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When did Shun Lee Palace go downhill?

A long long time ago, mr. teachertalk and I ate twice at Shun Lee Palace, and they were two of the best Chinese meals we'd ever had. Over the years, I carried the fond memories of Chicken Soong in lettuce leaves, hacked chicken, and a delicious sliced lamb dish. Last night I was part of a group that got takeout from the same restaurant, and we tried at least seven different dishes--all of which were bland and undistinguished. Even the chicken soong was not as I remembered it--although the diced ingredients and pine nuts elevated it above the rest of the fare. Has this been your experience? Shun Lee was one of NYC's iconic Chinese restaurants, and it makes me sad if it has slipped into mediocrity. Perhaps it's just the takeout that has gone downhill?

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