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About Shun Lee Palace

Michael Tong's Midtown "institution" combines "striking" surroundings, "silky service" and "absolutely the best above Canal Street" decorated by Adam Tihany.

155 East 55th Street
New York, NY 10022
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Dining Style:
Casual Elegant

Cuisines:
Chinese

Hours of Operation:
Lunch Daily: 12:00pm - 3:00pm, Dinner: Monday - Friday: 5:00pm -11:00pm, Saturday - Sunday: 3:00pm - 10:00pm

Cross Street:
Between 3rd and Lexington Avenues

Dress Code:
Business Casual

Price Range:
$31 to $50

Payment Options
AMEX, Discover, MasterCard, Visa

Phone Number:
(212) 371-8844

Website:
http://shunleepalace.com/

Catering:
We can cater any location in Manhattan, for up to 100 guests.

Parking Details:
Discount parking available after 6:00pm in garage next door.

Public Transit:
E, V & 6 trains to 53rd Street/Lexington Ave

Executive Chef:
Ling Shing Ping

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

Additional:
Banquet, Beer, Full Bar, Non-Smoking, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine

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Shun Lee Palace Ratings and Reviews

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Overall Rating

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food

4.3

service

4.1

ambience

4.1

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

86% would recommend it to a friend

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Good for Anniversaries (17)
Neighborhood Gem (15)
Good for Birthdays (14)
Good for a Date (14)
Quiet Conversation (14)
Special Occasion (14)
Good for Groups (12)
Pre/post Theatre (12)
Great for Lunch (11)
Casual (8)
Creative Cuisine (8)
Comfort Food (7)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Romantic (5)
Spicy (5)
Sunday Lunch (5)
Fun (4)
Healthy (4)
Vegan (4)
Gluten Free Options (4)
Seasonal (3)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

Chinese New Years menu. All though servers were pleasant they were not particularly attentive. Many of the items were not hot when served and presentation was sloppy. Our table for four people was tiny and my chair was constantly bumped by servers or patrons as they passes by. I have always enjoyed this restaurant but this was not a great dining experience .

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

Called at last minute and cancelled our reservation at both restaurants. Not a good sign.

Tags: Casual
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 (Washington DC)·Dined 5 days ago

Great old-school Chinese restaurant but it needs to be a bit more creative with its food. Also, fresher ingredients. Service was great!

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·Dined 7 days ago

I have been going here for over 30 years. Still my favorite place for Peking Duck.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Business Meals, Great for Lunch
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 10, 2018

We enjoyed it tremendously! We will definitely go back and moreover will recommend it to friends

Tags: Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on February 9, 2018

My husband and I frequent and love this place. The food and service is always wonderful. The food is consistently good while the servers are always caring with a smile. It may be a bit pricey, but it is worth it for consistently good food (ample portions) and attentive service. Make a reservation, you won't regret it!!

Tags: Vegan, Pre/post Theatre, Sunday Lunch, Business Meals, Healthy, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 7, 2018

In a city of a million restaurants Shun Lee is one of the greats. The service is attentive, and truly flexible in helping you design a meal for everyone at the table. We went with our adult children, 6 of us all tastes accommodated at the advise of our fabulous wait staff
Peking duck, shrimp in a delicious sauce, giant fresh crispy noodles, string-beans with a touch of garlic were out of this world delicious. Festive atmosphere, cross between elegant and New York cool.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on February 3, 2018

The decor was very dated, as if the restaurant was stuck in time in 1975. Service was mediocre. The wonton soup was bland and tasteless. Entrees were between $30 and $60 yet they only have us a tiny bowl of rice. We had 3 different dishes and all were overly sweet and oily. Truly not as good as local strip mall Chinese that cost a fraction of the price.

If you want to feel like you’re back in 1975 and eat unhealthy mediocre food and don’t mind spending $75 per person then Shun Lee Palace is for you.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on February 1, 2018

Remarkably consistent, in the best ways. Just because it has been in existence for so long people may think the food is not "real" Chinese - but they are dead wrong. We have never had other than an excellent dinner and it is one of the few remaining NYC restaurants where one can have a conversation without screaming over the other dinners. Totally professional.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2018

I was there with my girlfriend Nancy for Restaurant Week
We orderd the same first course
Soupy Dumplings and a Shrimp Ball
We wanted to order more, that's how delicious they were.
Next courses we shared was
Shredded Crispy Beef and Shrimp
In a garlic sauce
For dessert was Chocolate ice cream and Tiramisu
The experience was great I enjoyed the night with my Nancy and all the wonderful food.
I would recommend this restaurant very highly to all.
Pricing but well worth it.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Late-night Find, Casual, Authentic, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 31, 2018

Every year for many years Shun Lee has had shredded duck on the restaurant week menu, and lychees for dessert. This year for the first time neither was available except on the regular menu. Particularly without the duck, it is no longer worth it to go there for restaurant week.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Service is first class. Try the orange beef very tasty

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 29, 2018

Once delicious and formidable, Beijing Duck was disappointing

Tags: Business Meals
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 29, 2018

The food was good. The service was good. We had a nice time getting together with friends.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Great for Lunch, Sunday Lunch, Fun, Casual, Good for Anniversaries, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 28, 2018

Hopeless food, service was terrible, overall not happy with the restaurant at all.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

We LOVE Shun Lee however, this time it seemed rushed and frenzied. I am not sure they had enough wait staff. Food was good.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 26, 2018

