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Shun Lee is a restaurant that specializes in Chinese cuisine. The restaurant s interior includes various sculptures of dragons. Its menu features a variety of appetizers, salads and specialty dishes. The restaurant serves a range of seafood, including prawns, sea beef filets, lobster, scallops and shrimp balls. Shun Lee also offers filet mignon, beef, pork, steaks, duck and lemon chicken. The restaurant features wontons, pancakes, honey baby ribs and calamari. It also offers banquet facilities for private parties and special occasions. The restaurant additionally provides gift cards, cookbooks, catering services and takeout options. Shun Lee is located in New York City.
Regular Hours
Mon - Sat:
Extra Phones

Phone: (212) 799-3598

Fax Number: (212) 799-3598

Fax: (212) 799-3598

Payment method
all major credit cards, amex, debit, discover, master card, visa
Price Range
Upper Manhattan, Lincoln Square, Upper West Side

Shun Lee West Lincoln Center

Shun Lee Restaurant

Asian Restaurants, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch Restaurants, Caterers, Chinese Restaurants, Restaurants
Other Information

Parking: Street

Wi-Fi: No

Bike Parking: No

Attire: Casual

Wheelchair Accessible: No

Cuisines: Asian, Caterers, Breakfast, Brunch & Lunch, Chinese

Alcohol: Full Bar

Takes Reservations: Yes

Outdoor Seating: No


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Provided by Citysearch - 
Why only white people are here

Really?! What asian restaurant don't know how to cook rice? And $14 for a small plate of Cold Sesame noodles; it wasn't even that extraordinary. Maybe it's the location, caucasian patrons, but this place was overpriced, undercooked, underwhelming and I never plan to go here again.
White people: if you go to an asian restaurant, and the only patrons are other white people, then you deserve that plate of bad food.



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Embarrassing Food for the Price

I came here with my husband for Chinese New Year. We ordered one Shanghai juicy buns, one Half Beijing Duck, and one Grand Marnier Prawns. The buns were not juicy, the duck was not fresh, and the prawns were covered in a greasy layer of mayonnaise-like goo. Alas! $90 later, we were still hungry. What a shame. In its own shock-and-awe fashion, Shun Lee managed to butcher the crown jewel of Chinese cuisine - the Peking Duck. The duck was obviously frozen and NOT fresh - as the flesh was dry and chewy at the same time. What a waste of our time and money.



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Outstanding On Every Level

I go here everytime I go to NYC. Being chinese the food is very authentic Chinese. The food quality is quite good & the service is excellent. They cater to you big time. Overall, the best chinese restaurant in NYC.



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I love it

I love taking my family here, the staff always make you feel welcome and its a quiet and elegant. The food is just to die for. Great Experience!



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Soooo yummmy. I feel guilty and feel like a pig eating so much food. Ladies and gentlemen...try this won't be sorry.

The orange beef !! Amazingly delish!!



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This place offered the worst service that I've ever had in my entire life. They were rude and acted like they were doing us a favor waiting on us. We never leave without tipping but this place was the worst ever. If you're paying money to go out you expect to be treated like a customer not someone that is a bother to the restaurant. I hope they go under during these difficult economic times. DON'T GO TO SHUN LEE!!!!



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I am a native New Yorker and this place received rave reviews in Zagats so I gave it a try....I went with my girlfriend and this place is HORRIBLE. If you are a native NYer or tourist STAY AWAY. I ordered dumplings for appetizers and they were tasteless.....then for the main course I had brazed ribs....

I like my meat lean and asked the waiter if they were fatty and he said "" Not at all."" When they arrived they were disgusting, barely any meat...all fat and bone. I did not complain to the manager because I am NOT going back. In all honesty you are better off going to Chinatown where you will pay half as much and the food is a 1000x better !!!......and to add the prices are very expensive. Not worth it....if you are going to have high prices the food better be good.

Anyone who posts this place is great is lying. This place is good if you want to be a show-off to clients or friends but you will walk away disappointed.



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Great Dim Sum!

My husband and I had an early, pre-movie dinner at Shun Lee Cafe and were very impressed. We were offered a selection from the steamed dim sum cart as soon as we sat down and everything was very fresh. We also ordered entrees, both of which were cooked well and very flavorful. I especially like how they plate the meal for you when you share. Overall a very nice dining experience.



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Two thumbs down: Chinatown quality service/food

For the first time in my life, I left a restaurant without leaving any tips! No matter how aweful the service was, I have always left 15% tips. This restaurant did NOT deserve any and I felt obligated not to tip. I told the water 3 times (as soon as we got there) that we had a performance to catch at Lincoln Center. The place is right around Lincoln center and their main customers are those who go to a performance at Lincoln center. They should know better! I have lived in the neighborhood for 10 years and other restaurants, at least, do not let the customer wait for an hour and leave empty stomach in the end to catch a show. 50 minutes later, as we were about to walk out the restaurant angry, the waiter brought our food. We ordered peking duck for 2 and a glass of wine each which ended up paying $78. Well, what we got (after waiting for 50 minutes) was some burrito looking peking duck wraps (2 each) which had a small piece of cucumber and a tiny piece of scallion stuck in it. No extra cucumber/scallion pieces or sauce on the side. THAT for $50. And again, we called the waiter several times to order one single damn thing and the waiter yelled back, ""It's coming!"" I looked around and there were all those angry customers who were late for their performances too. Oh this couple sitting next to our table got their food finally and it was this ugly dish that looked as if a chef just dumped some left over food. And the food was not even in the center of the plate. As soon as they got their food, the old couple goes ""what the hell is this?"" Alas alas, anyway we had to eat this ""burrito"" in 3 minutes and ran to the opera. I came home with terrible stomach ache. The bottom line is DO NOT EVER GO especially before a show. And DO NOT EVER expect any good service (or even good food for that matter).



