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43 WEST 65TH STREET, ()(212) 595-8895
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Served with white rice.
Low carb and low in fat and sodium.
Shun Lee West is just as palatial and “haute-bourgeois” as its East Side counterpart, Shun Lee Palace, and maintains the same time-honored excellence since 1981 that has kept Michael Tong among the reigning dynasties in Gotham’s golden age of Chinese cuisines.
The classic yet innovative regional dishes from Shanghai, Hunan, Szechuan, and Canton provinces will "wok" your world. The menu includes standout favorites, such as honey spare ribs and steamed vegetable dumplings, for those not adventurous enough for the ragout of oxtail and pig knuckles. A “spa menu” is also available for the health-conscious, as well as sixty different dim sum offerings, served on rolling carts in the Shun Lee Café.
Like its counterpart, the quality of Shun Lee West leaves customers too spoiled to go back to regular old Chinese takeout.
Michael Tong was born in 1944 on Mainland China in the village of Anihar. In 1960, Michael went to high school in Hong Kong. In 1963 he came to America to attend college, first studying at the University of Southern California and then at Oklahoma State where, in 1966, he graduated with a degree in Civil Engineering.
Throughout college, Michael earned extra money by cooking at various Chinese restaurants, including one at the 1964 World’s Fair. It was during this hiatus from college that Michael Tong met the chef who would become his mentor, chef Ting Tung Wang. Wang was then chef to Taiwan’s’ ambassador and would later be recognized by culinary cognoscenti, especially Craig Claiborne, as the first master Chinese chef to successfully introduce the American public to Szechuan cooking.
In 1967, Michael Tong joined Chef Wang in opening Shun Lee Dynasty, in Manhattan, the first Chinese restaurant in America to popularize Szechuan and Shanghai cuisine. Shun Lee Dynasty became an instant success and was praised by food critics across the country for its authenticity, innovation and its impact on the American restaurant culture.
As a result of Shun Lee Dynasty’s success, Michael Tong realized that the public was definitely interested in a more authentic and exciting Chinese cooking in a luxurious and sophisticated environment. In 1971, he opened Shun Lee Palace on East 55th Street in Manhattan, and established himself as one of the premier Chinese restaurateurs in the country.
In 1972, Tong opened Hunan, the first restaurant in the US to present a Hunanese menu and the first Chinese restaurant to receive four stars from The New York Times. Finally, in 1981, Michael Tong opened Shun Lee West, opposite Manhattan’s Lincoln Center. Once again, Tong offered New Yorkers fresh ideas in Chinese dining with the including many unfamiliar regional dishes and the introduction of an enormous Dim Sum menu, which is served at Shun Lee West’s Café.
For the past thirty five years, over ten million diners have experienced the many dishes that Michael Tong pioneered, most of which have now standard fare on the menus of the more than ten thousand Hunan restaurants across the country. Tong has created thousand of jobs in America for Chinese immigrants. His influence, both here and abroad, on the past two generation of chefs and restaurateurs is immeasurable.
On June 13, 2001, at its 75th Anniversary Gala Benefit at the Waldorf-Astoria in New York City, the China Institute in America honored Michael Tong – along with director Ang Lee, composer Tan Dun, philanthropists Houghton and Doreen Freeman, actress Michelle Yeoh, playwright David Henry Hwang, author Amy Tan, and Chinese historian Jonathan Spence – for his contribution in introducing China and Chinese culture into the mainstream of American life.
In September 2001, Michael Tong was invited, along with fourteen other Americans who are most prominent in the business, scientific and cultural community – “ambassadors” in their fields – to spend a week in Beijing as guests of the Chinese government.
In May 2006, Michael Tong was awarded the 2006 Ellis Island Medal of Honor, presented annually to American citizens of diverse origins for their outstanding contributions to their own ethnic groups, their ancestral countries, and to the United States.
Michael Tong’s book, The Shun Lee Cookbook, will be published by HarperCollins in 2007. He is currently working on plans to open a cooking school that will offer training to newly arrived Chinese immigrants, as well as assistance in helping them to adjust to the social and economic challenges of their new environment.
Michael Tong enjoys collecting rare Chinese recipes and cookbooks. He is the Vice Chairman of the China AIDS Fund and is active in New York’s Citymeals on Wheels. He has two daughters and two grandchildren, and lives in Manhattan.
