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Shun Lee Palace
Posted by Anonymous on 08/18/2008
Never eaten here but live around the corner and get delivery all the time. Food is outstanding. The chicken is all white meat (nothing sketchy), tender and well done. I've had the chicken soong lettuce wraps, lemon chicken balls, veggie spring roll, pan fried dumplings, lo mein, fried sesame chicken - all excellent. Too bad it costs a small fortune. It's like a starbucks or pinkberry addiction that you need to eventually quit for the sake of your budget.... and your health.
Posted by Murray Hill Couple on 01/05/2008
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 percent of the other people in the restaurant and we were respectful of the staff in every way, yet we still had the poorest table and 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.
Posted by food lover on 04/11/2007
ths place is awesome. it's got the best chinese food in the city. we've been coming here for decades and it always pleases. The service and the yummy food are totally worth the extra bucks. They will prep anything you want which is so nice. Highly recommend the Peking duck, lions head meatballs and my fav....cold sesame noodles!
Posted by CVH Manhattan on 02/23/2007
I was in the elevator the other day with a delivery guy whose food smelled great! I entered the phone number on his bag into my cell phone and was looking forward to ordering from Shun Lee. I knew exactly what I wanted. I remember a restaurant from my college days that served the best shrimp with garlic sauce ever. I hoped to have a similar experience with Shun Lee. Not only was the food not even comparable to the regular NYC take-out fare (much less Panda East in Amherst, Mass.), it cost twice what I am used to paying! I expected to pay about $5 more than usual, but when I heard the price, I had to make sure that the receipt contained my individual order and not someone else's order for two! Salt seemed to be the only flavoring for the meal, and the rice was not sticky at all once I added the shrimp, sauce and veggies. There was nothing satisfying about the meal. Seriously, if you are going to charge that much, let the quality stand out as a reason for the customer to treat one's self. Shun Lee, as a take-out option was just a big disappointment.
Posted by zuzu on 06/12/2006
I was totally surprised that the food here is extremely authentic. the dishes here taste like ones served in a good restaurant in beijing. the service was excellent: i'm usually very unsatisfied with the service in any Chinese restaurant; but the wait staff at shun lee are extremely well-trained, and the fact that almost all of them speak fluent chinese and english certainly helps.
Posted by Nikki French on 03/01/2006
The Heavenly Sea Bass is the best fish I have had. Also recommend the Hunan Lamb.
Posted by Karl on 10/03/2005
If you're looking for true gourmet Chinese food, then this is the place. Yes, the prices are not take-out prices but don't come here looking for what you find on the local China Buffet. This place is as smooth as silk. Before dinner drinks included Martini's which were superb, and a Long Island Ice Tea that was excellent. The service is phenomenal. We had 3 servers waiting on us, all dressed in suits and ties. Service was quick, discreet and polite. Food presentation was more than just drop the plates down on the table. It was first brought to a server on the side near the table where we could admire the decorations and smell the wonderful aromas. Then it was served swiftly and skillfully to all 6 at the table. I know this may not be a big deal to many, but as a VP of Sales and Marketing, I am always trying to find out how much a business REALLY cares about their customers. The restroom is generally a good place to find out. The restrooms in the Shun Lee Palace are like the Taj Mahal. I will go back every time I'm in Manhattan. It is truly an experience not to be missed.