Kuma Inn

★★★★☆
The highly-celebrated Asian fusion of Chef King Phojanakong.
  • 113 Ludlow St 2nd Fl

    New York, NY 10002

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  • 646-381-2675

About Kuma Inn

Hours
Wed: 6pm-11pm, Sun: 6pm-11pm, Thu-Sat: 6pm-12am
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the best thing about this place are the prices and the byob policy.

mussels, salmon, and white wine!

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★★★★★

the best thing about this place are the prices and the byob policy.

mussels, salmon, and white wine!

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This restaurant was a waste of time and money. I heard that they offered great Italian food, but in reality the food quality wasn't that impressive. In fact, the pasta was dry and the sauce seemed pre-cooked. The service from the waiters was very slow and they appeared to be serving too many tables. Do not waste your money by going there.

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★☆☆☆☆

This restaurant was a waste of time and money. I heard that they offered great Italian food, but in reality the food quality wasn't that impressive. In fact, the pasta was dry and the sauce seemed pre-cooked. The service from the waiters was very slow and they appeared to be serving too many tables. Do not waste your money by going there.

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I was compelled to join citysearch to write my own review for this over-rated & overpriced pretentious Filipino Restaurant. I am Filipino who brought a FIlipino & a 'Caucasian' American friend. I was just appalled by the soggy lumpia shanghai, salty pancit bihon, very vinegary adobo sandwich and a tasting dessert that was far from Filipino. I'd rather go to Queens for more decent food & better value. I asked the waitress if the chef is a smoker; she said YES! That explains why the food were all salty. Filipino food is never served tapas-style. Kuma Inn did for profit. Don't get me wrong, I can cook what we ordered.

It was my first visit on Mar 11,2009 6:30 dinnertime, and will never go back.

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★☆☆☆☆

I was compelled to join citysearch to write my own review for this over-rated & overpriced pretentious Filipino Restaurant. I am Filipino who brought a FIlipino & a 'Caucasian' American friend. I was just appalled by the soggy lumpia shanghai, salty pancit bihon, very vinegary adobo sandwich and a tasting dessert that was far from Filipino. I'd rather go to Queens for more decent food & better value. I asked the waitress if the chef is a smoker; she said YES! That explains why the food were all salty. Filipino food is never served tapas-style. Kuma Inn did for profit. Don't get me wrong, I can cook what we ordered.

It was my first visit on Mar 11,2009 6:30 dinnertime, and will never go back.

Pros: None ZERO STAR

Cons: Salty, soggy food

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The food at Kuma Inn is excellent. Everything we ordered was very good. Definitely try the muscles and the brisket. The chinese sausage is delicious as well. Do not go without making reservations. The place is small and cannot handle walk-ins especially on weekends. You might get away with it on weekdays. Don't expect too much as far as ambience is concerned. The restaurant isn't exactly fancy but is quite intimate. It is also BYOB, thats another great reason to go. Overall the experience was excellent and I will defintely go back.

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★★★★★

The food at Kuma Inn is excellent. Everything we ordered was very good. Definitely try the muscles and the brisket. The chinese sausage is delicious as well. Do not go without making reservations. The place is small and cannot handle walk-ins especially on weekends. You might get away with it on weekdays. Don't expect too much as far as ambience is concerned. The restaurant isn't exactly fancy but is quite intimate. It is also BYOB, thats another great reason to go. Overall the experience was excellent and I will defintely go back.

Pros: Food, Service & BYOB

Cons: Small, so may be turned away without a reservation, especially on weekends

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Not an easy place to spot but we were able to find the place easily because we knew from a review that it was on the second floor and next to Suba. The place filled up quickly (on a Wedesday night!!) and the tapas were very well done. The chinese sausage with spicey dipping sauce + sticky rice was incredible. The pork-belly was another very savory dish paired with a yummy sauce. The coconut rice although was a side dish to supplement the food was yummy enough to be a main dish for us! The meal was very filling. Its a bit pricey for the ingredients but the flavor makes up for the inflated prices. BYOB is also a reason to go! You can bring your favorite wine or sake to pair up with the food. Note that there are corking fees!

