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Chinese Fine Dining Legend Shun Lee Shuttered by Health Department

The Lincoln Center location of the 36-year-old restaurant is out of commission

Shun Lee West
The dining room at Shun Lee West
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The 36-year-old Upper West Side Chinese restaurant Shun Lee West was shut down by the Department of Health on Tuesday.

Local blog West Side Rag reports that a note on the door of the restaurant, located at 43 West 65th Street near Lincoln Center, says that it’s closed due to “unforeseen circumstances.” But another yellow notice from the health department says that health violations closed the restaurant.

Eater has reached out to the restaurant and the Department of Health for more information.

According to public records, Shun Lee received an A grade in February, but the influential Chinese American restaurant also had an ungraded inspection in September that resulted in 37 violation points. The restaurant was docked for improperly storing hot and cold foods, mice, roaches, flies, and not properly washing surfaces that contact food.

Shun Lee is a seminal Chinese restaurant in New York City. The first location Shun Lee Palace opened in Midtown East in 1971, followed a decade later by the Shun Lee near Lincoln Center. It introduced a generation of New Yorkers to cuisine from a range of Chinese regions and attracted celebrities like Tom Cruise and Tom Hanks.

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