Minced Chicken Soong with lettuce leaves
Beijing Duck—A young seasoned duckling is slowly grilled until crispy and golden, the delicate skin is sliced, then the meat is carved separately; served with homemade crepes, spring onion brushes, and Hoisin sauce
Crispy Sea Bass, Hunan Style—Sea bass, fried until crispy, cooked with Hunan sauce
Sweetbreads with Black Mushrooms—Chunks of fresh sweetbreads stir-fried with scallions, black mushrooms and water chestnuts in a hot peppery Szechuan sauce
Steamed Chilean Sea Bass with ginger, scallions and soy
Leg of Lamb with Leeks—Choice spring lamb with leeks and hot pepper sauce
For more information on reservations or our cookbook please visit our homepage.
Fast, hot, and delish! Fried shrimp balls and sweet n sour chicken are my favs.
Posted 6 months ago by Joe L.
Shun Lee, we had a good run. For 9 years I've ordered from you 1-2x per week. Somehow I justified $100+ Chinese food every time I ordered, because I felt you had high quality ingredients and you've consistently had an "A" grade. I've decided that tonight was the last straw. Over the past few months, you've not only fought with me and told me I'm wrong about the way that you have prepared the same dish I've eaten every time I order, tonight I ordered dinner in the 6pm hour and as of right now at 8:20pm, I've yet to see the ribs I ordered, which you told me twice were on their way over an hour ago AFTER you forgot t include them in our original order. I also specifically wrote in what vegetables to include in my steamed veggie dish (which you've asked me to do) and again, for $23 steamed chicken and veggies, you ignored my request. This may sound like a small deal, but this dish is $12 at every other restaurant - for the extra $13, I should be allowed to say "no bokchoy," and have my wish granted. I hope I can find another Chinese food with good food, but unlike you, who also appreciates my business. Maybe if/when you decide to focus on the customer, I'll be back. Until then, I'll be on the lookout for a new Chinese restaurant.
Posted 7 months ago by Amy S.
Awesome and fast delivery. It's expensive for delivery but so worth it.
Posted 9 months ago by Nathan B.
Just ordered the MOST tasteless dish from here off the "Specialties" menu. 'Ants on a Hill'... Looks as bland as it tastes too. They replaced it for a $5 fee with Crispy Beef, that went down the garbage shoot also. Been once in person, tried on Seamless. It's just NOT good. I had such high hopes.. I gave 'em a fair shake.
Posted 9 months ago by Andy B.
Good authentic food, super duper quick, very friendly delivery guy, and oolong tea bags with delivery!!!! Amazing.
Posted 9 months ago by Wei L.
Awful.. The pan fried noodles were the worst I've ever had. The Szechuan broccoli was extremely watery, and the crispy beef was stringy and chewy.
Posted 9 months ago by Jaclyn H.
I love Shun Lee... when it's good. They do have some misses in that there dishes aren't always consistent, and they are rather expensive. Having said that they are my go-to if I want good quality Chinese food.
Posted 10 months ago by Ali I.
Delicious, always tasty.
Posted 10 months ago by Gillian .
Crappy meal. Pan fried noodles were partly burned and swimming in oil. Not ordering from Shun Lee again.
Posted a year ago by Sheri B.
Shun Lee is the only place to order Chinese. The chicken with nuts is out of this world, especially when they give the extra bag of candied pecans. While a little expensive, it is worth every penny.
Posted a year ago by Jami D.
Used to be good but has lost any sense of consistency. You never know what quality of food you're going to get.
Posted a year ago by Thomas N.
RIP OFF!! It's a pretty typical Chinese restaurant menu. Oh except for the fact it's DOUBLE the price. We decided to splurge bc hey, it's New Year's Day which turned out to be a mistake. The food was a bit less greasy than your standard neighborhood joint - I'll give it that but that's the only plus. It wasn't even hot when it arrived. Never again.
Posted a year ago by lindsay p.
Absolutely love shun lee! When were not in the mood for a fancy, jackets only restaurant, this is perfect delivery. And omg is it fast!!! I don't think I've ever waiting more than 20 min for my food, regardless of the time range they give me!
Posted a year ago by Laurie S.
Terrible pea shoots!!! I need to throw more than half away. It's so tough and totally inedible. If you charge $19 for just a sautéed vegetable, you better match the quality. This is the second time I have bad experience with this dish. Last time I called to complain they only said sorry but did not replace or credit it. Shame on Shun Lee!
Posted a year ago by Robert G.
Excellent food always consistent . Actually not that much more expensive than the greasy Chinese restaurants if you stick to the basics.
Posted a year ago by Danny W.
Shun Lee is consistently delicious
Posted a year ago by Paige K.
Posted a year ago by juan f.
Food was cold and took over 50 mins although it stated 15-30.
Posted a year ago by Joseph C.
... QUALITY BUT PRICEY
Posted a year ago by Robert C.
Always consistent. They will let you choose an existing item and then change it completely in the special instructions section so that you can make your own creation. Very cool.
Posted a year ago by Miles B.