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★★★★☆

Not an easy place to spot but we were able to find the place easily because we knew from a review that it was on the second floor and next to Suba. The place filled up quickly (on a Wedesday night!!) and the tapas were very well done. The chinese sausage with spicey dipping sauce + sticky rice was incredible. The pork-belly was another very savory dish paired with a yummy sauce. The coconut rice although was a side dish to supplement the food was yummy enough to be a main dish for us! The meal was very filling. Its a bit pricey for the ingredients but the flavor makes up for the inflated prices. BYOB is also a reason to go! You can bring your favorite wine or sake to pair up with the food. Note that there are corking fees!

Pros: BYOB

Cons: More pricey than expected

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I was a little hesitant to try this place out after reading a couple of negative reviews but, I'm so glad that I did. If you've never been here, there are a few things you should know; It's small, hard to find, it's b.y.o. and cash only. My friends who had made a reservation for three had been warned ahead of time so we came prepared. When we arrived, we were seated at a corner table for 2 which was able to fit all 3 of us. It was a bit cozy but, comfy nonetheless. Our waiter promptly greeted us and opened our wine. After telling us the specials, we asked out him if there were things on the menu he could recommend. He immediately listed the most popular dishes on the menu as well as the specials and even told us his favorite dishes! We went for 6 of his recommendations and out of all of them, the Chinese sausage was definitely the best dish. He informed us that if there was one dish that we had to get on the menu, the sausage had to be it. We ended up getting 2! Throughout the whole meal, the staff frequently checked on our table, refilling our wine and water glasses, taking away empty plates, even changing our individual plates! I thought they only did that in fine dining restaurants! The food was great and the music was just as good. They played the most eclectic mix I've ever heard in a restaurant. From classic motown and old school, to the lastest indie, rock and hip hop! Who knew Kanye and the Killers would sound so good together while you ate at a restaurant! At the end of our meal, we asked our waiter who picks the music for the restaurant. I was surprised when he told us that it was actually his iPod that was playing! All in all, this was a cool and casual spot with great food, spot on service, and the best mix of music I've heard in any restaurant. I'll definitely be coming back soon!

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★★★★★

I was a little hesitant to try this place out after reading a couple of negative reviews but, I'm so glad that I did. If you've never been here, there are a few things you should know; It's small, hard to find, it's b.y.o. and cash only. My friends who had made a reservation for three had been warned ahead of time so we came prepared. When we arrived, we were seated at a corner table for 2 which was able to fit all 3 of us. It was a bit cozy but, comfy nonetheless. Our waiter promptly greeted us and opened our wine. After telling us the specials, we asked out him if there were things on the menu he could recommend. He immediately listed the most popular dishes on the menu as well as the specials and even told us his favorite dishes! We went for 6 of his recommendations and out of all of them, the Chinese sausage was definitely the best dish. He informed us that if there was one dish that we had to get on the menu, the sausage had to be it. We ended up getting 2! Throughout the whole meal, the staff frequently checked on our table, refilling our wine and water glasses, taking away empty plates, even changing our individual plates! I thought they only did that in fine dining restaurants! The food was great and the music was just as good. They played the most eclectic mix I've ever heard in a restaurant. From classic motown and old school, to the lastest indie, rock and hip hop! Who knew Kanye and the Killers would sound so good together while you ate at a restaurant! At the end of our meal, we asked our waiter who picks the music for the restaurant. I was surprised when he told us that it was actually his iPod that was playing! All in all, this was a cool and casual spot with great food, spot on service, and the best mix of music I've heard in any restaurant. I'll definitely be coming back soon!

Pros: the food, the service, the music!

Cons: it's small like your own apartment!

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i planned a birthday dinner here the other night for my girlfriend and was amazed by how helpful the host was and how friendly the waitstaff were. unlike a couple other restaurants i called, kuma inn didn't complain that i was bringing my own birthday cake -- the hostess at public, another downtown restaurant i was considering, was irritable and unwilling to accommodate, stating that "public has a fantastic dessert selection, so you should just forget about the birthday cake and order dessert from us." how charming. fortunately i ignored that advice and instead took the birthday to kuma inn, where the host took the trouble to put my cake in a wine fridge while we ate, and then after dinner the waitress brought the cake out with all the candles lit and started the whole restaurant in a happy birthday chorus for my girlfriend. she was a little embarrassed but loved it. kuma inn nailed all the other important details too, including getting us exactly the table we had asked for. thanks to everyone at kuma inn for helping make that a perfect and romantic birthday night. will definitely come again.

