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Posted by Lules on 12/20/2007
Tried it twice. Terrible both times. Vegetables weren't fresh. Shrimp batter wasn't cooked through. Food was tasteless. And it's incredibly expensive. I had to write this review!
Posted by Slumpy and Duck on 10/22/2007
We ordered takeout and it arrived about an hour later. Everything except the hot and sour soup was bad, and the total cost was double what we usually pay for chinese. I am very disappointed because the restaurant looks very fancy and upscale. The Sesame filet minions were not good at all. Hard to believe they were filet minions at all, they tasted more like low quality steak and were thin and rubbery. Not a fan. However, I would give going to the actual restaurant a chance before I write off the whole institution.
Posted by no longer a fan on 10/21/2007
I've been going to Shun Lee since the early '80s... I'm known there after having many a business dinner and lunch at the place... but tonight was the last straw. Sorry I didn't check the reviews here more carefully... beware! We went there as a party of 7 with some old friends and some out of town guests who had heard about it. It was expensive, the service was poor, and we waited over an hour and a half to get our meals. This, after complaining to an every growing legion of waiters and hosts. As I have many times before, rather than pick stuff from the menu, we asked the waiter to order for us... some chicken, beef, veggies, and one shrimp dish, because most at the table didn't want seafood. After 45 minutes, our appetizers hadn't arrived... after many more complaints they did, along with an expensive scallop appetizer. I asked when our entrees were coming... the waiter said we were waiting for the Peking Duck (a $90 entree!!!) and lamb!!! I again told him that we only wanted chicken, beef, veggies. Finally, it came an hour and a half after our arrival after MANY complaints and trips to the maitre d'.... Then, the bill came... and the lamb and Peking Duck were still on it. And by the way, not even our second drinks were comp-ed in response to the lousy service and long wait. It was stressful, overpriced, embarassing, and no real attempt to make up for the experience. This place has clearly declined over the years to the point of now being overpriced and touristy for those visiting the Lincoln Center area. Any number of local Chinese restaurants will afford you better service, better prices, and good food. We're done, for good....
Posted by brettp on 10/09/2007
if you don't mind splurging a little bit, this upper west side destination is the best Chinese food I've ever had, order anything off the menu and you won't be upset. I regularly take out from their cafe or eat at the main resto, portions are big enough that you can split.
Posted by LG on 09/05/2007
High style Chinese food is an experience unique to large cities. Although Shun Lee has flashes of excitement I found the food too inconsistent to justify the price point. The Special Wonton was flavorless and the chicken was stringy and overcooked. Too be honest, I have had better soup at neighborhood restaurants. Peking Duck was uninspiring due to a plum sauce that I found a bit bitter. The one flash of brilliance was the Hunan ostrich, tender and with complex flavors. I am sure you can put together a great meal here, but it will cost you fortune to pick the right items.
Posted by Marla Cohen on 07/02/2007
The service is getting worse day by day. The food is not the greatest, but surely the prices are. They would not add any thing else, even you will pay for it. Good bye Shun Lee
Posted by csg on 03/19/2007
Was there for dinner last night -- the place was packed, and I just don't get it. I've been coming here since the 1980's, but the last two times I've been there I've been incredibly disappointed. The food is perfectly OK if neither authentic or exciting, although the prices are exorbitant ($14.75 or so for cold sesame noodles!!!). You used to pay for service, but based on last night's experience that's no more -- screwed up orders, very long waiting time. Decor hasn't changed since the 1980's. I just can't justify going back.