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ShunLee West

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Upper West Side
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43 W 65th Street, New York City, NY 10023-6601 (Columbus Avenue)
+1 212-595-8895
11:30 - 00:00
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Sun 11:00 - 22:30
Mon - Fri 12:00 - 00:00
Sat 11:30 - 00:00
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New York City, New York
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54 reviews
49 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Always reliable, Shunlee West is larger than its east side twin but with the same reliable food--we went for the Orange Beef and Peking Duck as always. Prompt service and quiet-ish atmosphere.

Thank AJAX6965
Napa, California
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21 reviews
13 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The only reason we consider eating here is the short distance to Lincoln Center. As indicated the dining room carpets were worn and dirty--hopefully the kitchen floors and counters were in much better shape. The menu is tired old Chinese and full of yesterday's favorites which no long make the grade. ShunLee loves its cornstarch in almost everything served. Would... More 

Thank Richard B
New York City, New York
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67 reviews
34 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

It has been years since I visited Shun Lee. I was very glad I came back. Reservations are hard to get, but I was able to secure one for us within a week of the performance at The Met. We were promptly escorted to a perfect corner round table for six under a Dragon floating from the ceiling. We did... More 

1 Thank Sarushkaya
Boston, Massachusetts
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27 reviews
14 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 12 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 April 2017 via mobile

Come for the food, be amazed and dazed by the checkerboard walls and ceiling! This place is like Alice in Wonderland meets Dim Sum at Chinese New Year! Complete with all 12 animals of the year popping out of the walls and ceiling. This review is for eating Dim Sum for lunch on a Sunday. We have eaten a lot... More 

1 Thank DanH2030
Vail, CO
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10 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 9 helpful votes
Reviewed 17 April 2017

Shun Lee, both the Lincoln Center and the Midtown location, is our favorite place for Chinese food in New York. This time, we came in late and (close to 10 pm) and only wanted to snack on their steamed dim-sum and enjoy a classic martini. We had scallop dumplings, shrimp dumplings, mushroom dumplings, and some pork shumai. Everything was delicious.... More 

Thank Liana C
Wayne, Pennsylvania
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47 reviews
40 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 28 February 2017

The waiter spilled not one but two glasses of water on the table. When we sat down they gave us onlly one menu. The food is terrible; perhaps it was acceptable in the 1960s when we first wentt but now they should start again

Thank Waynegourmet
New York City, New York
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74 reviews
46 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 17 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 February 2017

This restaurant is actually two in one. There is the main dinning room and the cafe which is right next door. I have been to both and I think I like the cafe better especially if you are going to Lincoln Center. The cafe is much more casual and offers dim sum which is a great option as it allows... More 

Thank faurecia
New York City, New York
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94 reviews
21 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 99 helpful votes
Reviewed 9 February 2017

In recent decades, many Chinese restaurants in New York area offering delicious traditional American-Chinese dishes have disappeared. In their places, Chinese restaurants offering Chinese buffet or fusion Chinese dishes have appeared, making many diners miss their favorite traditional American-Chinese dishes that they used to enjoy in earlier decades. Shun Lee West Restaurant is one of the small number of Chinese... More 

Thank Jae L
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146 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 29 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 January 2017

The food here is good and it is a good option if you are going to Lincoln Center and want Chinese. That said - go downtown for better food and a far smaller tab.

Thank peter k
New York City, New York
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11 reviews
7 restaurant reviews
common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 January 2017

They have repainted, I think. The food is excellent. They use high quality ingredients and don't mask taste with too much oil and gratuitous hot spice. We had lamb chops and shrimp, both of which were excellent. We started by splitting my favorite dish -- Ants Climbing a Tree -- which is noodles with beef in a combination that perfection... More 

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Restaurant Details

Rating summary
  • Food
  • Value
Average prices
US$ 21 - US$ 100
Chinese, Asian
Lunch, Dinner, After-hours
Restaurant features
Takeout, Reservations, Seating, Waitstaff, Delivery, Serves Alcohol, Full Bar
Dining Style
Casual Dining
Good for
Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Groups
Open Hours
11:00 - 22:30
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
12:00 - 00:00
11:30 - 00:00
Location and Contact Information
  • Address: 43 W 65th Street, New York City, NY 10023-6601
    (Columbus Avenue)
  • Public Transportation: 1 train to 66th Street.
  • Location: United States  >  New York (NY)  >  New York City>  > Upper West Side
  • Neighbourhood: Upper West Side
  • Phone Number: +1 212-595-8895

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  • Do you allow dogs on the outdoor patio?

Staying in Upper West Side

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Upper West Side
Nestled between Central Park and the Hudson River, the Upper West Side offers iconic architecture and a quiet, residential respite from the buzzing energy of downtown. Along Central Park West are many of the city’s most iconic apartment buildings, as well as the American Museum of Natural History, which has been welcoming visitors to its historic exhibit halls for over 140 years. Culture fans will love Lincoln Center, home to some of the world’s best opera, dance, film, and theatre performances, all centrally located around a beautiful fountain. Spanning the entire length of the Upper West Side, Riverside Park is ideal for a long, leisurely stroll in a quiet green space.
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