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★★★★★

i planned a birthday dinner here the other night for my girlfriend and was amazed by how helpful the host was and how friendly the waitstaff were. unlike a couple other restaurants i called, kuma inn didn't complain that i was bringing my own birthday cake -- the hostess at public, another downtown restaurant i was considering, was irritable and unwilling to accommodate, stating that "public has a fantastic dessert selection, so you should just forget about the birthday cake and order dessert from us." how charming. fortunately i ignored that advice and instead took the birthday to kuma inn, where the host took the trouble to put my cake in a wine fridge while we ate, and then after dinner the waitress brought the cake out with all the candles lit and started the whole restaurant in a happy birthday chorus for my girlfriend. she was a little embarrassed but loved it. kuma inn nailed all the other important details too, including getting us exactly the table we had asked for. thanks to everyone at kuma inn for helping make that a perfect and romantic birthday night. will definitely come again.

Pros: Great food, romantic setting, helpful management

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I have never experienced such blatant rudeness by both the wait staff and manager in all of my years of dining out in NYC. There were plenty of empty tables, but they were rushing us out because their next reservation was supposed to have "our table." We were still eating and they gave us the check and told us we had to leave. We asked to speak to the manager who was the most unprofessional woman I've ever encountered. She yelled at me like a child for arriving late even though the rest of my party was on time and ordered without me. Their bully of a busboy took our plates from us as we were still eating. I confronted the manager as we were leaving to let her know that I didn't appreciate being treated so rudely and she threatened to call the police. Great customer relationship skills. All and all I don't even remember the food because it was the worst dining experience I've ever had. Do yourselves a favor and NEVER GO HERE!

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★☆☆☆☆

I have never experienced such blatant rudeness by both the wait staff and manager in all of my years of dining out in NYC. There were plenty of empty tables, but they were rushing us out because their next reservation was supposed to have "our table." We were still eating and they gave us the check and told us we had to leave. We asked to speak to the manager who was the most unprofessional woman I've ever encountered. She yelled at me like a child for arriving late even though the rest of my party was on time and ordered without me. Their bully of a busboy took our plates from us as we were still eating. I confronted the manager as we were leaving to let her know that I didn't appreciate being treated so rudely and she threatened to call the police. Great customer relationship skills. All and all I don't even remember the food because it was the worst dining experience I've ever had. Do yourselves a favor and NEVER GO HERE!

Pros: NONE

Cons: SERVICE

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I went to Kuma Inn with a few friends recently and really enjoyed the food. Everything we ate from start to finish was incredible. Some of the highlights for us were the edamame with the spicy chili lime sauce, the pork belly, and sauteed chinese sausage. We also had a few of the specials which were all good. The chocolate chili ice cream was phenomenal. I'm a very critical diner and there wasn't one dish that wasn't great or outstanding. What's also good about this place is it's currently byob -- and right now there is no corkage fee (though I was told they're going to start imposing one which is a turn-off). It's small so reservations are a must, but well worth the extra planning once you taste the food. I can't wait to go back!!

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★★★★★

I went to Kuma Inn with a few friends recently and really enjoyed the food. Everything we ate from start to finish was incredible. Some of the highlights for us were the edamame with the spicy chili lime sauce, the pork belly, and sauteed chinese sausage. We also had a few of the specials which were all good. The chocolate chili ice cream was phenomenal. I'm a very critical diner and there wasn't one dish that wasn't great or outstanding. What's also good about this place is it's currently byob -- and right now there is no corkage fee (though I was told they're going to start imposing one which is a turn-off). It's small so reservations are a must, but well worth the extra planning once you taste the food. I can't wait to go back!!

Pros: amazing food, BYOB, anything with the chili-lime sauce

Cons: soon to be imposed corkage fee

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I am all for supporting a small restaurant, especially a new restaurant that has been getting consistently good reviews. So with excitement, made a reservation and off we went with group of people. We of course showed up on time, and the place was half empty. We were greeted by the waitresses who were not very helpful, but the deal breaker was when despite the fact that the place was empty and we had the reservation, they decided to sit us right by the entrance of the toilet. Now this place is very narrow and literally the single toilet they have is the unisex and two feet from the table. When we asked politely to sit us elsewhere on many empty table we saw, we were told to sit or leave. Not very difficult choice. We left, and none of us, and I am telling all my friends will never go there again. Whose idea was it anyway to put the bathroom in the middle of the room and the kitchen by the entrance? Obviously they didn't design the space nor train the staff well at all. Highly recommend other many delicious restaurants.

