I am still mourning the loss of 20 Mott Street to Sweet'n'Tart, and I'm even more bereft by my average dim sum experiences elsewhere in Chinatown. On the recommendation of some chowhounds on earlier posts, I've tried Golden Unicorn three times, only to be disappointed by inconsistency. The first time I went I was pleased, but the second time the choices were surprisingly limited, and this last time was the worst! The dumplings were room temperature at best and the fried things were greasy and lifeless, lacking any crunch.
Tried Hay Wun Loy (maybe not quite the right name) and the selection was definitely lacking. They also ran out of pork shumai by 12:00! Give me a break.
What about 31 Division?
I'm looking for hot, fresh, juicy dumplings, crispy fried goodies, and an ample selection of desserts, including Mexico buns and those small coconut balls with the candy shell, custard, and nut. I know there are great places in the outer boroughs, but there has got to be a better choice in Manhattan.