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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

based on recent ratings
food

4.3

service

4.2

ambience

4.1

value

3.6

Noise

Moderate

83% would recommend it to a friend

Authentic (19)
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Business Meals (16)
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Good for Anniversaries (12)
Quiet Conversation (12)
Good for a Date (11)
Creative Cuisine (11)
Pre/post Theatre (11)
Comfort Food (10)
Good for Groups (9)
Great for Lunch (9)
Good Vegetarian Options (8)
Worth the Drive (7)
Romantic (6)
Spicy (6)
Casual (4)
Fun (4)
Gluten Free Options (3)
Healthy (3)
Kid-friendly (2)
Handcrafted Cocktails (2)
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Very enjoyable experience. All staff very accommodating and very attentive. It was our anniversary and they treated us to a very special dessert...Along with many good wishes. We had a lovely evening there and look forward to going again when we are in New York City.

Tags: Casual, Good for a Date, Quiet Conversation, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Orlando)·Dined on July 14, 2017

Better than hoped for. Pricing is fair and on par with any upper scale restaurant. However, Drink prices are a bit much! $18 for a Gin and Tonic, or a Scotch and Water. The service, food choice, quality, and taste is so excellent.

Tags: Local Ingredients, Casual, Romantic, Authentic, Late-night Find
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 13, 2017

Shun Lee on west side vastly superior

Food was expensive, and mediocre. Great service though

Tags: Spicy
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 (Los Angeles)·Dined on July 12, 2017

Shun Lee Palace is reliable and gracious and all kinds of good things. There are no doubt hipper restaurants. But for just plain predictably lovely, Shun Lee is top of list.

Tags: People Watching, Business Meals, Good for Anniversaries
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 (New York Area)·Dined on July 10, 2017

My wife and I been coming to this restaurant (or Shun Lee West or Shun Lee Café) for more than 30 years and almost yearly. We remain great fans and never leave disappointed. We always leave satisfied, in good spirits and looking forward to our next visit.

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

To much money for the lunch that was not good at all with an exception to the won ton soup

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vip
 (Atlanta)·Dined on June 30, 2017

We always go to Shun Lee Palace when we visit NYC. It was very unfortunate that the food was way off. The food is usually very good. The service was outstanding as usual but the food was way off. Don't know why but at their prices the food needs to be outstanding. Not certain if we will return. It's a shame since my wife and I have been going there for years. Very sad that the food was very disappointing.

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 (Orange County)·Dined on June 27, 2017

Consistently great food and service. Our favorite high end Chinese in NY since 1997

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 24, 2017

All of the Shun Lee NYC restaurants are outrageously overpriced. That said, if you want to pay the price, you will get excellent food, excellent service (helpful, gracious, attentive to your needs on and off the menu) and a pleasant QUIET dining experience.
Shun Lee is most definitely *not* your inexpensive Chinese restaurant - it is fine dining with familiar *and* unusual Chinese offerings and above all, calm, peaceful and courteous.

Enjoy!

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 (New England)·Dined on June 18, 2017

Father's Day dinner

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 18, 2017

The food was unlike anything we have ever ordered from there! Very disappointed.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

This was my 2nd visit. I started going here after Mr. K's closed. I have to say the food, service and atmosphere are fantastic. Both visits have been for a special occasion and the staff ensured that our dining experience was in fact special. Serving sizes are also generous so next-day left overs are also a treat!

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 17, 2017

Got there at 12. Only ones in the restaurant. Waited until 12:30 for 2 hot dishes....only ones there

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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 14, 2017

The orange beef is to die for. The duck egg roll is divine. The Shanghai soupy dumplings are a must. And don't forget a perfectly mixed martini or three. Excellent, elegant service and it's fun to sit side by side with your date (it's encouraged) and watch the room. Expensive but worth it. Best upscale Chinese food in NYC.

Tags: Authentic, Fun, Business Meals, Worth the Drive, Neighborhood Gem, Quiet Conversation, People Watching, Special Occasion, Good for a Date, Comfort Food, Good for Anniversaries, Spicy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 13, 2017

Superb food, service and atmosphere. A wonderful restaurant.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Special Occasion, Creative Cuisine, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on June 9, 2017

Excellent duck. Melts in your mouth. Our waiter Peter was great. Very attentive with a great personality and funny. Food was excellent but I always feel that service is half the meal. I have already recommended Shun Lee and will again.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Special Occasion, Casual
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 (Miami)·Dined on May 28, 2017

Everything was on point. A little pricey dust worth it.
Next time in the city I'll make a point of going back.

Tags: Neighborhood Gem, Gluten Free Options, Quiet Conversation, Authentic, Spicy
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 (Atlanta)·Dined on May 22, 2017

We had read mixed reviews but wanted to try a quiet, nice Chinese restaurant with quality food and ambience. We loved our food, the room had a nice ambience, and we could hear each other talk. Yes, it was pricey, but we all felt it was worth the money because the food was so good and the service was equally good.

Tags: Good Vegetarian Options, Quiet Conversation, Business Meals, Special Occasion, Good for Birthdays, Good for Anniversaries
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 (Miami)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Worst service ever.