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★☆☆☆☆

I am all for supporting a small restaurant, especially a new restaurant that has been getting consistently good reviews. So with excitement, made a reservation and off we went with group of people. We of course showed up on time, and the place was half empty. We were greeted by the waitresses who were not very helpful, but the deal breaker was when despite the fact that the place was empty and we had the reservation, they decided to sit us right by the entrance of the toilet. Now this place is very narrow and literally the single toilet they have is the unisex and two feet from the table. When we asked politely to sit us elsewhere on many empty table we saw, we were told to sit or leave. Not very difficult choice. We left, and none of us, and I am telling all my friends will never go there again. Whose idea was it anyway to put the bathroom in the middle of the room and the kitchen by the entrance? Obviously they didn't design the space nor train the staff well at all. Highly recommend other many delicious restaurants.

Cons: Bad service, bad layout, and just plane old BAD.

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We really liked the vibe here--the abstract artworks on the walls, the crowd, the music, all is conducive to a charming evening with a significant other or a date. The tonkatsu (pork chop) was really good, and the kalamansi juice, very tasty and unusual. Unfortunately, the value is not as good as other aspects of the restaurant: portions are quite small, and two tapas plus juice and water came out to be 36 dollars, which turned into 40+ with tip.

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★★★★☆

We really liked the vibe here--the abstract artworks on the walls, the crowd, the music, all is conducive to a charming evening with a significant other or a date. The tonkatsu (pork chop) was really good, and the kalamansi juice, very tasty and unusual. Unfortunately, the value is not as good as other aspects of the restaurant: portions are quite small, and two tapas plus juice and water came out to be 36 dollars, which turned into 40+ with tip.

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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!

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★★★★★

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!

Pros: atmosphere, cool crowd

Cons: occasional wait for a table

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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.

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★★☆☆☆

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.

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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.

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★★★★☆

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.

Pros: food, service, romantic

Cons: small plates, wait time

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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.

1
★★★☆☆

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.

Pros: ambiance

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Kuma Inn can be hard to find. It is on the second floor of a building on Ludlow street and seems quite unassuming. But the food is marvelous and there is a great selection of saki which the owner himself will take the time to introduce you to. A great place for a small group, around 4, for chatting and lots of different tastes. Order a bunch of dishes and then order seconds of the ones you loved.

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★★★★☆

Kuma Inn can be hard to find. It is on the second floor of a building on Ludlow street and seems quite unassuming. But the food is marvelous and there is a great selection of saki which the owner himself will take the time to introduce you to. A great place for a small group, around 4, for chatting and lots of different tastes. Order a bunch of dishes and then order seconds of the ones you loved.

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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!!

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★★★★★

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!!

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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!!

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★★★★★

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!!

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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.

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★★★★★

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.

Pros: Food, Decor, Service

Cons: Cash Only

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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!

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★★★★★

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!

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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.

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★★☆☆☆

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.

Pros: Tasty

Cons: Overpriced, Poor service

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Ambience was laid back in the this little LES find. I can easily describe this as a quaint Filipino Asian Fusion Restaurant... Two warnings: You have to hike it up one floor and the portions are small... some "larger" sized portions which are quite yummy are the mussels and east asian omlet. I highly suggest you order a side order of rice (garlic or sticky) to help fill you up... but leave room for the yummy dessert (plaintains or the custard pie). Staff was friendly and helpful.

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★★★★★

Ambience was laid back in the this little LES find. I can easily describe this as a quaint Filipino Asian Fusion Restaurant... Two warnings: You have to hike it up one floor and the portions are small... some "larger" sized portions which are quite yummy are the mussels and east asian omlet. I highly suggest you order a side order of rice (garlic or sticky) to help fill you up... but leave room for the yummy dessert (plaintains or the custard pie). Staff was friendly and helpful.

Pros: food, service, ambience

Cons: small portions

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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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★★★★★

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!

