113 Ludlow St 2nd Fl, New York, NY | Directions 1000240.713510 -73.985941
Neighborhoods: Lower East Side, Downtown
Kuma Inn is one of the truly original concepts to emerge out of New York's increasingly derivative restaurant scene in recent years. Billed as "Asian tapas," it's in fact an eclectic small-plates restaurant that expresses the vision of one man: its talented chef-owner King Phojanakong. Half Thai and half Fillipino and trained under David Bouley, he's come up with food that is utterly unpredictable and, for the quality you are getting, really cheap.
Great Asian Tapas – Really enjoyed the relaxed and cool atmosphere, and the great music. The tapas were delicious and different from the usual tapas joints in the City. The sake list is extensive and the staff is helpful and knowledgable. Try the specials!
Not really worth it – Altogether, I just felt that for the price, the quality was absent. The edamame were tough, in a boring sauce. The three different fish dishes we tried were all bland. Nothing was bad -- but absolutely nothing stood out.
Kumi Inn – great small plates(tapas), the Oyster Omlette was very good and the Chinese Sausage was even better, the plates are small but full of taste and bite.
the space is very nice and romantic set in a 2nd floor apartment.
maybe because i've read so much about it and expectations were too high? maybe. yes its cozy, yes the service is good but the food is just okay (my fish was overcooked and dry). all in all i found this place a bit overrated.
The best in Pan Asian and Tapas – Kuma Inn is one of the few places in New York city that provides all the qualities of a good restaurant: excellent food, superb customer service and great value. The Chef never disappoints with his creative and exquisite tapas. Along with tasty tapas, the extensive sake menu, delicious desserts and well-selected background music make it a great place for one person or large groups. I have gone with groups of ten or more and the restaurant has always maintained the high level of service I have come to expect. For New Yorkers, enjoying a good meal at a reasonable cost is priceless and Kuma Inn fits the bill. I have highly recommended Kuma Inn to friends, co-workers and out of towners, they have always thanked me for the suggestion and most have returned. Kuma Inn is one of my favorites!!
Delicious – My first experience at this quaint restaurant was great!! I had gone there with my boyfriend and another couple, and it was perfect the lighting gave the place a soft, romantic, but fun atmosphere! The service was impeccable and the staff and chef made you feel welcomed!! The food was absolutely delicious.. You have to try the softshell crabs, and the sake sangria!! We all loved it!!
A Pan-Asian Palate Delight! – Who would have thought that such a low-key-out-of-the-way nook could be so quaint, hip, stylish and best of all delicious. You get appetizer portions chef-prepared and served like entrees. The TAPAS menu offers a wide range of variety for those who love to eat but don't want to settle on one dish...food & sake without commitment. If you are a sampler eater than Kuma Inn is the spot not to be missed. By far the best in Pan Asian Tapas cuisine.
The best "Upstairs" Eating! – Kuma Inn not only boasts a wittingly "turn on a phrase" name, but the food, ambience and service are top-notch!
I've found it to be a perfect place to enjoy savory Asian-inspired tapas just for two or with a group. Every item on the menu is a favorite, so like me, you just may find yourself coming back again and again for a chance to sample each one of your favorites!
Tastes Great, Less Filling – Let me start off by saying the food is tasty. The rest of this review will not be so kind. Kuma Inn is the sort of out-of-the-way hip place you take a date you want to impress with your a) knowledge of out-of-the-way hip places and b) garbage bag full of cash marked 'money to burn'. The waitress recommended 2-3 dishes per person, but she forgot to say 'times 2' because you really need 4-6 dishes per person (skinny girls too) to feel satiated. I would not recommend this place to health conscious people or vegetarians as the waitress kept changing her story on whether the vegetarian items contained MSG and/or fish sauce/oil. If you don't mind paying $11 for 2 miniscule pieces of scallop, this place is for you. Remember to bring plenty of cash, they don't take plastic, and well, paper just burns better.
Kuma INN is YUMMY!!!! – Went for dinner and drinks with a group of 5. Walking in, you think, what hole in the wall am I in...you quickly forget that it's not the most beautiful scene - the food and the fabulous selection of sakes - including the "flight of sakes" - just fantastic. The only thing you have to look out for - the plates are small and so tasty and you're throwing back sakes and before you know it, you've ordered 20-30 little plates and drinks and they add up. But if you have a little extra cash one night, just go for it and splurge. The wait staff and chef are so very kind and friendly and after the first drink, the atmosphere feels so cozy. We would definitely go back!
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