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Shun Lee Palace - 44 Reviews - 155 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022, New York, NY - Restaurants Reviews - Phone (212) 371-8844

Shun Lee Palace

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155 E 55th St, New York, NY 10022 (at nr. Lexington Ave.)
New York, NY 10022
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(212) 371-8844
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Shun Lee Palace - New York, NY
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Best

I've been to this restaurant twice, once with a party of four and once with a party of 12. The service is excellent and the food is delicious. I especially like how they plate the...

Worst

Confucius should have said, ""Better a humble home with hearty food than palace with a hollow menu. "" There's Oscar De La Renta china but the proof is always in the food that goe...

Why only white people are here 1/4/2012

Really?! What asian restaurant don't know how to cook rice? And $14 for a small plate of Cold Sesame noodles; it wasn't even that extraordinary. Maybe it's the location, caucasian patrons, but this place was overpriced, undercooked, underwhelming and I never plan to go here again. White people: if you go to an asian restaurant, and the only patrons are other white people, then you deserve that plate of bad food. more

They 're good at this job... 9/29/2008

This is my all time favorite place for BEİJİNG duck. I've been coming here for years and yes sometimes I wait like an idiot for the damn BEİJİNG duck. No other place in NY makes it better. It tastes o so very good with the plum sauce. I always ask for extras and they usually just give you this one tiny container. O wells better than nothing. I think I can really sit and eat the whole duck myself. \r \r Eat it while its still warm its the freaking best. . O my I'm getting hungry. I cant wait anymore.\r \r more

Yuck, blah, yuck!! 8/24/2008

For a gourmet restaurant I was not overly impressed with the quality of the food. My main course was served on the cold side as was the appetizer. Maybe this particular restaurant decided to serve sub par meals for restaurant week or old left overs. I certainly felt like I was having left overs. I could have gotten this meal for $15 at my neighborhood Chinese restaurant. The seafood rice was horrible. It had a strange/fishy smell and was served over cooked, more like seafood goo. The meal I ordered (so unimpressive I can't even remember the name) consisted of pan fried noodles absolutely drowned in overpowering brown sauce. The chicken was barely cooked. Try another restaurant if you're looking for high class gourmet Chinese food or better yet, just order take out and save yourself $75. Unless of course you want four or five servers hovering around your table when you eat. Pros: The decore is nice Cons: Staff is overly attentive. Food is sub par. Price is too high. Low ceilings made me feel like I was eating in the basement. more

Great food and service 7/19/2008

I've been to this restaurant twice, once with a party of four and once with a party of 12. The service is excellent and the food is delicious. I especially like how they plate the food. I recommend it for a date or a large group. Pros: Food, Service more

can't go wrong 4/6/2008

the handful of times I have been to Shun Lee have always been memorable. The staff is attentive and always... more

can't go wrong 4/6/2008

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the handful of times I have been to Shun Lee have always been memorable. The staff is attentive and always give great menu recomendations. The be... more

Best Scallops in NY 2/14/2008

I LOVE this place!!! I go all the time - the decor is very professional and the service is always great. I have been there for business meetings and when on dates and they never disappoint me. I love their lunch special menu - it is reasonably priced and they have loads of great choices. Try the scallop appetizer on the lunch menu - it is AMAZING. This restaurant remains one of my favorite in NY City. Pros: the scallops and the duck Cons: small appetizer portions more

Tacky Decor, Poor Service, Average Food 1/5/2008

What a disappointing experience. \r \r Shun Lee Palace was over half empty the night we visited for the first (and last) time - it was not a busy night. Still, we were given the table next to the front door and adjacent to a noisy waiter station. I very politely complained about the table, and they refused to move us. \r \r We were dressed more properly than 90% of the other people in the restaurant and we were respectful of the staff in every way, yet we still had the worst table and the worst service in the restaurant.\r \r Waiters did not refill our tea or water, and we had to hunt down a manager to finally get a check when it was time to leave.\r \r The decor was tacky and the food was strictly average. This was a crime given the premium pricing of the restaurant.\r \r There are other high-end Chinese restaurants with perfect service and spectacular food in the neighborhood - one is only a few blocks away from Shun Lee Palace, and that's where we will be going next time. We won't be back here again. Pros: The pressed duck was the best thing we ate, but that's not saying much. Cons: Extremely poor service more

Service is perfection 10/16/2007

This restaurant is one of a kind. The service is table-side, kind of an old-school style that you don't see much of anymore. The staff is so attentive, the second you have sipped your last sip of water they are on you like 'white on rice', so to speak. The food is outstanding. Good, clean, chinese food. NOt greasy...very fresh, and served in that old school silverware.. like you are literally, in a palace. The white table cloths and the decor are a nice touch and make the restaurant fancy so you mind a bit less paying such a high price for what is really just some great chinese food. It makes for a great family special occasion dinner...and its one of those restaurants where people are still a bit formal which is nice, and you will see the men wearing jackets. Yes, its pricey but if you get the duck, you will be talking about it for a month. Pros: Excellent Service, WOnderful FOod Cons: A bit Pricey more

no good 8/19/2007

The food is just like anything you can find in a take-out restaurnat around the corner in a suburban town. Nothing special for the big name. Too pricey for the quality and not enough attention given to the customer. more

Chinese 7/18/2007

""Superb""again i voted Shun Lee Palace as my best Chinese restaurant in New York City.a wonton soup,dumpling,it all make fresh...A beautiful decor diing room,All staff are well known all the dishers,how many authentic Chinese restaurant in Manhattan??But for sure Shun Lee Palace are one o them. more

