Golden Bridge is the (relatively) new dim sum house that took over the old Silver Palace location. Went on Wed noon and was happy to see a full house with ample cart action. There was nary a non-Asian face to be seen, but business was very brisk as we waited for the rest of our party at the top of the escalators.
Scored a prime table near the kitchen entrance, guaranteeing that we would get carts coming our way first. Quality of the dim sum was pretty high. Not the best I've had, but consistent across the board with some notable stellar picks. Much better than at the old Silver Palace (which had gone drastically downhill over the years) and may I also note the service was not as rude or hostile as in the old regime. In fact, it was actually helpful, on the verge of nice, which almost made me fall off my chair in shock!
Shrimp dumplings (hargow) and pork shumai pretty standard -- good but nothing to write home about. But clams in black bean sauce was excellent with very meaty clams (comparing with Jin Fong, whose clam shells were less meaty and often empty). Huge portion. Soft tofu was fresh and delectable. Delicious sauteed Chinese broccoli. Also, saw a number of items not seen elsewhere including deep-fried whitefish (almost like fish french fries) and bacon-wrapped shrimp.
No huge complaints. A couple of our selections were served cold, which obviously affected the taste, but thems the breaks when you catch the cart at the end of its long journey around the huge room.
When the check was finally tallied, it was a reasonable 40 bucks for 3 big eaters. A fine dim sum experience, Golden Bridge has vaulted to the top of my Manhattan dim sum destinations. Hopefully, I will get in a few visits before any dreaded decline.