Shun Lee West

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78 Solid

A Lincoln Center standby that’s cultivated a loyal following for its regional Chinese cooking.

43 W. 65th St., New York, NY, 10023


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The lowdown

The room has a faded quality now, and the menu is more famous for its extreme prices than it’s originality, but no other Chinese restaurant in town has a more impressive, and durable pedigree. This Lincoln Center standby has cultivated a loyal following that comes as much for the cool retro environs—complete with distinctive wraparound wall dragon and glossy black booths—as for its renowned regional specialties, including the ancient flavors of Yangzhou, Sichuan, and Shanghainese cuisine which live through the delicate balances found in the push-pull of hot-and-sour soup, for instance, or the mellow sweetness of red-cooked short ribs, Hanghzhou style.

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