Shun Lee Palace

4.3
1434 reviews
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$31 to $50
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Chinese
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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b
New York Area
4 reviews
Dined 2 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food and service !!! Terrific ambiance Love it any time we go there !!!

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PK
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined 3 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Best Chinese food in Manhattan outside of Chinatown and Flushing,Queens. Super attentive care and concern for the comfort of their patrons.

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j
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined 5 days ago
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 4

7:15 dinner Wednesday nite 4 people.
Captain takes order. 45 minutes go by with no appetizers showing up;good thing company was fun. We ask waiter what's doing - get a blank stare.
Captain tells us he gave order to kitchen not his fault. 15 mins go by they deliver our Peking duck, fried rice we didnt order, spare ribs which were an appetizer and a bowl of soup.
They couldn't even fit it all on the table.
Food was ok not not bad.
Obviously a Chinese restaurant for people that comfortable staying nearby for mediocre overpriced Chinese food.

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L
New York Area
7 reviews
Dined on May 13, 2019
Overall 1food 4service 1ambience 3

I have been going here for more than 40 years. Dinner was ok but the service was inattentive and arrogant. The decor is tired and dirty. The culmination was when a server came back with my Citibank MC and loudly announced that it had been declined and I needed to give her a new card. This was very embarrassing. I checked with Citibank and the reason it was declined was because the dopes kept swiping it when it is a chip.card. These people should not be running a restaurant.

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CK
Greensboro
21 reviews
Dined on May 12, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

We always enjoy Shun Lee- the food is delicious and it has a nice ambience . That being said we had a waiter( waitress) who seemed to find us a bit annoying. Simple requests were met with a grimace. The end of the meal left us begging for hot tea for all- a long laborious task. That is the one part of the experience that is hit or miss every time we go...but if you want delicious Chinese food- great Peking Duck, ribs, delicious dumplings etc, this can't be beat.

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JR
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on May 11, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

My favorite Chinese restaurant in the world. Have been going ther for 40 years

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KN
New York Area
1 review
Dined on May 10, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 5ambience 2

Do not eat here if you are gluten free. The food off the GF menu is bland and tasteless. The chef clearly does not know GF soy sauce is widely available.

The restaurant also is desperately in need of a make over.

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JG
New England
105 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Remarkably consistent and underrated (by those who have never eaten here), Shun Lee is an institution of decades of fine dining Chinese cuisine. Chinese food in a grubby noisy China Town location does not make the food any more authentic than Shun Lee - unless you think no one in China ever eats excellent food in pleasant surrounding with good service. Even the wine list is well chosen to go with the food at a higher level. Newcomers like Budakan may be more fashionable but the food is not as good and needing to scream across the table or use a flashlight to read the menu may be trendy but the “old standby” Shun Lee is the real deal.

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F
New York Area
27 reviews
Dined on May 2, 2019
Overall 2food 3service 3ambience 2

I used to LUVVV Shun Lee Palace. But it has lost its luster. It feels tired now. At least at lunch time. The food used to be the best. Now it isn't that great. The server decided without asking us to set up all of our orders as shared dishes, already plated. We were not planning to share our dishes.

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OT
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on April 27, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 4

We went there for my wife’s birthday with a party of 7, including a well behaved 5 year old. Mentioned the birthday on the Open Table reservation. Bought a nice, not inexpensive bottle of wine and would have bought another if they had asked. The restaurant was not crowded. We were not the last people there, though we were the last in that room. The waiter never offered us coffee or dessert. I asked for a cappuccino and he said “the machine is broken. Been broken for a long time.” I asked for coffee. He said “we’re out of coffee. Do you want more tea.” Brought fortune cookies but no sweets. Would not recommend this place and will never go back.

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MG
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 26, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The food is always SUPERB and the service always outstanding. You can't go wrong if you love the best Chinese food in the City!

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LD
New York Area
2 reviews
Dined on April 13, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

this used to be a fantastic Chinese restaurant. On this recent visit the food was not only uninspired, the spicey noodles were tasteless; the Bejing fried dumplings were doughy (the filing was tasty but small); the spareribs were unremarkable; the baby eggplant were good; the place settings are beautiful but probably not to millenial taste; the service was good. It's just not good enough to warrant paying the prices of a 4 or 5 star restaurant and there is a $4. x-tra charge for brown rice instead of a small scoop of white rice. No. . .not today

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AC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 3

Even if the clientele are old and tired, and the really nice space can use a facelift, the food remains among the best anywhere. Additionally, the consistency of service and food quality is amazing. Every bite was worth their high price. We will be back - absolutely.

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J
New York Area
29 reviews
Dined on April 6, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent in every way

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OT
Miami
1 review
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 5ambience 4

Upscale restaurant. Great food. Prompt service.
My 2d time. Perhaps a little pricey—even for Manhattan.

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D
New York Area
16 reviews
Dined on April 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As usual, the friendly and accommodating service was wonderful. The spare ribs and Peking duck superb.

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SS
New York Area
13 reviews
Dined on March 31, 2019
Overall 1food 1service 1ambience 1

Coming to Shun LEE for 30 years. My fav go to place. Apparently the chef quit during dinner. 2 hour wait for lukewarm food. No one was in charge in the dinning room. Service awful. A very forgettable evening

Reported the experience to the “manager” who shrugged his shoulders and made no accommodations for us. Big disappointment

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SH
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We love Shun Lee! Food was great, service was exceptional. We look forward to our next visit!

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C
New York Area
54 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

This longtime Manhattan standout still provides delicious, old-style Chinese food with panache. Guests are treated with warmth and great service.

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4
New York Area
49 reviews
Dined on March 30, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 5

Shun Lee Palace is an upscale Chinese restaurant. Th décor is elegant, like you are eating in a Chinese palace with 50 of your friends. The service is impeccable.

