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Shun Lee - so mediocre (long)

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Shun Lee - so mediocre (long)

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Bill L. | | Jun 24, 2005 11:47 AM

Against my better judgement, I took my wife and kids to Shun Lee last night. It's sort of a NYC institution and we thought it might be fun for the kids. Wow! I felt like I had walked into some suburban Chinese restaurant from the 1970's. Aside from the completely impersonal greeting and the obligatory "your table will be ready in a few minutes" which stretched to 15 minutes without as much as a glance, the food was mediocre at best and almost three times what it would cost at your local delivery joint. Again, I had some sense of what I was getting into...I just didn't know what a weak dining experience it would be. Waited a long time to order. Apps were cold hacked chicken, seseme noodles and steamed dumplings. The first two were tasteless except for the very similar gooey peanut sauce. The steamed dumplings were actually not bad, best thing we ate all night. Appetizer plates took forever to be removed. Entrees were some sort of crispy duck contraption that brought to mind old Swanson TV dinner fried chicken, shrimp drowned in some glopy sauce and the most anemic broccoli in garlic sauce. Couldn't get out of there fast enough. The sort of meal where if you had done it at your local joint and paid a third of the what the bill at Shun Lee was you would have felt slightly ripped off. Has anyone had a good experience at this place recently?

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