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Shun Lee West
Posted by foodynyc on 02/18/2007
I have been going to shun lee for years and have watched the deterioration occur. I recently ordered in, the shrimp were not deveined. The food has become bland and not worth the high prices. Unfortunately in a city where there is a lot of bad chinese food, shun lee is one of the few places that offers high quality ingredients. If you have a craving for chinese it's worth it, any other day it's not worth it.
Posted by scottsy woe on 02/08/2007
I was invited to dine at Shun with a friend who was treating. Excited to eat at Shun. The ambience reminded me of an Indiana Jones movie and was quite busy. The food was perhaps a slight nudge above the myriad of the other chinese restaurants I frequent. The steamed vegetable dumplings were upseting as their were only four to an order and still had to be divided by the waiter. That seems to be the excellent service, having dishes come out from the kitchen only to be plated again by the waiter. The shrimp and scallop combo was tasty but for forty dollars it oughta be. The orange beef was no better than a chinatown version only three times as much. The meal as a whole was fine but that was because I was being treated. For "not authentic chinese" I have been to much better.
Posted by nyfoodie on 01/25/2007
I oved every second of my experience at shun lee (west side). simply fantastic service! we asked the waiter for a recommendation on which prawn dish was best--i don't know whether the other would be equally as good, but the dish we got---prawns with grand marniere sauce and candied walnuts---was magnificent and a perfect pairing for the sesame fliet mignon. if there was a downside, it was that we were seated near the entrance to the dining room. but, we did not have reservations and showed up during the pre-theatre seating. and interestingly, that seating was rather fun after i got used to the rushing of the waiters. i highly recommend this place. it was everything everyone ever said it was 'supposed' to be, and a lot more. the maitre d' was very friendly and sociable, and made us feel extremely welcome. i can't afford to spend $150 on chinese food every month, but rest assured i will go back for special occasions whenever possible!
Posted by stephanie on 12/04/2006
One of the last "old guard" restaurants left in the city. The atmosphere is reminiscent of the fancy, old fashioned restaurants in Hong Kong-- and the food is very well prepared-- the only thing is a lot of MSG, unless you request otherwise... I love going there with out of towners, especially those from Asia, because it's ultra impressive... Not at all like the fast food Chinese fare typically found throughout the city...
Posted by dnut on 09/27/2006
What happened to this place over the years?! The prices should equal quality food...and that's about what you get...depending....I dunno...lived here 12 years...Shun Lee East used to be up there. This spot is slippin FAST.
Posted by christie on 09/17/2006
We were excited to try Shun Lee, as it looked quite impressive. Well, looks can be deceiving. Though the interior is nice, the food was incredibly disappointing. Everything was greasy, and yet quite expensive. The chicken lo mein had almost no chicken in it, the spring rolls were greasy, and the won ton soup didnt taste great. A total let down. Honestly, any and all of the other much less expensive chinese places along Columbus Ave are much better than this. A package of frozen pre-cooked lo mein would be better than this. We wont be go back!
Posted by Jason on 04/22/2006
Shun Lee has the Best Dim Sum in the World. Let me teach you a trick. Take some Soy Sauce and the other sauce they have there ( I think its a Brown Thick Consistency) and mix them together. Then put your Shrimp Dim Sum with WATER CHESTNUTS in the sauce and deluge it until its 100% covered. After, insert the dim sum into your mouth and you will have PURE ECSTASY! Also, the vegetable spring rolls are amazing, but make sure you pat them down with napkins (they can get a little too greasy). The Chicken with Mixed Vegetables dish is amazing. The sauce is very light and the chicken is very tender. I rate this place a 93 on the G Scale. If it didnt cost 22 round trip for cabs, I would eat here 3 times a day.