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
97 reviews since May 25, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.2
    Service4.2
  • Ambiance3.9
    Noise LevelModerate
89% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (41)special occasion (27)neighborhood gem (27)great for lunch (22)good for groups (22)romantic (13)kid-friendly (5)notable wine list (4)hot spot (3)late-night find (2)great for brunch (2)scenic view (1)Show More
  • 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.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Outstanding dining experience
    Margarita
    Dined on 10/14/2013
    The chef is at the top of his game, I felt as if I were back in Hong Kong. Superb cuisine, extremely attentive and courteous waitstaff, beautiful dining room with classic detail - china, silver and linen napkins. An outstanding dining experience.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Shun Lee Palace
    Richard
    Dined on 10/10/2013
    The very best Chinese restaurant in New York City. Our favorite for over thirty years.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific, as always
    BobG19
    Dined on 10/2/2013
    Very well prepared Chinese food; not your typical Chinese menu. But expensive.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Neighborhood gem
    JRushVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2013
    I have never been disappointed with the the service or the the food.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Still Delicious
    EjayVIP
    Dined on 9/29/2013
    I have been going to shun Lee Palace since I was a child, with intervals of years between visits. The Peking Duck was done to that perfect degree of crispness, but I would have preferred a few more scallions or a little something wrapped in with it. Everything else we ordered was very good, but not knock your socks off. The head waiters still wear suits, which makes it seem like you are dealing with some Chinese officials and is an appreciated, old-line touch. It is probably a good idea to let them know you are not in a rush so they don't pile on everything you have ordered at once. Also, don't be shy about not having them serve you the entire dish at once. Good cocktails. I will be eating there more frequently.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Beijing duck outstanding Got
    Sheila
    Dined on 9/22/2013
    Beijing duck outstanding Got Cantonese won Ton Delicious Great place, highly recommend
    Special Features:
    notable wine list, romantic, hot spot, special occasion
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  • Perfect, as always
    BethSPB
    Dined on 9/18/2013
    The Bejing Duck was wonderful, the skin crisp and thin, the meat lean and tender and tasty, the service impeccable, the other dishes wonderful as well. It's an experience you can count on to always be the finest. My only problem was that there was so much else I wanted to order, but the waiter told us that two dishes after the duck was more than enough for three people. He was right, of course, but even if there had been leftovers, I would have enjoyed having more.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, great for brunch, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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  • Dated with current prices
    OpenTable Diner Since 2011VIP
    Dined on 9/11/2013
    Was not impressed wih Shun Lee Palace compared with its westside location. This location is just another typical chinese restaurant while the westside has the ambience and service that goes with the brand.
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  • Bland
    SushiVIP
    Dined on 9/11/2013
    Sizzling soup lost its sizzle. Canned mushrooms and food was very salty... If you want an upscale Chinese Mr. K's is so much better. I had the 3 course lunch for $25 - perhaps it would be better to order from the main menu as the pre-fixe was very limited...not much for vegetarians. Would not go back...was disappointed. The best part was the pineapple for dessert.
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  • GREAT THROUGH THE AGES
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/4/2013
    AN EXCELLENT RESTAURANT IN THE SIXTIES AND IT HASN'T LOST ITS CHARM. THE KITCHEN IS FIRST RATE AND THE AMBIENCE AND SERVICE LIFE UP TO ITS REPUTATION.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, hot spot
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • An old star continues to shine
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 9/2/2013
    The emenu cocnsists of the expected, but also has dishes that can be found no where else such as grilled scallops. Every dish is superb and one could eat here every day without getting bored.
