Dim sum brunch in Chinatown has had a permanent spot on my New York bucket list, on a spot that hasn’t budged in my last 2.5 years of residence. Chinatown still intimidates me a bit and I haven’t felt knowledgeable enough to distinguish between the dozens of similar looking restaurants to go to the right place.
We were provided a card to track our dim sum order for our final bill and two teacups, although our pot of tea never arrived to the table. Neither of us really minded though; we were ready to eat.
Shrimp rice rolls: This is the Food Magician’s number one pick and I saw it right before my eyes…he made it disappear! My only complaint was that I wanted more shrimp; the seafood was all standout at Golden Sand.
Bean Curd rolls: Unexpectedly, this was my favorite bite of the afternoon. Perfectly greasy, crunchy, and served with a zingy sauce.
Pork and shrimp shumai: All that I remember is that these were really fried and hearty, perfect for a hangover. This dish was lost in the shuffle compared to more memorable bites.
Sticky rice in bamboo leaves and pork buns: The pork buns didn’t compare to my all-time favorite variety from Ippudo, but these were still quite tasty and filling. I enjoyed having the sticky rice to munch on in between the round of dumplings.
We eventually slowed down and realized we were a bit overzealous with our order as we had tons of leftovers. I had to pick my jaw off the floor when I saw our final tab–only $26 total for this feast. We could have skipped a few plates and shaved even more off the meager bill. It’s a pretty rare occurrence to find such cheap brunch eats downtown.
The Bitches say: A-. Come for an authentic dim sum meal that won’t break the bank in the heart of Chinatown. Order anything with shrimp and you’re in for a treat.
Golden Sand Seafood Restaurant
39 E. Broadway
New York, NY
Golden Sand serves dim sum every day beginning at 9 a.m.