Shun Lee Palace
Shun Lee Palace

Shun Lee Palace

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://shunleepalace.com/
  • Phone: 2123718844
  • Hours of Operation:
    Lunch Daily: 12:00pm - 3:00pm, Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 3:00pm -11:30pm, Sunday: 3:00pm - 11:00pm
  • Payment Options: AMEX,Discover,MasterCard,Visa
  • Cuisine: Chinese
  • Executive Chef: Ling Shing Ping
  • Dress Code: Business Casual
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Banquet/Private Rooms, Beer, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Private Room, Takeout, Wheelchair Access, Wine
  • Catering: We can cater any location in Manhattan, for up to 100 guests.
  • Private Party Facilities: We have two private areas, one that can accommodate 18-24 guests and one that can accommodate 20-30 guests.
  • Private Party Contact: Andy or Patrick 2123718844

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 3rd and Lexington Avenues
  • Public Transit: E, V & 6 trains to 53rd Street/Lexington Ave
  • Parking: Private Lot
  • Parking Details: Discount parking available after 6:00pm in garage next door.
A word from Shun Lee Palace
Michael Tong's Midtown "institution" combines "striking" surroundings, "silky service" and "absolutely the best above Canal Street" decorated by Adam Tihany.
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  • Diners' Choice WinnerChinese
Shun Lee Palace reviews from OpenTable diners
89 reviews since May 2, 2014
Overall Rating4.1
  • Food4.1
    Service4.1
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (33)special occasion (24)neighborhood gem (23)great for lunch (22)good for groups (21)romantic (12)kid-friendly (4)hot spot (3)notable wine list (3)late-night find (2)great for brunch (2)great for outdoor dining (1)scenic view (1)Show More
  • Best Chinese Food in NYC
    FASHION624
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Shun Lee palace was fantastic. It is a bit pricey, but worth every penny.
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    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The Palace of Chinese food in NYC
    Carl8food2
    Dined on 8/16/2014
    Great food romantic ambiance and impeccable service. I highly recommend this restaurant
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    romantic, neighborhood gem
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  • The Owner has left the barn!
    WilliamVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    First, as the captain was taking our order,someone from another table yelled over to him and in the middle of my wife ordering,he walked away from the table with no explanation.(RUDE).Then they forgot my wife's soup dumplings .When we told the captain, he brought them out later with no apology. All this for $18 dumplings!. I ordered the Chan-Do chicken which i was told was white meat. i asked twice. It came out dark meat.The captain insisted it was white until i cut into a piece and showed him. I got a dirty look with no apology. I ordered something else which came out 20 min later.All for $29. The restaurant focuses on their take-out biz which is where the $$$ is. What a shame for such a long time favorite.The place is a good miss now!
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  • Upscale & solid Chinese restaurant
    GmoneyVIP
    Dined on 8/12/2014
    First time there and it exceeded my expectations. Fancy AND delicious. The sea bass with rice wine was my favorite dish.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excelent healthy food
    Luigidiver
    Dined on 8/6/2014
    The Chinese broccoli and the lily in the woods( bokchoi and mushrums) is delicious and healthy, the sea bass is really good and healthy, the crispy shredded Beijing duckling is not so lean but the taste is outstanding. We discovered a sparkeling wine from New Zealand that is amazing, King crowford fizz from Marlborough that goes grate with the sea bass.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch, notable wine list
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Expected more
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 8/2/2014
    I had been here many years ago. I didn't really like the menu. There were a lot of spicy foods but not a lot of classics. The food was good but not great and certainly not worth the price they charged. Everyone's food was acceptable but not outstanding. I had hoped for something very special. We won't be going back again.
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  • NOLAlove
    NOLAloveVIP
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Great dinner and wonderful service. It was restaurant week so we took advantage of the 38.00 prix fixe menu. Will come back again for upscale Chinese.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Restaurant Week (solo)
    RaymL
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    I really liked the blue colored wall of the dining area where I was seated. Everything was very high end including the service and dinnerware. The scallops, sea bass fillet, and the tiramisu were very good; however they're not worth the full regular price (I usually would go to Chinatown, New Jersey, or White Plains for cheaper yet comparable food). You definitely pay for the high end Chinese Restaurant experience here in the regular menu prices. I would definitely recommend this restaurant only on Restaurant Week; I personally would not visit again otherwise. The Shun Lee Palace Restaurant Week Menu is very generous, offering many of its regular selections (maybe the portions are smaller, but I wouldn't know).