Try the cold sesame noodles to start and then treat yourself to the sea bass hunan style. It is sweet and spicy and tangy...and cooked to perfection. It never disappoints. It is easily shared by two or three.

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NI
Los Angeles
90 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 1ambience 3

This was an unfortunate experience. They seated us outside the main dining room and it felt like we were outsiders. The service was not as good as it used to be. Perhaps because we were not white - I don't know. It was very odd. Once they were with us - they were nice - but we had to ask for everything - the menu, water, tea... This is a very nice place and I have been there many times with my in laws. In fact, my friend and I wanted to go here specifically to remember my in-laws who have since passed. Just overall, it was not a great experience. Food was ok - and we knew that it was going to be 3x the price we pay in Chinatown. But the service and overall was just not up to par - so I won't be recommending SHUN LEE any more - at least not for Asian Americans - they treated us like we were "other," as they served our white counterparts with better service. Too bad - this used to be one of my fave restaurants. And the price tag for 2 people with tip and tax came to $185 - we ordered 4 dishes... so no more for them. They are such an institution that they will be fine - just don't need me to come here anymore. RIP SHUN LEE PALACE -

Thank you for letting me share.

David

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CD
New York Area
3 reviews
Dined on March 29, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Our server was very helpful. We asked if they could do a half duck - only a whole duck was listed on the menu. Of course was her answer. It was juicy and succulent, with crispy skin - perfection embodied! She served our dishes for us - we were really taken care of. The food is excellent and do take advantage of Shun Lee’s professional and helpful servers!

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DL
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on March 25, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Shun Lee is always a treat to visit. The host and servers always polite and read to assist with any request. The food is delicious, portions generous and well presented.

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OT
New York Area
9 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

It was a nice experience for dining. We love their Beijing duck. Something definitely upset my stomach and my husband’s this time.

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S
New York Area
39 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 4

This place unfortunately has seen better days. Paltry amounts of food served. Our ants on beef was obviously microwaved and was a mass of gluten. Our shrimp in lobster sauce had four shrimp for $35. Just won’t go back.

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A
Miami
582 reviews
Dined on March 23, 2019
Overall 3food 3service 4ambience 4

Okay meal food came out hot

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TD
New York Area
5 reviews
Dined on March 19, 2019
Overall 2food 4service 1ambience 3

Waiter was beyond rude. Could have done with out the attitude.....

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T
New York Area
1 review
Dined on March 12, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Great food. Great service.

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HC
Charlotte
26 reviews
Dined on February 24, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I return here ever time I'm in NYC. Great food and attentive staff.

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AB
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 3food 4service 4ambience 4

I wish the waiter had asked if I wanted the soup dumplings individually plated. The skin was already broken on ALL 4 so soup was just on the spoons. And one of the fillings was missing.

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t
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 3ambience 4

Having eaten here before and enjoying it, I thought that it would be a good place to have a New Year dinner with my two daughters visiting from out of town.
On my Open Table profile, I ask to be in a corner or away form noise, but we were placed at a table in the middle. I did not ask to be moved because at the time there were only two tables near us.
We chose not to have a full banquet meal because we all have our favorites.
We had to ask for noodles as they were not brought out when other tables seated after us got them and walnuts. Maybe it was part of the banquet meal....
Our food arrived and was plated a distance away. It was not very hot by the time it got to us.
I tried to get our captain's attention for another pot of hot tea, but he didn't notice us.
Finally, as the table was being cleared, a waiter poured hot tea as we were ready to go.
it was a very expensive meal for just okay Chinese New Year this year!

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SK
New York Area
21 reviews
Dined on February 9, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Service is excellent. Food is overpriced. No drinks and the bill was over $100 for two people.

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F
New York Area
14 reviews
Dined on February 8, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

After so many years, Shun Lee Palace continues to offer wonderfully prepared, delicious food in a spacious, lovely, plush setting quiet enough so that you can actually carry on a conversation easily. I hadn't been there in a few years and was delighted that's still the case. Will go back soon and recommend it without hesitation.

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CY
New York Area
12 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 2food 2service 3ambience 2

I had not been to Shun Lee Palace for many years but thought it would be fun to celebrate the Lunar New Year there for dinner with my son. It coincided with Restaurant Week so we ordered off that menu. Disappointed would be an understatement. Appetizers consisted of (2) meager, tepid, tough-skinned soup dumplings for me and (2) uninspired scallops with XO sauce for my son. Mains were Peking duck which lacked crispiness and seemed almost steamed and an average dish of sliced sea bass and snow peas. Dessert options were ice cream, pineapple or tiramisu (totally appropriate for a Chinese restaurant!?) I could not bring myself to order the ice cream or pineapple (yawn) but I did not expect the tiramisu to still be partially frozen! I know it was a long time ago that Mimi Sheraton awarded 4 stars in the NYT but REALLY? By the way, I am originally from Hong Kong.

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S
New York Area
28 reviews
Dined on February 5, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

I have been dinning at Shun Lee Palace since 1980. They NEVER disappoint. First class all the way. There is none better.

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OT
New York Area
8 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 4food 5service 3ambience 4

Great Chinese New Year menu

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NY
New York Area
18 reviews
Dined on February 4, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

We went for the Chinese New Year banquet. It was great as usual with good food and relaxing.

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DT
New York Area
1 review
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 4

It was very nice and the food was good though it was expensive for what it is

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CB
New York Area
15 reviews
Dined on February 2, 2019
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

It was fantastic, as always!

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j
Seattle
134 reviews
Dined on February 1, 2019
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 4

Food was good.
Service very attentive.
Generous space between tables.
Would return.

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