Pros: great food, friendly service, yummy sake!!!

Cons: can add up to $$$$, might be hard to find

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I tend to love anything with an Asian flair however, I am still very critical since Ive been to mostly every Asian location in the city. This place by far is my favorite location to eat at the moment. The food is excellent, fresh, and very tasty. Some of my favorites are the Chinese Sausage, Big Eye Tuna, Mussels, and London broil. Not to say that no matter what you order you would be disappointed because everything on the menu is great. Yes, the portions are small but thats obvious since they advertise it as a "Tapas" location. So if you looking for a big brawny meal try someplace else. I on the other hand like the small portions so I can try everything. Also the place is small (which adds to the neighborhood flavor) so make sure you get a reservation in advance. Overall GREAT find!!!

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★★★★★

I tend to love anything with an Asian flair however, I am still very critical since Ive been to mostly every Asian location in the city. This place by far is my favorite location to eat at the moment. The food is excellent, fresh, and very tasty. Some of my favorites are the Chinese Sausage, Big Eye Tuna, Mussels, and London broil. Not to say that no matter what you order you would be disappointed because everything on the menu is great. Yes, the portions are small but thats obvious since they advertise it as a "Tapas" location. So if you looking for a big brawny meal try someplace else. I on the other hand like the small portions so I can try everything. Also the place is small (which adds to the neighborhood flavor) so make sure you get a reservation in advance. Overall GREAT find!!!

Pros: Great Food, Romantic, Great Sake List

Cons: Crowded at times

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my boyfriend and i have had several great dinner dates here over the last year or so. we just had another one this past saturday. the food was amazing as always, and the sake was quite smooth. my favorite has to be the chinese sausage and sticky rice plate. cant wait for the next time...

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★★★★★

my boyfriend and i have had several great dinner dates here over the last year or so. we just had another one this past saturday. the food was amazing as always, and the sake was quite smooth. my favorite has to be the chinese sausage and sticky rice plate. cant wait for the next time...

Pros: great food, sake list

Cons: small tables, cramped space

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Man ! This place just does not disappoint !! Open for over one year, the atmosphere, service and food has not faltered in any way shape or form. A great date place and fun with groups as well. Still a good looking hot spot where the food is delicious, the drinks are great and music is fun. I recommend making a reservation even for two, as the place can fill up fast! Tapas do mean small plates so make sure you have enough cash left over to get home ! I need to go more often to try the specials.

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★★★★★

Man ! This place just does not disappoint !! Open for over one year, the atmosphere, service and food has not faltered in any way shape or form. A great date place and fun with groups as well. Still a good looking hot spot where the food is delicious, the drinks are great and music is fun. I recommend making a reservation even for two, as the place can fill up fast! Tapas do mean small plates so make sure you have enough cash left over to get home ! I need to go more often to try the specials.

Pros: food, drinks, atmosphere

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I rarely meet a restaurant that I don't plan to return to, but unfortunately Kuma fits into that category. The service and the fun atmosphere were wonderful. However, the prices of the dishes (about $8 each) are not justified by their quality nor their portions. Two of us ordered 6 dishes, as they recommend, and by the end of our meal, I felt as if I had just finished eating an hors d'oeuvre course. I am not kidding! Each plate can be finished off in 3 bites. I personally would have had to order 6 dishes to satiate my hunger, and like another reviewer, chose to finish dinner at the crêperie nearby.

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★★☆☆☆

I rarely meet a restaurant that I don't plan to return to, but unfortunately Kuma fits into that category. The service and the fun atmosphere were wonderful. However, the prices of the dishes (about $8 each) are not justified by their quality nor their portions. Two of us ordered 6 dishes, as they recommend, and by the end of our meal, I felt as if I had just finished eating an hors d'oeuvre course. I am not kidding! Each plate can be finished off in 3 bites. I personally would have had to order 6 dishes to satiate my hunger, and like another reviewer, chose to finish dinner at the crêperie nearby.

Pros: friendly service, fun music&atomospher

Cons: , average flavor, not cheap

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I'm now obsessed with King's food. I want everyone to know that I don't eat meat, and full on licked the pork sauce off the plate. I could eat it every night for dinner and think about it all the time.
Toast the chef and say thank u when u sit down because u and your tummy are going to love him when you are done!

