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Shun Lee Palace

155 E. 55th St., New York, NY, 10022
nr. Lexington Ave.
212-371-8844

Avg. Rating

6
Food: 6
Service: 7
Décor: 6
"Mixed Reviews"

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45% would go back.

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Awful

By woolyhat on 4/14/2009

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

Let me start this review with warning to anyone planning to visit this restaurant. Everything about it was terrible- the service rude and unhelpful, the food overcooked and greasy and the decoration shabby and tacky. I read a few positive reviews on this website but they can only have been written by either the manager of the restaurant or by people who haven't tasted real chinese food. We ordered dumplings, lamb, duck and vegetables and the food became more vile with every course. The manager was clearly trying to turn over as many tables as possible and we got stuck with a bill for $150 for two people. If you want great chinese food go to Chinatown Brasserie or try Chin Chin in midtown. I want my money back!!!

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201 out of 288 people found this review helpful.

DISSAPOINTING

By ssherry on 5/1/2003

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 3
  • Décor: 3
  • No, I would not go back!

so expensive and this resteraunt is nothing more than an ok NY chinese that is served to you out of silver trays and presented by waiters in a bowtie. Doesnt even compare to a Mr. K's or Mr.Chow's, or even a 66 for that matter. Truly a bad experience all around.

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407 out of 827 people found this review helpful.

Too Pricey to Enjoy

By hungryjacq on 7/30/2003

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 4
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

For the price, I was expecting much more from the cuisine. At the end of the day, it's just expensive Chinese food. If you really MUST go, try the lunch prix fixe, at $20 it's actually a bargain compared to their regular prices. Just remember that for the same price you could have gone to Aureole!

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374 out of 793 people found this review helpful.

Stay Away at All Costs

By srg on 10/26/2008

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 4
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

This is a very ordinary chinese restaurant offering good service and very ordinary and overpriced food. Go right to Chinatown and have the real thing!

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117 out of 202 people found this review helpful.

A Big Disapointment

By srg on 10/27/2008

  • Overall Rating: 5
  • Food: 3
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

This is a very ordinary chinese restaurant offering good service and very ordinary and overpriced food. Go right to Chinatown and have the real thing!

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110 out of 201 people found this review helpful.

Shun Lee non-pleasure Palace

By martin_chamois on 5/21/2003

  • Overall Rating: 6
  • Food: 7
  • Service: 5
  • Décor: 5
  • No, I would not go back!

This old guard Chinese establishment is living on past glories. From a 50's Chinese restaurant decor, to a wait staff that is down right surly, this is no pleasure palace.

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414 out of 845 people found this review helpful.

Gourmet Chinese Delight

By sahw on 1/31/2003

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

Excellent Chinese dining. Seafood dishes are innovative with light sauces that bring out the flavor, not drown it. Service also excellent. If you have a preference for food not found on menu, ask and they will prepare it. Easily accessable, open all day.

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344 out of 690 people found this review helpful.

Christmas in NY!

By AllTrue on 1/5/2006

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

Where else would you go for dinner on Christmas? Shun Lee has been serving creative Chinese food in a deluxe dining room for 30 years--they must be doing something right! The experience was heightened by attentive waitstaff in formal uniforms, authentic ivory chopsticks, real silverware replaced often, artfully carved vegetables and fruits in animal and bird shapes, a gregarious and happy mixed group of diners from shopping moms with polite children to beaming lovers at corner tables. Food also impresses (especially Peking duck and, believe it or not, their Tiramisu dessert!)

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403 out of 860 people found this review helpful.

Shun Lee restaurants are top of the line for Chinese

By zeecee on 3/31/2003

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

This is one of the few upscale, linen-tablecloths, etc. where you can get extremely wonderful Chinese food. They've recently added vegetable sculptures to the presentation, so you may have a duck cut out of root vegetable to adorn your food. Don't miss the appetizer scallops, the spare ribs, the fried rice, the ants on trees. They have lamb dishes and others you never seen in Chinese restaurants, all prepared exceptionally well. There is a full bar and good drinks. Everyone we've taken to any of the Shun Lee restaurants has wanted to return. Figure on $50 or more per person.

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303 out of 671 people found this review helpful.

That's some tasty Chinese

By lamkinsc on 7/16/2007

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

All I really need to say is the food was absolutely delicious. In addition, the atmosphere was calm and relaxed and the service was very respectable. I eat take-out Chinese food regularly, and Shun Lee Palace was my first experience with upscale Chinese food. I was more than pleased with the quality and the taste of the food. With friends I split the Beijing Duck and the Crispy Sea Bass, both excellent choices. I'll return to Shun Lee Palace soon, and would recommend it to anyone who wants great Chinese food and is willing to pay a little extra for it.

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