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

4.2

service

4.2

ambience

4.2

value

3.6

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Quiet

80% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (18)
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Good for Birthdays (15)
Neighborhood Gem (14)
Fit for Foodies (13)
Good for a Date (13)
Spicy (10)
Quiet Conversation (10)
Comfort Food (9)
Creative Cuisine (9)
Good for Groups (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Good for Anniversaries (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (7)
Worth the Drive (7)
Pre/post Theatre (6)
Fun (5)
Casual (4)
Healthy (4)
Romantic (4)
Kid-friendly (2)
Cozy (2)
Gluten Free Options (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
Late-night Find (2)
People Watching (2)
Quick Bite (2)
Afternoon Tea (1)
Bar Seating (1)
Great for Brunch (1)
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 2 days ago

The decor is acceptable but getting a little old. The wait staff is responsive but not sufficiently attentive or friendly. The food is good but not amazing while the prices would suggest that the preparations should be more unique and sophisticated. I think the Shun Lee on the West side does a better job but it’s time that this venerable Chinese restaurant freshen up its act.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined 3 days ago

Excellent service, the duck appetizer wraps are always amazing, the wonton soup and shredded beef are simply delicious.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Special Occasion, Good for Groups
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 (Houston)·Dined 4 days ago

Food was great but service was terrible.

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 (New York Area)·Dined 4 days ago

The shrimp in the dish Shrimp with Lobster Sauce were not fresh.
We had some trouble getting the check.

Tags: Business Meals
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on November 13, 2017

Food was mediocre and the prices were very high. One party had the tiger prawns and liked them. My vegetarian dish was not good. Disappointing.

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vip
 (Cleveland)·Dined on November 12, 2017

My favorite restaurant in NYC

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·Dined on November 12, 2017

Unpleasant service. Terrible food. Overpriced. Very disappointing.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on November 10, 2017

It is always a pleasure to eat at the restaurant - the food is tops, the service is prompt and friendly and it is close to the location where I stay in NY. I will be back after the first of the year.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 7, 2017

Really gone down hill. The Slippery Chicken was mediocre. Crispy beef was served cold and service was slow. An order of dumplings was only 4 pieces instead of the 6 served other Chinese restaurants. Took 10 minutes to retrieve my coat from coat check despite the fact that there was only one party ahead of me in line.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 5, 2017

As usual, excellent food, nicely served. Ready to close at about 10, which I thought was a bit early for a Saturday night.

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Fit for Foodies
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 (London)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Friends and I came from Hong Kong and we went there before marathon day for carbo loading. Food was surprisingly great and service was above standard too. My only complain is the texture of the rice...

Tags: Comfort Food, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (Dallas)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Shun Lee Palace has been a favorite of mine for thirty years. No trip to NYC would be complete without a trip to this great Chinese place conveniently located on East 55th Street in midtown. I love the quiet atmosphere, the wait staff who know what they're doing because most have been there for years, and the incredibly good food. Don't miss this Asian gem!

Tags: Spicy, Authentic, Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Always consistent, great food, waiters are usually more attentive but they were good. Love this place.

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 (Kansas City)·Dined on November 4, 2017

Great, authentic food with friendly, helpful server.

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Authentic, Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 28, 2017

My wife and I tried the Shun Lee Palace for the first time last April while we were on our twice yearly trip to NYC. We loved it so much the first time, we just had to go back in October. Everything is great here - the food, the nice friendly and quick service, the atmosphere. It's in a great location mid-town also. If you haven't tried it, you certainly should. It is a very nice experience.

Tags: Authentic, People Watching, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Fun, Fit for Foodies, Good Vegetarian Options, Comfort Food, Neighborhood Gem
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 (Washington DC)·Dined on October 28, 2017

Wonderful restaurant. Highly recommended. Delicious Chinese food.

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Quiet Conversation, Good for a Date, Pre/post Theatre, Casual, Romantic, Good for Groups, Business Meals, Healthy
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 27, 2017

The staff was very attentive without being overbearing. Food was delicious.

Tags: Good for Groups
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

It is still a very reliable Eatery after all those years and the Peking Duck is delicious!

Tags: Special Occasion, Comfort Food, Good for a Date, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

Fantastic Chinese restaurant!!! My favorite in NYC!!

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Fit for Foodies
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 25, 2017

This wasn't my first time having lunch with the girls here, however, the service was very, very slow. It took an extremely long time for our entrees to be served (all of which were a lunch menu special).

