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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
  • "Shun Lee palace was fantastic. It is a bit pricey, but worth every penny."
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "Great food romantic ambiance and impeccable service. I highly recommend this restaurant"
    Dined on 8/16/2014
  • "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!"
    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."
    Dined on 8/12/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/6/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 8/2/2014
  • "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."
    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)."
    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"
    Dined on 8/1/2014
  • "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."
    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."
    Dined on 7/31/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/30/2014
  • "Good food, great-looking restaurant, very friendly service! Bravo!"
    Dined on 7/21/2014
  • "Really good Beijing duck and everything else. Friendly staff, perfect food with service. Dumplings are special."
    Dined on 7/18/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/17/2014
  • "very good food, great service, elegant surroundings, limited menu, expensive"
    Dined on 7/15/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/14/2014
  • "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."
    Dined on 7/12/2014
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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
  • "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