2
★★★★★

I'm now obsessed with King's food. I want everyone to know that I don't eat meat, and full on licked the pork sauce off the plate. I could eat it every night for dinner and think about it all the time.
Toast the chef and say thank u when u sit down because u and your tummy are going to love him when you are done!

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I love everything here, the thai chili sauce is the best condiment ever! I want to put it on everything King serves....most items do not need anything extra, but the chili sauce is that good! Always order any vegetable dishes and the grilled baby octopus is amazing- His omelets are so not your normal egginess, but a taste and texture explosion! Enjoy and go often.

2
★★★★★

I love everything here, the thai chili sauce is the best condiment ever! I want to put it on everything King serves....most items do not need anything extra, but the chili sauce is that good! Always order any vegetable dishes and the grilled baby octopus is amazing- His omelets are so not your normal egginess, but a taste and texture explosion! Enjoy and go often.

Pros: food, ambience, price, originality, variety, sake menu

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This restaurant was wonderful! I went with a few friends after work and it was just the place! All the dishes we tried were delicious, but I think my favorite was the tuna tartare. The service was also excellent. I will be going back again!

2
★★★★★

This restaurant was wonderful! I went with a few friends after work and it was just the place! All the dishes we tried were delicious, but I think my favorite was the tuna tartare. The service was also excellent. I will be going back again!

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I'd recommend Kuma Inn for couples and small groups. The small dining room has the ambience of a living room. The portions are indeed small, but well made and well presented. Especially good is the Hawaiian tuna and scallops. The rice is definately overpriced though.

2
★★★★☆

I'd recommend Kuma Inn for couples and small groups. The small dining room has the ambience of a living room. The portions are indeed small, but well made and well presented. Especially good is the Hawaiian tuna and scallops. The rice is definately overpriced though.

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There are not many filipino restaurants in the Manhattan. (You'd have to go to the other boroughs for that.) In fact you can probably count on one hand the number of Filipino restaurants in the city. The addition of Kuma Inn, I hope, will finally bring Filipino cuisine to the forefront. If one must talk of Asian fusion, then one should look no further than Kuma Inn. It's great! How many places in Manhattan can you eat your food with a bottle of San Miguel? It's Filipino food done well and imaginatively!

2
★★★★★

There are not many filipino restaurants in the Manhattan. (You'd have to go to the other boroughs for that.) In fact you can probably count on one hand the number of Filipino restaurants in the city. The addition of Kuma Inn, I hope, will finally bring Filipino cuisine to the forefront. If one must talk of Asian fusion, then one should look no further than Kuma Inn. It's great! How many places in Manhattan can you eat your food with a bottle of San Miguel? It's Filipino food done well and imaginatively!

Pros: great food

Cons: beer is 2 expensive

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kuma inn, a door down from suba, is a wonderful little surprise... reservations may be hard to come by because its so small.. but its worth it.. the ambience is lovely, the sake tasting definitely recommended (great portions, perfect to get you in the mood for the rest of the evening out). the food could be better and the portions a little bigger, because you are definitely left wanting for more.. but then again, if you plan on going out afterwards its probably just right.. the crab cakes, pork and tuna tartare were very good... all in all, i rate it pretty highly and would take an out of town friend there to show them the under stated chic side of new york.

2
★★★★☆

kuma inn, a door down from suba, is a wonderful little surprise... reservations may be hard to come by because its so small.. but its worth it.. the ambience is lovely, the sake tasting definitely recommended (great portions, perfect to get you in the mood for the rest of the evening out). the food could be better and the portions a little bigger, because you are definitely left wanting for more.. but then again, if you plan on going out afterwards its probably just right.. the crab cakes, pork and tuna tartare were very good... all in all, i rate it pretty highly and would take an out of town friend there to show them the under stated chic side of new york.

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Okay, so it's asian tapas. The food was okay, but nothing special. I think a really good Thai place or Filipino food place is better. The quality vs value proposition for this place just didn't make sense. After you order 4 plates of food, which turn out to have 3 or 4 pieces each, you are left with a bill which would have given you a full meal elsewhere. After our group ate here, we had to go to Taco Bell and a creperie to avoid pangs of hunger.

