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vipSteveW
Houston
29 reviews
Dined on March 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Fantastic food.

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vipWill
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was spectacular! Service was great. Love this place so much and will absolutely back again soon

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vipRobertK
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent service and food. Always has been best mandarin food in NYC.

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vipMomusing
New York Area
36 reviews
Dined on February 28, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had an awesome time with out group of 11 at Shun Lee Palace. The service was awesome, they gave us a private party area so we were not bothered with the conversations of any other people and the food and service are always great. We will definitely come back!

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TommyK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

amazing food and service - best of the best in midtown east

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OpenTable Diner
London
1 review
Dined on February 24, 2020
Overall1food2service1ambience1

A ridiculous "has been" restaurant, whose best days are firmly behind it! Overly priced, uncaringly made food, and bad service... A mix of attributes to never go again! Even the Broccoli with garlic sauce was uneatable... it was a disgusting watery mix! A terrible experience overall...will certainly not repeat it!

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njny
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 22, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

5 star service from start to finish. Food was fantastic.

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Brooklynfoodie
1 review
Dined on February 15, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience3

The staff are fantastic and helpful, but the kitchen needs Improvement. The menu needs some thought and the food is bad- thoughtless and badly presented

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Teejoy
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall3food5service2ambience4

We have eaten here many times and the food was great as always. It was Valentines Day and they were busy. The service was terrible. We watched our food sit on the table 5 minutes while the sever was rolling duck for another table. Then when he was bringing food took it to two other tables who said it wasn’t there’s before serving it to us. Got the sauce for my appetizers as I was taking the last bite.

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Christian
1 review
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience3

I came because of a good review on GQ, that told the duck was served in 3 steps (skin, meat and soup.
Instead, nothing of this. It was all in one. Meat, skin and very few scallions came rolled and lost in thick and no tasty pancakes, with only 4 tiny legs extremities served on the same plate with the pancake rolls stack. The rare pieces of skin and were very very good, almost perfect, but the way they serve it let you think they divide the meat and skin between you and another client while you ordered a full duck for yourself. And no soup at all. And the duck is 10 dollars more expensive than what appears on the website menu. Overall disappointing.

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vipMims
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Excellent food and service. The staff will gladly tailor the dishes to your preference. Very kind and attentive service.

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Tyre
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 14, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience5

The waitstaff was in chaos,the Shanghai dumplings doughy, and the crispy sea bass totally without spice.Peking duck was fine. Valentine day may be some reason for the disaster . Will not return.

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vipKirby
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on February 6, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Service and food were amazing. I never experienced Chinese cuisine this good. Prices are very high, but worth it for a special treat.

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YvonneC
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on February 4, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hadn’t been there in years but the food and service was as good as I remembered.

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MsGoblin
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

It was Monday of Restaurant Week Winter 2020, and we didn't have much hope for a meal much above "adequate". Restaurant Week tends to be that way.

WRONG! The evening was lovely. We had a choice of many appetizers, entrees and a few desserts. I had to stop for a slice after a Restaurant Week meal a few years ago, so when I ordered the Beijing Duck, I was expecting one pancake worth of food. When the entree arrived, there were three pancakes filled generously with the duck, cucumber, green onion and hoisin.

On top of that, the service was gracious and accommodating.

Not only was I exposed to a terrific, new (for me) restaurant, but this renewed my confidence in NYC Restaurant Week.

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vipjames
Seattle
153 reviews
Dined on February 3, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Service excellent, friendly.
Food very good for Restaurant Week Lunch.
Nice venue.
Would return, thanks!

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OpenTable Diner
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2020
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Great food

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vipRobinK
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 31, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

I will never return to this restaurant again. Horrible service, two employees screaming at each other in the kitchen disturbed the whole dining room - everyone went silent then it was carried out of the kitchen into the dining room. No apologies by anyone - terrible behavior. The food was greasy and unappealing. The decor was unattractive and felt old and outdated. A complete disconnect of a place. Sorry I went. Won’t return.

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vipBurtL
New York Area
35 reviews
Dined on January 29, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Overalll a great meal

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Gourmander
St. Louis
3 reviews
Dined on January 28, 2020
Overall1food3service1ambience3

I have been going to Shun Lee for 30 years. It was my favorite Chinese restaurant. Unfortunately, it has been deteriorating in recent years. I took my wife to Shun Lee during a trip to New York last week and the service was atrocious. After ordering, we were served our appetizer......then after an hour wait asked about our main course....we received a shrug from our waiter and we’re told that it was busy. We decided to leave and will never go back...was charged $88 for our appetizer, a glass of wine and a beer. I will never go back!