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 (London)·Dined on May 21, 2017

The food and service is first rate. I would highly recommend a visit. I will certainly return on a future trip to New York.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 21, 2017

The BEST Chinese food from coast to coast. Consistent, delish and great service!

Tags: Good for Anniversaries, Quiet Conversation, Pre/post Theatre, Good for Birthdays, Neighborhood Gem, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options, Worth the Drive
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 (Miami)·Dined on May 21, 2017

Best Beijing Duck in NYC and with very reasonable price.

Tags: Good for Groups, Great for Lunch, Neighborhood Gem
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 20, 2017

Shun Lee is an old, reliable restaurant whose decor is getting a little shabby around the edges, but whose food is as fresh and delicious as ever. Great food.

Tags: Great for Brunch, Comfort Food
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 14, 2017

Anniversary...
Great traditional Cantonese food done very well. Elegantly served.
Not inexpensive but the quality is outstanding.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 13, 2017

Restaurant has fallen off. Portions smaller, soup and dumplings were cold. Service was fair at best. Best dessert Almond dofu taken off menu.

Tags: Good for Groups, Special Occasion
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 (Denver)·Dined on May 13, 2017

We've been to this restaurant over the years, willing to pay top dollar for imperial Chinese food though in a city with a good Chinese restaurant on nearly every corner. No more. It is no longer good, and still expensive.

We noticed on the way in that they have "outstanding food" stickers from 2009, but not more recently. There's a reason why.

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

I found it grossly overpriced and not particularly service-oriented. The food was fine but again, nothing special.

Tags: Good for Groups
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 10, 2017

Shun Lee is one of my regulars and favorites, but the food was not up to its usual 4.5 standard. A prawn dish recommended by the waiter was bland, and other dishes a bit weak.

Tags: Special Occasion, Spicy
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 (Philadelphia)·Dined on May 8, 2017

Great food, service, and ambiance overall. Beijing duck was absolutely delicious. Recommended.

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 (Dallas)·Dined on May 7, 2017

We were very impressed with the food quality and service.

Tags: Kid-friendly, Quiet Conversation
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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 6, 2017

Three of us thoroughly enjoyed our early dinner at Shun Lee Palace. The staff was attentive and friendly. The food was excellent. We look forward to returning.

Tags: Great for Lunch, Authentic, Sunday Lunch, Good for a Date
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 (Chicago)·Dined on May 5, 2017

There is no better Chinese food to be had in NYC. The featured bean curd puff with mushrooms is outstanding but you really can't go wrong with anything on the menu.

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on May 4, 2017

I can't believe that this place is rated as highly as it is. We have eaten Chinese from Hong Kong to San Francisco to Chicago and this is the worst Chinese restaurant, from food to service, we have ever patronized. We shared the Beijing Duck (they don't actually have Peking Duck) and it was served as "tacos." The duck was off-tasting and the resulting nausea lasted throughout the evening. The service was horrid. After finishing we sat while the 10 or so waiters had a nice chat, often quite loudly. Just a truly negative experience. Avoid this place like the plague.

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 (New York Area)·Dined on May 1, 2017

We had dinner here our first time the other night. We were very impressed with the many choices in the menu and our food was exceptional. We'll be going back again the next time we are in NYC.

Tags: Worth the Drive, Quiet Conversation, Fun, Cozy, Fit for Foodies, Authentic
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 28, 2017

Shun Lee is always wonderful. Great for conversation and great food. teriffic healthy choices.

Tags: Quiet Conversation, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (London)·Dined on April 27, 2017

Fabulous place
Delicious food - prawn spring rolls and duck pancakes - superb!!
Not cheap but worth a visit for a special occasion
Will return when in NYC

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 (Miami)·Dined on April 22, 2017

Great place, excellent food and great atmosphere. Took my 94 y/o mom there for dinner, she loves good Chinese food. We had a great time. Even though the place was crowded (Sat night) the noise level was low and we could hear each other talk very well. For my mom, who's hearing isn't great (again 94!) it makes a huge difference. All our dishes were excellent and the service efficient and very nice. We will be back

Tags: Business Meals, Good for a Date, Fun, Cozy
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 22, 2017

excellent service, attentive wait staff willing to do your special orders; Bejing duck, moo shu pork were superb to share with a group

Tags: Good for Birthdays, Great for Lunch, Good for Groups, Good Vegetarian Options
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 (New York Area)·Dined on April 13, 2017

Very good chinees restaurant with a top service. Had there duck. Very well prepared. Absolut a place to visit if you into chinees food and good service

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 (San Francisco)·Dined on April 9, 2017

Really dissapointed.
I visit new york 3-4 times a year and in the past I enjoyed this restaurant very much. However, the last times I have been very disappointed.
This week it was ridiculous: At 9:30pm 80% of the waiters left, leaving just a couple of junior staff in charge for the whole restaurant.
I ordered one peking duck for 4 people, they served the whole duck in just 6 pancakes...
At 10pm the manager decided to turn off the music, despite there were 4-5 tables occupied....
I have been in this restaurant probably 12 times, but I will never come back.
Very sad as in the past it used to be quite good but it seems management has changed.

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