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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Shun Lee Palace reviews from OpenTable diners
99 reviews since May 27, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (42)neighborhood gem (28)special occasion (27)good for groups (23)great for lunch (22)romantic (14)kid-friendly (6)notable wine list (4)hot spot (3)late-night find (2)great for brunch (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • RickVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Shun Lee Palace is my favorite restaurant in NYC. The Bejing duck, shredded beef and baby eggplant dishes are fabulous.The food is consistent, the wait staff is extremely attentive. I try to go every time I'm in town.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, kid-friendly, neighborhood gem
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  • no longer an A student
    WarrenbruceVIP
    Dined on 9/21/2014
    Not a notable dinner. Simple flavors without much interest or depth. Mr Chow or Mr K are better
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    romantic
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  • Classy Chinese
    FoodLover123
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    This is not your typical Chinese Restaurant. Impeccable service, amazingly good fool, and, of course, prices to match. This would not be my weekly spot for Chinese, but for those special occasions? Wow!!!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Now I know why it's called Palace..
    CityCountryMouth
    Dined on 9/20/2014
    ....because you area treated like royalty by the entire staff! (The food is also fit for a King or Queen.) What we thought was going to be a routine Saturday night became quite special because we dined here. The level of service and the fine food have me anticipating my next visit already. Their Gluten-Free menu was quite extensive and most appreciated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, notable wine list, romantic, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great find!
    birthdaygal
    Dined on 9/15/2014
    I have been searching for "Cantonese chow mein" that I remember from growing up for a few years now on our trips back to NYC. I found it here! They call it favorites from the 50's! We'll definitely be back!!
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Chinese Food in Midtown
    JMichelson
    Dined on 9/14/2014
    We were looking for a more upscale Chinese Restaurant and we found it. Not only was the food of excellent quality but it was served in a very timely fashion. The portions are large so that you can share making the expense far more reasonable. Of course, I didn't share! A great dining experience.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Enjoyable Meal!
    ladybug
    Dined on 9/13/2014
    Myself and a girlfriend were in NYC for a mother-daughter trip with our 10 and 11 year old girls. Given how touristy Times Square is, we expected to pay more for a lackluster meal. The girls wanted Chinese and we came upon Shun Lee Palace. What a wonderful meal! The wait staff was attentive. Service was great and the food was fabulous! We ordered 3 entrees and an appetizer for the 4 of us and ate it all! When I'm back in NY, I'll be back at Shun Lee Palace!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, kid-friendly
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  • Dinner date
    Dinnerdate
    Dined on 9/6/2014
    Beijing duck is out of this world . Service is always impeccable! Fabulous dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Wow! Will be back soon!
    PVBFan
    Dined on 9/3/2014
    It's rare that one finds a restaurant where nothing...no, not even a single dish...needs to be changes or upgraded. Outstanding Chinese food in a wonderful setting with attentive and expert service. Most notable was the impressively presented Peking Duck and the fresh tasting won ton soup, which included shrimp and greens. I hope you will stay in business forever,
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A good meal
    Albert
    Dined on 9/1/2014
    The meal was good, specially the Peking Duck we ordered and so were the spring rolls. However, the service was not good at all and I would dare say even unfriendly. I would not be back since there are friendlier chinese restaurants in town.
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  • Great Chinese food!
    samyedsVIP
    Dined on 8/30/2014
    My wife and I have eaten at Shun Lee dozens of times and they never disappoint us.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    great for brunch, good for groups, special occasion, great for lunch, scenic view, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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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
    Special Features:
    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.
    Special Features:
    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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    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Ratings-Only Reviews
    Based on 59 ratings-only reviews submitted since May 27, 2014
    • Overall Rating4.3
    • Food4.3
    • Ambiance4
    • Service4.3
    • Noise LevelModerate
  • The following 636 reviews are from the Shun Lee Palace reviews archive.