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vipMuscleMan
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall2food2service2ambience2

Not good. Food was cold and not particularly good. We won’t be back

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PhoebeH
New York Area
1 review
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Came for the lunar new year
Had the special....wonderful food and presentation

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vipawfullllll
New York Area
65 reviews
Dined on January 25, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great duck

Great prawns

Great food

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viplilypondlane
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined on January 24, 2020
Overall3food4service3ambience3

We booked Shun Lee Palace for Winter Restaurant Week. We were seated and the Captain handed us regular menus, but no Restaurant Week menus. I had to ask for Restaurant Week menus--and he said, "Oh, you want that." The food was very good, but my $26 lunch consisted of: 2 pan-fried dumplings (appetizer) and 6 shrimp in a plate full of sauce (entree) and about 1/3 cup of rice. Not a lot of food for $26. Just saying.

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vipDiningdiva
New York Area
34 reviews
Dined on January 21, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Probably my favorite Chinese restaurant. Fabulous and meaty ribs, and the best Peking duck; which is beautifully served on light, thin pancakes.

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vipCHESTERBNH1
New England
20 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

This was our first visit to the Shun Lee Palace. The food and service were excellent. We will definitely include another visit the next time we are in NYC. Thanks to the Shun Lee chefs and waitstaff for a job well done!!

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vipYaelL
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love this place - so good and authentic! Always enjoy eating here.

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DebK
New York Area
6 reviews
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall3food1service3ambience3

Not good food. Second time there in three months. Wanted to give it a second chance with different friends joining me. Same response as last time from them and me. Horrible food. Greasy, boring and expensive.

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vipNYCenteroftheuniverse
New York Area
85 reviews
Dined on January 15, 2020
Overall4food4service5ambience4

Shun Lee Palace
Old style Chinese food served by a dapper, attentive, polite and very polished captain (Thomas) and his pleasant waiters. The shrimp and vegetable dumplings were quite good. The sautéed broccoli was very tasty. The gluten free and diet options are appreciated, contemporary offerings and were very good despite the dietary restrictions (gluten free chicken breast or seafood with mixed vegetables are offered and are yummy). The lychee martinis are strong and very well made. The entire evening, the good food, the lovely, very attentive service and the old world ambiance were all great and very much enjoyed. Kudos to Shun Lee Palace!

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vipOpenTable Diner
Washington DC
27 reviews
Dined on January 14, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

I enjoyed the splurge dining at Shun Lee. We got the half duck appetizer and they acted like the 1/2 duck was not available when we ordered it but they would do me a favor and then offered the half duck to the people who sat after us without any comment of it not being on the menu or “that they would do it as a favor. Scratch head... it was $40 for 2 filled Pam ales each and that was a favor? . I was a little perturbed at that since we ordered another appetizers, drinks and a dinner entree with fried rice as well. It’s Chinese anyway you slice it but it was fun. Next time we’ll go to the Peking palace another street over.

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vipMichaelS
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on January 8, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience3

Pricey, but food and service are consistently good.

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vip2Compadres
Washington DC
126 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall3food4service2ambience4

We have visited Shun Lee Palace many times in the past and always enjoy our visit. On this most recent visit they were not at the top of their game. We look forward to a return to former heights.

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JackieW
Dallas
11 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall2food2service4ambience3

We ordered spicy but it wasn’t. Very disappointing for the price.

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viplbwayln
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is my favorite fancy Chinese food in NYC. The service is fantastic and the food is beyond delicious. I look forward to every meal I have her.

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OpenTable Diner
New England
2 reviews
Dined on January 1, 2020
Overall1food1service1ambience1

There was an over $120 error on our bill. A bottle of wine which we did not order. We pointed this error out and were met with irritation. No apology. No regret. They did issue a corrected bill however.

Several in our party suffered upset stomachs after the meal. I cannot say girl certain it was fault of restaurant but have been going for years and now will never go back.

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vipdrfreud1
New York Area
11 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food4service5ambience5

It is such a warm and fun place to eat. The staff is fantastic. Wine list superb. Many choices of classic Chinese food.

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vipKristinR
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Very good service and food but a bit pricey.

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vipAGM2018
New York Area
30 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Welcoming service from friendly staff. Food was excellent. We’ll be back to dine there soon.

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vipalan
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

If you are a Chinese Food snob(as I am) this is the place. It’s authentic, it is time tested and better done than than any other Chinese restaurant in NYC or anywhere.

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vipEileenE
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on December 25, 2019
Overall3food3service2ambience2

Slow long wait for food

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Shun Lee Palace does offer delivery in partnership with Caviar and Uber Eats.

Shun Lee Palace is rated 4.4 stars by 1575 OpenTable diners.

Yes, you can generally book this restaurant by choosing the date, time and party size on OpenTable. Due to local restrictions, this restaurant may not be accepting reservations at the moment.