Chinese 7/18/2007

If you like to had great Chinese food in Manhattan,Not many Chinese restaurant like SHUN LEE PALACE in Manhattan,just think,how many restaurant in City still open since 1970??A Chinese restaurant had won 3 straight AOL city best.It must be the BEST then.Beijing Duck are the best in City. more

TERRIBLE Delivery Service 4/10/2007

I JUST placed an order from Shun Lee Palace this afternoon and the delivery service was TERRIBLE. I received a call from the delivery person stating they were in the lobby of my building. When I got there, he was nowhere to be found. I asked every single delivery person in the lobby if they were from Shun Lee and they all said ""no."" So, I went back to my office on the 35th floor. As soon as I get to my desk, I find 4 voicemails from the delivery person. I make my way back downstairs and lo and behold AGAIN he is nowhere to be found. When I ask the security desk if they have seen this ""mysterious"" Shun Lee delivery person, they say ""no."" AGAIN, I make my way back upstairs. At this point, I am extremely aggravated. I call the restaurant to inform them of the situation and they angrily tell me that it is my fault I missed the delivery. Apparently the delivery person was waiting for 15 minutes and I never showed up. How could that possible be when I went downstairs after receiving the first phone call and then again after receiving his voicemails?! They refused to cancel my order and insisted that I go back down to the lobby because the delivery person would be back in five minutes. As if the situation wasn't bad enough, when I finally met the ""phantom"" delivery person he was EXTREMELY RUDE. He pretty much GLARED at me during the entire transaction and then took the liberty of tipping himself with MY money! At this point, I was so angry I just wanted to walk away...with or without my money. I will NEVER order from Shun Lee Palace AGAIN! Pros: good food Cons: terrible delivery and take out service more

Overpriced... 9/5/2006

The service here is impeccable. Attentive waiters/waitresses. Menu is overpriced, and the food isn't anything special. This restaurant is a tourists target. I tried it once, and once is already enough for me. Pros: service, location Cons: price more

So-so 4/25/2006

This place was so-so for me. The food was nithing spectacular and I truly felt as if I were paying not for the food but for the decor which is beautiful. more

Christmas in New York! 1/5/2006

Where else would you go for dinner on Christmas? Shun Lee has been serving creative Chinese food in a deluxe dining room for 30 years--they must be doing something right! The experience was heightened by attentive waitstaff in formal uniforms, authentic ivory chopsticks, real silverware replaced often, artfully carved vegetables and fruits in animal and bird shapes, a gregarious and happy mixed group of diners from shopping moms with polite children to beaming lovers at corner tables. Food also impresses (especially Peking duck and, believe it or not, their Tiramisu dessert!) Pros: unconventional food, formal waitstaff, nice decor Cons: hard to find more

Not Impressed 12/25/2005

Our experience was nothing impressive. The food was generally good but not great. You can find better for less money. The portion sizes were too small (4 bite-sized, chewy shrimp for 16 dollars). The service wasn't terrible, but wasn't very good either. After eating, we sat for 20-30 minutes without a single waiter coming to us. Some are impressed with the presentation of the food, but it too was common. After the meal, we received 3 cheap fortune cookies, with the plastic wrappers still on...a classy thing indeed. As a finishing touch, the one bathroom stall was occupied for too long by an employee. If it seems like I'm nit-picking, it's only because I want to make it clear that this is an ordinary establishment, and that its reputation is not currently well-deserved. Pros: food Cons: price more

Pricey but good 6/21/2005

I visited this restaurant for lunch. The decor is beautiful. The service is very effective, but not ""fawning"" as some reviewers have described, and I am glad it's not. The food is very good, from the dumplings to the beef and lobster. I am told the alligator entree is not good at all. However, I enjoyed everything I had. Apparently, the apple pie is out of this world. This is certainly some of the best Chinese food I've had. Of course, it's also the most expensive Chinese food I've had. Despite enjoying the experience, I won't normally come here unless I am on an expense account or I want to impress someone. Pros: Food, Decor, Service Cons: Price more

Poor service, OK Food. 6/20/2005

I have been to Shun Lee West and was excited to try the east side location. We were sorely disappointed. The staff had attitude, were slow to take our orders and we and the tables surrounding us each waited 30 min. to get our checks. Adding to our frustration was the exceptional service that regular patrons were receiving. Aside from the service, the food was OK. The soft shell crab was good, but not spectacular, the fried dumplings had obviously been frozen and thawed and were not reheated properly. Our entrees were the best part of the experience - the Grand Marnier prawns were very good and the sea bass was cooked perfectly with a nice sauce. For dessert the almond tofu was nice. For the high prices, we expected better service and more interesting dishes. Pros: Decor is pretty, Good for groups Cons: Bad service, High prices more

Don't Miss This One! 5/9/2005

I don't know if the people who have written some of thesereviews have ever dined out before?! Someone called the food 'not unique'. Most of the dishes on the menu are not served anywhere else,and those that are where served first at Shun Lee. The sauces are divine and the quality is near perfect. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED! Pros: Food, Sauces, Atmosphere more
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Editorial

  • The Scene
    Shun Lee Palace is popular with midtown locals, possibly because the upscale room means you can impress a client and have Chinese for lunch at the same time. The decor features...

  • 5/19/2005 Provided by Citysearch

Additional information

  • Hours:

    Monday To Saturday From 12:00 PM To 11:30 PM Sunday From 12:00 PM To 11:00 PM
  • Payments:

    Master Card, Visa, American Express
  • Neighborhoods:

    Midtown Center, Midtown
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