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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: 6
Décor: 6
"Mixed Reviews"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

42% 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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512 out of 847 people found this review helpful.

Stay Away!

By mfitz3971 on 12/5/2017

  • Overall Rating: 2
  • Food: 2
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 3
  • No, I would not go back!

Waitress was not pleasant to start off with and not attentive at all. Non existent by the midpoint of our meal. Neglected to offer any crispy wonton noodles as they did other tables. To start we ordered the vegetable spring roll which was nothing more than a grease stick. Main course was two of their "specialty items", dry sautéed shredded beef and the crispy prawns with XO sauce. Both dinners lacked anything to be considered a specialty. We could have gotten the same from an Asian fast food location for $100.00 less. Based on the exceptionally poor meal and the worse service I opted to not tip. Shun Lee opted to add a tip to my credit card bill after we left, which I found out days later when the bank charge came through. I strongly do not recommend this restaurant.

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10 out of 19 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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537 out of 1107 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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504 out of 1049 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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248 out of 443 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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304 out of 569 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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529 out of 1084 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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401 out of 816 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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516 out of 1095 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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