The spring rolls have shrimp in them and there is no description to tell you that. Also, due to the lack of any descriptions, we could not eat the chicken and scallion either because they are coated in flour then deep fried and i am gluten free. Do not use this service if you have food allergies.
Posted a year ago by Pam S.
Good food, fresh. Prices are VERY high!
Posted a year ago by Bernard G.
I have been ordering from Shun Lee for more than 5 years. It is consistently the best Chinese food I've had in my 20+ years in New York.
Posted 2 years ago by Stephen K.
I actually find the food very good to excellent. However it's inconsistent and occasionally it's just okay.
Posted 2 years ago by Martin D.
good dim sum
Posted 2 years ago by Robert e.
Wonton soup is the best!
Posted 2 years ago by Pam D.
Yum yum dim sum! Noodle dishes average
Posted 2 years ago by Louisa C.
First negative experience with Shun Lee. We have a shrimp allergy and they shipped the soup with shrimp even though we specified that we had an allergy. The quality of the ribs was sub par.
Very sad about this as we loved ordering from here. We'll have to reconsider now since they are expensive and what we received was not worth the money.
Posted 2 years ago by Blanca V.
1. Terrible service. They hung up on me when I just enquired when I'd be getting an order
2. Liars. Flat out told me I placed an order a full 30 minutes after I had received a confirmation e-mail
3. Food is ok at best, overrated and considerably overpriced
Posted 2 years ago by Will B.
In January, I gave ShunLee 3 stars because it is inconsistent (see my review). It is either great or bad. Today, it was REALLY BAD. I ordered the spring rolls which were so burnt that I couldn't even bite it. The entire inside was black. I also ordered the chan do chicken which was also bad. I am used to this restaurant being inconsistent, but it has never been this bad. I will NEVER order the spring rolls again and may never order from this restaurant again. At these prices, I should be able to consistentaly get good food (even if it is not always great, it should at least be reasonably good). THIS WAS TERRIBLE!!!!!
Posted 2 years ago by Karen F.
I used to love this place - food is terrible now. In the past the quality was worth the premium now just simple overpriced for subpar quality at best. Not sure if this is just another sign of the economy however sad day for the west side since this was one of my long time favorites. Hope the Mgt reads this and takes notice before it is too late.
Posted 2 years ago by Justin L.
It was a horrible experience ordering from this restaurant; the order never arrived and after one hour I called and was treated very rudely. AVOID AT ALL COSTS.
Posted 2 years ago by Daniel F.
Expensive but great; fast service
Posted 2 years ago by David K.
As Usual the food is on point. The Dim Sum is fantastic, and even though they made a mistake with my order what they sent in its place was awesome too
Posted 2 years ago by Nathalie A.
A lot of food but not really good
Posted 3 years ago by Fabian L.
Unfortunately, I did not have a good experience with the shrimp wonton soup or the shrimp chow fun. The shrimp in both were not deveined.
Posted 3 years ago by Christopher H.
My girlfriend and I have dined in the restaurant in the past and so recently ordered take-out. We were VERY disappointed--the BBQ ribs were severly dry and tasteless; the sweet & sour pork was mediocre, the dim sum was also so-so and the orange beef had an odd aftertaste that rendered the dish almost inedible. We threw away most of the order. Don't know if this was a seriously bad night or what.
Posted 3 years ago by Daren D.
overpriced, delivery always takes longer than stated.
Posted 3 years ago by Julie H.
Food was good but there was a cigarette butt and ashes in the bag when the food was delivered. The cigarette smell permeated through the entire office.
Posted 3 years ago by VARINA L.
Never been disappointed. Food is excellent and travels well.
Posted 3 years ago by Jane G.
always excellent and fast delivery (especially if you juice the tip a little bit)
Posted 3 years ago by Joshua L.
Wonton Soup was marginal, but the roast pork fried rice was fantastic.
Posted 3 years ago by Adrienne R.
The worst Peking duck I have ever experienced. I would say eat but I couldn't because most of it was all bones and dried skin. It was insulting to say the least, especially having lived in Beijing where this originates from. They have no right to put in on the menu, and charge the obscene price for it, and even call it that. I will never eat at this fake, inedible, Chinese food establishment.
Posted 3 years ago by Tinnie S.
FOOD LOOKS WAY BETTER THAN IT TASTE!
Posted 3 years ago by Ashlee M.
Used to be the best chinese in the city. Now it's pot luck. You may or may not get a good chef and at these prices, it's not worth the risk.
Posted 3 years ago by Marc K.
Great Chinese food! Probably the best on the UWS. It's authentic, and though its not cheap - its worth it! I especially liked the Chan Do Chicken w/ Scallions.
