155 E 55th St, New York, NY | Directions 1002240.759457 -73.969067
Monday To Saturday From 12:00 PM To 11:30 PM Sunday From 12:00 PM To 11:00 PM
Neighborhoods: Midtown, Midtown Center
The first, and still the greatest, of the city's ultra high-end Chinese restaurants, Shun Lee has been up against it from the first. Why, people ask, should I pay $100 for Chinese food when I can get it delivered for eight? Because this is Chinese food as it was made by the country's great chefs, not the Cantonese workers who created the cantonese gunk we all know and love. This food is exquisitely prepared, sourced, and cooked to a level completely on par with the best French and Italian food in New York.
Why only white people are here – Really?! What asian restaurant don't know how to cook rice? And $14 for a small plate of Cold Sesame noodles; it wasn't even that extraordinary. Maybe it's the location, caucasian patrons, but this place was overpriced, undercooked, underwhelming and I never plan to go here again.
White people: if you go to an asian restaurant, and the only patrons are other white people, then you deserve that plate of bad food.
They 're good at this job... – This is my all time favorite place for BEİJİNG duck. I've been coming here for years and yes sometimes I wait like an idiot for the damn BEİJİNG duck. No other place in NY makes it better. It tastes o so very good with the plum sauce. I always ask for extras and they usually just give you this one tiny container. O wells better than nothing. I think I can really sit and eat the whole duck myself.
Eat it while its still warm its the freaking best. . O my I'm getting hungry. I cant wait anymore.
Yuck, blah, yuck!! – For a gourmet restaurant I was not overly impressed with the quality of the food. My main course was served on the cold side as was the appetizer. Maybe this particular restaurant decided to serve sub par meals for restaurant week or old left overs. I certainly felt like I was having left overs. I could have gotten this meal for $15 at my neighborhood Chinese restaurant. The seafood rice was horrible. It had a strange/fishy smell and was served over cooked, more like seafood goo. The meal I ordered (so unimpressive I can't even remember the name) consisted of pan fried noodles absolutely drowned in overpowering brown sauce. The chicken was barely cooked. Try another restaurant if you're looking for high class gourmet Chinese food or better yet, just order take out and save yourself $75. Unless of course you want four or five servers hovering around your table when you eat.
Great food and service – I've been to this restaurant twice, once with a party of four and once with a party of 12. The service is excellent and the food is delicious. I especially like how they plate the food. I recommend it for a date or a large group.
Best Scallops in NY – I LOVE this place!!! I go all the time - the decor is very professional and the service is always great. I have been there for business meetings and when on dates and they never disappoint me. I love their lunch special menu - it is reasonably priced and they have loads of great choices. Try the scallop appetizer on the lunch menu - it is AMAZING. This restaurant remains one of my favorite in NY City.
Tacky Decor, Poor Service, Average Food – What a disappointing experience.
Shun Lee Palace was over half empty the night we visited for the first (and last) time - it was not a busy night. Still, we were given the table next to the front door and adjacent to a noisy waiter station. I very politely complained about the table, and they refused to move us.
We were dressed more properly than 90% of the other people in the restaurant and we were respectful of the staff in every way, yet we still had the worst table and the worst service in the restaurant.
Waiters did not refill our tea or water, and we had to hunt down a manager to finally get a check when it was time to leave.
The decor was tacky and the food was strictly average. This was a crime given the premium pricing of the restaurant.
There are other high-end Chinese restaurants with perfect service and spectacular food in the neighborhood - one is only a few blocks away from Shun Lee Palace, and that's where we will be going next time. We won't be back here again.
Service is perfection – This restaurant is one of a kind. The service is table-side, kind of an old-school style that you don't see much of anymore. The staff is so attentive, the second you have sipped your last sip of water they are on you like 'white on rice', so to speak. The food is outstanding. Good, clean, chinese food. NOt greasy...very fresh, and served in that old school silverware.. like you are literally, in a palace. The white table cloths and the decor are a nice touch and make the restaurant fancy so you mind a bit less paying such a high price for what is really just some great chinese food. It makes for a great family special occasion dinner...and its one of those restaurants where people are still a bit formal which is nice, and you will see the men wearing jackets. Yes, its pricey but if you get the duck, you will be talking about it for a month.
no good – The food is just like anything you can find in a take-out restaurnat around the corner in a suburban town. Nothing special for the big name. Too pricey for the quality and not enough attention given to the customer.
"Superb"again i voted Shun Lee Palace as my best Chinese restaurant in New York City.a wonton soup,dumpling,it all make fresh...A beautiful decor diing room,All staff are well known all the dishers,how many authentic Chinese restaurant in Manhattan??But for sure Shun Lee Palace are one o them.
If you like to had great Chinese food in Manhattan,Not many Chinese restaurant like SHUN LEE PALACE in Manhattan,just think,how many restaurant in City still open since 1970??A Chinese restaurant had won 3 straight AOL city best.It must be the BEST then.Beijing Duck are the best in City.
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