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Shun Lee Palace
Shun Lee Palace

Shun Lee Palace Details

  • 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 (212) 371-8844

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
Diner Reviews
  • "If you appreciate high end chinese this is the place for you."
    Dined on 6/30/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/19/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 6/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "Grumpy waiters. Service was efficient, not friendly which directly affects the dining experience."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "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. "
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Although the restaurant is elegant, the food is hyper expensive for small portions of standard Chinese food. "
    Dined on 6/2/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/29/2014
  • "La comida es de primera y la atención es extraordinaria. Altamente recomendable."
    Dined on 5/28/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 5/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/29/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/24/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 4/20/2014
  • "Enjoyed my meal.......sesame noodles were very good- followed by chicken w Broccoli and shrimp in Lobster sauce. Its a bit pricey though! DC458"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/16/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 2/21/2014
  • "We have been coming here for more than 35 years! A winner every time!!!!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "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!"
    Dined on 3/13/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/12/2014
  • "...seriously! Pricy but the food is really good, the service is great, the decor is old school and super comfortable."
    Dined on 3/9/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 3/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "Sophisticated Chinese food. Excellent. Great presentation and delivery. Attentive but not intrusive service."
    Dined on 2/11/2014
  • "Excellent Food. Szechuan Shrimp was best Chinese Food dish I have ever eaten."
    Dined on 2/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 2/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/31/2014
  • "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"
    Dined on 1/27/2014
  • "The food is great and so is the service Best WonTon soup ever Great size of portions"
    Dined on 1/25/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/23/2014
  • "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..."
    Dined on 1/14/2014
  • "Consistently excellent Chinese food with wonderful service."
    Dined on 12/23/2013
  • "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!"
    Dined on 1/1/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 1/7/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "The service was a little... abrupt... but not rude... but the food, man oh man- it was yummy! Expensive but well worth it!"
    Dined on 12/26/2013