1
★★★☆☆

Okay, so it's asian tapas. The food was okay, but nothing special. I think a really good Thai place or Filipino food place is better. The quality vs value proposition for this place just didn't make sense. After you order 4 plates of food, which turn out to have 3 or 4 pieces each, you are left with a bill which would have given you a full meal elsewhere. After our group ate here, we had to go to Taco Bell and a creperie to avoid pangs of hunger.

Cons: small portions, price

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Walking up the stairs and finding this hidden restaurant is like discovering a gem. Vibrant Southeast Asian flavor, fusion Filipino and Thai, accented with East Asian preparation. We ordered grilled pork, slightly sweet and tangy with"achara", pickled vegetables that blended perfectly with the pork! Perfect with the Filipino garlic fried rice garnished with scallions. The Chinese sausage dish presented with Japanese style triangle-shaped rice garnished with black toasted sesame on top was delish. Excellent presentation. San Miguel beer, a Filipino beer, complemented the food well, stronger than a Sapporo. I haven't tried the desserts yet, but the mango ice cream sounded good to me. Worth it for the flavor and ambience. Friendly chef and waiters. Cozy (small, but comfortable space), clean, ethnic minimalist decor--lots of wood.

2
★★★★★

Walking up the stairs and finding this hidden restaurant is like discovering a gem. Vibrant Southeast Asian flavor, fusion Filipino and Thai, accented with East Asian preparation. We ordered grilled pork, slightly sweet and tangy with"achara", pickled vegetables that blended perfectly with the pork! Perfect with the Filipino garlic fried rice garnished with scallions. The Chinese sausage dish presented with Japanese style triangle-shaped rice garnished with black toasted sesame on top was delish. Excellent presentation. San Miguel beer, a Filipino beer, complemented the food well, stronger than a Sapporo. I haven't tried the desserts yet, but the mango ice cream sounded good to me. Worth it for the flavor and ambience. Friendly chef and waiters. Cozy (small, but comfortable space), clean, ethnic minimalist decor--lots of wood.

Pros: yummy, ambience, nice chef, waiters

Cons: small portions gets$$

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If you are looking exquisite quality food and flavor, this is not the place for you. The salmon dish I ordered particularly disappointed me. High quality salmon has a multidimensional yet subtle taste; I got 3 oz of a very flat/farmed fish with too sweet of a glaze. I suppose it would be fair to say that everything I ordered tasted a little flat. There can be two reasons for this: either the goods were not as fresh as they should have been or the seasoning was off. I would like to assume the latter.

My expectations were fairly high based on the comments of other people who came to the place. Honestly, I am quite skeptical of the palates of the previous reviewers. I would have been better off going to a real Japanese sake bar with more highly developed food pairings (and a knowledgeable staff)

2
★★★★☆

If you are looking exquisite quality food and flavor, this is not the place for you. The salmon dish I ordered particularly disappointed me. High quality salmon has a multidimensional yet subtle taste; I got 3 oz of a very flat/farmed fish with too sweet of a glaze. I suppose it would be fair to say that everything I ordered tasted a little flat. There can be two reasons for this: either the goods were not as fresh as they should have been or the seasoning was off. I would like to assume the latter.

My expectations were fairly high based on the comments of other people who came to the place. Honestly, I am quite skeptical of the palates of the previous reviewers. I would have been better off going to a real Japanese sake bar with more highly developed food pairings (and a knowledgeable staff)

Pros: good for groups

Cons: very loud music, very average food, not THAT inexpensive

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by far the best new restaurant in the area and this includes the over hyped wd-50. every dish was superb. i'll be back.

2
★★★★★

by far the best new restaurant in the area and this includes the over hyped wd-50. every dish was superb. i'll be back.

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Recently dined @ Kuma with a group of 10. Staff was very accomodating. Service was adequate, considering the size of our group. Food was , but not out of this world. The laid back and friendly atmoshpere is the greater attraction for Kuma Inn.

2
★★★★★

Recently dined @ Kuma with a group of 10. Staff was very accomodating. Service was adequate, considering the size of our group. Food was , but not out of this world. The laid back and friendly atmoshpere is the greater attraction for Kuma Inn.

