More than a year ago I had heard a report of a vast dimsumerie being build in Brooklyn Chinatown - but never found it. This last Saturday morning, wandering through previously unexplored territory (waiting for our car to be finished) we found this vast restaurant, complete with parking lot anarchically jammed with patrons angling for a slot (though they have valet parking).
Kings Seafood Palace is a huge multistory place with fountain, fish tanks and many private rooms with large screen tvs. The staff were friendly and asked what kind of tea we wanted (a first for me, a gringo, so we had the pu erh and crysanthemum blossom comboa that was discussed here a couple of months ago.
5 dishes, which was all we had, can not provide a complete assessment of a dim sum place but it is notable that several of the dishes we took at random were not common items and all were good - first, a cold plate with marinated jellyfish layered over pickled veg, with a piece of fried duck with a taro crust on top, second, from the cart with the long beef and shrimp rolls wrapped in rice noodle sheet, a different item, which turned out to be shrimp wrapped into tight little cylinders using (I think) a fine-grained firm kind of fish maw, the whole bathed in egg white sauce, third, large and juicy siu mai, fourth fried sticky rice and fifth, shrimp/fish paste rolls wrapped in bean curd skin, with a seaweed strip around the middle, deep fried and sea-flavored.
They served in several different formats, carts, trays, menus and also were setting up a cooking station with great-looking clams and turnip cake when we left.
Definitely worth some more exploring, a great alternative for those of us in Brooklyn. PS Irene Sax wrote this place up in May (review posted) - for more info, you might want to try to look that up.
King's Seafood Palace
618 62nd St (at 6th Avenue)