    Special Features:
    good for groups, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion, kid-friendly
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    • Noise LevelCannot Recall
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • 25 years of going to Shun Lee's
    AllanV
    Dined on 8/31/2013
    I go to Shun Lees every time I visit NY and have always had a great meal. The service is excellent as well. I have referred it to numerous friends who have also said they enjoyed it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
    • Food
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • consistently delicious
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/30/2013
    Our family has been going to Shun Lee Palace for many years. We''ve never had a bad meal or bad service there.The food is wonderful, and they prepare it however you like. It is always our first night restaurant when we are in NYC. It's never frantic, and we feel relaxed and at home here. We always leave with a smile on our face.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Vacation highlight
    MbdbVIP
    Dined on 8/24/2013
    The best Chinese food anywhere! If you want an outstanding dinner, start with appetizers of chicken soong and soft shell crab, and then dine on their superb chicken in black bean sauce, grand Marnier prawns, filet with cellophane noodles ( they call it Ants Climb on Tree) and their perfectly cooked Beijing Duck. A trip to Shun Lee is well worth a ticket to New York.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • We love this place and celebrate
    eat2live
    Dined on 8/13/2013
    We love this place and celebrate our wedding anniversary here every year for the past 18 years. Everything is just wonderful. I can't say a bad word about anything. Just love it.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, notable wine list, kid-friendly, romantic, neighborhood gem, great for lunch, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Just so-so
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/13/2013
    The waiters and captain looked bored. The restaurant has been around for years, is clearly still popular, but lacks anything special.
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
  • Big disappointment
    Standards1
    Dined on 8/12/2013
    I was looking forward to dinner at Shun Lee Palace. I knew it was expensive, but I wanted to impress out-of-town business guests and bring them to a really nice place. What a mistake. The wait staff was surly and the food very expensive. We waited a long time for the food to arrive, and we all were hungry. We hardly ate: The duck was dry and tasteless and the shrimp greasy; some vegetarian dish ordered by one of my guests was inedible. Save your money and go elsewhere.
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  • Food and the service was good.
    OpenTable Diner Since 2008
    Dined on 8/12/2013
    Food and the service was good. The menu is pricy, so I don't know that I would go there if it weren't for restaurant week.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Great food and service
    jjmd
    Dined on 8/8/2013
    This was the absolute best Chinese food I have ever tasted. Every entree was delicious. My family thoroughly enjoyed the dining experience!
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, romantic, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Too long between servings
    OpenTable Diner Since 2002VIP
    Dined on 8/7/2013
    The food was excellent. We had starters followed by Beijing Duck, but after this course we started to fidget because the main course took so long. We should have ended the meal with the duck because by the time the main course arrived we were no longer hungry.
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelQuiet
  • Great Chinese Food!
    AriJ
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    I went to Shun Lee as a part of Restaurant Week. I made a reservation, however, they didn't seat us right away (note: we were only a party of 2). However, the captain and server were both very polite, friendly and humorous . The food was amazing! Definitely worth the trip.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, romantic, late-night find, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Pricey but good
    OpenTable Diner Since 2005
    Dined on 8/2/2013
    The portions are big with the price to match. Bring the family to split the bill and share the food family style.
    Special Features:
    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • A relic from the past
    OpenTable Diner Since 2006VIP
    Dined on 8/1/2013
    Desultory service, ordinary overpriced food, a tired decor-some places have long ago stopped trying. It's time to retire a formula that has long passed its moment . a $25 prix-fixe luncheon started with a lone deep fried egg roll wobbling on a plate devoid of any other decoration, gloppy chicken with nuts and a wedge of pineapple! I was able to have a deep conversation with my guest for the sole reason that the room was gloomily quite empty save for a few other diners..
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  • classic Chinese
    ktarVIP
    Dined on 7/26/2013
    The quality of ingredients is high, the decor, though in place long term, is still interesting and pleasant and the space between tables give diners comfortable islands of conversation. Good. This staff, however can be gruff, tough and some burned out. Don't come here to be fawned over, but the Wonton Soup is great.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Average Chinese. Insane prices
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 7/24/2013
    This Chinese food is average at best and the prices are insane. The ambience feels old and stuffy and the service is just ok (no complaints but nothing to write home about). Go to your local takeout place for the same food for 1/10 the price and spend your money on a restaurant who's food makes the prices worth it
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  • One of our favorites and with
    OpenTable Diner Since 2009
    Dined on 7/24/2013
    One of our favorites and with restaurant week prices hard to resist.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, notable wine list, great for lunch, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Terrible/Disappoint'g/Misrepresente
    Friendly
    Dined on 7/23/2013
    The place was chosen for Restaurant week & their website listed many more appetizers for the 'special' than they offered. Then they tried to say that was for dinner BUT I had looked at the lunch menu online, so they just LIED. The food itself - the dumplings were fried so hard on one side they broke open & fell apart when cut, the taste was completely bland & they did NOT provide an appropriate sauce for them. Second the Chicken and Vegetables - DID NOT INCLUDE A SINGLE GREEN VEGETABLE and it also was so bland that even with mustard and soy sauce it was tasteless. Basically chicken & waterchesnuts- just terrible and very disappointing. A shameful lunch experience - I would tell all to avoid this location at the very least - just terrible.
