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Posted by BeeGee on 05/28/2012
Went on a crowded Sunday but seated within 20 minutes. Plenty of carts circulating but a lot of the same items. Snagged some duck which was very good. Some of the dumplings were not up to par however and the variety was lacking. Had a hard time getting someone to bring us a drink. Typical for a busy dim sum parlor where you expected to drink only the tea. All in all, will likely try other places in the area next time.
Posted by Happy Diners on 11/26/2010
Come in a large group, you'd enjoy it more :) Somehow, we didn't really like the steamed stuff, but the fried stuff tastes better.
Posted by Brian on 11/09/2010
My wife, daughters and I were thinking about hosting a big banquet at the Golden Unicorn in a few weeks, so we went to check it out. We arrived at 6 PM, and were one of only three occupied tables. After watching waitstaff fold napkins for 10 minutes, I got up and found a water pitcher and poured water for us. This was noticed by the staff, but nobody lifted a finger to bring us menus. Finally, my wife motioned to a man seated behind the register that we were hungry. A few minutes later, he brought us some dim sum. Only after we began eating did one of the other tables ask their waiter where their dumplings were. When staff is inattentive, and working on empty tables instead of occupied ones, they are taking care of nobody instead of somebody, and they value your business but don't care about your experience. The food itself is mediocre, with seafood that's clearly not fresh, and the whole place has a vibe of somewhere that used to be good until they stopped caring. For fun and flavor, I'm sticking w/ Congee Village or Grand Sizchuan.
Posted by unhappy dimsummer on 09/26/2010
I have been going to golden unicorn for many years. i usually order the same things and my bill is around $25 for 2. today my wife and i ordered a bit less than usual - just 6 small plates - but our bill was $48! i thought it was for the wrong table because it listed 12 dishes, two of them special orders from the kitchen (we had ordered nothing from the kitchen). when i brought this up to management, i was treated like i didn't remember what i had eaten even though i could list, in cantonese, the names of the dishes we had ordered. they were rude and dismissive. they really just couldn't care less. Golden Unicorn always had a rap as a tourist trap but the food was good so i didn't care, but their attitude today was very revealing. i'm staying away. lots of other har gao in the sea.
Posted by PhishyEel on 07/08/2010
I had heard great things about Golden Unicorn's dim sum and seafood and this place did NOT disappoint. Everything was just about perfect: from the flashing all-caps letters on the matinee-like sign outside to the lady who leads you up to the restaurant in the elevator to the wonderfully cheesy decor to the attentive service to the plentiful portions. The shrimp in the dumplings was succulent, the scallops in our sizzling plate were fresh, and the chicken in our "basket" the perfect texture; the waiter also made a great suggestion of grain noodles with lobster meat - which includes a whole, enormous lobster cut up for you, still in its shell. All of the sauces were delicious and unique. The little details only added to the experience: our water glasses were filled as soon as the bottoms were hit, we were given soft alcohol-free towelettes before and after our dinner, and the meal was completed with a complimentary dish of fresh honeydew and oranges. Nobody rushed us, nor hovered over us, and just about all the servers there made sure to say goodbye upon leaving. Can't wait to go back.
Posted by 1sttimeny on 07/05/2010
a surprise in the midst of chinatowm. wandering around in 9o degree weather in NYC, actually looking for a ramen shop and found a jem of a dim sum resturant. wait was slight but customers were bulding in the lobby to go to the second floor restuarant. The only bad point of the restaurant is the SERVICE, it is non existent, getting a glass of water and any acknowledgement from the wait staff takes some skill. the dim sum comes fast and furious, and us a wonderful adventure if you have a partner table that knows and helps you out when ordering, is a great stroke of luck. the staff speaks little or no english, to assist with ordering. Pointing is the best line of communitcation, and it ends up being a surprising lunch at a fair price for a first timer in Chinatown.
Posted by anonymous on 09/11/2009
This place still has the best dim sum in Chinatown. The har gow, shrimp rice rolls, beef rice rolls and steamed ribs are my favorite. Please ignore previous reviewer who said they didn't serve dim sum... I assume they tried to order dim sum after 3pm? Dim sum is a breakfast/brunch meal. The waiters' English probably wasn't good enough to explain that. This place SPECIALIZES in dim sum, so just make sure you get there at the right time. And as for noodles and duck sauce on the table. lolol. "Real" (as in authentic) chinese restaurants do not do that, only Americanized "faux chinese food" (I think that's an Anthony Bourdain term) places do that. However, I admit I have grown to LIKE the noodles and duck sauce, so when I go to the semi-Americanized ones, I complain to my SO that they do NOT give me a bowl of fried noodles and a dish duck sauce... cuz they assume that as Asians, we would not want that stuff. Instead, we usually get the roasted peanuts or something else. And no, you still do not get fried noodles if you order the soup either. Hehe. That is another (very) American thing. Usually with dim sum, we order a few dishes to finish up the meal: pan fried noodles, beef ho fun with gravy (aka chow fun with veggies and gravy, much better imho than regular dry version). All are tasty though some may complain they are a bit oily. Can't really comment on dinner much. I was there for a banquet (aka wedding celebration dinner), but that was 10 years ago. Food was great though.