. The Beijing Duck was excellent
  38. j

    jorgec

    New York Area

    11 reviews

    vip
    4.0

    11 reviews

    Dined on June 2, 2022

    overall4food2service4ambience4
    the food is a notch above any chinese take out all over new york. the same old menu. is a shame.
  39. E

    Eileen

    New York Area

    38 reviews

    vip
    5.0

    38 reviews

    Dined on June 1, 2022

    overall5food5service5ambience4
    I had the Grand Marnier Prawns and my husband had slivered chicken with garlic sauce. Both were delightful. Very attentive service. A wonderful dinner.
  40. SK

    StevenK

    Jackson Hole

    25 reviews

    vip
    3.0

    25 reviews

    Dined on May 27, 2022

    overall3food2service3ambience2
    We hadn't been in years, and it seemed as if the restaurant had faded a bit. Food was average at best, and one of the specialties (Grand Marnier Prawns) was a major disappointment. Spice and garlic levels in most of the dishes was much less that desired, and we don't like especially spicy food.

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 3010 OpenTable diners.

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

Make a reservation

2 people

7:00 PM


Booked 11 times today
Google Map for Shun Lee West

43 West 65th Street, New York, NY 10023

Additional information

  • Cross street

    Columbus Avenue

  • Neighborhood

    Lincoln Square

  • Hours of operation

    Lunch Mon–Fri 12:00 pm–2:30 pm Sat, Sun 12:00 pm–4:00 pm Dinner Mon–Fri 4:30 pm–9:30 pm Sat, Sun 4:00 pm–9:30 pm

  • Cuisines

    Chinese, Asian

  • Dining style

    Casual Elegant

  • Dress code

    Smart Casual

  • Parking details

    None

  • Public transit

    1 train to 66th Street.

  • Payment options

    AMEX, Diners Club, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

  • Executive chef

    Wei Li

  • Additional

    Banquet, Bar/Lounge, Beer, Cafe, Cocktails, Corkage Fee, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Gluten-free Options, Late Night, Non-Smoking, Takeout, Wine

  • Phone number

    (212) 595-8895

  • Catering

    Catering is available to anywhere in Manhattan, for 20 to 1,000 people.

  • Private party facilities

    Private party options are available for 80 to 200 guests, semi-private events are available for 10 to 25 guests.

  • Private party contact

    Dennis Wang or Steven Ng: (212) 595-8895

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