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Shun Lee Palace
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.
Posted by The Swede on 09/28/2005
Me and my husband had a very pleasnat dinner att Shun Lee Palace. The service was excellent! As was the atmosphere! The price on the winelist was a bit "overkill" and our food became cold very fast. Otherwise...GREAT!
Posted by Jennifer on 08/31/2005
Shun Lee is unbeatable for quality, service and presentation. (Most people have no idea what to look for in a restaurant. Everyone always wants a "bang for the buck" without understanding all that goes on behind the scenes.) This is first class establishment that's been around for over 30 years b/c they know what they are doing, have high standards, have kept up with great cooking, created inventive recipes and know how to take care of their customers. They use only the finest ingredients and best quality foods. You always get what you pay for: the higher price stands for the better dining experience. Compare it to the best French or Italian places in the city, not other Chinese please!
Posted by Anonymous on 07/28/2005
We go here on occasion and that's how it has to be because of the prices. The food is always delicious. I especially like the moo shoo chicken, it just hits the spot. Their prawn dishes are delicious and the appetizers are quite tasty. It is however a pricier option for chinese but that's just because of the 'older' UES crowd that it attracts. Overall, a good choice for upscale chinese food. Don't plan on going here if you are looking for a steal.
Posted by Gourmand on 07/18/2005
I ordered the Ma Po Tofu and the vegetable dumplings for delivery. I asked for brown rice instead of rice, and the charged me $1.50 extra for that. Came to $31 and change, not including tip. For these prices I expected superior, extraordinary Chinese food. It was not. It was good, but only as good as the regular good Chinese prices that charge literally half as much.
Posted by smdny on 06/21/2005
I have enjoyed Shun Lee West and decided to check out Shun Lee Palace during Restaurant Week. We were sorely disappointed. Service - Subpar. Too much attitude, too little actual service. We waited 30 min before they took our order and we and the tables around us all waited 30 min to get our checks. What drove the point home is that while we and other obvious non-regulars received slow, inattentive service, the regular patrons were fawned over and received exceptional service and better (larger) tables. Food - OK. You can get better chinese food elsewhere, including Shun Lee West. Soft shell crab was good, nothing spectacular, whereas the fried dumplings were obviously frozen and thawed and not reheated properly. Our entrees were the best part of our dining experience. The Grand Marnier prawns and sea bass were both cooked well, arrived hot, and had some nice flavors. For dessert, the almond tofu was delicate and sweet. Value - The prices are high and not worth it. For $25 an entree I expect good service and properly prepared food. You can get better food in larger portions in Chinatown (where you don't expect great service) for half the price. We cannot recommend this place. Check out the west side location - maybe their service is better because they cater to the Lincoln Center crowd and don't rely on corporate dinners and east side regulars who put up with the attitude.
Posted by Robinart on 11/07/2004
I go often and the service is always good and courteous, if a little officious. I also order in and there ibs are excellent. Still clearly the best Hong Kong style chinese restaurant in New York and the only one to which you can take fancy guests.