Shun Lee West, the famed Upper West Side Chinese restaurant at 43 West 65th Street, reopened on Sunday after being closed for more than six months.
For now, it’s open for takeout and delivery, but it hopes to open for dining at the end of the month, according to Andy, a general manager there. “We plan to open for dining at the end of the month. We’ll see, depends on how the business goes,” he said. “Our east side store opened last June and it’s doing very, very well.”
Shun Lee was closed for so long in part because it completely renovated the kitchen. “We knocked the whole thing out,” Andy said.
Shun Lee West has been around since 1981 — 10 year after the original opened on the East side — and gained a large following on the Upper West Side. It has authentic Chinese dishes, and a mix of less-authentic ones too — it’s credited with introducing General Tso’s Chicken to an American audience.
Its closure had several Upper West Siders worried — “I’ve spent the last 4 months trying out new Chinese places and none of them hold a candle to Shun Lee,” one wrote in our comments.
On its first day back, the restaurant has been “very busy,” Andy said. It’s open from noon to 8:30 p.m., Tuesday through Friday, and from 3 to 9 on Saturdays and Sundays. They plan to open Shun Lee Cafe, an annex to the main restaurant, in September when Lincoln Center reopens.
“We welcome everyone back!” Andy said.