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Kuma Inn

113 Ludlow St. (Rivington St.) Send to Phone
212-353-8866 | Menu
Lower East Side BYOB serves up Thai-Filipino fusion with flair.

Dinner nightly
  • Dress code: Casual
  • No Credit Cards
  • Reservations suggested

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Kuma Inn, New York, NY

Kuma Inn Restaurant Review

: 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 it’s not hard to find something satisfying. Though most dishes are fusion preparations, individual flavors tend to be bold---as is the case in the wasabi pork shu mai, the Japanese horseradish penetrating the palate nicely. The steamed rice crêpes---resembling rolled napkins---topped with spicy ground meat and chili flakes are called “Kuma Bolognese.” Other tapas worth trying include drunken spicy shrimp finished with saké, kalamansi and Thai chilies; grilled baby octopus with pickled bamboo shoots; and seared ahi with miso vinaigrette. The main flaw at Kuma is the atmosphere, a tiny third-floor room with blocked-off windows and bad tiki-like décor.
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