Posted 4 years ago by Kathryn M.
This was really really bad chinese food. Don't understand why people rate it with 5 stars. DO NOT TRY IT....
Duck was awful and chicken with vegetables wasn't even edible.
Posted 4 years ago by Sasha A.
This is easily the best Asian food in my neighborhood. They are definitely expensive, so it's not something you can order all the time (unless you have that kind of money) but as a treat it's really worth it. Their Chan-do chicken, chicken lo mein, and hot and sour soup are my favorite. The soup, though, is really the best thing, For delivery, they're prompt, either within the estimated time or earlier, and nothing spills or gets messed up before it's here. All in all, great place to go out to (fun ambiance) but also great for take out.
Posted 4 years ago by Jess B.
This place has really gone down hill. Their Peking Duck is still good as are the scallops appetizer - but only if you eat them in the restaurant. Everything else is really sub par - poor quality and over priced. The only reason I gave them any stars is the Peking duck.
Posted 4 years ago by Linda L.
Best chinese I've found on the UWS, but it is a bit pricey. Worth it if you're in the mood to splurge!
Posted 4 years ago by Nasim J.
The sesame chicken is the best I have ever had! The food is always delivered hot and promptly
Posted 4 years ago by Drew M.
This is always very reliable and consistent. I enjoy the chicken with three nuts and the quality is as good as when in the restaurant. I also order Moo Shu Pork - get a few extra crepes as they give you a lot of pork and make them all right away or the crepes stick together and are hard to deal with - but overall, a good meal.
Posted 4 years ago by John C.
Best Chinese in the neighborhood. I've ordered from here three times a week for three years and I'm still excited every time I order again. The dumplings are awesome.
Posted 4 years ago by Jayk K.
Food was fairly good but 2 hour delivery time is completely unacceptable
Posted 4 years ago by Miles T.
great deal! included tea bag too!
Posted 4 years ago by Emily O.
Food is great, but we specified that we have a shellfish allergy and got a soup with shrimp....had to dump that and prices at shun lee are up there, so it kinda hurt.
Posted 4 years ago by Antonio E.
My 2nd time ordering from Shun Lee and it was disappointing. Thank god I ordered the BBQ Pork Fried Rice or it would have been a complete waste of money.
Posted 4 years ago by Jeff B.
Way too expensive for food that's dry, too sweet, and with small portions. The restaurant itself is cool, but still not worth the $20 plate of $5 food.
Posted 4 years ago by Kellie F.
if you feel like ballin out with some really good chinese food, this is it!
Posted 4 years ago by Bo N.
We have been ordering from this restaurant for over 5 years. In the past year or so the quality of the food has slowly deteriorated. Yesterday's food was absolutely inedible. We will not order from this restaurant again.
Posted 4 years ago by Zeina Z.
bland american style chinese food.
Posted 4 years ago by Marc S.
Definitely not worth the price. The crispy beef was horrendous!!
Posted 5 years ago by Satjiv K.
This place is always great with super fast delivery.
Posted 5 years ago by HEATHER B.
Delivery does not always live up to the quality of the restaurant served food. I would not be a fan of this restaurnt if I only had their take-out.
Posted 5 years ago by Robert H.
Uninspiring food. Have had worse, but wouldn't bother ordering from here again.
Posted 5 years ago by Mark H.
I lived in many neighborhoods and have found Shun Lee to be the best chinese food/delivery. We order from here atleast twice a month. Highly recommend.
Posted 5 years ago by Kenneth M.
Posted 6 years ago by Jormen V.
The best and it Delivers well
Posted 6 years ago by Myer B.
Ordering from this restaurant through seamless web was a NIGHTMARE! Their delivery time was listed as 10-25 minutes, and it took 1 HOUR AND 20 MINUTES to get my food to me. I called three times. They claimed the delivery person was stuck in my building lobby at security, but he was not even their yet, as he was not actually in my lobby for an additional 30 minutes. I paid $26 for 11 dumplings and this DISMAL service.
Posted 6 years ago by sara g.
Sesame chicken was extremely bland and devoid of sesame seeds. We called the restaurant to inquire if they had sent the wrong dish, but apparently this is their "reinterpretation" of sesame chicken. Crispy duck with walnuts was crispy on the outside, mushy on the inside, and had very little duck flavor to it. Turnip cakes were very good. On the whole, we would have had a better meal paying half the price at our corner Chinese joint.
Posted 6 years ago by David S.
Good food but Definitely NOT worth the incredibly long wait! they are ill equipped to handle the volume. DO NOT order from here if you're hungry or try to plan up to 2 hours in advance as that's how long it will take to get your food
Posted 8 years ago by GiaNInna S.
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