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Shun Lee West

New York City has some of the best Asian dining in the world outside of Asia.  But it wasn't always this way.  In 1971, when Shun Lee Palace opened its doors on East 55th Street, most New Yorkers' familiarity with Chinese cuisine was limited to the cheap, takeout variety.  Shun Lee revolutionized Chinese cuisine in the city by introducing locals to a far subtler, more complex style of cooking.  

The menu was eclectic, with Cantonese, Shanghainese, Hunanese and Sichuanese offerings.  The setting was luxe, with white linens and china, and a touch of showmanship in the service (not to mention in the wraparound wall dragon).  It was a magic combination, and 40 years later many of the dishes that Shun Lee introduced have now become standards around the country.  An additional location near Lincoln Center (Shun Lee West) is ideal for pre- and post-concert meals.  This classic uptown institution has perhaps the best authentic Chinese food in the city. 

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Upper West Side
43 W. 65th St.
New York (nr. Central Park West)
212-595-8895
Mon-Sat, noon-midnight; Sun, noon-10pm

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