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Overrated and overpriced

Being Chinese, we know what good Chinese food should taste like. My fiance and I frequent low key, no frills Chinatown restaurants for good Chinese food at value prices. I regrettably persuaded him to check out Shun Lee West because of it's cool decor and rave reviews. We were beyond disappointed... Whether it was the shoddy service, where it was obvious that better service was being provided to the non-Asian patrons, or the overpriced, COLD dim sum at $6.50 a dish (3 times Chinatown prices), or the ANT that crawled out of one of our dim sum steamers... we will NEVER go there again.

Stick to Chinatown if you want Chinese food, you get at least what you pay for, unlike here at Shun Lee West, where you get nothing more than poor service, cold dim sum, and unwanted guests at your table for 3-4 times the price you'd pay in c-town.



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DIRTY dishes; HORRIBLE service; Mediocre food.

Don't waste your time or money. It started with the dirty glasses, forks and plates. (Chunks of sliced ginger in my water glass? How did that happen?) Next came the rude waiters (not just one!) who instead of fixing the problems that we kindly pointed out, gave us a lecture, brought the wrong appetizer, brought hot towels before we were all finished with our meal, and tried to take our dishes away before we finished our meal. By this point, our mediocre meal was ruined and tempers were flaring. A manager finally came and asked for OUR business card so that he could ""make it right the next time"". Well, there won't be a next time. (And by the way, this is NOT the way to fix a broken ship, Mr. Manager.) In addition to being overpriced and overrated, the combination of mediocre food and horrible service made this the most disagreeable dining experience we have had in New York City. Congratulations, Shun Lee West. You've achieved an all-time low in our books!



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bad experience

This place is so famous that I couldn't help checking it out while I was in New York. Customer service is awful. I waited a long time for the food and it wasn't even hot when I finally got it. What a waste of space. They should spend money on higher quality of food and staff instead of the decor. I wish I had saved the money of the meal for some souvenir.



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One word: Fabulous!!!!

having very picky taste buds, enjoying a meal has been quite tough...but when i went to shun lee west the food surpassed all my expectations...i loved the food. you cant get more authentic than the food served at shun lee.. not only were the staff the best, the food is just amazing every time i go...its one of my fave restaurants now...

and yes...dont believe the others. their food is ultra amazing!



Provided by Citysearch - 
Mediocre dim sum...

The dimsum is way overpriced for the quality and taste. I was not impressed with any of the items. The decor is tacky. Best part was the service. The waiters were very attentive and polite. One thing for sure, I will go back just because it is cleaner than chinatown.



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I have been to Shun Lee Cafe 8 times over three years. MOST of the time the dim sum is good: the fried items are usually crisp and the steamed things are tender. Try to get them to give you the freshly made items when they come out of the kitchen, rather than the baskets from the top of the stack. Naturally they put the fresher food on the bottom to keep things moving but I ended up with dried out jumbo shrimp last night because it was slow and food sat around a bit.
Also, if you do get a bum dumpling, tell them! They'll bring you fresh. Very nice, old-school courtesy from the staff, including the bathroom attendant, so bring singles with you.



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Great dim sum

If you're going to Lincoln center or to a concert at central park, this is the place for an interesting, not that expensive meal. They couldn't do enough for you. The service was efficient and smiling. As an avid dim sum diner, I thought this place was way above average.
Interesting steamed combinations of healthy dumplings, veggies with peanuts, shrimp scallops and scallions, lots , very tasty and not too salty or greasy. They also came around with a tray of various fried appetizers to choose from. We made room for one main course to share after all those appetizers and it was roast pork with scallions in a light hoisen sauce.
It wasn't heavily sauced and the pork was perfectly lean.
We will be back.



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Really good dim sum.

My first time actually going to a semi dim sum place and what a really good experience. Although is a bit crowded reservations should be made on sundays, the place was well worthy. Although the dim sum was a bit pricey the main courses were not.



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Only if your not hungry

Stopped in for dinner and was seated prompty. Wait staff was friendly and helpful which complimented the black/white decor. However this is all that was good about this restaurant. The appetizers were a joke, especially the Dim Sum at $6.50 a pop. Shrimp fried rice alone, with nothing else was 12.95 and my BBQ pork meal came with a baby cup of white rice. I would have been better off driving to one of the local chinese food restaurants in Brooklyn because including toll it would have been cheaper and much more tasty experience.



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Great Lincoln Center Area Spot

My wife and I dined at Shun Lee for lunch before going to a play at Lincoln Center on February 18, 2006. We were delighted to find such a great restaurant so nearby to the theater. The decor is black and white checked and is striking. The restaurant was quite crowded but the service was professional and prompt. My wife really liked the dim sum carts, which had about 30 different items ,and kept circulating around the room. She enjoyed the shrimp, which were HUGE! as well as the different kinds of dumplings. I enjoyed orange chicken. Though the portion wasn't overly large, it was enough for us to share . An assortment of pineapple, kumquats and lychee topped off a fine lunch. The prices were quite reasonable for such excellent quality . I will definitely eat here again if I have the opportunity.



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Believe all the bad things you've heard and worse

Bad overall. Just went last night and couldn't be more dissapointed. the filet mignon would be better used as a hockey puck in a local street rollerblade game. I don't mind paying up for a good place but the lack of quailty in food, the cheese of the atmostphere, and the clueless service makes you feel like the biggest sucker on earth for sitting there in the first place. Spend wisely and go to someplace worthwhile...