Another excellent meal at Shun Lee Palace. Friendly, superb service and spectacular food in a beautiful setting. A wonderful experience. I highly recommend it to all.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Good for Groups, Quiet Conversation, Casual, Good for a Date, Romantic, Cozy, Neighborhood Gem
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on January 24, 2018

Shun Lee has been great for the last 30+ years and I look forward to the next 30!!!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Vegan, Healthy
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vip
 (Philadelphia)·Dined on January 19, 2018

Pleasant Chinese restaurant with very good service and traditional , but expensive, Chinese food

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 15, 2018

Wonderful meal and excellent service as usual. We asked for a birthday cake and they arrived singing - made it a very special occasion. A midtown east gem! Have been going here since 1995!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on January 12, 2018

I had been to this restaurants many times as a kid and young adult. It was a favorite of my parents. I decided to go back again to celebrate my daughter’s admission to law school. What a mistake. While the food remains too notch,the service and the ambiance are aptly lacking. We were ignored for 15 minutes while we tried to get a drink, our plates were cleared one at a time with a many minutes lag between - last I checked quality restaurants clear when everyone is done with their meal - and the bathroom of two stalls had one clogged and the sink a mess of water, towels and who knows what. What a disappointment. I had take my family’s my there to celebrate a big event and to have my daughters experience a restaurant from my childhood. I would not repeat it. It’s a has been that needs a severe overhaul.

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on January 6, 2018

The food is excellent but pricey. Waitstaff seems to have mellowed which is good since they are usually quite condescending. However we stayed and chatted while there was only one other occupied table but the staff kept staring for us to leave. The prawns are delicious so every once in a while I overlook the lunacy of their behavior and prices.

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vip
 (Charlotte)·Dined on January 1, 2018

I ordered the grand marnier prawns and a mai tai. Bothe were terrible. Food was disgusting and drink was bitter. Management did nothing about my complaint. Not worth the cab fare or price. It's expensive too.

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 (London)·Dined on December 31, 2017

The food is very god and comes in large quantities (except the dumplings which are excellent but come in a very small portion). The service is impeccable.

This is a nice, if somewhat pricey, option for an up market Chinese meal.

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 (New Orleans)·Dined on December 30, 2017

As always, Shun Lee Palace (Eastside) offers quality food, served beautifully and efficiently by a friendly staff. Don't worry about following the Captain's suggestions -they are generally very good. The menu never seems to change, but that's OK as long as you like the mainstays, including Peking Duck, Fresh Seafood in a Bird's Nest and the wonderful starter, Shanghai Soup Dumplings. We were even surprised by the relative reasonableness of the bill, considering the quality of the food and location of the restaurant (high rent district).

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 26, 2017

Excellent food! Love the chicken sung. Great service! A bit pricey and dated. But we all left happy!

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vip
 (New England)·Dined on December 26, 2017

I love Shun Lee. I also liked Tse Yang. It closed so this is the only really nice Chinese restaurant in nyc that I know.

Tags: Sunday Lunch, Great for Brunch, Spicy, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Pre/post Theatre, Good Vegetarian Options, Great for Lunch, Comfort Food, Business Meals
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 (San Francisco)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Holiday dinner! Was absolutely fabulous! The green beans are amazing. We came from California and will visit NY just for the food! Thanks for a memorable Christmas dinner!

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 25, 2017

An oldie but goodie American Chinese perfect for Jewish diners on Christmas Day.

Tags: Seasonal
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on December 25, 2017

Xmas day. Service is always impeccable. Food is consistently excellent and ambiance is sophisticated NY

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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on December 23, 2017

Outstanding

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on December 21, 2017

Without a doubt a great restaurant. Can’t count the number of years but they have been consistently good

Tags: Vegan, Spicy, Authentic
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 (México)·Dined on December 20, 2017

Excelente restaurante, buen servicio y lo mejor es el Pato.

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 (Western NC)·Dined on December 19, 2017

We have been dining here for 30 years and we always return for a great dinner when we are in New York.

Tags: Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 19, 2017

Very good food, extensive menu, lunch and dinner specials. Traditional fare plus Dim Sum options.

Tags: Good for Groups, Business Meals, Good for Birthdays
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vip
 (Orlando)·Dined on December 18, 2017

My favorite Chinese restaurant for 25 years. The best Peking Duck in the US

Tags: Hot Spot, Romantic, Good for Anniversaries, Vegan, Good for Groups, Worth the Drive
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 (New England)·Dined on December 16, 2017

Shun Lee has been one of our family favorites for over 30 years!! It never disappoints and we always feel welcome there!! Everything was delicious and the Crispy Beef (along with the Peking Duck) are our most favorite items on the menu, although it's really difficult to choose a favorite because it's all so good!!

Tags: Authentic, Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Seasonal, Good for Groups, Casual, Pre/post Theatre, Creative Cuisine, Good for a Date, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Excellent for a return visit after several years. We found it to be unchanged and for good reason. Why mess with a good thing. The Peking Duck was awesome.

Tags: Fit for Foodies, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on December 14, 2017

Amazing food especially the "from the 50's menu -just like Chinese food used to be ..

Tags: Cozy, Romantic, Good for a Date, Authentic, Fit for Foodies, Neighborhood Gem, Pre/post Theatre
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 (New York Area)·Dined on December 12, 2017

Excellent upscale Chinese food....great, friendly service. The Peking Duck is outstanding!!

Tags: Pre/post Theatre, Good for Anniversaries, Comfort Food
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