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Posted by alan on 03/30/2006
I can understand that perhaps for a chinese person rhe food may not be "authentic" but i found it quite good and the service was attentive and courteus. i would definitely recommend both the rstaurant and the cafe (for great dim sum).
Posted by Anonymous on 02/28/2006
My wife (native Chinese) and I were excited to try this super-hyped Chinese joint, but were unbelievably disappointed by the food. After a few dim-sum, my wife asked one of the waiters if they even had any authenic Chinese food, or if it was all Americanized. He told us that they did not serve real Chinese food, a statement we agreed with by the end of the expensive evening.
Posted by m on 02/21/2006
Atmostphere is good, but everything else is disappointing. Overly expensive for food that doesn't even taste that good, food that is cold, and service that is poor. A staggering bill at the end made me very unhappy, considering what I expected with a high priced menu. I'm Chinese, so if i say the food is not up to par, it isn't.
Posted by Upper West Side Resident on 01/01/2006
I have eaten at Shun Lee several times, usually for special occassions. Recently (Dec. 28) my family made reservations prior to the theater at 5:30pm. We ordered promptly and waited over 45 minutes for our apetizers! I approached a manager at 6:15pm to request that at least our spring rolls arrive and we received a second waiter who promised to look into it. Then he never came back! I approached the manager again who sent a THIRD waiter who finally serviced our table. By then it was over one hour from when we ordered and our main course didn't come until after 7pm and we ended up missing the 8pm show! As if that wasn't bad enough, they didn't give me back my credit card and I didn't notice until we left the restaurant. I was shocked that with such poor service, the manager didn't even comp us dessert or a drink! The whole experience left a sour taste in my mouth and I will not eat there again.
Posted by Michelle on 12/22/2005
The elegant surroundings make you feel special. This place has professional service and some of the tastiest Chinese food around. Always great.
Posted by Stephanie on 12/08/2005
This is by far the most hyped up Chinese restaurant in NYC. I am Chinese and was so looking forward to spending a lot of money for authentic, upscale Chinese food. I have to say I was disappointed-- not only were the doors locked on a Saturday evening, when we had reservations, the service was slow and unattentive, and the food, especially the dim sum was bland and flavorless. My parents were visiting from Hong Kong, where they have the most expensive restaurants in Asia, and my fiance had wanted to impress them. They thought it was American Chinese food, and I had to explain to them that American Chinese food has much more flavor and is much cheaper than this. Oh well-- it was recommended to me by several different people at ABC studios, and I realized it was because it was next door and convenient, and that's why after a long, hard day at work, it was the nearest restaurant to eat.
Posted by Anonymous on 10/26/2005
Yes, you can get cheaper Chinese food in Chinatown, and if it's cheap you want, you should stop reading this and take the subway down to Canal St. But if you want to have a delightful evening in a lovely and comfortable room, with ultra-attentive service and delicious food, then GO TO SHUN LEE! I've been a regular since they opened over 20 years ago, and have never had a bad dining experience there. Their menu has expanded over the last couple of years to include more authentic Chinese fare to go along with the Americanized standbys; I've tried almost everything they've got to offer, and rarely come up with a dud. In short, one of my favorite places in the city. An old standby which hasn't lost its luster.