I have been going to Golden Empress for years.
When my friends and I refer to "getting Chinese food to eat" it is completely understood that we actually mean we want to go to Golden Empress.
I feel that this place has the best tasting, most consistently delicious veg Chinese dishes in the entire city. Despite the fact that Golden Empress also serves meat dishes, your food tastes very veg-friendly and will NOT come out tasting like it was cooked in a pan that just cooked some flesh.
Also the main server, Sam, is extremely friendly.
I'd like to note that this restaurant is not anywhere near Chinatown. It is south of South St on the west side of 5th street.