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Shun Lee Palace
Posted by Live life in Asia on 10/30/2003
Best Chinese in NY--Bar None. I personally eat here often. I also have many more formal business dinners here. I have been blessed/fortunate too be able to dine at some of the best Chinese restaurants in the World--Hong Kong, Beijing, Singapore, Bangkok, San Fran, and LA.consistently, over the past 20 years - Shun Lee is on par with most of them. It had a drop for about a year in the mid-90's. That was over long ago. It however, is no bargain. This is not the corner Chinese shop. Quality of ingredients--meats,vegetables, and oils used separates it. It is healthier. Also, delivery is always perfect- a step above the rest.
Posted by Spicy Tom on 10/29/2003
I wish we had read the comments of the other reviewer who described the "glacial" service and mediocre, inauthentic food. Instead we read ZAGAT, which still lists this possibly the top Chinese restaurant in the city. Zagat is now officially useless. To the other diner's complaints, I would add that our Peking Duck was only luke-warm, even cold in some spots, and if the staff had not been so rude and pushy, we have complained or asked to have it warmed up. Still the idea, that you would have to ask to have a $45 plate of duck reheated is absurd. Also, the fact that they clearly pre-cooked ALL the food. I want to point out that this represents a SAD DECLINE for Shun Lee East. This once was a great Chinese restaurant--twenty years ago. I am a fan of spicy food, but I am open to other, non-Szechuan types of Chinese--I am probably more tolerant than the other reviewer of even a good Americanized Chinese meal--but THIS IS A BAD AMERICANIZED CHINESE MEAL, served by people who are just strange. Final bizarre note: the Shun Lee Palace West is still very good, if not a bargain, and the Shun Lee Cafe, next to it, is actually both excellent and a bargain. But the original Shun Lee East has apparently fallen off a cliff. This place needs an entirely new staff and new attitude. Ditto that AVOID!!!!!
Posted by dk on 10/17/2003
I was taken here by an out of town friend who loves it. For anyone who knows real Chinese food, the selection of tired pseudo Chinese dishes (veal is prominent on the menu) is most disappointing. Everything costs three times what it would at a neighborhood Chinese place and is certainly no better, probably not nearly as good. So many concessions are made to the American palate that it is not really Chinese food. The Anna May Wong art deco style is overdone and unsuccessful. The service is glacial even rude. We were rushed through our meal in an almost empty restaurant, given the check unasked for, with a waiter stopping back every ninety seconds to see if it was taken care of. AVOID!!!