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced, but very good food
    HuengpinhCa
    Dined on 8/1/2014
    Good for restaurant week lunch, though no duck on that menu. Scallop entre was excellent. Might be open to going back for their more famed dishes / dim sum
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Past its prime
    discerningtaste
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Food at this restaurant used to be amazing now it is just above average. Prices are also high for the quality and quantity of food. Ten dollars for a bowl of hot and sour soup is excessive. The portions are ok but average about thirty dollars per entree . Service is great atmosphere is pleasant. If you are looking for a elegant dining experience in a chinese restaurant and don't mind overpaying for above average, but not gourmet food, then you will enjoy Shun Lee Palace.
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    romantic
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Good Eats
    bigapplegirl
    Dined on 7/31/2014
    Have not been to this high-end chineese restaurant in quite a while and I can say, that it is still as good as I remember it. Of course, being restaurant week in NYC is was a bit loud. Being loud did not take away from the good tasting food and the service and of course the decor. I would certainly recommend this restaurant to friends and family and a few strangers, too.
    Special Features:
    great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fun Night with my Work Colleagues
    Maggie
    Dined on 7/30/2014
    We all went out for restaurant week at Shun Lee which accommodated 11 of us at a very comfortable table. The food was very good with high quality ingredients. The service was friendly and efficient.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wonderful Lunch!
    gadflyfoodie1
    Dined on 7/21/2014
    Good food, great-looking restaurant, very friendly service! Bravo!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, special occasion, great for lunch, late-night find, hot spot
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Chinese food worth eating
    LiketoeatVIP
    Dined on 7/18/2014
    Really good Beijing duck and everything else. Friendly staff, perfect food with service. Dumplings are special.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Downhill
    NotSkinnyVIP
    Dined on 7/17/2014
    Shun Lee an institution has gone downhill in every regard. The food most notably was fair at best . The service was aloof and unattentive. There are certainly far better choice.
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  • Upscale Chinese for Westerners
    visitertonyc
    Dined on 7/15/2014
    very good food, great service, elegant surroundings, limited menu, expensive
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Good but not great
    nouveauyorker
    Dined on 7/14/2014
    Maybe our standards have changed, and we had not been there in years, but Shun Lee did not impress us as it has in the past. The food was fine, and if you have an urge for Chinese, it will satisfy, just not blow your socks off.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • When You Have to Eat in Midtown
    bridgeandtunnel
    Dined on 7/12/2014
    Craving decent Chinese, Shun Lee Palace was recommended to me by the concierge at the Waldorf Astoria. Uniformed "captain" greeted us and led us to our table. Wait staff was efficient, the drinks were stiff. Food was just fine, however the smallest food portions I have ever had at a Chinese restaurant; we ended up ordering another entrée after the main course arrived. They did accommodate a special desert order (lychee over almond jello). Two drinks, tea, one appetizer, two entrees, and one desert were $150 not including tip. Next visit, I'll be taking the Lex down to Chinatown.
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    good for groups, special occasion
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  • Shun lee
    bliv
    Dined on 6/30/2014
    If you appreciate high end chinese this is the place for you.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Something change
    ArmaniNYCVIP
    Dined on 6/22/2014
    We go to Shun Lee Palace for a while and always enjoy the food and the service But something has changed at Shun Lee Palace the first thing we have noticed is They have changed the Menu from the elegant version to a cheap plastic laminated version Second And the way we have been served was different too - no more preparing the plates and serve (that always was great) Now all dishes been placed on the table and each one serve themselves The food didn't feel fresh It felt different - maybe that was that Sunday but overall was disappointing Not the same restaurant we like
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great Chinese Food
    Oh4daluvoffood
    Dined on 6/19/2014
    I was looking for a good Chinese restaurant at the last minute. Most places couldn't seat me until a very late seating, so I decided to try Shun Lee's in a bind and was pleasantly surprised. Great pork fried rice, awesome broccoli, and a wonderfully flavored seafood medley. While the food was great, the service was even better. The captain and waiter were incredibly pleasant, very informative and extremely attentive. I was very pleased with the choice. By the way, the red bean crepe was awesome.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Fabulous Gourmet Chinese
    Scooter
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Wonderful food with unique gourmet versions of Chinese as well as excellent versions of standard dishes. Exceptional service and a full bar make this a great place to celebrate birthdays, anniversaries and other special occasions.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • A Good Time Was Had By All
    SteveRK
    Dined on 6/14/2014
    Very pleasant ambience set an upbeat mood, attentive service made us feel welcome, and, most important, it was a very good situation for conversation, which for us is the most important thing. The food was very good.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Should be better
    nycadamVIP
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Went to Shun Lee for the first time in a number of years. The food is still very good, but for the price the service should be very good, too. It was not; the service wasn't that much better than in my neighborhood (cheap) Chinese restaurant.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Okay
    Bill
    Dined on 6/11/2014
    Grumpy waiters. Service was efficient, not friendly which directly affects the dining experience.