Tags: Great for Lunch
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 23, 2017

Disappointing food. This was once a wonderful restaurant. It no longer is.

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Oldie but goodie. Very friendly wait staff and host. Food was well presented and cooked perfectly. Really great for sharing plates as portions are generous.

Tags: Casual, Neighborhood Gem, Great for Lunch, Kid-friendly, Business Meals, Spicy, Good Vegetarian Options
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

Shun Lee has great food and great service. Best in NYC!!!!

Tags: Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 18, 2017

The very Best!! I have been a consistent and loyal regular at Shun Lee Palace since 1980 (i.e., for 37 years); never have I been disappointed.

Tags: Business Meals, Quiet Conversation, Good for Birthdays, Good for Groups, Creative Cuisine, Neighborhood Gem, Good Vegetarian Options, Healthy, Quick Bite, Good for Anniversaries, Authentic, Bar Seating, Late-night Find, Fit for Foodies, Pre/post Theatre, Good for a Date, Fun, Romantic, Worth the Drive
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

I have not eaten there in years bc of bad service - but this time - the service was excellent and the food was amazing - will definitely become a regular again - HIGHLY RECCOMMEND

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Authentic, Fit for Foodies
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 15, 2017

Our family has been coming to Shun Lee for many years. It is always a favorite. Food is excellent and the service is wonderful.

Tags: Creative Cuisine, Special Occasion
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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 14, 2017

We enjoyed the attentive, gentlemanly service and tasty food, and appreciated the speed with which servers got us through our meal in a short period of time as our schedule required.

My husband is MSG sensitive so he is always delighted to be able to have delicious Chinese food at Shun Lee Palace. I am gluten sensitive so the same could be said for me.

The ants on a hill entree was a little disappointing, as the beef was so pulverized that we could hardly find or taste it!

But we will be back!

Tags: Gluten Free Options, Creative Cuisine
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Unfortunately wasn't as good as previous visits. Rice was almost watery and soggy

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on October 8, 2017

Shun Lee is so consistent! We’ve never been disappointed and love this restaurant. Although, I think the next time we visit the restaurant and order the Peking duck rolls, we will ask to build them ourselves. Not a criticism, but would like to personalize the rolls to our taste. Lovely to be able to return to a restaurant with such consistency!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on October 7, 2017

Tho I live in Buffalo, Ny I do get to NYC from time to time.. I always like to go to Shun Lee Palace when I can.. I have been going there for probably 30 years and the quality and ambiance has remained constant.. It is always a happy experience, with good service and wonderful food..

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Creative Cuisine
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 (Dallas)·Dined on October 2, 2017

Recommended by a friend and then learned it was only blocks from our hotel. Great find! Loved the atmosphere and the service. Very extensive menu. Only problem was deciding what to order. Too many great choices!

Tags: Authentic, Good for Birthdays, Pre/post Theatre
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·Dined on September 30, 2017

This is the best Chinese meal we have ever had. The duck was outstanding.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Comfort Food, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 30, 2017

As always, the food is wonderful, and the service is attentive. We have loved coming here for over 40 years!

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Fit for Foodies, Special Occasion, Quiet Conversation, Worth the Drive, Good for Anniversaries
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vip
 (Houston)·Dined on September 29, 2017

We were visiting NYC and found this highly recommended restaurant that had last minute accommodation. The Orange beef was delicious as was the hot and sour soup.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic
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vip
 (Miami)·Dined on September 29, 2017

I've been dining here for more than 20 years - the food an service have always been, and continues to be fabulous. The best Peking duck!!!

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vip
 (Chicago)·Dined on September 29, 2017

Have been coming to Shun lee since my parents discovered it in the 1970's. The food is excellent, Shechuan dishes are marvelous and the service is tops.

Tags: Special Occasion
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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 28, 2017

Everything superb -- just remember when your server suggests rice, that everything is ala carte -- I didn't and it added a lot to the bill.

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·Dined on September 21, 2017

Love the nostalgia, great service, high quality food

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vip
 (New York Area)·Dined on September 14, 2017

Service was horrible. About 5 minutes after we sat down, 3 different wait staff came over to take or orders. We explained that we didn't have a chance to look at the menu and would need more time. After one waiter left another one came over to take our drink orders. We felt rushed.

All the food was cold and the vegetable fried rice smelt a bit off.

I really expected better.

Tags: People Watching
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 (New York Area)·Dined on September 12, 2017

Good food. Service can be a bit overbearing but polite. Overall good spot (for many years).

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