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
96 reviews since May 22, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
88% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (39)neighborhood gem (27)special occasion (26)great for lunch (24)good for groups (23)romantic (13)kid-friendly (5)hot spot (4)notable wine list (3)late-night find (2)great for brunch (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • 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
    Special Features:
    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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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    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!!!!
    Special Features:
    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.
  • This was a great place for
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 3/6/2014
    This was a great place for a client I took to lunch who was a vegan and had very strict dietary needs. The restaurant not only had numerous vegetable dishes but also made sure they steamed his vegetables exactly as he wanted them.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Not what I was expecting
    Hotdog64
    Dined on 2/22/2014
    I had been to Shun Lee several years ago. I enjoyed the experience then and decided to go back. This is a very pricey restaurant. The food was good however the service is great. But at the prices they charge the food should be great as well. They had a special called soupy dumplings. I ordered them as I like dumplings very much. They arrived in a timely manner but the flavor and texture were not what I would have called good. The rest of our meals came out. Everything was hot and freshly prepared but really didn't impress anyone in our group. We all had expected that the most expensive Chinese restaurant should have great food. As this was not the case I doubt very much that we will return.
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  • Better get take out
    BrooksVIP
    Dined on 2/21/2014
    Went here for my Birthday as I was looking for an upscale fancy Chinese restaurant. The menu looked great and I figured we had found it, what a disappointment ! We ordered the special duck spring rolls and received a wade of grease, it was obvious they were just taken out of the fryer and literally after biting into it I had grease running down my chin. We had ordered a couple appetizers and decided we would order 1 entree, the waiter looked at us like we had 3 heads and then stated 1 for 2? We said yes for now, service was nice but felt slightly rushed and the food was not impressive. In fact I said to my wife I had not realized how good out local take out Chinese place was. Sorry to say we wont be back
    Special Features:
    notable wine list
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  • Valentines Day Dinner
    NANATESS
    Dined on 2/14/2014
    The food was great,nice host and waiters The fried rice is the best I've ever had in my life The vodka and lycée drink is to die for The Beijing duck served with homemade crepes. The place is expensive,but the food and service is absolutely top notch.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, vibrant bar scene, notable wine list, romantic, scenic view, neighborhood gem, hot spot, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Best Peking Duck in town
    SundayVIP
    Dined on 2/11/2014
    Sophisticated Chinese food. Excellent. Great presentation and delivery. Attentive but not intrusive service.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Excellent Food. Szechuan Shrimp
    Street15
    Dined on 2/7/2014
    Excellent Food. Szechuan Shrimp was best Chinese Food dish I have ever eaten.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Mixed
    HennyVIP
    Dined on 2/1/2014
    The banquet food was varied and plentiful, but some of it lacked personality. Dishes marked "spicy" were not. Portions of several dishes were grouped on one plate, and I would have preferred that each dish be served separately on small plates. The service was sometimes attentive and sometimes inappropriately rushed or slow to deliver. The atmosphere was festive and the restaurant is very attractive. The noise level was high, but not impossible considering that every table was occupied.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Another great Chinese New Year's
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    A regular at this great restaurant, been coming here since the late 70s, food is always good, but this first evening of the lunar new year, the kitchen was really wonderful! The Peking Duck ordered from the menu was cooked to perfection, crispy skin wrapped tightly in their crepe envelopes, wonderful flavor, delicious soup dumplings, baked lobster, everything dish bursting with flavor. Only complaint and reason couldn't give service 5 stars was that we almost always had to ask for a pour and we ordered 3 bottles over the course of dinner. It was busy, but still no excuse. They also left a dinner guest waiting at the bar for 1/2 hour after we had been seated.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Disappointing Chinese New Year
    disappointed1
    Dined on 1/31/2014
    While the decor was lovely, the rest of our experience was very mediocre. We dined on Chinese New Year and expected more than we received. We opted for the fixed price menue which sounded very good but was a disappointment. The first course was very slow in coming and it was cold. When we pointe out it was cold, plates taken and micro waved so hot that it burnt our mouths when returned. For the cost, would not recommend.
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  • old world, ancient staff
    MTF1VIP
    Dined on 1/27/2014
    the food holds up but is over-priced and the service is lacking. ancient waiters hover, rushing to clear dishes. one of the waiters smelled from having just smoked a cigarette. there are stains on the waiters uniforms. for the price, they need an upgrade
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  • Best Chinese
    ArmaniNYCVIP
    Dined on 1/25/2014
    The food is great and so is the service Best WonTon soup ever Great size of portions
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • elegant Chinese American Cuisine
    NYMDVIP
    Dined on 1/23/2014
    So its not innovative, they've been serving up elegant and delicious Chinese food for decades and it's hard to find more pleasant differential service.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • ho hum
    spud
    Dined on 1/14/2014
    It has been a number of years since I was there, so I booked a lunch based on previous experiences coupled with the good reviews it continues to get. The food was average, not great, and certainly not deserving the relatively high praise shown in Zagats. The service was efficient, though brusque. And the prices were ridiculous: $15 for 4 generic dumplings? Please...