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  • too noisy
    ExperiencedVIP
    Dined on 6/4/2014
    very noisy -- they did not honor my request for a quiet table. I had called twice to confirm that we would be a different number of quests than originally reserved. They assured me that that was recorded but when we got there they seemed surprised.
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  • Very Expensive Chinese Dining
    JaymanVIP
    Dined on 6/2/2014
    Although the restaurant is elegant, the food is hyper expensive for small portions of standard Chinese food.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • EncinoJeff
    Dined on 5/29/2014
    Crazy for Shun Lee Palace! I worked around the corner for a few years beginning in 1972. My co-workers and I ate here every chance we got. More than 40 years later the food and service are still impeccable. The Hunan Lamb and Shrimp in Sechwuan Sauce are old favorites that still contain flavors not found in other restaurants. But I love to keep trying other dishes unique to Shun Lee, like their Sweetbreads. Whether you love Chinese food or want to share a wonderful dining experience with friends or business associates, don't miss a opportunity to eat at Shun Lee Palace.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excelente!!!
    Guz0411
    Dined on 5/28/2014
    La comida es de primera y la atención es extraordinaria. Altamente recomendable.
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    late-night find
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  • Not as good as it used to be
    Diner1111VIP
    Dined on 5/15/2014
    The last two times were not as good as previously. At the most recent dinner, the XO chicken tasted spoiled. The shrimp balls were huge dense clumps of shrimp with greasy bread cubes glues all around. The dumplings -- which used to be spectacular -- were so-so. The filet mignon dish was good but nothing special (though I'm glad we had it since the chicken was inedible). Very sad that this restaurant has gone downhill.
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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 59 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 2, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.2
    • Food4.2
    • Ambiance3.9
    • Service4.2
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 635 reviews are from the Shun Lee Palace reviews archive.
  • lunch date
    4mellowvibes
    Dined on 4/29/2014
    My boss gave me his credit card and I took 2 of my friends out for secretary's day. This was my first time at Shun Lee, I usually go to another Chinese restaurant up the block. I was pleasantly susprised, the food was delicious and our waiter was very attentive. I will be going to lunch there another time. Thanks.
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    Great for Lunch
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  • As good as it gets
    Fdcrtic
    Dined on 4/24/2014
    Lives up to its reputation. Duck egg rolls enough for two, perfectly fried.. No low spots. Was best Chinese good in a long time. Went on a Thursday night,,, had to go back Saturday night before we left NY.
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    Romantic
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • not quite what it was
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011
    Dined on 4/22/2014
    Shun Lee is quite expensive. For that money, the food should be consistently perfect. On a recent visit, it was basically just fine. I've gone there a few times a year for well over a decade. It's still one of only a few places for more formal Chinese. And I enjoy it (and service and ambience are quite good). I have to say I was shocked at how expensive it's become. And I'm afraid to say that I thought it just wasn't that great.
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  • Good, but Bad
    OpenTable Diner Since 2014
    Dined on 4/20/2014
    Very good food, dishes are prepared very well. Service was terrible, plates were left on the table without being cleared for 15 minutes and the restaurant was not that busy for that to happen. Then they put a mandatory tip on the bill for 4 diners.....we would not go back.
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  • Solid
    DC458
    Dined on 3/27/2014
    Enjoyed my meal.......sesame noodles were very good- followed by chicken w Broccoli and shrimp in Lobster sauce. Its a bit pricey though! DC458
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    good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old Reliable
    DinerVIP
    Dined on 3/16/2014
    I have been going to Shun Lee for many years. Their Peking Duck is the best. Was there on my own on a Sunday evening and had a great table and fine service, even though they had some very big parties and tables. The restaurant was full.
    Special Features:
    late-night find, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The best
    Candy
    Dined on 3/15/2014
    We have been coming here for more than 35 years! A winner every time!!!!
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, hot spot, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Lots of shrimp!
    businesslunch
    Dined on 3/13/2014
    We had the lunch prix fixe and I could not believe the amount of jumbo shrimp on my companions plate! like about 8 huge ones. Delicious!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, great for lunch
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • very disappointed
    cherryjamVIP
    Dined on 3/12/2014
    I have gone to this restaurant for many years. The ambiance is fine for a Chinese restaurant and the food has always been fairly consistent. This last visit was a disaster. We were seated in a banquette table under an air conditioner. When I said to the waitress that I was freezing she said "put on your jacket", even though there were other tables we could have moved to. She was rude and the food was very mediocre. We will never be returning.
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  • Great Peking Duck...
    Norm
    Dined on 3/9/2014
    ...seriously! Pricy but the food is really good, the service is great, the decor is old school and super comfortable.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, kid-friendly, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.