Shun Lee Palace
Shun Lee Palace

Shun Lee Palace

  • Dining Style: Casual Elegant
  • Website: http://shunleepalace.com/
  • Phone: (212) 371-8844
  • 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
114 reviews since July 29, 2014
Overall Rating4.2
  • Food4.3
    Service4.3
  • Ambiance4
    Noise LevelModerate
85% of reviewers would recommend this restaurant to a friend.
fit for foodies (56)neighborhood gem (37)special occasion (32)good for groups (27)great for lunch (21)romantic (15)kid-friendly (6)hot spot (5)notable wine list (2)great for brunch (2)scenic view (1)great for outdoor dining (1)Show More
  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, notable wine list, romantic, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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  • 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
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, special occasion
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    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.
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    good for groups, special occasion
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  • 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.
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    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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  • 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.
    Special Features:
    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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  • 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.
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    fit for foodies, great for lunch
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  • 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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    I would recommend this to a friend.
  • Terrific, as always
    BobG19VIP
    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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  • Neighborhood gem
    JRushVIP
    Dined on 10/1/2013
    I have never been disappointed with the the service or the the food.
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    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.
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    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
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    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.
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    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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    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.
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    fit for foodies, good for groups, neighborhood gem
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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.
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    fit for foodies, romantic, neighborhood gem
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    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.
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    fit for foodies, neighborhood gem, special occasion
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