Pros: Atmosphere, Fun tapas style

Cons: Out of the way

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Once word about this place gets out, its going to be impossible to get a table in its tiny dining room, avoid the rush and get in now! The Asian tapas are the best way to eat, really fun for groups, and for the prices, the food was almost too good. The day I went the chef's mom was waiting on our table - this place is such an antidote to the shi-shi places in Soho, long live Kuma Inn!

2
★★★★☆

Once word about this place gets out, its going to be impossible to get a table in its tiny dining room, avoid the rush and get in now! The Asian tapas are the best way to eat, really fun for groups, and for the prices, the food was almost too good. The day I went the chef's mom was waiting on our table - this place is such an antidote to the shi-shi places in Soho, long live Kuma Inn!

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Best hidden date place in the 'hood, to be sure. Don't go without the address written down. The food is asian-inspired-tapas and the superior sake/wine selection list is built to be a no brainer to match the food. It get's a little warm over by the open-kitchen area, but otherwise a foodies paradise. As with most asian inspired food, I favor the seafood dishes over the meats...but they're all good to be sure.

2
★★★★☆

Best hidden date place in the 'hood, to be sure. Don't go without the address written down. The food is asian-inspired-tapas and the superior sake/wine selection list is built to be a no brainer to match the food. It get's a little warm over by the open-kitchen area, but otherwise a foodies paradise. As with most asian inspired food, I favor the seafood dishes over the meats...but they're all good to be sure.

Pros: Food, intimate

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I love this cute 2nd floor eatery, especially its name, which puns on the Filipino word "kumain" (to eat). The staff is extremely warm and knowledgable, especially about the impeccably-served sake and surprisingly decent (tho' small) wine selection. My companions and I had a nice, inexpensive Riesling and a couple of icy Singha beers with our Filipino and Thai-inflected meals. Yummy dishes included a velvety, subtly spicy sole in coconut milk sauce, Filipino pork barbecue skewers and excellent Flip-style garlic fried rice. A good place for groups, but you'll need to be quick with the chopsticks because you'll all be fighting over the sole. (One thing--what's up with the chopsticks? Filipinos don't use them...and I didn't think Thais did either.)

2
★★★★★

I love this cute 2nd floor eatery, especially its name, which puns on the Filipino word "kumain" (to eat). The staff is extremely warm and knowledgable, especially about the impeccably-served sake and surprisingly decent (tho' small) wine selection. My companions and I had a nice, inexpensive Riesling and a couple of icy Singha beers with our Filipino and Thai-inflected meals. Yummy dishes included a velvety, subtly spicy sole in coconut milk sauce, Filipino pork barbecue skewers and excellent Flip-style garlic fried rice. A good place for groups, but you'll need to be quick with the chopsticks because you'll all be fighting over the sole. (One thing--what's up with the chopsticks? Filipinos don't use them...and I didn't think Thais did either.)

Pros: Inexpensive, Good for groups, Quality of Food

Cons: Location, Small

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Chef King is true to his name at this hidden LES gem. The tappas, sake, and awesome service make this a new favorite. Check out the cool bamboo art too!

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★★★★★

Chef King is true to his name at this hidden LES gem. The tappas, sake, and awesome service make this a new favorite. Check out the cool bamboo art too!

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Wonderful food and an excellent variety of sake! The friendliness and graciousness of Chef King will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy all over! Long live the King!

2
★★★★★

Wonderful food and an excellent variety of sake! The friendliness and graciousness of Chef King will leave you feeling warm and fuzzy all over! Long live the King!

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As a neighborhood local, i enjoy returning to my favorite tapas spot on the LES. I recently went with 3 friends and were able to find a table on a thursday night at 8pm. The music is cool and the food is still tasty. Love the filipino spring rolls, tartare and garlic rice! All in all, a good time.

2
★★★★☆

As a neighborhood local, i enjoy returning to my favorite tapas spot on the LES. I recently went with 3 friends and were able to find a table on a thursday night at 8pm. The music is cool and the food is still tasty. Love the filipino spring rolls, tartare and garlic rice! All in all, a good time.

Pros: good food, cool atmosphere

Cons: small, occasional long waits on weeends

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Named after a bastardization of the Filipino verb for "to eat," this dozen-table Lower East Side eatery reflects chef King Phojanakong's Filipino-Thai background by marrying pan-Asian influences. The menu is all tapas all the time, and…

 

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