What's funny is that those China Town trips which were something of a chore became a sentimental memory. Somehow it evolved that every time I visit my sister or she visits me for the weekend we have to get dim sum. Last time she was in New York we tried to go to Golden Bridge, (I believe it was called that at that point) and it was terrible! First of all there were no carts. There was a buffet table with a lady standing behind it who would serve whatever you pointed at and stamp your card. Food choices were limited and everything seemed incredibly greasy.
This past weekend I decided to try a new dim sum place with my friend who had found it from searching reviews online. We went to The Golden Unicorn, which is located in an obscure part of China Town near park row on East Broadway. My friend said the area reminded her of old school China. Small little food shops, fish markets, and lots of noodle places. It was a lot more sparse than around Canal and no one was peddling handbags or perfume. It's a long walk to get to the Golden Unicorn but well worth it. I took the 6 and spent another fifteen minutes walking to the restaurant. If you were in New York last weekend you know how miserably hot and humid it was. The restaurant is on two floors and when you walk in a hostess directs you to either take the elevator up, walk in, or wait. We were directed up stairs. Upstairs no one paid any mind to us and seemed to be very busy. We flagged down a host who told us, "no room go down". Since we saw plenty of extra seats we waited and flagged down another host who immediately sat us.
I was a bit worried about the food because about half of the patrons were not Asian. How authentic is the food really going to be? It only took about five minutes to realize that this was going to be my new dim sum spot. There was constant cart action. Numerous carts kept passing us by with different items. What I liked the most was that even though the cart ladies did not speak English, on the front of the cart were pictures of the items they had (as well as what it was written in Chinese and English).