Shun Lee Palace

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Shun Lee Palace
Midtown East
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This luxe restaurant has been wowing midtown diners since the ’70s. Whether you prefer Cantonese, Shanghai or Szechuan food, you’ll find it done in style. The menu offers no fewer than five duck entrées and a slew of nontraditional items, such as Lily in the Woods (Chinese cabbage hearts simmered in broth and served with black wood mushrooms). Waiters theatrically assemble your table’s centerpiece—vegetables skillfully carved into animal shapes. The menagerie heralds the arrival of the fancy food: moist shredded duck or Neptune’s Net, a potato nest bursting with scallops, shrimp, lobster and sea bass. The experience doesn’t come cheap, but for top-notch regional cuisine served graciously beside a taro dove, there is no other choice.
Venue name: Shun Lee Palace
Address: 155 E 55th St
New York
Cross street: between Lexington and Third Aves
Opening hours: Mon–Sat noon–11:30pm; Sun noon–11pm
Transport: Subway: E to Lexington Ave-53rd St; 6 to 51st St
Price: Average main course: $28. AmEx, DC, Disc, MC, V
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