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Kuma Inn

113 Ludlow St., 2nd fl., New York, NY, 10002
nr. Delancey St.
212-353-8866

Avg. Rating

8
Food: 8
Service: 8
Décor: 7
"Recommended"

Average Reader Rating on a Scale of 10.

87% would go back.

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great food!

By temma on 11/9/2010

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

heard about this place from a friend, dropped in around 9pm without a booking, luckily got a table for 2 without too much ado though i wouldn't count on this as a general rule. seared tuna was fantastic, the wasabi shumai a stand out. byo is a definite plus with september wines so close by. will definitely be heading back there again.

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47 out of 88 people found this review helpful.

great food!

By temma on 11/9/2010

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

heard about this place from a friend, dropped in around 9pm without a booking, luckily got a table for 2 without too much ado though i wouldn't count on this as a general rule. seared tuna was fantastic, the wasabi shumai a stand out. byo is a definite plus with september wines so close by. will definitely be heading back there again.

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37 out of 83 people found this review helpful.

best hidden city gem

By ryefitz25 on 7/26/2010

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

My bf and I went last night after being told by friends it was a great find. Well they weren't kidding, the food here is amazing and the small plates allow you to enjoy a lot of different things at a low price. The sauces on everything were superb. I suggest trying the tuna, scallops and definitely get the chicken wings, the sauce on it which taste like curry but is not, is out of this world. The staff is friendly and the BYOB policy makes this place really fun.

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50 out of 97 people found this review helpful.

lived up to the hype

By mlilley16 on 2/11/2010

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 8
  • Décor: 6
  • Yes, I would go back!

Went for dinner, and tried about 8 dishes. Really enjoyed every one- chinese sausage was outstanding. Service was fine. BYO policy makes the whole experience a great value.

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77 out of 140 people found this review helpful.

Real gem. Great food and value. BYO policy rocks.

By birdwoodjack on 6/4/2009

  • Overall Rating: 10
  • Food: 10
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

Love Kuma. Can be hard to find, but once you make it up the stairs you will be happy you made the effort. Food is excellent, could eat the Chinese sausage 3 meals a day and BYO policy makes it very affordable. Highly recommend you give it a try.

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75 out of 145 people found this review helpful.

Fantastic food, if a little cramped

By sschwartz178 on 10/1/2008

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 9
  • Service: 9
  • Décor: 10
  • Yes, I would go back!

About a month ago I had dinner there with two friends. The table was on the petite side, but the food was outstanding! The chinese sausage was a big hit, as was the special of the night - steamed pork buns. My friend lived in china for years and she said the buns were the best example of that dish she'd tasted in the U.S. The service was great, very friendly. Don't be put off by the slightly stale/unpleasant smell in the stairway leading up to the second-floor restaurant. The restaurant is clean, chic, friendly, and fun. And BYO rocks!

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79 out of 162 people found this review helpful.

fantastic value

By lnfritz on 3/10/2008

  • Overall Rating: 8
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 7
  • Décor: 8
  • Yes, I would go back!

I've been twice, and it was amazing both times. something like 10 specials, lots of small plates for everyone to try, and everything was great, not over cooked, or over sauced. The tuna and london broil were favorites from the menu, and the crepes and tilapia we great specials. And the decor is very cute too. Dark, but inviting. Crowded but worth it. Plus byob is great!

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83 out of 172 people found this review helpful.

WE BASICALLY GOT KICKED OUT!

By leeners on 8/10/2007

  • Overall Rating: 3
  • Food: 5
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

A group of girls going to a BYOB tapas restaurant sounds like a great night in theory! When you buy 3 bottles of wine for 6 girls and it is almost certain there will not be a drop left. Unless the waitress tells you that there is a time limit because another party is coming and we may have to leave. Our mouths dropped and we could not eat any more of our food that we were in the middle of enjoying. The night was ruined and we will never go back again! Sadly, not a place to go if you want to enjoy a nice evening and service.

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264 out of 503 people found this review helpful.

Really, could this restaurant service be this awful?

By fashion1601 on 8/10/2007

  • Overall Rating: 1
  • Food: 1
  • Service: 1
  • Décor: 1
  • No, I would not go back!

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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236 out of 515 people found this review helpful.

A feel-good dream of a restaurant

By hautepanda on 3/11/2007

  • Overall Rating: 9
  • Food: 8
  • Service: 10
  • Décor: 7
  • Yes, I would go back!

Eating at Kuma Inn is a little like reading Giant Robot, in that it makes you feel good about being Asian-American. The service is young and energetic, unpretentious, with zero attitude. All the dishes are authentic and delicious, so just order the ones that you've been wistfully dreaming about how your mom used to make them. You know the ones I mean. I particularly like the young coconut (you drink the water from a straw, then they split it for you and let you scoop out the flesh). Great for friends or a casual date. Close to a perfect restaurant experience.

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334 out of 674 people found this review helpful.

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