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113 Ludlow St., 2nd fl., New York, NY, 10002
nr. Delancey St.
A feel-good dream of a restaurant
By hautepanda on 3/11/2007
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.
Big Taste, Little Plate
By lunare9000 on 10/7/2006
Although I reserved for 8:00, our table for three wasn't ready until around 8:30, but our server was attentive and apologized -- an affable service that continued throughout the dinner. We were able to chat in relative comfort over a pitcher of sake sangria in the tiny booth at the door, the flames, aromas and bustle from the nearby grill catching our eye every few minutes. I was pleased with our server's knowledge of seemingly all the listed sakes, and like the diners before us, felt at ease to linger in the warm, cozy, aromatic space and order one more small plate of tasty morsels to share. It's easy saving room for dessert, though! Try the salmon in coconut sauce.
Great food, intimate setting
By ajl on 9/18/2006
I've dined here twice in the past month, and had a great experience each time. The food is excellent, particularly the seared tuna and Chinese sausages, and the sake selection is good too. The setting is intimate, on the second-floor of a Lower East Side apartment building, with an Asian-inspired decor. Be warned, though: Since the restaurant is a tapas place, it takes at least three or four dishes per person to feel really full, so it can get pricey.
By efn on 11/11/2005
I've been here several times and the place just never fails me. The food is terrific and always changing. The owner and staff are way cool. The karma is good: just go.
By ChicChick on 3/5/2005
Kuma Inn is tucked away in a small renovated apartment in a Lower East Side tenement building. It is a little difficult to find on the street, but once you get up those stairs you feel as though you stepped into an oasis of warmth. Small and cozy, with beautiful japanese light installations on the walls and playing great music at a very conversational level the ever-smiling "King" will welcome you to his place and his very attentive staff will see to your every need. I recommend a large bottle of sake from their extensive list and then letting your waiter pick the specials of the day or surprise you with the most popular dishes...nothing disappoints.
By foodlvr on 9/5/2003
This place has the perfect balance of a great night out, without all the things you wind up regretting - spending too much money (not even if you tried), annoying crowds (its to small), mediocre food (its fantastic). What it does offer is great, light bites, in a really modern setting that is fun for catching up with friends. In a neighborhood filled with restaurants, I still would prefer to come back here.
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