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  • Upscale Chinese
    aboyandhissmocks
    Dined on 1/7/2014
    It's a pricy place, have no doubt. I wouldn't have eaten here if not for my grandmother. We went for dinner before a show, and everything was good and nice, but the thing that stuck with me is: the service was impeccable. The "Outstanding" as denoted by the star system doesn't even cut it. Wow.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, special occasion
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  • Best Chinese Food
    OpenTable Diner Since 2004
    Dined on 1/1/2014
    We have been dining at Shun Lee for years. It never fails EVER. This time we met our children for a New Year's Day lunch. It was superb. The duck is fabulous, as are the sweetbreads. It is all fabulous. I am actually not a Chinese food fan but this is high quality dining that is amazing. No gloppy unidentifiable sauces. Just wonderful ingredients prepared perfectly. Enjoy!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, romantic, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shockingly inadequate
    ScotVIP
    Dined on 12/31/2013
    We had long wanted to go but, disappointingly, found food and wine over-priced, portions small, flavors unremarkable, waiters unsmiling (although mostly correct). Decor OK. Cannot recommend it.
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  • Yum-my!!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/26/2013
    The service was a little... abrupt... but not rude... but the food, man oh man- it was yummy! Expensive but well worth it!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem
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  • Consistently excellent Chinese
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010VIP
    Dined on 12/23/2013
    Consistently excellent Chinese food with wonderful service.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Peking Duck
    poorockerVIP
    Dined on 12/19/2013
    It's the best in NYC; and the service is always great.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for outdoor dining, neighborhood gem
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Old School chinese w/Bland food
    sunzub
    Dined on 12/13/2013
    I took my son to this place friday night - we were traveling from seattle. We wanted a nice high end chinese experience. Food was quite bad. Service was ok... it is overpriced - i would avoid this place...
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  • Very much enjoyed the meal
    OpenTable Diner Since 2013
    Dined on 12/4/2013
    Very much enjoyed the meal and ambience. I try to go once a year with friends from Europe. Excellent food.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • The original has lost some luster
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006
    Dined on 12/1/2013
    The original has lost some luster - the food was supremely mediocre - not bad, per se, but certainly not good...let's go with woefully uninspired in conception and preparation. Try the Shun Lee Palace West - I think it was better which is why we tried this one. Won't again.
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  • Disturbingly disappointing
    goguins66VIP
    Dined on 11/22/2013
    The first time we dined at Shun Lee, I overlooked the quirky service and odd atmosphere because the food was very good. Without the food to elevate the experience, the evening was quite a disappointment. I truly don't want to be mean, but one of the biggest downfalls of the service was the captain's severe halitosis and server's body odor. I'm sorry, but the management and other associates must be able to notice this, and it is very disturbing around food. The food itself was unremarkable. Only real enjoyable items were the fried rice and szechuan wontons. The Neptunes basket was served in an edible basket which tasted...dusty. The lemon chicken was inedible. With the amount of servers we had, there was a lack of attentiveness.
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  • An Old Reliable
    WinkVIP
    Dined on 11/16/2013
    We have been eating at Shun Lee Palace for many, many years. This time, we went with my brother and sister-in-law. He calls this "expense account Chinese food". I think he means that the prices are fairly sporting. I, however, feel strongly that the quality of the ambience, service, and (most importantly) the food justifies the expense. We have never been less than delighted with our meal - and the overall experience. We plan to keep coming back for years to come.
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  • Old and still great
    RickVIP
    Dined on 11/14/2013
    If you love Chinese, Shun Lee Palace is one of the older and more elegant places to visit for more traditional fair. Food is great and the service is exceptional. They won't pressure you to order and allow you to have long breaks if you like between courses and before or after the meal begins. You definitely don't feel rushed and can enjoy your company.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Service a little off with
    PaulL
    Dined on 11/11/2013
    Service a little off with confusion over some dishes. Decor a little tired. Bring Adam Tihany back to refresh the decor!!! Love this place and want it to go another 20 years but they need to renovate.
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    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Elegant & excellent as always
    SteveP
    Dined on 11/10/2013
    S.L.P. made our visit with some guests from London a memorable one, with an astute eye and fine food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • Not your average Chinese.
    TEE417
    Dined on 11/7/2013
    No joke, the place is pricy. And if you're looking for the usual beef with broccoli type of fare, this isn't it. Food is more upscale than average Chinese place --- and it's delicious! Walters are very attentive (almost too attentive). And the booths are very private with their extra high backs.
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    fit for foodies
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Overpriced
    catsmeowVIP
    Dined on 11/5/2013
    The food was "eh" and overpriced. The wait staff stands around staring at the diners. Commercially wrapped fortune cookies just don't cut it for the price.
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  • We were ready for some good
    Brenda
    Dined on 11/4/2013
    We were ready for some good Chinese food and we enjoyed it very much.
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  • It waas a very nice environment
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 10/30/2013
    It waas a very nice environment but we found the food to be average at best. I had the lemon chicken and the sauce was so thin that it barely flavored the deep-fried crust of the chicken. The shrimp in lobster sauce had beautiful prawns but again the sauce was flavorless and again very thin. We did like the staff and it was quite a nice place to eat in but for $120 chinese dinner for 2...dissapointment.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, great for lunch
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  • lunch
    FoodEVIP
    Dined on 10/22/2013
    I love lunch and dinner at Shun Lee. i was surprised this time to find that there were very very few selections for my vegetarian guest. I was somewhat embarrassed. Betty
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • Good Chinese Food at Sky-High Price
    harveyk
    Dined on 10/16/2013
    I hadn't eaten at Shun Lee Palace in several years and looked forward to my return visit. The service was fine, although one guest ordered brown rice and was served white instead, which was quickly removed and replaced. The food is basic, good Chinese cuisine--nothing particularly inventive or unusual. But the prices are pretty unreal..$15..50 for 4 steamed dumplings? A simple chicken entree is $28.95 with many other choices well over $30. I like this restaurant, but it's just too expensive for what's being offered; there are several other Chinese restaurants in the neighborhood with comparable food at far more reasonable prices.
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    good for groups, special occasion
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