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  • Old and Tired
    Kenneth
    Dined on 7/20/2013
    I had been to Shun Lee about 10 years ago, and while it was never the greatest, the food was fairly good and there was a nice ambiance and good service. I went back there this weekend and it was a shadow of its' old self. The food was not even up to par with an average inexpensive New York Chinese restaurant. And the prices were way too high for what it was. I could have had literally six far superior meals at my local Chinese restaurant for what I paid at Shun Lee. The service was ok but not what one would expect with those prices. And the restaurant just seemed worn out and nothing special, a step above a low-end place. Very very disappointing.
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  • Service
    KggfoodieVIP
    Dined on 7/14/2013
    They were not at the top of there game on this night which is very unusual for them. It was delicious though and that excuses the service . The mediocre service is very unusual for them. This would never stop me from going back. It's the first time in decades I've experieced that so everyone is entitles to one off night. Will defineltly go back. It's the BEST.
    Special Features:
    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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    • Noise LevelEnergetic
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Skip the duck
    LiketoeatVIP
    Dined on 7/1/2013
    Peking duck just average. Attitude of manager not good. This was once a great restaurant.
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • good Asian/Chinese food!
    OpenTable Diner Since 2010
    Dined on 6/27/2013
    We use the "hot and sour soup" test to see if the chinese/asian restaurant is good ot not. Well the hot and soup soup was delicious served in a footed mini-soup tureen, bit more than a cup but less than a bowl. It was perfect with the combination of the mushrooms and the consistency of the base which isn't too think or watered down..The skewered chicken appy was good too. The crispy beef was delicious with the julienned carrots and so is the buddists delight- everything was fresh and of good quality. Mistakenly filled our Pellegrino sparking water with tap water but rectified it so swiftly... no problem with that either. Good old world charm to show visitors next time!
    Special Features:
    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    • Noise LevelModerate
    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • After all the hype, this restaurant
    Lesleya1VIP
    Dined on 6/25/2013
    After all the hype, this restaurant is nothing special, it's just over-priced Chinese food. I definitely would NOT recommend it.
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  • One of the Best
    JRushVIP
    Dined on 6/23/2013
    When in town, Shun Lee Palace has become a Sunday night family tradition. Excellent food and always excellent service.
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    romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • always our first dinner in NYC
    Candy
    Dined on 6/21/2013
    We always return to Shun Lee for our first dinner in NYC. The food is fabulous, the service perfect and though it is pricey, it is just a GREAT restaurant! For over 35 years it has been our go to place! The shredded beef is so good you cannot feel guilty eating it!
    Special Features:
    good for groups, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Service, food, and atmosphere
    AmericanEitel
    Dined on 6/8/2013
    This is one of my favorites for an evening that is always a winner.
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    neighborhood gem, special occasion
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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Shun Lee is still one of the
    FussbudgetVIP
    Dined on 6/6/2013
    Shun Lee is still one of the most reliably high quality Chinese restaurants in the City. This is not the fiery, exciting high wire act that once characterized the uber-competitive Szechuan and Hunan restaurant scene in Cambridge, and still does in San Francisco. And NYC deserves no less. Nonetheless, SLP delivers consistently good food and dignified service in a comfortable setting that has aged well. Very few New York City restaurants that were performing at this level in the 1980s are even open today; fewer have never faltered and perform at the same level today as they did 30 years ago. For that precious few (e.g., La Grenouille, Orso, Le Bernardin, Gotham), we should be thankful and appreciative. Shun Lee is one of them.
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    good for groups
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    • Noise LevelModerate
  • Midtowns best
    OpenTable Diner Since 2012
    Dined on 5/29/2013
    Wonderful cuisine, very tasty, good knowledgeable service.
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    fit for foodies
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  • Simply overrated
    MichelVIP
    Dined on 5/27/2013
    We cannot recommend this place to Open Table members. The service is below par, borderline rude, the quality of the food is below par. And the cherry on. The Sunday, the bill is presented so that you have to determine the tip you give the "captain" and the tip you give to the waiter.... The whole experience left a very bad taste in our mouth. Not a place to go to.
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